What Makes an Experienced Rider? (Part 1)
by Pete Hitzeman

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 other 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 that 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.

  1. Calm

Experienced riders don’t get rattled 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. Even some of the best stunt riders in the world are utterly serene and concentrated while performing. They have to be, because the moment you allow yourself to get upset or overly worked up, you start making mistakes. And mistakes aren’t something you can allow, when you’re cranked over at triple digit speeds on the track or balancing a slow, high chair wheelie.

  1. Quick Thinking

An experienced rider is always ahead of the situation. His eyes are up, scanning the road and the approaching intersections, monitoring the behavior of other traffic and looking for apexes before a newer rider even knows they exist. A veteran rider knows how to take in and mentally sort through thousands of pieces of information at once, creating a constantly-updated situational awareness that keeps him out of trouble before it has a chance to happen.

  1. 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.

  1. Patient

Mistakes happen most often when riders are in a hurry. They rush a corner, try to pass a car at an inappropriate time, or try to beat a red light. They blast through an unfamiliar stretch of road trying to keep up with a buddy. Sometimes, they’ll get away with it, but experienced riders know that it’s usually not worth the risk. Having patience gives them time to make good decisions on the road, track or trail.

Source: https://rideapart.com
 

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