How to ride safely after a break
There are a number of reasons for not being on the bike for any period of time. Perhaps you've had to park it in the shed as you can't fit all of your growing family on it. Or the constant Covid lockdowns have had you house bound. Maybe your just starting to consider getting a bike to escape the confines of your car and relive your youth. Regardless, there are a number of things you should consider to ensure you ride safely after a break.
Ride safely checklist
Unfortunately, the old saying 'just like riding a bike' doesn't apply to actually riding a motorbike. If you haven't ridden for any period of time, the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads recommends starting in low risk situations, like on your own street, to brush off the cobwebs.
You should also consider doing a professional skills course to really refresh your memory and perhaps learn of any road rule changes. In the last few years lane filtering and riding on the shoulder have been made legal in some states.
If you have a bike that's been sitting in the garage, it's probably aged just like you. Check things like tyre pressure, headlights, indicators, brakes, chain and registration. Ensuring that you have motorcycle insurance is also a good idea.
It may be worth considering updating the bike with a motorcycle loan. New motorbikes have increasingly more safety features, including electronic brake force distribution, anti-lock brakes and airbags.
If your gear is from the 70's, it's probably time to upgrade. It's important that your jacket, pants, gloves and helmet are all in good condition. Any rip, tear or dent in your gear can be extremely dangerous in the event of an accident. Investing in the right safety gear can save your life. Did you know that this gear can be included in your bike finance amount?
Ride safely with a new bike
If you would like motorcycle finance for a new two-wheeled vehicle, talk to the team at AAA Finance. With access to over 40 lenders, we have a wealth of competitive bike loan options. Buying new and used, privately or from a dealer and for road and trail bikes. We can have your bike loan application approved within 24 hours. Call 07 5493 1222 to discuss your bike loan, get an accurate quote or make a quick 5 minute application over the phone.
About the author
Peter Watman has extensive finance and automotive experience having worked in both industries for over 30 years. Peter founded AAA Finance and Insurance in 2012. He leads an experienced team that provides quick and easy finance solutions along with exceptional customer service.