How to ride safely after a break

Figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics show that between 2009 and 2014, motorcycle registrations increased by 25 per cent to 780,174 – the sharpest increase of any vehicle.

There are a number of reasons for not being on the bike for any period of time. Perhaps you've had to park it in the shed as you can't fit all of your growing family on it.

Or maybe you're considering motorcycle finance to escape the confines of your car and relive your youth.

Regardless, there are a number of things you should consider before hopping on the bike again after a break.

Skills

Unfortunately, the old saying 'just like riding a bike' doesn't apply to actually riding a motorbike. If you haven't ridden for any period of time, the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads recommends starting in low risk situations, like on your own street, to brush off the cobwebs.

You should also consider doing a professional skills course to really refresh your memory and perhaps learn of any road rule changes.

Motorbike

If you have a bike that's been sitting in the garage, it's probably aged just like you. Check things like tyre pressure, headlights, indicators, brakes, chain and registration. Ensuring that you have motorcycle insurance is also a good idea.

It may be worth considering a motorcycle loan as new motorbikes have increasingly more safety features, including electronic brake force distribution, anti-lock brakes and airbags.

Gear

If your gear is from the 70's, it's probably time to upgrade. It's important that your jacket, pants, gloves and helmet are all in good condition, as the Motor Accident Commission asserts that any rip, tear or dent in your gear can be extremely dangerous in the event of an accident.

If you would like motorcycle finance for a new two-wheeled vehicle, talk to the team at AAA Finance. With access to 23 lenders, we have a wealth of competitive bike loan options; we can even complete your application within 24 hours.

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