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On And Off The Road - Become A Better Rider With Motorcycle Training

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On And Off The Road - Become A Better Rider With Motorcycle Training

Katrina Remmington
June 18, 2013

Man. Machine. The open road. Seasoned motorcycle riders often say that driving a motorcycle differs immensely from driving a car. With your body in direct contact with the machine, you can immediately feel the raw power the engine gives as the cool wind rushes while taking in all the vistas the open road offers.

But despite all the thrills a motorcycle ride offers, you must remember that it is not just about you and your bike. Of great importance too is safety -- yours and that of other road users including pedestrians and vehicle drivers. That is why, along with maintaining your bike and getting the right gear (like helmets), motorcycle training is important.

It doesn't matter whether you have been riding motorcycles for a few years or whether you have just started thinking about riding motorcycles as a hobby you can do over the weekends. Motorbike lessons offer numerous benefits for both novice and seasoned riders.

Chief of these benefits is greater confidence. Just as riding a motorbike can be a pleasurable experience, it can also be daunting, especially if you have yet to ride in a particular terrain, like mountain roads. Constant practice is sure to develop confidence in facing the roads.

Taking lessons can help an experienced rider become a much better one. Some riders may think that riding a motorcycle is just like riding a bicycle, and to a certain extent, it is. But when you factor in the engine and the speeds the motorcycle can achieve, you definitely need to upgrade your riding skills.

A good training course should at least cover the basics of motorcycle maintenance so that if you encounter any problems on the road, you are not rendered helpless. Apart from telling you which gears are suitable for riding, the training course will also teach you about proper riding posture to ensure your comfort, whether you are riding long or short distances.

Training courses should also cover concepts that enable you to have greater mastery over your motorbike. That includes throttle control and braking. The course should also cover important techniques like weight transfer, line of vision and cornering.

Finally, by enrolling with a Q Ride certified provider, novice riders can easily get a Re class licence. The same thing goes for more advanced riders who want to upgrade their current license to an R class license.

Riding a motorcycle can provide serious thrills that very few activities can match. However, seasoned and trained drivers know that at the end of the day, safety is paramount, hence the need to continuously upgrade and refine their riding skills.

Becoming a better rider ensures not only your safety but the safety of others as well. With better skills and knowledge in riding a motorcycle, you will have better judgment on how to handle just about any riding situation.

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