It’s all about choices. You choose to ride a motorcycle—for a million different reasons. The choices you make about your gear, skills and mental strategies can make all the difference in whether or not you live to ride again.
Riding a motorcycle is also more mentally challenging than driving a car. You need to constantly be alert to and aware of the situations that are changing second by second around you. Daydreaming isn’t an option. Riding to live means continuously searching, evaluating and executing proper riding strategies—even on a quick trip to the store.
All the gear can make all the difference—even in a minor crash. There are no airbags, seat belts or crumple zones to protect you. The only crash avoidance system on a motorcycle is you. Riding to live means you ride ATGATT—All the Gear, All the Time.
One of the reasons you ride is because it’s more challenging than slouching back in a car. But it also means it’s more challenging to negotiate curves—even seemingly small ones. It’s more challenging to stop—especially if you need to stop quickly. Just because you know how to ride a bicycle doesn’t mean you know how to ride a motorcycle. Riding to live means getting formal skills training—and constantly renewing and refreshing your riding skills.
One of the most vital skills a rider needs is to be able to properly and safely negotiate a curve. Here, a Utah Highway Patrol motor squad officer practices cornering with a member of the Utah Sport Bike Association. You can learn proper cornering technique in an MSF Skills Course.