Harley Davidson Motorcycle Riding Tips

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Jim and I both know that once you venture out on two wheels, it’s hard to get back on the road in a car, truck, or SUV. Riding a Harley Davidson Motorcycle is thrilling to say the least, but there are some things that all riders should know, when it comes to Harley Davidson Road Trips.

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Always wear a helmet, even if you are just riding down the street. Not all states require you to wear a helmet when you are riding a Harley Davidson Motorcycle, but if you value your cranium, it is better to be safe than sorry.

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Wearing gloves is almost as important as a helmet when you are riding a Harley Davidson Motorcycle. If the bike drops or falls, the first thing you do is instinctively put your hand down to break your fall. Yes, it’s a reflex action, which is exactly the reason you need to wear gloves.

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If you have been following our blog, you will remember that I had to have my boots repaired when we attended the 110th Anniversary for Harley Davidson. Luckily, Jim and I found a cobbler, but had we not; I would have had to buy a new pair. Wearing boots with good soles is imperative, especially if you tip over your Harley Davidson Motorcycle. If your foot slips under the bike, you are going to want some solid support.

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I do like to look good when I ride, but wearing a good fitting pair of pants and a jacket is another essential when it comes to a Harley Davidson Motorcycle. Proper riding leathers will give you protection from the elements and protection from the asphalt should a fall occur.

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I am always the passenger on the Road King, but Jim has always told me not to apply the front brake first. If a truck or car decides to change lanes right in front of your Harley Davidson Motorcycle train yourself to hit your foot brake before your hand brake.

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It may seem like a natural reaction, but it is important that you slow in, lean down, and power out. Keep everything inline and brake before you hit a curve. Grabbing your brakes too quickly when you hit a turn could upset the weight distribution, especially if you are riding with a partner on the back.

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A Harley Davidson Motorcycle does not have as much traction as a four wheeled vehicle. Jim is always on the lookout for debris and sand. Because we like to ride in groups, we keep an eye out for each other and point out hazards. If you do hit debris or sand, keep it smooth and slow, just as you would if you were riding on an icy road. Jim keeps our Road King as upright as he can to avoid losing traction if sand or debris is on the road.