If you’re a student of motorcycling and want to ride well, The Rider’s Workshop might be for you. It depends on your definition of “riding well.” On a racetrack, the definition of riding well usually means riding fast. It’s different on the road. The definition of riding well on open roads largely means riding with complete situational awareness. Riding well on technical Appalachian back roads means being able to negotiate tight, twisty curves, and blind crests with the same confident awareness. There are skills/techniques a mountain rider must learn since they’re aren’t intuitive. It’s not as easy, but it’s more fun!
Certain riders are able to hang their ego on the hook, and are willing to open their minds to something completely new: mountain riding as a new genre of motorcycling.
Folks attracted to The Rider’s Workshop are “students of life” who implicitly understand the value of continuous training. After all, it’s likely that being “coached up” got them to their stations in life in the first place. These riders understand that while you can touch upon high-level skills, you can’t remain there long – because you didn’t realize the advanced skill in the first place! It is through learning, repetition, and reinforcement that a rider advances from knowing a skill to owning it. When this happens, you’re going to make riding technical roads look easy. Other riders are going to wonder how in the world you do it!
What can I possibly say that so many others have not already said? I suspect not too much. We have ridden together on numerous times, as student/teacher and, on other occasions, simply as friends. We’ve shared many good laughs together and many serious talks about a variety of subjects, often getting back to riding.
Thanks to the instruction given during the Riders Workshop, and the comments made while we have just ridden, my skill level has gone to a place most will never attain. Not that they can’t of course, it’s just that many either already think they are already expert, or have no interest in becoming better. I have taken the principals you teach and honed them until they are second nature. When we ride together I tuck in behind you and just follow that perfect line you always find.
Some ask what it has done for me? The answer is simple. First, I am a much safer rider today than before we met. To wit, I now where the road is going without always seeing it; I know where to put my eyes; I am confident and know where to put my bike at all times; I know how to “feel” the road for traction in all conditions; I know the gear to be in; I know how to use and I employ a trailing brake; I know how to find the great invisible roads; I shift smoother; and I ride with greater precision. I’m safer.
Second, it really is more fun when your speed has increased significantly and others just can’t understand how you can go that fast and make it look so easy. The better one becomes the more fun it is. As an example of this, I was riding home from out last excursion, through the some of the great twisty roads in Southeast Ohio, when I drove past a service station with two riders on BMW’s – one on a K12 GT and the other on an R12 RT. I was going to stop for fuel but decided to push on and stop in another 40 or 50 miles. The two guys tucked in nicely behind me and we became a nice tight unit out for an afternoon ride. Not too many miles ahead we were in some of the best curves Ohio has to offer, and that was the last I saw of them until I stopped for gas. They pulled up next to me and said “we saw you go by us on the big Adventure and decided we were going to have some fun and show you how real bikes handled in the corners. You embarrassed us, there was absolutely no way we could stick with you. Where did you learn to ride that fast?” Of course I gave them the brochure you had given me and told them to do themselves a favor and spend a couple of days with you. I then gave them a big smile and said “do you want to tag along until the next fun section and I drop you?” I rode on completely smiling, alone with my music and thoughts.
I am safer because I am better and I am better because I am safer. Thank you. You played a key role in this.