Rider Training: The Next Step in Motorcycle Safety

Aug 12, 2015 View Comments by

Rider Training: The Next Step in Motorcycle SafetyThe Importance of Coaching –

If you’ve been reading RoadRUNNER for a while you know that we take safety very seriously. Unfortunately, safety issues tend to spark massive (and usually pointless) debates among motorcyclists. Should helmet use be mandatory or not? The dead horse that is the ATGATT (All The Gear All The Time) debate, and the ever popular “start on a 250 or you’re going to die” threads are constant fodder for motorcycle forums the World Wide Web over (I’m not saying these topics aren’t important). But how often do you see people discussing motorcycle training? It happens, but much less frequently than the other previously mentioned topics.

You’ve probably seen us post about some of our experiences at different schools, because we strongly believe that improving our riding skills is an extremely effective way of avoiding accidents. Now there are most likely at least a few of you thinking, “yeah that training is great for other riders who lack my superior skills” but let me tell you, unless someone is paying you lots of money to ride motorcycles very fast, there’s a good chance you could improve. There’s a reason why virtually all professional athletes still have coaches. I have personally taken three courses over the last few years that I’ve written about here, Mark Brown’s MotoMark1 Basic Overland Confidence Course, Aaron Stevenson’s Cornerspin, and the BMW Performance School. I can honestly say that I am a much safer and more competent motorcyclist as a direct result of these schools. If you’re new to riding, most people will tell you to go take the Motorcycle Safety Foundation’s Basic Rider Course, and they’re right. But for many riders, the Basic Rider Course is the last training they ever get. How about you? Have you taken an advanced training class? What was your experience? If you haven’t, what’s holding you back?

 

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There’s something relentlessly romantic about riding a motorcycle. I’m blessed to know that feeling. With a background in photography and a love for motorcycles, I’m interested in the beauty and honesty of the open road. You’ll find me riding Carolina’s roads on my Suzuki SV650.