What exactly do we mean when we say someone is an experienced rider? We show you tips on how to become a better motorcycle rider.
“What’s the best bike for a beginner?” It’s perhaps the most frequently asked question in motorcycle showrooms and in online forums.
An experienced rider can handle and have fun on just about any bike (except a Katana), so finding the one that suits him or her, is a whole another discussion. But the second question merits further investigation, and the answer comes in two parts: traits, and actions. Here are some tips on becoming a better motorcycle rider.
Traits To Make You A More Experienced Rider
Expert riders of any discipline become so because they embody a certain set of personality traits, at least while they’re on the bike. These traits frame their attitude and approach to the sport and allow them to take in the lessons that every ride can provide.
Calm – Don’t get excited about much. Sure, off the bike they may be the most outgoing, gregarious people you’ll ever meet, but once they throw a leg over a few hundred pounds of metal and rubber, they’re all business.
Quick Thinking – An experienced rider is always ahead of the situation.
Instinctual – On the occasion that something unanticipated does occur, the experienced rider knows how to handle it. He has the feel of his machine, and sufficient command of the controls to execute evasive maneuvers or make sudden corrections without having to think.
Patient – Mistakes happen most often when riders get in a hurry. They rush a corner, try to pass a car at an inappropriate time, or try to beat a red light.
Humble – Experienced riders know that they are human, fallible, and mortal. They know the limits of their machine, and of their skill set.