Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Learning motorcycle safety and riding skills in a basic riders course


Are you afraid to ride a motorcycle? Are you so nervous about motorcycles that even the written exam seems scary?

A recent story in the The New York Times tells the story of a skittish motorcycle beginner taking a basic riders course.

Basic riders courses start newbie riders out on simple tasks, like turning the bike. Participants in the course come from all walks of life and skill levels.

Within the microcosm of my Basic Rider Course, I recognized every cliché in the book. There were two men who bought Harleys when they turned 40. There was the wife who was sick of riding on the back of her husband’s bike. (So she bought her own 1,200 cc Hog.) There was the young daredevil who just got a sport bike. And there was the couple who wanted to ride together. All but two students (me and another journalist) already owned and rode motorcycles.

Motorcycle safety is more than just knowing when to switch gears or how to turn. Mental skills and keen observation are just as important.

Source: The New York Times
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