Good habits are one of the best ways to stay safe and enjoy yourself while on two wheels. When you start to do the right things repeatedly, you'll find that it comes second nature and when that happens, you're the best rider you can be. While there are obviously more than three habits you need to form, these three are some of the most important.
Always Do A Pre-ride Check
Never just hop on your bike and go. Motorcycles aren't like cars and they need a more watchful eye and consistent maintenance. Always check the following: controls, cables, lights, oil, fuel, chassis, tool kit, side stand and center stand. If you do this every time you get on your bike, it becomes second nature and won't feel like a chore.
Always Wear Appropriate Riding Gear
I've discussed the importance of riding gear before and it can't be stressed enough. Riding gear will keep you safe and comfortable. When you wear it every time you ride, you'll feel weird without it. This is what you want, you want your gear to feel like a part of the experience. The sooner you establish this habit, the better off you'll be.
Assume Nobody Sees You And Have An Escape Plan
Always assume other drivers don't see you when you're on your bike because they probably don't. I don't care if someone has nodded or waved at you, still try to treat them like they don't see you. Most people are fine, but some can look right at you and never really notice you. You'll develop a sense for spotting these people over time. Eventually, you'll be able to spot the assholes who are either more interested in their phone or so oblivious to the fact that there are other people on the road without much of a hassle.
Just spotting these people isn't enough. You need to be able to stay safe from them too. Always have an escape plan. Give yourself plenty of space to swerve or brake when you think you might have to and if someone's crowding you, simply let them go ahead. It's better to let the asshole have his or her way than to get thrown across the pavement.