To be a safe rider, get to know your motorcycle extremely well. It’s very different from a car and makes more demands on the operator. The motorcycle goes and turns and stops smoothly according to your degree of skill and knowledge.
Get to know your owner’s manual; not all motorcycles are exactly alike. Types range from large touring bikes and cruisers to nimble sport bikes and standard street machines. The manual gives you many specifics you will find helpful in understanding and maintaining the bike you’ve chosen.
Source: The Motorcycle Safety Foundation