Easy Rider? Even Dennis Hopper had to start somewhere!

Easy Rider? Even stars have to start somewhere!

Motorcycles have been a classic image of Hollywood cool for decades. Think Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda in Easy Rider, Steve McQueen in The Great Escape, Tom Cruise in Top Gun, Pierce Brosnan in Tomorrow Never Dies… even Mel Gibson in Mad Max mode. Not to mention the celebrities who famously prefer two-wheeled transportation when the cameras aren’t rolling – including notable biking enthusiasts Ewan McGregor and George Clooney.

The thing is they all make it look so effortless. But even if you are a Hollywood superstar, taking to the road on a motorcycle as a first time biker is a daunting experience.

Every year thousands more people pass their motorcycle test and join the motorbike community, some simply hoping for a faster, more convenient commute to work, some hoping to put in some serious mileage on the most exotic motorcycle routes. Whatever your long-term plans, making those first few trips can jangle the nerves of even the most confident new biker.

One of the best ways to overcome your nervousness is to be prepared. UK motorcycle insurance company Bennetts recently released a series of useful tips for new bikers.

First up, take good care of your bike and your bike will take good care of you. Checking your motorcycle regularly should become second nature. Take special care to check your brakes and oil before you set out on even the shortest journey. Safety always comes first!

If you’re biking in the UK, you should already know to expect the unexpected weather-wise! Always take your waterproofs and dress in layers so you can stay warm or cool down as required.

As a new biker, you should build up your confidence by keeping your journeys short and gradually building up your riding towards longer journeys. Always travel at a comfortable speed and make regular stops to rest, hydrate and get the blood circulating.

Finally, stay visible and stay aware! Keep your headlight on and know where other motorists are around you. Never assume that they have seen you, and keep a safe distance at all times. With all these rules in mind you should be cruising like a movie star in no time!

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