I must confess I’m done with motorcycle training for a while. I don’t think for good. I now understand why some riders never take a training class. I understand why some disparage training.
A longtime bona-fide rider should be excellent with danger management. A cool head. Their riding style is often technical precision. With that said, I’m stunned with behavior I find in supposedly professional “experts”.
Every year I tried to fit in one training class, but some of the trainers the U.S. Motorcycle Safety Foundation is sanctioning aren’t very good. Nothing is perfect but with all the training happening along with, better bikes, better gear, some of the accident stats aren’t improving.
I believe its motorcycle training that needs to get better, or more accurately the trainers. In the years I’ve been riding and attending training I’ve experienced the following personally or witnessed it happen.
The brand of bike attack
Making disparaging remark towards the brand of motorcycle a student road to class needs to go. Cornering a student and asking, “So, what made you buy foreign?” “Um…I got a good deal on a used first bike?” The response… “I’m a proud union man, and it’s why I ride American.”
The gear attack
Stopping class to make remarks about a student’s gear; with taunts like “I’m a true American” as a reason to not buy foreign gear. It’s especially puzzling when the instructor rode a Honda to class. Most all gear today is made in China.
The “not in my club” attack
There’s all different kinds of riders. There are commuters, thrill seekers, and long distance travelers, etc. I’d place my rider type in the “commuter” category. I’m not into being a gansta.
An instructor giving favoritism to fellow tough guys or tough ex-military should go. Sending a person out with an endorsement and the overconfidence that his “brother” helped him pass the tests may put that rider in danger. Especially if they’re a new rider!
Visible anger issues with the instructor when a student makes his first mistake aren’t healthy for the class. Instructors asking for post class feedback and post training improvements should be charitable with feedback. When an instructor hears something they don’t like or agree with, they corner and verbally attacks the student later. That should go.
Don’t do odd and strange out of the norm gestures out on a training range. When an inquiring student asks what’s going on, now were onto the next phase (insert instructor anger issues here.)
Calling students stupid, numskull, etc. creates resistance and builds learning barriers. This isn’t a boot camp. Calling competing instructors from other schools incompetent f*cks or other like names is childish.
To you professional “experts” who I looked up too, you ruined my confidence in you…thanks. I’m riding off. I’m done with financially subsidizing this kind of behavior.