In the popular AMC series “The Walking Dead” fictional character Daryl Dixon uses his mojo to navigate through the zombie apocalypse on a motorcycle. Not surprisingly, actor Norman Reedus, who plays Dixon, is a skilled rider with years of motorcycle riding experience. He once worked at a Harley shop called “Dr. Carl’s Hog Hospital” and currently owns a Harley, two Triumphs, a Honda and a Tiger 800. Reedus’ enthusiasm has even led to the creation of a new AMC motorcycle travel show called “Ride With Norman Reedus,” which takes viewers out on numerous motorcycle road trips to famous locations around the country. But, like everyone else, Reedus was once an anxious newcomer to motorcycling trying to figure out how to learn to ride like a pro.
Reedus still remembers being a brand new rider and has a lot of common sense advice for people just starting out. He says a great place to start is simply to talk to other motorcycle riders and ask them to show you things, like how the motor and gears work. Begin with a smaller bike you can manage. Remember that you can always progress to a larger, more powerful machine when you are ready. Besides, Reedus says, “little motorcycles are just as fun.”
Knowing your surroundings is essential according to Reedus. He cautions riders to assume that everyone is busy texting and driving and to always stay aware of what other vehicles are doing. For first time riders, Reedus recommends taking it slow and riding away from traffic. Those, empty scenic routes are Reedus’ favorite places to go riding, think things through and decompress. To experience taking a real ride with Norman Reedus, watch “Ride With Norman Reedus” Sunday nights on AMC or on AMC.com.
The attorneys at Heintz & Becker appreciate the great down-to-earth advice actor Norman Reedus has for new motorcycle riders. Whether you are new to riding or have been riding all your like, we invite you to check out our series of motorcycle safety blogs. Sadly, Reedus’ comments about texting and driving are on point and it seems like not a day goes by that we don’t hear of a senseless motorcycle accident in our area. Our experienced team of motorcycle injury attorneys is standing by if you or a member of your family ever becomes the victim of a motorcycle accident due to the careless actions of another driver.
Source(s): Variety, "Norman Reedus Talks New Motorcycle Travel Show, Why ‘Walking Dead’ Season 7 is ‘Worth the Wait’", posted June 12, 2016; The Wall Street Journal, "Norman Reedus’s Tips for Motorcycle Newbies", posted June 9, 2016; AMC.com, "Ride with Norman Reedus Q&A"