Hoover Posted October 2, 2007 Share Posted October 2, 2007 I have been riding off and on for 20 years, much more off than on for the first 15. I stopped riding dirt bikes as a kid about the time I got my first car, and I stopped riding until about 5 years ago. I rediscovered my love for riding about 5 years ago and have been riding very steadily doing about 10,000 miles a year or more since that time. A few years ago, my wife got tired of being a passenger and wanted to start riding her own motorcycle. Since she had never operated a motorcyle before I insited she take a basic rider course so I did not teach her my habits. She is very appreciative of what that class taught her, but she tells me that even with her class, I use skills that she does not feel she was ever taught. I want to take a class to improve my skills. I feel like I handle a motorcycle very well, I think I make good choices, and have some riding friends that tell me I can do things on sport bikes, tourers and cruisers that they are pretty sure they can't do. However, it is apparent to me that while I am told this I still have allot to learn. I do not believe that I could pull off the figure 8 in a small box that my wife was required to do to pass her basic rider class. I also think that my cornering and choosing lines at higher speeds (like +20 or more over the posted limit) in a turn needs some work. I know allot of riders ride at a faster pace constantly, and I typically choose not to, although I do ride that way from time to time, just not for long periods. Not so much because I do not believe in it (although I do believe there is a time and place for everything) it's more about having the skills to do it. I was never actaully taught anything by an "expert", I was just self taught, and perhaps some advice from friends or reading books like Proficient Motorcycling. Have any of you taken a class so far into your riding career? If so what level did you go for? Did you go back to the basics, did you take an advanced course, or did you go right for a track day? I don't ever plan to race a motorcycle, but I am told a track day would teach me some skills that help the transitions in cornering, and choosing of the appropriate line through the twisties. I was thinking of the advanced rider course, the one I looked at covered many things that you would encounter on a trip, which is my favorite kind of ride. I was talking to some other riders and one was in my same situation and someone recommended she even go back and take the basic course again. What have some of you done? Link to comment
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