If you are a new rider and love watching videos to learn or enrich your experience, you’ll likely have spent some time browsing YouTube. Here are some good ones that are worth your time to check out.
With the Top Ten How to Tech Tips brought to you by J&P Cycles, you can learn how to perform basic maintenance on your bike. Professionals in this video walk people through everything from inspecting the tires and battery to making small changes such as putting in a new air filter. Simply put, when watching this video, you can get an idea on how to work on your bike, and the host is friendly, speaks slowly and explains everything in detail.
Often when we get started, we want to go slowly as it’s the easiest way to learn safely. Luckily, there is a rider in England who can teach you how to avoid dropping your bike and making a mistake in the first weeks of riding. To see this video and others by him, go here. He approaches topics simply, and even experienced riders can benefit from his tips.
Okay, I have a bias as I am from California, where we can ride year-round and have a lot of fun doing so. Not only that, since it’s so popular to ride here, it feels much safer than in other areas of the world. While I am not exactly from the area the rider goes, I recommend anyone to check out this video. In this YouTube video, the host goes up the Pacific Coast Highway in California, which is both challenging and beautiful. If you check out the video, you are sure to want to hop on your bike and go for a ride.
Safety courses are great and all, but chances are you’ll learn just as much about safe riding techniques from real world situations. This video does just that. Follow an experienced rider around his town and observe the way he handles situations as they manifest. We all know, our environment is not created in a vacuum. What happens on the road and how we deal with it is probably the most important part of keeping ourselves safe on the road.
Shifting is an often overlooked topic, and mistakes are dangerous habits to form. Perpetually over or under-revving your motorcycle can cause over-consumption of fuel and potentially shorten the life of the engine. For shifting tips, check out this video. It could potentially save you money at the pump and help you rest assured that you’re treating your motorcycle as it was designed to be treated.
Whether you’re new to riding or have been in the saddle for decades, it’s a good idea to audit your skills and knowledge. They might change your perspective on something you have always thought to be proper practice. If you’re new then all the better – the early months (years even) are when you’ll form the habits that will follow the trajectory of your motorcycle riding career. And the wealth of information online is completely free and almost impossibly convenient.