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How to Get Into Riding A Motorbike For the First Time

Riding first time

Writer: Alana King

What feeling do you get when I say the word “motorbike” or “scooter” to you? Are you the type of person who sees riding down a highway as freedom or does it make you feel a little nervous?

If you like the thought of it, what’s your type? Is your vision that of a classic Harley-Davidson or do you prefer a sleeker style, like that of a Ducati or a Vespa?

Well, whether you’ve always wanted one or are a little nervous to get in the seat, I have some tips on how you can get into riding a motorbike for the first time. 

Try before you buy:

While they can seem like a thrill, it is wise to keep in mind that a scooter is a decent investment that comes with its own costs and upkeep. This is where it is a great idea to rent a bike in order to test it out.

There are places where you can obtain a cheap motorbike rental in Melbourne. This way, you can try out and get a feel for a scooter to see if it’s what you want, without spending a huge amount of money. 

It also allows you to test whether you want to take on the associated costs of owning a bike and properly learning how to ride one.

Scooter vs. Motorbike – what’s the difference?

Some of you may be thinking, “Scooter isn’t it just a fancier term for a small bike?” Well, that is where you’d be wrong. While a scooter or moped may look smaller and sleeker, it isn’t its only defining difference. 

A scooter often has an automatic or continuously variable transmission (twist-and-go throttle), which can make it easier to learn, while a motorcycle could have a manual transmission, making it more complex. 

Scooters are also more manoeuvrable but are not suited to rough terrain, and they are not legal on main highways.   

Do your research, save money and get a used bike:

If you decide that a motorcycle is definitely, what you want, save yourself some money and buy a used motorbike. 

Many first riders go with a cheap bike instead of brand new, as it saves money if you’re a bit unsure in your final decision. 

However, it is wise to note that while you may save by getting it cheap, it can require consistent bike maintenance, usually every 12 months, depending on your model. 

Therefore, make sure you check it over regularly and get it serviced often by a qualified mechanic.  

It is also wise to get all the up-to-date documentation, especially when you’re buying a used bike.

Take classes:

Now that you have definitely decided that a motorcycle is for you, it is time to take some lessons.

However, just because you’re the only one on the bike, to begin with, you still need to have the mentality of when you first learned to drive.

Take a safety class, so that you know how to operate the bike properly and so you know all the proper controls. 

Buy decent safety wear:

While you may be able to save money on the cost of the bike, whether it is a scooter or a dirt bike, one of the areas you shouldn’t spare any expense is that of your safety gear. 

From your helmet to your motorcycle jacket, make sure they are of high quality, for particularly when you’re still learning, it could mean the difference between whether you come off with a bit of road rash or not at all. 

Also, remember to wear it. While it may seem great to go without on a hot day, make sure you wear it every time you ride. 


Well, now that you have decided that the feel of a motorbike is what you really want, all there is now is to get licensed and registered. 

Also, don’t forget to take out that insurance as a learner, it could pay you back someday. Now, good luck to all learner riders and may you stay safe.