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The first thing to do, after getting your motorcycle permit, is to take a Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) Basic Rider Course (BRC) (800-447-4700).
The BRC was developed by the Motorcycle safety Foundation as a complete riding program for the beginning rider. The program consists of seven hours of classroom instruction and eleven hours of hands-on riding instruction all taught by MSF certified instructors. The two-and-a-half day, 18 hour course provides beginning motorcyclists with the basic mental and physical riding skills necessary to minimize risk on the street. Topics covered include: straight line riding, shifting, braking, turning and swerving techniques as well as motorcycle dynamics.
You will learn important skills that could help you stay safe in tough situations.
What better way to get additional experience
and learn techniques that will make you a better rider.
MSF Courses are available in the New York City area at: Motorcycle Safety School and Trama's Motorcycle & Auto School.
After you've gotten at least a year/3,000 miles of street riding experience, you may want to take your skills to the next level. Check out:
Motorcycle Gymkhana is a motorcycle sport designed to challenge a rider's ability to navigate a pre-designed course in the shortest amount of time with the least amount of errors. It is an open displacement competition that is all about a rider's skill and ability rather than about how much or how little horsepower a particular motorcycle can produced.
Motorcycle Gymkhana is relatively open to beginners, because riders need little equipment and no special license to participate. Events are usually held at closed courses such as driving schools, parking lots, small circuits, or other paved lots. The layout of the course is designed by the organizer and is different for each event.
Motorcycle road racing features contests of speed on closed, paved courses. Riders compete on a range of bike styles, from nearly stock street-legal sport bikes modified to be safe for competition to purpose-built road race machines.
I recommend the following books for learning valuable riding techniques: