If you have bought a motorcycle from your local bike shop, the next thing you need to do is to pick it up and ride the bike home from the dealership. If it is your first time riding a bike, it may not be as easy as it sounds.

A lot of dealerships like Performance NC provide a shuttle delivery option for an extra fee. However, depending on how this is calculated, and your location, you may end up paying a lot. But, you can try the same if you know someone with a van or truck. Just ensure they are competent in transporting heavy objects like motorcycles. Then, you may have a rider spouse, friend, or partner riding your bike home for you. However, you may also want to take the first ride so you want to ride it home. The following are some tips to riding your bike home to ensure your safety and readiness:

Have a Pan for your Route

 To ensure a safe journey while riding your bike home from the dealership, plan your route in advance and stick to it. Your plan should include the lanes you will use and will ride in. You can easily do this by using Google maps, in street view mode. This will let you take a virtual advance ride. Focus on travelling as much as possible on straight roads so you will have time to get a good feel for the new eight you must power and balance.

Ensure you keep your route as simple as possible and ride roads you are familiar with. Your first ride is the perfect time to avoid distractions.

Don’t Fetch your Bike During Rush Hours

If you will be picking up your bike on week days, schedule your pick up well in advance or after rush hour time. If you will do so on a weekend, early Saturday or Sunday mornings are often calmer.

Familiarise Yourself with the Controls

Don’t start mounting up unless you are already familiar with all controls. You must learn how the turn signals, immoboliiser, and ignition location work. Fit the mirror to your viewing needs.

Check Fuel

Make sure there is enough fuel to get you home. The dealership must offer a full tank; however, ensure to check. Without enough fuel, you will need to take a gas stop.

Get a Feel for the Clutch and Brakes

Familiarise yourself with the clutch and brake lever while the engine is off. Take your time feeling the pressure required for applying and releasing them.