When you first start your ride, check your front and rear brakes.

Best to check them while you’re moving slowly just after you move off, and check your front and rear brakes independent of each other.

Do this as soon as you can and before you HAVE to use them – ideally before you turn out of your own road, or even driveway if you are able.

You don’t want to be coming up to a junction or queue or traffic, need to apply the brakes and find that your hand closes on a limp leaver, or that your foot break has just stopped working.

Thanks to Pete Hillier for this rider tip!

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Tristan Findley


Tristan is an IT Professional, Photographer and motorcycle enthusiast. Working full-time as a Systems Administrator for Royal Holloway, but running his own photography company, and the occasional IT Contract. Tristan has been riding motorcycles since 2016, and is the original author of "My First Motorcycle", the forerunner to this site. He built it with the intention of providing a resource to those interested in riding, and to give something back to the community that had helped get him started in the world of motorcycles.

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