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Keeping safe on a new motorcycle: Basic knowledge

You love that you've finally been able to get a motorcycle. You waited for years to get the right one, and you're so excited that you can learn to ride.

As a new rider, there are some tips that can help keep you safer on the roads. Being safe doesn't have to be difficult, and keeping these tips in mind could save your life.

The first thing to remember is that helmets, even when they're not required, do a lot to prevent injury in a crash. Crashes are bound to happen on your motorcycle, even when it's only a single-vehicle crash. Imagine traveling 15, 25 or 55 mph; in none of the cases would you want to hit your head without protection.

Another thing to consider is finding a motorcycle that's right for you. Get one you're comfortable moving and driving. If it doesn't feel comfortable and you have to stretch to your tiptoes to balance it at a stop, it's probably not the right size for you.

Finally, remember that you can now get antilock brakes on motorcycles. In the past, you'd have to be very sure about how to break in different situations. Now, you can simply press a break and let the machinery and technology do the work. Those with antilock breaks are 37 percent less likely to get into a fatal crash, which helps increase your odds of walking away from a crash unscathed.

From getting the best bike for you to wearing the right gear, there are many things you can do to stay safe when you ride. If you're hit despite your best efforts, remember that you can attempt hold the driver responsible.

Source: Consumer Reports, "10 Motorcycle safety tips for new riders," accessed March 02, 2018

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