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The Best is Yet to Come

We invited Ron Popeil into our living rooms late at night with his Ronco products. We watched Billy Mays hawk OxiClean to us on our family televisions. They and many lesser known pitchmen blasted us with the phrase, "But wait! There's more!" before we could even reach for the phone to buy the latest greatest thing since sliced bread. I don't know what this has to do with riding a motorcycle, but it seemed like a good lead in to an article.

Most riders learned to ride on their own or with the help of a friend and there are many reasons for this. First of all, many riders began motorcycling long before there was any formal training available. Even with training now more common, most riders forgo participating in a class. After all, how hard can it be to ride a motorcycle?

Most do not seek training and they have their rationale for doing so. They might say they've been riding forever or that they've never crashed. Maybe they feel like it's a waste of time because they know everything they need to know.

Besides, they already feel comfortable on their bike and enjoy their riding. They might have had a few close calls on the road, but overall they've had fun riding whether it was short jaunts on nearby roads or longer trips eating up miles of highway. They're getting all the pleasure they can from their motorcycle.

But wait! There's more! You can get even more satisfaction out of your riding by getting better at it. Enhance your skills by taking a rider education class now and you'll get even more enjoyment out of your rides. Regularly practice the save-your-bacon skills like swerving and quick stops to sharpen your reflexes and you'll feel more confident in being able to react quickly to unexpected situations.

Become more proficient in your cornering skills by participating in a track day for street riders and you'll slice through the curves with greater control and confidence than ever before. Discover more about riding through reading and watching videos and you can recognize hazards early enough so they don't become a problem for you in the first place.

Learn something from every ride you take to become an even better rider. Perhaps something slipped in and caught you off guard. Maybe you encountered a situation that didn't feel right. What lead up to that situation? What might you have done differently to make things better?

The bottom line is that there's always more to learn about riding a motorcycle. To quote the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, "The more you know the better it gets." When you say you know enough and there's nothing more to learn, you've just said your best day of riding is behind you. But wait! There's more! By becoming a lifelong learner of motorcycling, your best day of riding will be yet to come.

Ride Smart! Ride Safe!