In the military my favorite saying was “I would rather be lucky than courageous when the bullets and bombs start to fly”. The simple fact is that over the last 10 years I have been a lucky rider more than a safe rider. Luck is a wonderful travel companion but tends not to be a lifelong partner. One of these days our luck will disappear and we will have to survive on our good judgment, experience, knowledge and talent. Now that I am getting older, I am wise enough to understand that my luck may not always be there for me on every ride. This year I want to focus on improving my riding skills and becoming a safe rider. Safe does not equal “No Fun”. I define safe as the reduction of risk through any means possible without giving up the joy that makes one so passionate about motorcycling in the first place. Riding is about the elation of life which drives us to smile as we navigate the roads of never ending bliss. The goal for me is to become a safe rider without losing that passion.
My biggest area of improvement is the inability to concentrate while riding. Have you ever been on a ride and travel an hour or two and find that once you get to your objective that you really don’t remember the journey at all? This happens to me all the time. It’s a combination of being so relaxed that I kind of remove myself from reality and day dream during the ride. I lose myself in the ride to the point of not being safe. This is my biggest area of improvement. Concentration is the key to good riding. Focus is needed to improve upon ones physical riding style and ensures mentally that nothing is missed that could jeopardize the rider’s safety.
Trust me I have many other areas of improvement but this I believe is my biggest opportunity to improve upon.