Honda Motorcycle

Get Red-Y to Ride

Tips and advice for first-time riders.

Step 1: Get licensed

The requirements for obtaining your motorcycle operator’s licence typically involve a series of graduated steps before you’re able to ride any size of bike with no restrictions (such as staying off highways or not riding at night). Signing up for a certified rider-training course makes it easy to navigate through the process, and many may even provide the bike for you to learn on.

A biker on a motorcycle driving down a desert highway. / Un motard sur une moto roulant sur une autoroute du désert.

Step 1: Get licenced

The requirements for obtaining your motorcycle operator’s license typically involve a series of graduated steps before you’re able to ride any size of bike with no restrictions (such as staying off highways or not riding at night). Signing up for a certified rider-training course makes it easy to navigate through the process, and many may even provide the bike for you to learn on.

Parked Honda motorcycle in the street in front of a wall. / Moto Honda garée dans la rue devant un mur.

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A person riding a motorcycle / Une personne conduisant une moto

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For a limited time, after completing your rider-training course in 2022, you can get $200 OFF a brand new, previously unregistered on-road Honda Motorcycle. $200 offer expires October 31st, 2022.*

Contact your local Honda Motorcycle dealer for full eligibility details.

A person riding a motorcycle / Une personne conduisant une moto

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Step 2: Choose your bike & gear

Riding a motorcycle is a whole lot of fun, and so is shopping for your first bike. Sure, it can seem overwhelming at first, with so many different models to choose from, but once you learn a little bit about how one style of bike differs from another, it’ll be easy to find the bike that’s just right for you. Here are a few of the important things to look for in your first bike:

Close up of a motorcycle seat on a white background / Gros plan d'un siège de moto sur fond blanc

Seat height

Being able to put both of your feet flat on the ground when you come to a stop gives you extra control and confidence. And if the seat is too high, the bike can feel intimidating to ride – particularly if you are just learning. Street bikes typically have a lower seat height than off-road or dual-sport bikes, in part because they need less ground clearance.

Close up of a motorcycle seat on a white background	/ Gros plan d'un siège de moto sur fond blanc

Seating position

A bike’s ergonomics – how your arms and legs are positioned and the angle of your back and neck when you’re riding – plays a huge role in ride comfort, how easy the bike is to handle and how confident you feel. The seating position may seem just right at a standstill, but awkward once you start riding. For your first bike, look for something that puts you in a gentle crouch – not too leaned forward with too much stress on your arms - and not too leaned back with your feet too forward.

Close up of a motorcycle engine on a white background / Gros plan d'un moteur de moto sur fond blanc

Weight

A lighter bike is simply easier to keep balanced when you’re stopped, or when you’re tip-toeing into a tight parking spot. It’s also easier to move around in a garage or put it on or take it off its sidestand or centrestand. In most cases, the bigger the engine, the heavier the bike. Honda weights always include a full tank of gas, so you know exactly the weight of the bike at its heaviest

Close up of  motorcycle bodystyle on a white background	/ Gros plan de la carrosserie de la moto sur fond blanc

Bodywork Style

Unique style that showcases different looks for your bike from athletic, to sporty & retro. Designed to reduce air drag & fuel consumption and protect engine components.

Close up of a motorcycle engine on a white background / Gros plan d'un moteur de moto sur fond blanc

Engine Size

Along with displacement, the number of cylinders an engine has contributes to how it performs, how it feels, how it sounds, how much it weighs – even how it looks. Smaller bikes aimed at new riders typically have one or two cylinders to keep weight low and the bike narrow. Cruisers usually have two-cylinder engines, often with a classic V-twin shape, and high-performance sport bikes and touring bikes almost always have four, or even six, cylinders. Riders often fall in love with the sound and feel of a particular type of engine – all are capable of great performance, so it often comes down to what you prefer.

Close up of a motorcycle brakes on a white background / Gros plan d'une moto freine sur un fond blanc

Brakes

Braking on a motorcycle is a lot like braking on a bicycle – it takes a little bit of practice to do it properly and safely without skidding the tires. That’s why Honda leads the way with technology designed to make braking a whole lot easier to master and safer to use. Especially when you’re just starting out, a bike with ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) is a great choice because ABS helps to prevent the wheels from locking and skidding if you brake too hard or on a slippery surface. An ABS system that links or combines the front and rear brakes is even better – it automatically applies some braking force to the front wheel when the rear-brake pedal is applied, and (depending on the type of linked system) some force to the rear wheel when the front-brake lever is applied.

Choose your bike style

We know the importance of getting a safe, confident, enjoyable start in the sport, which is why Honda offers one of the largest selections of bikes designed with novice riders in mind. Here’s a look at the six basic styles of bike and what they offer.

Two people riding one motorcycle down a rural road. / Deux personnes conduisant une moto sur une route rurale.

Touring

If you love to explore far-away places, a touring bike is the perfect companion. Features include extra protection from a larger fairing, a taller windshield, and plenty of options for carrying your gear.

Three Reasons You’ll Love a Honda Touring Bike:

  1. Smooth and powerful engine for comfort on all-day highway trips
  2. Ample fuel capacity to ride longer
  3. Built-in saddlebags, or bodywork designed to accept accessory bags
A person driving a motorcycle down a suburban street. / Personne conduisant une moto sur une rue de banlieue.

Cruiser

Featuring the look, sound and riding position like no other style of motorcycle, Honda offers a range of cruisers with different engine configurations for all types of riding and all types of riders.

Three Reasons You’ll Love a Honda Cruiser:

  1. High-tech features and light and compact design
  2. Excellent fuel efficiency to help you ride far and wide between fill-ups.
  3. Comfortable riding position that is relaxed and neutral
A person riding a sport bike on an enclosed track. / Personne conduisant une moto sur une rue de banlieue.

Sport / Standard

Sport bikes are perhaps the most exhilarating style of all motorcycles. They’re designed to go, stop, turn and handle with the utmost efficacy. Because of this, a smaller sport bike makes great sense as a novice rider’s first motorcycle.

Three Reasons You’ll Love a Honda Sport Bike:

  1. Available in a range of sizes
  2. Light weight for increased bike performance
  3. Optimum seat position for operating controls
A person driving a motorcycle down a desert road. / Personne conduisant une moto sur une route désertique

Adventure

No other style of motorcycle opens the door to freedom and new experiences quite like an adventure bike. If you’re a new rider unsure of where you want to go, an adventure bike leaves your options open.

Three Reasons You’ll Love a Honda Adventure Motorcycle:

  1. More ground clearance, suspension travel, special tires and more
  2. Higher handlebar and taller windshield for a clearer view
  3. The iconic performance that lets you explore like never before.
Motorcycle driving down a winding road. / Motocycliste circulant sur une route sinueuse

Dual Sport

From exploring remote regions to carving through city streets, every ride is a new adventure. Honda dual-sport motorcycles are designed for the best of both worlds, with ruggedly comfortable performance and impressive all-terrain capability.

Three Reasons You’ll Love a Honda Dual Sport Bike:

  1. Excellent on-road and off-road riding comfort and capability
  2. Powerful, lightweight performance to tackle any terrain
  3. Balanced dual-sport suspension and durable chassis design
A person driving a Monkey motorcycle on a city street. / Une personne conduisant une moto Monkey dans une rue de la ville.

miniMOTO

Going to work or school or running errands sometimes can be a drag—but add one of these pocket-sized Hondas to the equation, and suddenly it becomes the best part of your day. Wherever you need to go, get ready to put a smile on your face. One ride on a Honda miniMOTO and you’ll be a fan for life!

Three Reasons You’ll Love a Honda miniMOTO Bike:

  1. A variety of styling options from Sporty, Modern & Retro
  2. Lightweight ride that offers incredible fuel efficiency
  3. So much fun to ride you’ll forget how practical it is
The Honda logo on the body of a motorcycle. / Le logo Honda sur la carrosserie d'une moto.

Choose your gear

Quality gear keeps you more comfortable during a ride, and acts as your suit of armour during falls and nasty weather. Whether you're going on-road or off-road, your local Honda dealership has it all, with the expertise to make sure everything fits right.

The Honda logo on the body of a motorcycle. / Le logo Honda sur la carrosserie d'une moto.

On-Road

The most comprehensive
level of protection

Profile view of a biker head in a helmet. / Vue de profil de la tête d'un motard dans un casque.

Helmet

Your helmet is the most important piece of protection. It must fasten securely and bear DOT and/or Snell approval. Full-face helmets are recommended over open face styles for improved comfort and protection.

Rear view of a biker wearing a motorcycle jacket and riding a motorcycle at night. / Vue arrière d'un motard portant une veste de moto et conduisant une moto la nuit.

Jacket

Jackets provide excellent protection and act as a first line of defence in a fall. Make sure your jacket allows for correct adjustment. Textile or mesh offer increased practicality but leather offers the best protection.

A biker sitting on a red motorcycle on a racetrack / Un motard assis sur une moto rouge sur une piste de course

Pants

In a fall your knees, hips or legs are often first to contact the ground. Your pants can protect these areas from impact and abrasion. Make sure your pants include padding on the hips.

Close up of a hand in a black leather glove gripping the controls of a motorcycle.  / Gros plan d'une main dans un gant de cuir noir saisissant les commandes d'une moto.

Gloves

A good pair of riding gloves not only helps protect your hands but also helps keep them from getting sore, tired or cold. They should fit snugly without causing discomfort. Leather construction with a plastic knuckle is best.

View of a biker feet wearing white motorcycle boots. / Vue des pieds d'un motard portant des bottes de moto blanches.

Boots

Quality footwear with good ankle protection is a must. Some boots can be quite dangerous because of the sole. Make sure yours do not have deep grooves that can hang up on the pegs easily. Boots with plastic panels are recommended because they tend to slide, rather than tumble when hitting the pavement.

 Front view of a biker racing a red motorcycle / Vue de face d'un motard conduisant une moto rouge

Suit

The most abrasion and impact protection possible is available only with the use of a well armoured, one-piece leather suit. Correct fit is more important than anything. All armour should fit snuggly in place and the leather should not move freely or fold over your skin.

Close up of a biker wearing a spine protector / Gros plan d'un motard portant un protecteur de colonne vertébrale

Spine protector

Most jackets and suits come with a supplemental spine pad, but these offer a minimal amount of spine protection. CE rated spine protectors improve the level of protection as well as cover a larger portion of the back. Your CE rated spine protector should be fully adjustable at the waist and shoulders to maximize safety.

Dual Sport

The most comprehensive
level of protection

Profile view of a biker head in a helmet. / Vue de profil de la tête d’un motocycliste dans un casque

Helmet

Your helmet is without question the most important piece of protection. It must fasten securely, and bear DOT, and/or Snell approval labels. Full-face helmets are recommended over openface styles for their improved protection

Close up of a pair of goggles / Gros plan d’une paire de lunettes de protection

Goggles

Protecting your eyes is just as important as protecting your noggin, so goggles are a must when heading out on the trail. Make sure they fit inside your helmet opening and opt for higher-quality models with a foam seal and shatterproof clear or tinted Lexan® lense

Front view of a person on a motorcycle / Vue de face d’une personne sur une moto

Jersery

Long-sleeved jerseys provide excellent protection from scrapes and cuts, and they keep a rider comfortable over a wide range of weather conditions. Most riding jerseys are made of materials that breathes well and stretches with normal body movements.

Close up of elbow guards / Gros plan des protège-coudes

Elbow Guards

Further protection for your elbows and forearms comes in the form of hard-plastic, foam-lined elbow pads, worn underneath your jersey. These come in specific child and adult sizes, so make sure they fit snugly and won’t slip in the event of a fall.

Close up view of a motorcycle glove gripping a  handlebar. / Gros plan d’un gant de motocycliste agrippant un guidon.

Gloves

A good pair of riding gloves not only protects your hands in the event of a fall, but also helps keep them from getting sore, tired or cold out on the trail. You’ll know you have the right size when you can make a fist without difficulty, and they fit snugly without causing discomfort.

Front view of a rider in motorcycle pants / Vue de face d’un motocycliste portant un pantalon de moto

Pants

Riding pants, usually made of tough, lightweight nylon with stretch panels in key areas to ensure a secure fit, are another essential item. Choose pants that fit comfortably but allow ample room to accommodate knee protection (guards) underneath.

Front view of a rider in motorcycle knee/shin guards / Vue de face d’un motocycliste portant des protège-genoux et protège-tibias de moto

Knee/shin guards

Leg armor is key to protecting your knees and shins from bumps and bruises, so use the same principle for knee/shin guards as you did for the elbow guards: Look for specific youth or adult sizes, and be sure they fit snugly and provide complete shin and knee coverage

Front view of a rider in motorcycle boots / Vue de face d’un motocycliste portant des bottes de moto

Boots

There’s no shortage of great boots on the market offering superb protection. Look for models with adjustable, quick-release buckles (for easy entry/exit), steel-shank- supported soles (to protect your foot’s arch), and a combination leather/plastic construction for optimal cushioning and comfort.

Close up view of a chest protector / Gros plan d’un plastron

Chest protector

Chest protectors help shield your chest, shoulders and back against trail 'roost' kicked up by other riders. Available in a wide range of sizes - be sure to pick one that fits securely and comfortably.

Picture of a rider wearing a kidney belt / Vue de face d’un motocycliste portant une ceinture de protection lombaire

Kidney Belt

While not usually considered a mandatory piece of protective gear, kidney belts are still highly recommended. Designed for both lower back and kidney support while navigating rough terrain, it’s the smart choice to wear one every time you ride.

Step 3: Get out & play

You passed your licensing test with flying colours. You learned all about the different types of bikes and found the perfect one for you. Now the fun really begins! Before heading out on your first ride – in fact, before any time you ride - here are a few things to remember.

Take care of the unexpected

Before each ride, it’s important to inspect your motorcycle and make sure any problem you find is corrected. A careful pre-ride inspection and good maintenance are especially important, not only for safety, but because having a breakdown, or even a flat tire, can be a major inconvenience.

A person from the waist down, holding a motorcycle helmet. A motorcycle is parked in front of this person. / Une personne à partir de la taille, tenant un casque de moto. Une moto est garée devant cette personne.

Preparing for a ride

A safe and enjoyable ride begins with good planning and preparation. Always ride with at least one other person in case you have troubles or let someone know where you’re going and when you expect to return.

Before riding, take time to get acquainted with your motorcycle and how it works. To protect your investment, we urge you to take responsibility for keeping your motorcycle well maintained.

Scheduled service is a must, of course, but it’s just as important to observe break-in guidelines and perform all pre-ride and other periodic checks detailed in your owner’s manual. We also recommend that you read your owner’s manual before you ride – it’s full of facts, instructions, safety information and helpful tips.

A person on a motorcycle turning down an alleyway. / Une personne sur une moto tournant dans une ruelle.

What to Take with you

What you take with you during a ride depends on how long you expect to ride, how far you might go and how experienced you or your companions are. We recommend that you always take water, a snack, a first aid kit and your owner’s manual. How much weight you put on your motorcycle, and how you load it, are important to your safety. Improperly loading your motorcycle can affect its stability and handling. Any time you ride with a passenger or cargo, you should adhere to the guidelines and other information in your owner’s manual. The weight of added accessories will reduce the maximum cargo weight you can carry. If you require more information on the cargo you can carry on your motorcycle, speak to your Honda dealer.

Pre-ride inspection

For your safety, it is very important to take a few moments before each ride to walk around your motorcycle and check its condition. If you detect any problem; be sure you take care of it, or have it corrected by your Honda dealer.

  • Check the levels of engine oil, fuel and coolant, and look for leaks.

  • Check the condition and the pressure of the tires.

  • Check the throttle for smooth opening and full closing in all steering positions.

  • Check that the engine stop switch works properly.

  • Check the operation of the front and rear brakes and make sure there is no brake fluid leakage.

  • Check the condition and amount of slack in the drive chain

  • Check that the headlight, tail/brake light, turn signals, and horn function properly.

  • Check that the engine shuts off when the side stand is deployed.

  • For more information, refer to your owner’s manual and speak to your local Honda dealer.

A person riding a motorcycle over sand dunes at sunset. / Une personne conduisant une moto sur des dunes de sable au coucher du soleil.

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Two Honda motorcycles stopped at a scenic viewpoint. / Deux motos Honda se sont arrêtées à un point de vue panoramique.

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