December 28, 2010 19:01 ET

Swinton Bikes Offers Advice to New Motorcyclists

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Dec. 28, 2010) - First time motorcyclists who are lucky enough to find a brand new motorbike in their Christmas stocking this year are being urged by Swinton Bikes to ensure they have the correct training and handling experience before they have their first ride out.

Swinton Bikes, one of the UKs leading high street retailers of motorcycle insurance is offering some useful tips to new inexperienced motorcyclists:

• Complete a motorcycle riding course from a school that is endorsed by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation. An advantage of having a MSF endorsed certificate is that some insurance companies will offer an instant discount on your motorbike insurance premium.

• Ensure you have a well fitted, safety approved helmet.

• Ensure you have the correct clothing on that has adequate reflective panels so that you can been seen in dark conditions.

• Look as far ahead into the road as possible, always look out for bumps, potholes, puddles, oil spills etc and observe how other vehicles in front are reacting to road conditions.

• Use quiet roads to practice manoeuvres, like emergency braking, swerving, slow turns and smooth throttle operation.

• Do not carry a passenger until you feel very confident handling the bike, this usually takes a year or so.

• At this time of year, road conditions can be treacherous so maybe consider waiting until road conditions have improved before you first ride out.

• Also, beware of potholes, as they are more common after icy conditions, which we have been experiencing lately.

Antony Aronin, Head of Swinton Bikes, "Getting a first bike is always an exciting prospect, but inexperienced riders need to be extra vigilant, the first time can be quite daunting. New riders should always remember that safety is paramount and drive carefully within the rules of the road and take extra car in the cold and icy weather conditions we are experiencing at the moment."

About Swinton

  • With 603 branches nationwide Swinton is the UK's largest high street insurance retailer
  • Unlike many other companies in the financial services industry, Swinton is committed to keeping its branches open for business, and part of the community
  • Swinton provides a one-stop-shop for the insurance and related needs of its clients, offering home, car, caravan, business, holiday, motorbike and even classic car insurance
  • With a dedicated team on hand at every branch to search a panel of insurers to offer quality cover at competitive rates

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