How do I choose my first motorcycle?
There are many different factors that must be considered when purchasing your first motorcycle. Some of these factors include picking a bike that matches your skill level. Please do not go overboard and choose a big that is too powerful or too fast for you. Your skill level will grow over time and so will your ability to ride more advanced bikes. When your skill level grows, you will be able to appreciate these bikes even more.
Another factor you should consider is the size and comfort of the bikes. Human bodies come in all different shapes and sizes, as do motorbikes. It can be hard to tell from the internet, which bikes will be a good fit for you. Please go look at a number of different bikes and test ride them when possible. It will pay off in the long run if you hold you for the right bike for you.
What protective apparel do I need?
You will need to wear appropriate clothing and gear while riding a motorcycle to keep yourself safe. A helmet is an absolutely necessary part of your outfit. While there is controversy about helmets among experienced riders due to not wanting the government telling them what they can and cannot do, I strongly urge you to always wear a helmet.
The risk of death or brain injury due to trauma goes up significantly when a rider is not wearing a helmet. Other protective gear that you should wear includes a good quality leather jacket from a motorcycle store. Shorts and
sandals are not recommended. It is best to wear long pants (armored jeans work well) that cover your ankles and boots that will protect your skin from wind, sunshine and the ground in the unfortunate event that you fall off. Riding gloves are also highly recommended.
How do I get experience?
The easy answer to this question is to practice, practice and practice some more. A good first place to start is an approved safety course that will teach you both basic and advanced riding skills. You can also ride with your friends or join a motorcycle club, watch videos to learn skills, ride books on the subject and then continue riding. Read as much as you can about motorcycle safety, learn to drive defensively, continually keep teaching yourself the skills and keep on practicing.
Why do you compare motorcycle riding to meditation?
For many riders, getting on their bike is a form of meditation. It requires much attention to detail, focus, mindfulness about road conditions, lane positioning, the elements, the angle of the bike, the speed that the bike is going at, etc. When the brain is focusing so intently on being mindful of the motorcycle and the road, there is very little room for useless mental clutter.
In this way, it clears the mind of that which is not necessary. This is very similar to meditation for people when the focus of meditation is to focus on the breath or a mantra, and to let the thoughts flow in and out without judgment. Riding is also a great way for many people to reconnect and re-center themselves in the great outdoors.