posted on Sep, 27 2011 @ 05:49 AM
In the Netherlands it's actually obligated to take lessons and pass the exam before you get to drive a motorcycle. I just passed my exam last friday
and i totally agree with everything Largefries says. Especially the part where you MUST realise that car drivers most of the time don't see you.
Thats why lessons are so important, it makes you realise possible and hidden dangers that can confront you while on a bike. I won't get into details
but im sure your instructor will. Also the point about protective gear is a really good advise. Always wear full protection even if it's hot. I see
people drive around in tshirts or less but if they even fall once, they are done for.. If they survive, their skin will be peeled off to the bone. So
protective gear helps to prevent that. I got a link in dutch with some pictures of colorfull motorcycle gear to give you an idea what could be a good
hint what to buy: Protective motorcycle gear
Also another good advise my instructor always gave me: If you got alot on your mind, don't take the bike that day. It will cause a distraction and you
need to be on top of your game when on a bike.
In other words to summerize all above and yet to come: Drive safe, defensive and keep in mind that you have to be ready for everything to protect
yourself. Safety for yourself is priority number one when in traffic.
About motorcycles i haven't had alot of experience so far, but you should indeed start with a "light" type of bike, so you won't underestimate it's
power and in time get to learn/upgrade it's potentials if you want a stronger bike.
I myself am gonna start with a medium class bike (500cc?) to gain experience (also took lessons with the same class of bike) and perhaps later if i
want to upgrade it to the 1000cc range.
Besides the power and speed it will also depend on what you prefer and feel comfortable driving and offcourse it's use. If you goto work with it
everyday all year long, then you would prefer a diffrent type of bike then if it's just for sunny weather during summer..
Best of luck and most importantly, drive/stay safe!
edit on 27-9-2011 by Elexio because: typo