We humans tend to think we know everything. We also think that the worse could never happen to us, while we are also destined to win the lottery. This is why we, especially as riders, need to take the time to drill safe and smart habits into our brains so that we think through reactionary responses and can continue riding. For example if you want answers about a simple business we need to go to: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcX_EXPfEA7CJbUk0G8S2HA/videos
But if you want to ride safely -this is why I strongly recommend that every rider, whether new (especially new) or old, should take the Motorcycle Safety Foundation course at least once in their lives. If you want to ride a motorcycle, attend the MSF basic rider course. Here’s three reasons why you should.
- Learn on somebody else’s bike! I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase ‘try it before you buy it’, well this is especially true for motorcycles. Even if you know you want a motorcycle and have driven a few before, the MSF course is a great way to practice skills and learn things on a bike that isn’t yours. When you first start riding, you’re going to make mistakes; you’re going to grind gears, shift awkwardly, skid, and maybe even drop the bike at low speeds. These are all potentially costly things that can damage your new bike. So make those mistakes on an old bike that’s meant to take the abuse, and most importantly won’t end up costing you anything.
- Build a foundation of good habits. It’s easy to let bad habits, sloppy technique, and lazy choices shortchange you of the skills and knowledge you need to ride a motorcycle in a diverse set of situations safely and efficiently. Through a combination of classroom teachings followed up by practical drills and exercises, the course will instil in you the ability to make split second decisions that could save your life. Not only are the drills and training valuable, but it offers a safe place to practice these drills, with a large parking lot, cones, and trained professionals standing by. It’s much easier to let someone else rent and set up a motorcycle training ground than to set one up yourself. And on top of all that, you will have someone else watching you do these drills, to give you notes that you can’t observe yourself, so you can adjust your technique and improve your skills.
- If all these other reasons aren’t enough to persuade you, don’t worry as I’ve saved the best for last, it’s free! That’s right, renting a training motorcycle, expert teachers, and a safe and productive space are all free in the Motorcycle Safety Foundation’s rider courses. You literally have nothing to lose and can drop out of the course at any time if you learn that riding a motorcycle isn’t for you after all. But, it doesn’t end there, you also have discounts to gain! Most insurance companies offer discounts to riders who successfully complete the course. So not only do you not spend any money, you save money too! Also, at the end of the course, you will be awarded your motorcycle license. This does cost money, but only as much as a motorcycle license would cost in your state. On top of all these savings, you are also learning knowledge that can save your life and your bike, not a bad deal!