When you purchase a motorcycle, the experience starts even before you hit the road. Prior to shifting into first and easing off the clutch, you’ll want to start by selecting the right bike for your needs. When shopping for a motorcycle, be sure to consider the overall power, the wet weight, power-to-weight ratio, and your judgment. There’s a big difference between riding a touring bike and a Ducati that is best learned prior to hitting the streets.
Whether you are riding down the street to the grocery store or going on a long road trip, always be sure to wear a full-face helmet. Although an open-face helmet may look more appealing and be less hot in the summer, gravel pavement is not a forgiving surface. With the most common area of impact being the chin, having a full-face helmet can be the difference between life and death. After a helmet, the next most important piece of equipment is full protective gear specifically designed for motorcycles including an abrasion resistant jacket with armor, motorcycle pants, gloves, and moto boots.
With the right gear in place, the next step is to always check the weather and then check it again right before leaving. No matter how experienced a rider you are riding in the rain is a major no-no. For riders in Colorado, you’ll need a valid driver’s license and to either pass, the written motorcycle exam, pass a motorcycle drive skills test, and purchase a motorcycle instruction permit or complete the Motorcycle Operator Safety Course.
At Alliance Insurance Services in Arvada, CO, our friendly and knowledgeable team of insurance professionals is ready to assist with finding the perfect motorcycle insurance policy for your needs. Stop by the Alliance Insurance Services office in Arvada, CO or give us a call today to learn more.