Either this guy wasn’t paying attention when the instructor told him “not the grab” the brakes or he didn’t have a clue what “grabbing” the brakes meant. Either way, he’s lucky to come away with nothing more than being a little stiff and sore.
The typical training class “fail!”
What’s interesting for us is that this training is taking place on a public street, not the best venue for a new rider learning how to ride in wet conditions.
…you get your motorcycle endorsement! I know you agree that when you started riding motorcycles you had no idea the impact it would make on your life.
Meet young American Woman Rider Dakota Sidden.
It is a absolute necessity during our lives to grab it by the horns every once in awhile. Since I’ve been riding smaller bikes, or riding back with my dad, many have brought up the idea of riding a bike of my own.
After many thoughts and many months later, I gave into the idea and took the course at Thunderbird in Albuquerque.
I met some amazing people along the way. The support you get from those riding with you is something you can honestly cherish forever. I can’t wait to get out on the road with some of my classmates.
With the endorsement I earned from the MSF course in hand I hunted down a bike on Craigslist and found my current Sporty.
I encourage everyone to get out there and learn or to just try it.
It is an amazing experience to be in control of such a incredible machine.
I hope to see you all out on the road
PS: I love American Woman Riders!
Picture of Dakota and her mom and dad.
Note from American Woman Riders: I watched the Riders Edge Class that Dakota was in and she totally impressed me with her confidence and respect that she gave to her motorcycle training at such a young age.
I was asked this question this past weeekend: What would I tell new riders to help keep them safe?
Just because you have that motorcycle endorsement and you have that new bike doesn’t mean you know everything. It’s the beginning of your learning to ride process.
You need to take the time to get acquainted with your motorcycle. Learn your controls and location so that it becomes a natural reaction to use them. Adjust the mirrors for you and always remember that even though you use those mirrors always do a head turn check of traffic before changing lanes.
Always keep scanning ahead and keep your eyes moving. Use your defensive riding skills and expect the unexpected. If you are riding in a group don’t follow so close that you can’t avoid trash or potholes in the road.
Something very important when riding is do not panic. Panic overpowers your ability to make decisions and maintain control. I remember the first time I had to brake quickly. First thing that came to my mind was don’t panic. I can do this and that helped stop me from losing control.
Go out on some low traffic streets or find a empty parking lot and practice, practice, practice and practice some more. It can sound intimidating to a new rider but it will all become second nature after you gain experience and confidence. Respect your motorcycle and be proud that you are doing something that will change your life.
Safe Rides Always and Remember To Find Joy In Your Journey!