For any new rider, the generally accepted due diligence of learning to ride a two wheeler includes a short list of consistent activities.
1. Get yourself a helmet (and better yet, full riding gear)
2. Take the MSF rider safety course
3. Read David L. Hough’s Proficient Motorcycling
Though I’ve been riding scooters since 2007, I’ve only recently crossed #3 off my list, and I have to say, I put it off far too long. Not only was it an enjoyable, entertaining read, but Proficient Motorcycling is a treasure trove of riding tips.