The New Rider Q&A forum has been getting rather crowded with sticky posts. To streamline the forum and improve readability, this single post will be "stickied" and posts which would otherwise have been made a sticky will be linked here for easy access.
If you find yourself reading a thread that you think has exceptional value to a new rider and should be added, please feel free to post a link to it here and recommend it for the New Rider FAQ.
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Best Beginner bike ... once and for all
Shopping for an older first bike
So you've decided to buy your first bike, but don't know which
Class 6 Road Test pointers
Reminders for a Safer Spring
Tips for riding once the weather turns colder
How to be a motorcycle passenger
Tips to stay alive on the road this summer
New rider rides, suggestions and guidelines
How do I store my bike for winter?
The Dangers of Riding Categorized
Motorcycle Skills Assessment procedure. Know before you go!
Monday Night Noob Friendly ride