Overheard in the bathroom stall this morning: “If I had been a better rider, I probably wouldn’t have gone down. It seemed like the car came out of nowhere!” I wanted to jump out and say, “I’m Sarah from Helmet City, how can I help you?” But I assumed the poor woman had been through enough.
As I washed my hands, I watched as she wiped the fingers that extruded from the cast and explained to her friends that she had surgery scheduled for Thursday to repair a broken bone in her wrist.
I wondered if she would ride again. Not her bike, I gathered, as I heard her telling her friends it was totaled, but ever again. And I wondered, “What could have happened differently to keep this woman from going down after only 8 months of riding?”
How prepared are new riders after basic motorcycle training?
I know riders that have many years and thousands of miles under their belts that are still surprised by motorists and challenged by tough riding conditions. So what is the answer?
- More classroom time?
- Required riding with an experienced motorcyclists?
Knowing the requirements for a motorcycle helmet (which is the #1 question on the CA DMV test), being able to identify the nine important parts of motorcycle and ride in a small figure 8 is important for motorcycle safety. But how can these new riders be properly prepared for scenarios they will see on the road? How can they have the most knowledge possible under their belts before they make that difficult turn or come up against that distracted driver?
What has been the most important lesson to you to keep you safe in your motorcycling career?
And what would you say to the woman in the bathroom?
After she exited, of course…
We would love to hear your thoughts.