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Motorcycling has been a life changing experience. I hope sharing the info and pictures on the Blog gives you some idea how impressed I am with the experience, travel and the people I have met. Made new friends especially among Riders here in Orange County. Special recognition to Johney (Wrench)-helps with all the maintenance stuff+rides, plus other great riding friends: Ken Y., Luis V. & Minita, Chuck & Patty, John R., Joe, Carolyn, Gregg, Charlie & Carol, Rick, Stan P., Ed & Susan P., Barry, plus Terry, Bob B., Brian H., Glenn, William & Daveta Jo, Bob (Concho) and others. ************* DISCLAIMER: This is my personal write-up (Blog) of motorcycling news, rides and events that I am involved with in some way and not affiliated with any group, organization or club that might be mentioned herein. There should be no confusion regarding the fact these are my personal comments and not those of any other entity.

Amazing scenery, great ride, wonderful time.

Amazing scenery, great ride, wonderful time.
Monument Valley, Utah-9/2011 photo by Johney Harper!

Monday, April 22, 2013

Skills, and the ability to learn

Where do these topics and write-ups come from, I have been asked.  The answer is that it often happens while walking the dog, our West Highland Terrier named Misty.  She loves the walks as it gives her a real opportunity to work her nose and smelling techniques but I doubt there is any room for improvement as she pretty much comes equipped with a genetic ability already built in.  This is totally different from our learning the skills to ride a motorcycle however and it involves one of the foundations of the human brain, the ability to learn and adapt to new conditions and events 

Most of the riders in various groups range from very competent to around average in their motorcycle handling skills, but there may be certain techniques or conditions that need work.  If you are comfortable in handling curves and traffic on the streets and roads, moving around in parking lots at slow speed or dealing with spacing between riders in front and to the side to mention a few situations, then you may not need to think about honing your skills, but often there is room for improvement in everyone.  It helps to be critical of your rides and think about places where you could have done better.  Did you drop way back for no good reason or wander over the whole lane, miss an encroaching vehicle until the very last second or almost drop the motorcycle in a slow speed moment, the list can be endless, still it is helpful to review every ride and find the situations that you can watch for next time, it really does help, as I have found out for myself.  The accident that didn’t happen but could have is definitely a learning opportunity and offers the most benefit all things considered.  It’s the situation that you were prepared for or knew how to deal with as it happened with no negative results, the close call.

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