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What is taught in a basic motorcycle course?

If you've decided that now is the time to learn how to ride a motorcycle, or to brush the dust off your old bike, it's a good idea that you enroll in a basic rider course. These courses can be taken just about anywhere in New Hampshire so be sure to find one closest to you in Portsmouth. Basic rider courses are great for new riders and those who are getting back on the motorcycle for the first time in years. A little safety refresher never hurt anyone.

An important exercise that is taught in a basic rider course is navigating multiple curves and making lane changes. This exercise combines both of these maneuvers into one lesson. Riders are taught how to negotiate curves without crashing and how to safely make lane changes when other vehicles are present.

Riders should also pay close attention to the exercise that teaches how to execute a basic swerve and make a turn from a stop. This exercise will also show riders how they can weave safely at slow speeds.

A basic rider course will also teach riders how to identify critical controls on the motorcycle, how to use them and the best posture to have when sitting on the bike. This exercise also teaches riders how to mount and dismount the bike properly.

Protecting yourself on a motorcycle is an important part of learning how to ride. You also need to know what to look for in other drivers who might pose a danger to you and your passenger. Taking a basic rider course can put you on the path to safe riding.

Source: MSF-USA, "Basic RiderCourse," accessed Feb. 16, 2018

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