June 23rd, 2014
If you're just taking your motorcycle out of the garage for the first time this summer, you may be a little rusty. Not being able to ride your precious bike for a few months can cause forgetfulness for everyone, so there is no shame in admitting you need a little refresher course. Forgetting some of the essentials can cause you to lose control and possibly get into an accident. Motorcycle insurance can help you out financially if your bike is damaged, and proper attire can save your life, but you won't be in this predicament if you retrain yourself. A motorcycle safety course may seem like something for new riders, but it can help you get reacquainted with how to ride a bike. Here are a few reasons you should take this driving course:
You need a refresher
The simplest reason you should take this test is because you need practice. That bad boy has been under a cover for the past few months and you deserve to take it out for a ride, but make sure you remember how to beforehand. These courses are designed to help riders of all skill sets and experience levels, so you can feel comfortable getting trained again. Research your local chapter of the Department of Motor Vehicles and see if they offer any classes.
If you don't feel like taking out your own bike just yet, ask the DMV whether they provide bikes and helmets for you to use during the test. This can help you preserve your bike longer or get it tuned up while you're taking the course.
Help your insurance
When you're applying for insurance, the company will factor in a few things to determine your rates. Riding history, bike specifics and even the size of your wheels are used to assess what kind of risk you present as a rider. If you have been in a few crashes, chances are your coverage will be a little more expensive. But if you take a driving course, you could get a discount. Insurance agents will see that you're responsible and took the initiative to make sure that you're safer on the road.
This is your investment
While Evel Knievel had sponsorships and could afford to crash all of his bikes, you probably don't have that luxury. Getting into an accident can cause serious damage to your bike, and while insurance can help you pay for damages, it can't make you become a better driver. A driving course will refresh your memory, shake off the rust from the previous months and assist you in getting back on that bike. Plus, a driving course can give you the opportunity to try out different bikes, such as scooters or dual-sport models.