12 Common Mistakes Made by Beginner Motorcycle Riders

Getting a motorcycle and having a license is one of the significant steps as you embark on your long journey on the roads. Especially, being an experienced rider is a different thing altogether, as it requires you to learn how to control your motorcycle and not let it control you. But what happens to beginners? Beginner motorcyclist mistakes cause accidents. However, with time you realize that to gain the experience, you will need patience and practice.

Here are the common mistakes made by beginner motorcycle riders

#1. Stalling                                     

More often than not, as a new rider, you are faced with the challenge of stalling as you learn how to ride a motorcycle with a conventional transmission. You’ll need to synchronize the acceleration of the fuel in small bits while adjusting the clutch, as this prevents your engine from suddenly stopping. Motorcycles have a slightly different clutch and throttle, and you need to get used to them every time you change your ride.

#2. Wrong gear

As a new cyclist, you are prone to using the wrong gear. However, you can avoid such mistakes by doing the following;

  • Make sure that when you stop, you’re on neutral gear.
  • When you start moving, always start in the first gear. 
  • If you’re on a highway and need to move fast, ensure that you skip to the second or third gear and upwards depending on the speed that you want to engage.
  • If you’re on a high speed and would like to stop, always reduce the gears as this will ensure your engine maintains your motorcycle.

When you engage the clutch lever and apply the force on the brakes at high speed, you may damage the braking capacity and stress your bike. However, if you have an emergency stop, disengage the engine by activating your clutch lever to a complete stop.

#3. Wrong speed

When starting as a new rider, it’s vital, to begin with, an average speed, which is enjoyable. Then, as you gain experience over time, you can gradually move faster and be comfortable with high speeds.

You should also avoid using the roads where traffic is moving at a very high speed, which could be dangerous.

#4. Wrong placing your feet and hands

Another mistake made by beginner motorcycle riders is the wrong placing of feet and hands. To avoid this, it would be best if you always had your hands placed on a handlebar for control maintenance. It also enables you to quickly respond to any issues that may arise on the roadway.

When you have your hands properly placed, you will also have some of your fingers on the clutch lever and break in case you need to make a stop. When you do this, your ride will be safe.

#5. Turn off your Indicators

Most beginner riders typically forget to turn off the indicators after making turns or changing lanes. You can avoid this by not paying too much attention to other actions that may confuse and make you forget this important task. As well, it can confuse other road users and may cause accidents.

See more: why should you visually check for motorcycles when changing lanes?

#6. Kickstand

A kickstand is an important feature that most beginner riders forget. You can fold the kickstand whenever you want to start your ride. So there’s no need to panic when you ignite the motorcycle, and it suddenly shuts down. To get out of this predicament, you can fold the kickstand and ignite it once more.

Notably, it’s a precautionary safety measure since unfolded kickstands can cause accidents, especially when riding and taking a turn.

#7. Maintenance

As a bike owner, it’s your responsibility to service your motorcycle. From the word go, regularly read through the user manual of your bike as well as oil changes, brakes, and drive chains. It would be best if you continually keep your motorcycle in an overall good condition.

#8. Running out of fuel

Running out of fuel can get you into trouble, especially if you’re travelling on a long ride. It would be best if you understood the fuel indicator of your motorcycle. Some motorcycles calculate the distance left to be covered, others have a light indicator, and some don’t have any indicator at all, and this can leave you guessing.

Knowing your range will save you the frustrations of running out of fuel, especially in places where there is no gas station nearby.

#9. Riding with a passenger

Having a passenger on board remarkably changes the dynamics of your motorcycle. You shouldn’t take a passenger if you don’t have enough confidence riding your bike, which could be dangerous.

You can focus on safety and learning everything about your motorcycle. In the end, your skills will improve with time.

#10. Failing to wear your gear

As a new rider, you are most likely to face challenges on the road that may lead to a crash. Therefore, you should always have your gear on to prevent walking away with an injured body.

#11. Getting a powerful or a big motorcycle

It would be more appropriate to start with a less powerful and smaller motorcycle for learning purposes. Go for a bike that will not send you flying off when you twist the throttle accidentally or when you make an emergency stop. You should be able to handle the weight of your motorcycle. As you gain experience with time, you can go for a more powerful bike.

#12. Dehydration

As a new rider, you are likely to get caught up in the excitement about your new ride and forget the basics, like drinking water. As a result, you will sweat while riding, and if you stay too long without drinking water to replace the lost fluids, you will interfere with your focus on the road.


To sum up the points, there are many mistakes you make as a new rider. Some of them can even wreck your motorcycle or cause accidents. Therefore, it’s critical to be keen while riding your new bike to save lives. Remember to be conscious of your surroundings and learn as much as possible about your motorcycle. With time, you will ride like a pro.

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