I've found that focused, professional training from a qualified instructor is always
worth your time and effort. Having a skilled professional trainer watch you from outside and critique your style is invaluable in reaching that next skill level, and in building confidence.
Even after 4 decades and around 600,000 miles on two wheels, I still take regular training courses and track days, still read up on riding skills and accident avoidance, and still "practice" on every single ride. It's what keeps you safe out there.
offers their Basic Rider Course and Advanced Rider Course, which are well worth the small time and money commitments. Most riders here are likely already at that point or beyond, so they'd be looking towards developing more advanced riding skills as mentioned below.
Riders of any skill level can start with reading things like Twist of the Wrist I
by Keith Code, Smooth Riding - the Pridmore Way
by Reg Pridmore, and Proficient Motorcycling: The Ultimate Guide to Riding Well
, More Proficient Motorcycling: Mastering the Ride
, & Street Rider's Guide: Street Strategies for Motorcyclists
by David Hough.
Many of the ideas and techniques explained above can be practiced locally. Just find a large empty parking lot if you're in the city, or a lonely side road if you're out in the country, and try to recreate what the books are telling you.
And if you're interested in doing much longer rides, you should read Don Arthur's excellent Fatigue and Motorcycle Touring
, which I re-read before every extended multi-day ride.
Then continue with the Twist of the Wrist I & II
videos (can also be found on YouTube).
And don't forget some helpful websites, such as The Pace
, Pace Yourself
, The Fine Art of Braking
, and TrackDoD Novice Group Orientation
That will set you up for a skills-based track day such as Ride Smart
, Reg Pridmore's CLASS
, and California Superbike School
. The point of a skills-based track day isn't to "win" or to "put a knee down", but rather to expand your riding skill set by practicing all the above ideas in a safe and controlled environment, with immediate feedback from qualified instructors.
You can also look at instructor-based training, such as Lee Parks Total Control
program. And there are a few other places that offer one-on-one training as well.
Skills-based track days and private training can be found all over the country, if only you search for such things.
And remember to enjoy the ride...