Not to stir the pot but so far 2 fatalities and 2 crashes that I have read so far for a shitty start of this season.
The sad reality is this is only the beginning and like every year there will be more. This year I have some advise in an attempt to save someone from being hurt.
For the other experienced riders here please offer what you can. What we think is so obvious to us a new rider hasn’t even thought about.
A mistake many riders make is thinking you are as good as you were last year.
At the end of last season you had a few good rides and felt you learned some things and gained some confidence. You learned to “ride” the bike so that scary factor is gone. What you need to do firt time out is learn to control it.
At the start of the season you get a false sense of your abilities. Racers do not stay off a bike for more than a week even that makes a difference to some. As a recreational rider not riding for months you can not expect to be able to just jump on your bike and feel you can continue like last year. The last time you rode it was nice and warm or just cooler. Now it is cold, there are pot holes so big that cars are having tires popped. There is still sand on the roads everywhere. In cold weather your tires aren’t as sticky, the suspension is a little stiffer, and do you even check your pressures after letting it sit for months. And cars are not aware or used to seeing motorcycles yet.
These are things to consider at the start of every season.
I guess all I can add is to not be so eager to get out on the first sunny day and rip it up. It is only the first of many, be patient. Take time, practice and refresh your skills and be extra aware that things are not like it was the last time you rode.
Just my 2 cents……lets try really hard to be safer this season.