Comfort Zones and motorcycling

Lets explore this concept together. In every activity, sport or whatever we all have our own “Comfort Zone” which comes from our brain and controls the level or speed at which we are happy to conduct that sport or activity. This level is developed in our (subconcious) mind from a combination of factors mainly from our past experience so in other words if you ride a bike on the motorway at 180 kph then you are probably comfortable anything up to that speed and you feel “safe” cos you have done it before. If instead you have never ridden at over 100 kph then that defines the maximum speed at which you will feel safe.

Lets go further. Riding a motorcycle is really more about corners than a straight road so MANY bike riders are well able to ride fast on a motorway but then need to slow or brake to get round a corner cos they do not perhaps understand how a motorbike works, they have never read or studied nor taken a training course. Indeed this is really the majority of guys who ride for example a shiny new BMW, they go to the dealer and buy the bike and buy into the BMW image so that includes the jacket and helmet and gloves and stuff. And they think that they have the best bike so all is ok. BUT if they do not learn and apply some theory then they may never become a competent and safe rider. In Italy the two top sellers are the Yamaha TMax and the BMW GS1250 and some guys go directly from one to the other cos they are both very fashionable.

The best way to learn to ride a motorcycle well is to take a course with a training school either on the road or on a closed circuit and to LISTEN to what they tell you. In the UK the best trainers are the Police without doubt and then the various riding schools of which the Ron Haslam school is the best known. In Italy I worked for several years with Run x Fun and wow I learned alot about my bike and my riding.

BUT ironically many guys who ride motorbikes also think that they are really good so they don’t need any training. Sad. To book, pay for and attend any training course requires admitting that you do NOT know everything about riding motorbikes right? Therein lies the major problem. Because the most direct way to improve your riding is always through training so that you can expand your comfort zone.

Most riders fall off NOT because they have exceeded the limits of the bike (tyres, brakes, suspension or a combination of the three) but because they exceed the limits of their own riding and thus “step off” the bike for fear. Take a look at drivers when you next drive on a motorway. You can easily see who knows what they are doing (commercial drivers are usually relaxed but concentrating on the road) and those less able drivers who are hunched over the wheel and holding it as if they are afraid it will come off. Last week I drove my van to Bergamo and back so about 750km each way and it was easy to see who was comfortable and who was not.

PLEASE give this concept some thought and work on expanding your all important comfort zone, training is the key.

Published by Simon

I offer an ever-developing range of services to satisfy an ever-changing set of markets. Born in the UK I have lived in Italy for more than 20 years. I can help you to experience a touch of the real Italian experience which goes beyond your dreams but without stress nor unwanted suprises.

2 thoughts on “Comfort Zones and motorcycling

  1. Sono assolutamente d’accordo. In rettilineo tutti bravi, ma appena iniziano le curve, iniziano i problemi. Molti bikers non sanno piegare (si può anche a bassa velocità) e quindi o vanno al rallentatore o sbagliano la traiettoria con possibili danni a loro e chi gli viene di fronte. Personalmente, quando ho comprato la mia prima moto in Francia, ho seguito un corso organizzato dalla Gendarmerie Nationale.


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