No matter how much you love riding a motorcycle, you know that you take some chances when you are on your bike. Drivers often fail to notice bikers sharing the road, with disastrous consequences. Even if you are riding the open road with no one else in sight, a pothole, some debris in the road, or a slick surface can be enough to send you careening out of control.
No matter how safe and experienced rider you are, you can likely benefit from a motorcycle safety course. Simply put, there is a motorcycle training program out there for every motorcycle rider, no matter how experienced.
Simply put – motorcycle safety courses save lives. In fact, many states require that you complete a motorcycle safety course before you get your motorcycle license. But don’t make the mistake of believing that these courses are only for those new to motorcycles. There are a number of courses that you can take to improve your skills, even if you are a veteran rider.
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Basic Riding Courses – The basic riding course starts by familiarizing you with the motorcycle. You will learn the parts, how to safely mount and dismount, what you should check during a pre-ride inspection, and how to maintain good posture. You will then learn about starting, stopping, and using the clutch friction zone for control.
It is important to complete classroom instruction as part of your rider course before your seek your motorcycle endorsement. This will prepare you for the general knowledge and skills test you will need to take.
You will also be taught how to shift gears and when you should change between gears as you ride. Once you have learned the basics, you will learn more about how to fine-tune your ride and remain safe. You will learn how to lean into turns, how to stop quickly, and how to maneuver around road hazards. Your instructor will spend a lot of time going over how to handle curves safely as well as how to recover if you begin to lose control of your motorcycle.
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Finally, you will get some time to practice and demonstrate the skills you have learned. Do not be afraid to ask for and take advice from your instructors. These men (and women) have been in your shoes before. They know what it’s like to be new to riding and have a mind full of questions, and most will be happy to stay as long as required to help you feel confident.
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Do not feel like just because you have taken a basic riding course you know all there is to know. You will learn plenty through experience, but taking an advanced motorcycle safety course is also an excellent idea. Advanced courses cover how to finesse your way through turns and to improve your braking skills.
You will hear a lot of real life examples of how accidents have occurred as well as how they can be avoided. In this course, you will get some real hands-on learning time. This isn’t about the basics anymore – this is about fine-tuning your ride to keep you safer and also to make you a better biker.
Some training courses take advantage of a training unit that allows you to virtually ride a motorcycle without actually being on a bike. These units are equipped with standard controls, seat, handlebars, and so on, and feature a screen that lets you ride through a number of different courses. While they are a lot of fun, they are meant to help you learn more about how to handle potential hazards should you encounter them in the real world.
Should you want to further your training even more, many organizations offer a police training course for non- officers. This course will take you through the same maneuvers and exercises that police officers face when they train. You will manage both high- and low-speed maneuvers and will learn how to handle most any road condition. You will learn how to take advantage of your bike’s capabilities and how to ride competently under any conditions.
Once you have successfully completed a more advanced course, you will be prepared to share your knowledge with others. Consider passing on your riding skills by preparing to become an endorsed motorcycle instructor.
No matter which organization you choose, you are sure to learn a lot! Remember that the skills you learn require practice, and repeating a motorcycle safety course as a refresher is never a bad thing. You get to hang out with others that love to ride, and learn how to remain safe on your bike.
When you ride a motorcycle, no matter how safe you may be, accidents can and do happen. Others on the road are often not as attentive and careful as you, and when drivers fail to notice bikers, the results can be catastrophic. The insurance company can replace your motorcycle after a crash, but they can’t replace your life.
If you are a loved one have been involved in a motorcycle crash, call the experienced lawyers at Kass & Moses for help! They handle cases across the country and are prepared to fight the insurance companies on your behalf to get you the settlement that you deserve.
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