Practice Makes Perfect

Motorcycle riding is a skill. Evidently, like dancing, it is not something that comes naturally to me.

practice-makes-perfectMotorcycle riding is a skill. Evidently, like dancing, it is not something that comes naturally to me. To be more confident, and more comfortable, will take practice. Practice may not make me a perfect rider, but it will make me a safer rider.

I tend to over-analyze and over-think things. There are many steps involved in learning to shift gears and to stop a bike. You must use both hands and both feet in unison to ride and stop smoothly. The rider coaches taught me that practicing will instill “muscle memory” and my hands and feet will eventually do what they need to do automatically.

I learned to drive a manual transmission car when I was 15 years old. Perhaps it is harder to teach an old dog new tricks, but I hope to be able to ride with my friends one day soon. Since I started practicing the skills that I learned in my Basic Rider Course, I have had a few mishaps. I have managed not to hurt the bike, and although I am a bit bruised, it is more of a bruise to my ego. I don’t want to do tricks; I just want to be able to ride. I know I have the knowledge, now I just have to practice.

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3 Comments

  1. tommylee

    Practice makes champions, even if it is in your own little world. Let me know when you are about to practice and I'll stay off the road….LOL.

  2. Cynnielynn

    You don't need to worry, I am not ready for traffic.

  3. ridercoach

    Perseverance will pay off. What a boring life we would have if we mastered everything in the first attempt. “Old dogs” can learn new tricks, they just have a better sense of survival than a “young pup”. We understand the concept of pain and healing.

    I have the utmost confidence in your ability and know you will be on the roads soon.

    When you are ready, I'll gladly ride with you.

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