Take a course!
Let me start off by saying I have always been one of those who is not afraid to read an instructional article on how to ____ and I then go out and apply it. I have done this all my life in addition to watching videos and getting some help from friends or what have you. Sure enough my course date a month away and a shiny new bike in my backyard I got the heebie jeebies and jumped on. The parking lot got boring fast and wasn't always available, one more week left I decided to wait it out.
Today was the first 3 hours of theory with a crazy guy and I can't wait to feed on more life saving information from a dedicated professional. Prior to this course, I thought I knew what I was doing, boy was I wrong. No amount of 'teaching' from friends could surpass what I learned in a few hours today. What else is there to say, take a course!
Most important lesson learned today? For me it was probably balance. I have ridden a cbr600rr and I sure as hell thought I had some things down pat, only to be awaken by the realization in that classroom that this course probably saved my life.
I learned the proper adjustment of ones clutch and brake levers and was able to nitpick my friend who has been riding for a couple years and help his riding by in turn teaching him. That and one or two pointers later he promised me he would attend a course. Riding school just saved two 'young' lives today. Truth.
Pondering these thoughts above, and a snippet of info that I wish I had hammered into me by reading old threads on BCSB was that 'insurance' on a motorcycle is basically the survival techniques and tactics you will only ever learn in a professional classroom environment. That is the only insurance you have out there on the streets. Your zillion dollar coverage from icbc will not make up for your inability to properly throttle out of a corner. Are you a light switch on and off rider or do you know how to work the dimmers!!! That alone can save your life in a sticky situation!
This is only a smidgen of the information I absorbed today. I could go on for an hour but alas it is late.
This concludes day 1 of classroom theory. I will periodically update as I knew back a few months ago, I would have enjoyed reading this sort of thread and hope some of you do too.
If you have any questions do not hesitate, this is the Official Newbie Q&A forum after all.
mmmh donuts, who wants donuts