I can not stress this enough. I went into the BRC training course thinking I knew quite a bit having rode for a few months prior and previous experience. (I have about several years of BMX / MTB background as well) Upon completing the 2 day course and passing, while not super challenging, changed the way I ride far beyond what I would have spent the time to learn on my own. And even if I would have tried to learn on my own, there are so many myths and how-to's out there from people who have little to no experience that its a crapshoot on what the right things to do actually are. I felt so much more confident walking out of that class because I had answers AND I had someone with years of training confirm/correct how I was riding.Being able to ride a bicycle is the only prerequisite to taking the MSF basic rider course. If you haven't taken such a course, I strongly urge you to do so as it will help keep you safer on the road. Self/family/friend trained riders have more crashes than professionally trained riders, and their injuries are more serious. A motorcycle doesn't need a rider to remain upright when moving. Motorcycle Is Determined To Win Race Even Without Rider - YouTube
Some items I learned during the on-bike practice in no particular order:
- Parts of the bike and how to safely mount and dismount the bike.
- Understanding the clutch and friction zone and how to use effectively in different scenarios.
- How to work the shifter
- When and how to use front and rear brakes safely and efficiently on both corners, straightaways and emergencies.
- How to serve around obstacles
- How to plan for escape routes
- Techniques for turning at low and high speed.
- Low speed control and balance
- How to safety ride over obstacles
- How to use turn signals and safe procedure for switching lanes.
- U-Turns (A brief moment of silence for those that went outside the box, lol)
- Where to look when riding (seems simple, but look where you want to go and not where your bike is going... Instructure kept on me about that.)
- And just straight one on one questions/answers with the instructor. (They are down to earth and easy talk to if you have questions)
- The online portion while not as exhilarating, still provides a ton of good information about how to ride in bad weather, how to assess risk in different scenarios and ultimately prepares you for riding with a wealth of information. Some of the course is free.
You can check out some the resources on this channel.
Making a split second decision could mean life or death for a motorcyclist. The more knowledge you have, the quicker you can make a life saving decision.
Ride safe everyone!