I'm turning 50 in September and have just obtained my learner's licence here in Australia and will be sitting my full licenec in may. I bought myself a Suzuki GS500F and have now just ticked over the 1000kms. I am a little upset that all learner riders are tarred with the "bad-riding" brush or thought of as being dangerous idiots. Yes, we are novice riders, but as one of the writers has stated, you can't learn to ride by reading books. you have to get out there and build your skills levels and confidence. One of the best learning tools is other riders passing on their advice and skills. Its a bloody pity that more experienced riders and riding groups aren't prepared to assist the novice riders to learn. I've spent the past 17 years instructing adults in emergency services rescue, disaster rescue and more recently as a University lecturer. Prior to that was a police officer for 13 years and prior to that a pilot in the air force. I have seen my fair share of "accident" results. This last weekend I came across a riding group that had quite a few novice learner riders and provisional riders (less than 2 years experience)being supervised by a group of experienced riders, out for a weekend ride in the countryside. Well done to that group of experienced riders in helping the novices pick up their skills and learn road craft. We need the support of the riding community, not ridicule and reluctance. Get on your bike today and take a learner for a ride. Help them not make some of the mistakes you had to learn the hard way. Help them enjoy motorcycling as it should be enjoyed and welcome them into the brother and sisterhood of motorcycling :)
Ride safe everyone, enjoy and stay upright.
new bikers should read the manuals and ride safely and as they gain confidence they can ride with others. show-offs dont matter weather they are new riders or experienced riders. riding bikes is like anything else, if you are secure in your confidence it is the real thing, you do not have to prove it.
Like most of life, riding involves a learning curve. Unfortunately you cannot really pick it up from a manual, it is an best learned from experience. It is sometnihg I always keep in mind at events ,try to stick with the folks I came with. I cringe when I see new riders.
Experienced bikers make riding look easy and new riders want to have that at ease, cool look. Even worse, they try to handle their bikes like experienced riders before they know the capabilities of the bike. This is extremely dangerous for the riders and everyone and everything around them.