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Back to the Basics: Refreshing Your Motorcycle Skills & Knowledge

Summer is ending and the kids are heading back to school, but they shouldn’t be the only ones studying. Whether you’re brand new to the riding community or you’re a seasoned veteran, there’s always something new to learn. We’ll give you 5 top ways to brush up on your motorcycle skills, knowledge, and techniques to become a better rider as we go back to the basics. 

Take a Safety Course.

No matter if you’re an advanced, beginner rider, or somewhere in the middle, taking a motorcycle safety course is a great way to sharpen your skills. There are classes that cater to all skill levels and they are taught by motorcycle safety experts. Conduct a quick online search and you’ll find a class near you in no time. 

Master Your Own Maintenance.

Put together a checklist of maintenance you’d like to accomplish on your bike and find resources that will help you DIY. Conducting your own maintenance will make you more conscious of the condition of your bike and helps you easily spot problems. As always, make sure you are conducting the T-CLOCS (Tires and Wheels, Controls, Lights and Electrical, Oil and Fluids, Chassis, and Sidestand) check before every ride you take. 

Find New Resources.

Speaking of resources, there are so many motorcycle resources out there for you to review. Keeping up-to-date on industry news or the latest motorcycle info is easier than ever before. Thanks to podcasts, books, forums, videos, and so much more, there are tons of resources that can fit your specific needs and preferences.

Conduct a Gear Check.

Back to school shopping isn’t just for the kiddos. Take a look at your personal lineup to make sure you have all of the safety gear you need to stay safe out on the road. If you don’t plan on adding to your personal inventory, you’ll still want to make sure the gear you have is in working order with no crack or tears that leave you exposed on the road. 

Learn from Fellow Riders.

Learning from peers is a great way to sharpen your skills. Ask them questions, watch how they ride, or take a spin on their bike to hone in on your technique. Attending motorcycle rallies and shows is also a fun way to connect with fellow riders and industry professionals to learn the latest skills.

You might be out of school, but there’s always something new to learn in the motorcycle world. Freshen up those skills and you’ll be ready to ride this fall.


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Emily Sullivan
Emily Sullivan
Emily Sullivan is a Content Curator for Trader Interactive, serving the recreational brands RV Trader and Cycle Trader. Her mission is to provide thoughtful, practical content to those who are always on the hunt for their next adventure.

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