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Just What is So Compelling About Riding a Motorcycle?

Sep 11, 2008
Sometimes people may wonder what it is about riding a motorcycle that makes it so compelling. Some people wonder why anyone would want to take the risk of getting on a fast two-wheeled vehicle and apparently putting their well-being in jeopardy. The fact is, riding a motorcycle may simply be the most thrilling experience you can ever undergo, aside from perhaps piloting a fighter aircraft (which normal people will never get to experience). And it's not as dangerous as some people might think-- as long as it's approached from a mature, informed mindset! More than anything, it's most important to take on the task of learning to ride a motorcycle with a cautious approach.

According to national statistics, more than ninety percent of motorcyclists involved in serious accidents are unlicensed and self-taught. That fact alone should give you room for pause. Before you jump on to a motorcycle and scream off into the sunset, make sure you are properly trained and licensed! For more than three decades, the Motorcycle Safety Foundation has been providing high quality training and riding education for budding motorcyclists of all ages. It's the perfect way to go from zero to knowledgeable motorcyclist in a matter of just a few days. With branches in every state, it's a no-brainer to attend an MSF rider course if you intend to pick up the sport of motorcycling.

The basic rider course doesn't take much time at all, and will give you a wealth of motorcycling knowledge in an easy-to-digest manner. Most attending students have absolutely no experience with motorcycles, but the class is also excellent for returning riders who may be getting back into the sport. Also, the diversity in age among students is very apparent, and a startlingly increasing number of women are learning to ride motorcycles these days. When queried, most of these women say they're tired of riding on the back of a motorcycle as a passenger, and now want to take control. Good for them! It's now well accepted that women can ride motorcycles as well as men, and perhaps even more safely, since they lack the testosterone-infused, ego-driven personalities of many "macho" males.

The course itself usually consists of a day or two of classroom training, which covers riding basics and motorcycle control layout. This classroom portion may consist of video watching and workbook exercises as well. Next, the fun part begins. A day of two of actual riding on an enclosed lot finishes up the training. For those of you have never ridden a motorcycle before, this part of the training is an absolute blast. You'll usually be provided all necessary equipment such as a helmet and gloves, and of course the actual motorcycle, and friendly and knowledgeable instructors will teach you firsthand how to start, operate and ride your first motorcycle. Chances are, after this first day of riding--and personally realizing just how fun riding a motorcycle is--you'll never look back.
About the Author
Thomas Haney has been riding motorcycles for over a decade. Visit MotoLearn.com to learn exactly how to ride a motorcycle in the shortest amount of time possible. Learn to ride today, and join the millions of riders already on the road.
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