Rode up to Northern VA this past weekend for a little motorcycle skills practice at Lee Parks’ Total Control Advanced Riding Course (TCARC).
I figure “you can never know too much” is a pretty good attitude to have about most everything, and it really rings true for me and motorcycling. The better I get, the more fun I have, and the safer I am.
While I don’t think I’m a bad rider, I don’t feel like my skill level on a motorcycle is anywhere near where it should be for the amount of time I’ve been riding. Sometime last year, I decided improvement wasn’t going to happen on its own, and that I should actively work on riding skills. Thus, I decided to start taking some skills classes.
Knowing what to do, and actually being able to do it are two different things. Then there is the difference between what you think you are doing, and what you are actually doing. Paying a knowledgeable instructor to point out the difference and help you actually change your bad habits is worth the price of admission for me. Aside from being fun, the TCARC gave me some specific skills to work on.
Plus, this was a nice weekend to take a little solo moto trip to visit the folks. Good company, good food, and several hundred miles of motorcycle riding are a pretty great way to spend a holiday weekend.
5/24- 27/2013 – 648 mi. The most improvement in my riding came from the 10 miles I spent riding around in a parking lot.