Motorcycles are basically two-wheeled vehicles, which are powered by an engine. But this definition hardly does justice to the power and allure of these impressive machines. Whether you choose to race electric motorcycles, or powerful sport bikes, or just take off on touring motorcycles, nothing can match the experience of riding one of these machines.
Apart from the aforementioned types, motorcycles also come in varieties of mini bikes, naked bikes, street bikes, underbones, motocross bikes, supermotos and trials motorcycles. So before you can begin your tryst with motorcycle racing, or even motorcycle riding, you need to find out which of these you want to pursue your hobby on. Most people make use of street bikes, as they are the ones which are most easily available, and fit most budgets. So start out with one these, and once you are confident about your riding skills, you can try your hand at the others.
The best way to find a track to ride your motorcycle on is to ask your motorcycle shop. Not only can you practice during their free days, but can also participate in the races that are frequently organized at such venues. Do not be afraid to ask, or participate just because you are new, most of these events have experts, who can give you a lot of tips and more often than not, are glad to help a newbie.
After you have a place to practice and race, the next step is to get protective gear. Don't try to save a few bucks here by going for inferior stuff, as they could save your life in case of accidents. Now before you begin racing, you need to know your machine inside out. Not only should you be able to ride it, but the ability to fix minor problems will give you a definite advantage. When you are riding the bike, understand each nuance, especially if you are planning to race on it. You need to be aware of terms such as tankslapper, knee-down action, cornering speeds, crashing thrown-in and much more.
Right before the race, some points to keep in mind are, tyres should be in race condition, oil, forks, chain should be in right form, replace your engine coolant with water in case you have to, some tracks forbid engine coolant, as it makes the tracks slippery in case of leakage, and many other points. Remember that in case you go into the grass, do not ever immediately turn. Go straight, using both brakes, slow down slowly and once you are within manageable speed limits turn towards the road. Learn about the rules of racing, and remember that while racing the bikes in front will not have brake lights, so keep your eyes and ears open, and learn to anticipate braking, especially at corners. Always pass on the outside, and remember while racing, motorcycles don't turn by turning the front wheel in that direction. Turn your front wheel away from the turn and only then will you turn.
Just keep these points in mind, read up about your motorcycle and racing, and also about just riding one, to increase your knowledge. Familiarize yourself with your machine so much that, while riding you become one unit. Remember that nothing is worth risking your life for, so stay safe and enjoy the experience of racing your motorcycle.