|Motorcycle riders are unique because they experience an interesting
growth and maturation seldom found among other types of motorists.
If a motorcycle rider does not follow this growth path, he or she
will likely give up motorcycling.
For the average rider, the transition from motorcycle rider
to motorcyclist can take years. Effective motorcycle
training can significantly accelerate this process. The progression
from new rider to a savvy motorcyclist is characterized by an insatiable
desire to acquire more knowledge and is exhibited in the following
attitudes and behaviors.
Becoming a better rider
With every ride a motorcyclist begins, they expect to return a
better rider. They meet this expectation by concentrating on what
they are doing and how it affects their motorcycle. They use self-evaluation
to improve their riding skills, comparing their level of expertise
with that of others they respect. When they lead, they observe the
rider behind; when they follow, they assess the skill of the rider
Managing traffic hazards
When a motorcyclist rides on busy thoroughfares or enters an intersection,
they use their awareness to navigate traffic hazards safely. They
realize that passive observation is not sufficient and that aggressively
scanning for information is required. They never assume that they
are seen by other motorists but instead command their attention
through lane positioning, space cushioning, and increased visibility.
Advancing street skills
A motorcyclist understands the need for heightened awareness, focus,
and control when riding at higher speeds. When riding on twisting,
two-lane roads, they are visually and mentally alert, smoothly engaging
the controls to master their speed and path of travel. With increasing
experience, they seek out more challenging roads to hone their skills
and develop better judgment.
Expecting the unexpected
A motorcyclist expects the unexpected, yet does not accept that
accidents are inevitable. By constantly asking what if,
they are better prepared to manage adversity. Every time they ride,
they acknowledge their own mental and physical limitations, and
those of their machine and the riding environment. Through regular
practice, they seek to broaden their skills and expand their operating
zone of comfort and control.
A motorcyclist never stops learningwhether it is taking new
classes, repeating classes, reading, or simply thinking
they learn more, they are better prepared to receive and process
new information. They understand that no single course will ever
provide all the information necessary to become a motorcyclist,
nor will all the courses in the world without their active involvement.
At Atlanta Motorcycle Schools, we call it Doing your homeworkothers
call it Learner-centered training. Whatever you call
it, it works!
Are you committed to becoming a motorcyclistor
content to be a motorcycle rider?