Thursday, June 10, 2010

A Strategy For Every Ride

Riding a motorcycle requires both physical and mental skills. Physical skills are needed to operate the bike, and to perform evasive maneuvers like swerving and stopping. Mental skills help you interact with other traffic and avoid hazards. Which skills are more important? How much of riding is physical, and how much is mental?

Experts say that riding a motorcycle on the street is 90% mental and 10% physical. The MSF class that many riders take to get their motorcycle endorsements focuses primarly on the physical aspects of riding a motorcycle. So who is going to help you develop the mental skills and strategies that you are going to ride safely on public roadways?

David Wendell, Pacific NorthWest Motorcycle Safety, and Chris Johnson, Washington Motorcycle Safety Training, have developed a new motorcycle training course that gets you out of the parking and onto the street. The On-Street Course is an opportunity for newer riders to get more confidence being on the street, as well as for more experienced riders to enhance their street riding skills. Class size is limited to no more than 4 students at a time, with 2 instructors, in order to ensure as much personal attention as possible for each rider.