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Tips for New Riders by Fellow Riders

Posted on 10 May 2013 in Powersports | 7 comments

We asked Dennis Kirk fans for their advice for new riders on Facebook last week. Over the next couple days over a thousand fans wrote their tips to help out new riders. We were thrilled to see so many people who took the time to help out their fellow riders. Now we’ve collected some of the top tips for you to enjoy. Be sure to pass these along to any new riders you know.

“Ride like the whole world around you is blind and stupid” – Nick Click

“Dress for the slide not the ride.” – Bob Schilter

“Don’t look where you are going …. Look where you want to go. Best advice I ever got!” – Kim Palmer

“Take a motorcycle safety class, no matter what your skill level, it’s impressive and everyone should know how to ride.” – Marjorie Bailey

“Ride to your ability, not those around you.” – Kyle Hill

“Never get too comfortable with how you ride because there are lots of people who don’t pay attention. Never let your guard down.” – Derek Lindburg

“Respect the blacktop. Or one day it will show you who’s in charge.” – Nick Garrett

“Buy and operate what FITS you, not your ego.” – Gordon Wasson

“Wear your helmet, pants, and boots. Always. Don’t ride too fast for conditions, including the road itself (gravel, turns, etc.) Don’t ride with passengers until you’re very comfortable riding alone; don’t give rides to inexperienced passengers because they think your bike is hot. Get back on when you fall off, no matter how much it hurt. Have fun!” – Darian Corona

Watch out for the other guy and NEVER, EVER drink and ride” – Joe Maxine

“Be confident but not cocky. Confidence keeps you alert. Cockiness gets you hurt.” – Tyler Carson

“Ride your own ride and wear a helmet.” – Scott Libby

“Don’t be afraid to make motorcycle noises in class.” – Joe Baron (Ok, we just thought this one was funny.)

Have any more tips for new riders? Leave ’em in the comments below!


  1. Jeff Baker / May 11th, 2013 20:15

    Ride like you have a target on your back and everyone is aiming for you.

  2. Jerry / May 11th, 2013 20:44

    Never ride in a vehicles blind spot. If you can see their face in their mirror then they an see you.

  3. Harley Nolan / May 11th, 2013 21:04

    Ride like you’re on patrol. Be a bobble-head. Just because you went all last season without a near-miss only increases the chances that it will be on your next ride. Never forget.

  4. John K / May 11th, 2013 22:34

    Keep your eyes up and looking far down the road, and wear a full face helmet.

  5. Tim Pykett / May 12th, 2013 2:16

    Treat everyone on the road as a blind, deaf, moron and you will be okay plus always wear the right clothes for the Job you don’t see firemen wandering about in trainers and shorts tackling a blaze, so you should wear the right gear.

  6. John Thomas / May 12th, 2013 6:48

    Ride with PRIDE because there were some who did not and the DIED

  7. Doug "Scrapper "Clark / May 12th, 2013 15:21

    always ride like you are INVISIBLE cagers never see you even if your wearing blaze orange


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