The Humble Motorcyclist

As a writer and business professional, my natural tendency is to test the limits and share my experiences. These qualities cross over into my passion for riding motorcycles.


Humbling moments on the road can hurt for motorcyclists.Obviously, is my personal effort to not bogart the best scenic routes and to share my experiences of the open road. As for testing the limits, well that is a constant endeavor to find my limits and expand the boundaries they create while riding for Progentra.

It took several years of riding motorcycles with self-taught skills before I learned the value of taking a motorcycle safety course. In fact, after several years of riding, I took the Motorcycle Safety Foundation Basic Rider Course as a means of rating my abilities to properly operate a motorcycle.

The basic course was a humbling experience. It was during the course that I finally learned what counter-steering was and how it worked on a motorcycle. Proper cornering techniques of outside-inside-outside improved my abilities in the twisties. The course also taught me the difference between an everyday stop and a quick-stop – just keep squeezing the levers.

I went into the BRC thinking that I already knew it all. I left that weekend with skills that have saved my hide more than once. Developing motorcycle skills is a continual effort. Similar to professional programs that encourage continued education to keep up to speed.

As riders, we pride ourselves on our motorcycle skills. It is pride that can get in the way of our development of skills. Humbling experiences open our minds to the possibilities that there is always room for vast improvement. These experiences can come in the form of motorcycle safety courses, track days, riding with skilled riders or even a good book on motorcycling. There are many opportunities to learn if we just open our minds and absorb the information that is around us.

As soon as evidence of over-confidence creeps into my everyday riding, oops moments appear. That’s when I actively seek out a humbling experience to keep me grounded.

Pushing limits and learning skills is what motorcycling is all about. The key is to not get humbled while deep into a corner on a high mountain pass when options are limited and risk is high. These types of humbling experiences hurt.

How do you test your limits? How do you recognize when you’ve exceeded your abilities? Share you experiences and perhaps a few of us will be humbled by them.

Are you interested in taking a motorcycle safety course? Find a listing for all motorcycle safety testing locations at the bottom of the article: Nearly 40-percent of Washington State Motorcycle Deaths are Unendorsed Riders


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