Thursday, August 03, 2006
Hi, I’m a New Motorcycle Rider…..
Where can I find someone to ride with to get experience?
This question has been posed to me numerous times in the past few weeks. I’m finding that women are having a difficult time riding in with other riders. Many women ride with their partners—but what do they do when their partner does not ride?
These are women that want others to ride with so some type of group riding is in order. One group of friends do not ride together simply because the experience levels don’t mesh well; everyone wants to ride their own and it turns into a big mess.
Certainly, it is my right to ride my own style. However, it is my responsibility to encourage new riders and teach them the proper methods of riding—solo as well as the dynamics of group riding. Yes, that means I can’t go screaming over Hoosier Pass with my hair on fire, but that is okay, the road will be there some other time.
Especially in light of the criticism coming from the non-motorcycling groups regarding the statistics in injuries and deaths in motorcycling accidents, it is my responsibility to contribute positively to the sport. Rider education only goes so far; after that the skills shift to the rider to gain experience. If my patience helps a rider from getting into an accident, it’s a step forward.
I have had the experience of wonderful group riding and quite the opposite—group riding at its worst. It is confusing and dangerous and I’ll admit I wasn’t happy. Perhaps I have been spoiled by those around me who took the time and had the patience to teach me, but I sure do appreciate their efforts! It is only fair to pay it forward.
With the number of new riders starting entering into the sport of motorcycling, the accident numbers will increase. Couple that with manufacturers building bigger and faster machines and selling them to new riders does not help either. There’s no blame or finger pointing at manufacturers, retailers or consumers; it is simply what it is. I cannot do much about what the trends are, but I can do something about teaching my fellow noobie rider—that is if he or she is interested in learning. And they should be.
Keep the Shiny Side Up!
~The Rainbow Wahine