Mental Preparation

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Posted: 16 November 2007
by Password

Riding a motorcycle requires all of your concentration.Therefore, the first thing to do is to prepare yourself to process information and respond immediately. Free your mind of distractions that might preoccupy you while riding. Plan your ride before you get on the motorcycle. Consider the types of roads and traffic you may encounter and think about how you might deal with them. And, of course, remember that alcohol and other drugs will dull your thinking and coordination. Avoid them.

Your attitude affects how you perceive situations around you and how you react to others. Stress, anger, grief and other emotions can all impair your ability to ride. Do not let yourself get into a hazardous situation just because you were unable to pay attention.

Knowledge is another mental preparation. There are several sources of information about your motorcycle and motorcycling in general that will better equip you to ride-like this book, for instance. Publications like motorcycle magazines and safety literature offer you many different perspectives on riding. A Rider Course training site is a wonderful resource for a wealth of information.

Know yourself and your limits. For example, you might be riding a new motorcycle for the first time. When is the last time you looked at your owner's manual? Do you know the machine and its capabilities?

Experience also plays an important role in your perception and judgment. Analyze your riding style, and the situations that you have encountered in the past. Discuss your riding experiences with others and you may find that you have a lot in common!

Some kinds of riding are more demanding than others. Fatigue can become a factor on long tours or late-night rides. Make sure you are in good physical and mental condition and are prepared to meet the challenge of the upcoming ride. Hunger or a need to use rest facilities can take your attention away from the ride.

Take care of your physical needs before riding and take frequent rest breaks. Stop, get off your bike, and walk around-ideally, every hour. Limit the distance you ride; about six hours per day is a comfortable limit for most people. Even age can be considered a form of impairment. Physical reaction time, vision, and other faculties may not be as sprightly as when you were younger. These limits must also be taken into consideration as you ride.

Route planning and knowing what the weather holds in store for you affects your physical preparation. It is difficult to be prepared for all contingencies so knowing the conditions you are likely to encounter will help you to plan effectively. Traffic, construction and vehicle restrictions all have the potential to influence the time and character of each trip. Consider too, the importance of protecting yourself from the elements. Changeable weather conditions may require you to adapt your apparel. As the saying goes, "If you don't like the weather wait five minutes." This is another aspect of motorcycling where the adage "The More You Know, the Better it Gets." really rings true.

There really is not a lot to say about metal preparation that is not covered by common sense.With so little written on the Subject, it might be tempting to assume that the topic is unimportant or trivial. Nothing could be further from the truth! Some experts estimate that riding a motorcycle is as much as 90% a mental activity. Certainly, if so much is "riding" on your mental skills and abilities, mental preparation is important topic that deserves your consideration.

Checking Out.

Have you ever caught yourself on the road wondering what you were doing for the past couple of minutes? It happens to many of us when we are thinking about something other than the here and now ... and that is when most accidents happen! In fact- 69% of all accidents occur during the first 12 minutes of a trip, and 57% happen during a trip of less than five miles when the rider has other things on his or her mind.

Mental preparation is an essential part of managing your risks when riding. Take a few minutes to check your motorcycle and gear before you ride. Even when nothing needs to be adjusted or fixed the time you spend will help to focus your attention on the ride ahead.

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