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Motorcycle Rider Basics: Test Your Knowledge

Have you ever said to yourself, wow, I wish I would have known that years ago, what a difference that would have made? I have. I hate re-inventing the wheel. Here are ten questions that will test your motorcycle rider’s basics.

1) Do you have ‘close calls’ all of the time?

2) U-turns on residential streets are impossible?

3) Are your eyes watering all the time?

4) Do you have more than five helmets?

5) Are you afraid of riding in the rain?

6) Do struggle to keep your bike in the buffer zone?

7) Are you in trouble riding under 10 mph?

8) Do you gas up every time you pass a gas station?

9) On a gradual turn do you have trouble staying in your lane?

10) Are you just plain uncomfortable when you ride?

OK, that was fun, and now, here is my totally unscientific explanation of how you scored on this simple test.

One ‘YES’ means you need some improvement in one area.

Two or more “YES’s” mean you need a lot of improvement

All ‘NO’s” mean you are doing good.

Some of these may look a little goofy so here’s an explanation.

1) Do you have ‘close calls’ all of the time?

No explanation required.

2) U-turns on residential streets are impossible?

Difficult maneuver requiring “go where you look” and friction zone skills.

3) Are your eyes watering all the time?

No explanation required.

4) Do you have more than five helmets?

This one cracks me up. What I am driving at is someone who keeps buying helmets because they have not yet figured out what is right for them.

5) Are you afraid of riding in the rain?

No explanation required.

6) Do struggle to keep your bike in the buffer zone?

No explanation required.

7) Are you in trouble riding under 10 mph?

No explanation required.

8) Do you gas up every time you pass a gas station?

Yeah, I know, it seems like it but what I am looking at is the beginner rider who has not yet figured out how may miles he has in a full tank of gas.

9) On a gradual turn do you have trouble staying in your lane?

Look where you go skills. This can be an extremely dangerous situation (target fixation).

10) Are you just plain uncomfortable when you ride?

Too hot, too cold, seat hurts and so on, all taking away from the riders focus.

If you find yourself struggling with any of this stuff, it really makes sense to take some time and correct whatever needs correcting. Mastering these basic fundamental skills sets the stage for real riding enjoyment. It’s funny though, I see riders making these kinds of mistakes all the time. Sometimes its humorous to watch and sometimes it’s tooooo scary to watch.