10.Take a Motorcycle Safety Course

Top 10 motorcycle safety

While an argument could be made that taking a motorcycle safety course should be number one on this list, making it the most important item and last one you should complete to ensure that the information will be fresh the day you pick up your bike, it should really be undertaken as early in the process of buying your first bike as possible. The reason is pretty simple. Motorcycling isn’t for everyone. Unfortunately, some people don’t find out until after they’ve spent thousands of dollars acquiring one.

As a former instructor, I can vouch for the upset experienced by people who, during the course of the class, discover that, although they really want to ride, the simple truth is that, for any number of reasons, they really shouldn’t. Or can’t. Either way, the decision is much harder to swallow after the motorcycle has been purchased.

We don’t need to get into all the benefits of completing a class. You can read about them here.

  • Starmag

    My first streetbike. 1966 Ducati Falcon 50. $75 from Mukwonago Fireman’s Park annual flea market. Thanked my dad thousands of times for buying it for me until he made me earn it through extra chores. Thought I’d burn out my retinas just from staring at it. Red,white, and blue sparkle 3/4 helmet. Insurance? License? Sure….

  • IslandTosh

    I was laughing as read #1, but then it started hitting a little too close to home. Now I can’t let the wife read it, least she realize the seriousness of my condition


    I’ve owned three motorcycles up until this point in my life, but have only owned one at any single time. I’ve just purchased a new to me motorcycle yesterday, marking the first time I’ve owned two motorcycles at the same time. Pray for me.

    • Evans Brasfield

      Be careful. It’s a slippery slope…

  • John B.

    Great list Evans! I would add one item to your list. Think about what kind of riding you want to do: Daily Commuting; Track Day Specialist; Iron Butt Long Distance; Dual Sport Adventures; One or Two Up; Sunday Cruising; Off-road; or all of the above. If I were new to motorcycling today, I would consider the Kawasaki Versys 650 LT. That bike checks many boxes for new and experienced riders.

  • Sloan Essman

    A Honda 599 as on “6 -buy a used bike” was my first, and it was bought used. Loved it but later got something with a little more wind protection for long trips (VFR800)