I am a ‘new’ rider. Unlike many of you road warriors, I have only been in a saddle for five years. For a number of reasons, I am trying to take a motorcycle rider training course every year.
I live in Ontario, Canada. With our graduated licensing, there are a couple of courses, sanctioned by the Ministry of Transportation, that are offered to educate riders and shorten the progression through the levels of motorcycle licenses. I took both of these at the appropriate times on my way to becoming a fully licensed rider.
Following those courses I began looking for more rider training, specifically targeted at road riding. I don’t want to disparage any of the courses I have taken because ultimately any training you can get should help you to be a better rider.
That being said, the course I recently took has easily left me the most prepared to ride my bike in many situations. This course is offered by a Motorcycle Police Officer and Trainer. If I remember correctly, he is certified to train police riders on all the different police bikes so he is qualified to help you regardless of your preferred ride. His company’s 2 ˝ day course is a direct subset of the skills and techniques taught to police riders.
If you are interested in some excellent rider training, you should look up Advanced Rider Training primarily taught by Ryan Austin and Paul Luhowy.
If you have any questions about my experience, please feel free to reach out to me.
I’m curious to know what rider training courses you have taken and whether you would recommend them or not.