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askapro Add rider training to your bucket list By Lee Parks #162125


Q: Hi Lee, I have enjoyed your col- umn in the ON magazine! I have great case


study for avoiding speeding awards. While at the RA


rally this year, I met a woman who said she has a distinct advantage whenever she is pulled over. She does solo, long distance travel, and once she pulls off her helmet and the offi- cer sees she is a woman, she then proceeds to tell the officer how she is travelling to see her grandkids, because most of the time they do wonder where she might be going “by herself.” Well, most of the time she is also on her way to a rally, but she said the officer might not under- stand that. Then she follows that up with, “Here, let me show you some pictures,” but by that time they just give her a warning. I think all grand- mas deserve such a break! Additionally, I know you have


touched upon this in a prior column, but in particular for new riders, what training courses do you recom- mend? I suspect there may not be too much difference between recommen- dations for experienced riders and those starting, after a couple of years, mainly because we could probably work through some courses, and then just keep that rotation of courses going over the years because as we refine our skills each year, we can pick up new information. I’m a woman rider with 1.5 years


of experience on a 2009 F 650 GS, who rides every weekend with Gate- way Riders club members on curvy back roads. I’ve done two longer camping trips/rallies, including the


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MOA last year and the RA rally this year with my husband who rides a 2015 R 1200 GSA (I was a backseat driver for awhile). I have about 7,000 miles experience and have taken the MSF BRC and took the half-day advanced cornering parking lot course and the advanced backroads guided ride with a coach for five hours, the latter two at the MOA last year. I do plan to stay mostly on road, but as it always happens, I have ridden on gravel roads (including a U-turn!), through shallow flooding during rain storms, etc. Is there kind of a bucket list of training


to contribute to being a good rider? For that matter, is there a bucket list of must- read motorcycle books? Lastly, is there a bucket list of skills that every rider should practice? Sorry for the long-winded email! As a


new rider, I just want to keep improving, with a focus on safety. As I discuss things like this with more


experienced riders, many admit to me (because I’m new and because I am a woman) that they too are interested, but maybe we all just need a bucket list/check list reminder! Thank you for taking the time to read


my email!


Joy to you, Tracy Anderson


A: Thanks Tracy. I will endeavor to answer your myriad questions and consoli- date some of them, if I may. To begin with, I’m very impressed with both your curios- ity and gumption to become a better, safer rider. If all newer riders had your dedica- tion to safety, our fatality numbers would be a fraction of what they are today. Inci- dentally, motorcyclists make up approxi- mately 13.5 percent of the total traffic fatalities each year, yet we ride well under 1


percent of the total miles driven on our roads in the U.S. Do the math, and it comes out to 38 times (3,800 percent) more dan- gerous to ride a motorcycle vs. than to drive a car per mile as far as fatalities go. Our training team feels this is so important that we teach that fact in all of our Califor- nia Motorcyclist Safety Program Motorcy- clist Training Courses and Total Control Beginner and Intermediate Riding Clinics across the country. As far as a “bucket list” of training, books and skills, I’ll give you a short list based on ones I’ve personally taught/taken/read/ used and can recommend. This should not be taken as a complete list, as there are many other great options I have not tried. I simply don’t want to recommend anything that I don’t have any direct, first-hand experience with. Given that caveat, here is an excellent alphabetical appetizer list to start any enthusiast’s lifelong learning pro- cess after completing some sort of beginner training.


Training Schools (Intermedi- ate Street) Total Control Intermediate Riding Clinic


Training Schools (Advanced Street) M Gymkhana MGX Day Session MotoMark1 Maximum Control Total Control Advanced Riding Clinic


Training Schools (Track) California Superbike School SoCal Supermoto Total Control Track Clinic


Training Schools (Off-road) American Supercamp MotoVentures (multiple levels) Rich Oliver’s Mystery School


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