I have been doing a lot of traveling lately. Been going to some races and track days. I’ve run across so many riders and I often find myself wondering what each individual is thinking about with their riding.

  • I wonder what they are working on?
  • What are their goals?
  • What are their deficiencies?
  • What are they good at?
  • What is there potential harm percentage?

Honestly, its enough to make me a bit crazy at the end of the day, but its only because I care so much about peoples safety.  That is why we put so much into our STAR School events.

I am so emotionally attached to this sport and I understand the dangers that are there for all of us, me included. I wonder how much better we could all be if we open our minds and continue the process of learning? At what point do we decide that we have had all the motorcycle training we need and we are good enough?

I for one have never had the mindset that I was a good rider.

Maybe it was the way I was brought up at an early age. My dad never let me believe that I was “good enough”. To this day I want to improve and maybe that’s why at the age of 45 I feel like I am riding as well as I ever have. I still feel relevant when I swing a leg over a motorcycle; that’s a great feeling knowing how long I have been doing this. Father time hasn’t caught up to me just yet and my passion for the sport is still growing.

There are so many things as riders that we do when we ride. Some we take for granted and some things are a struggle. When we get on a motorcycle we have all these things to think about:

-Body Position

-Downshifting

-Braking

-Lean Angles

-Visual

-Lap Times

-Breathing

-Relaxing

-Bar Pressure

-Go Pro’s being secured right 🙂

-Keeping up with our friends

-Speed

-Bikes Electronics

-Suspension

-Tire Choices

-Advice and who’s giving it

-Entry Speed

-Lines

What’s your list look like? What order would you put all this stuff? What are you doing to be a better rider?

Stop living with your deficiencies and get better. Most of you don’t realize this but small tweaks on what we are doing on the bike will pay huge dividends to how much better we can be.

When people come to STAR I do my best to let you identify what your list looks like. How can we make you better and keep you safe no matter what your goals are? Look again at that list, grade yourself and be honest. When you do that ask yourself if you are where you want to be. If you are like me, I want to get the most out of what this sport offers. These bikes right now are so good and so fun to ride and its only going to get better.

Our next event is coming up September 26-27 at Chuckwalla Valley Raceway. We have worked very hard to bring STAR school to the “NEXT GENERATION OF MOTORCYCLE TRAINING”. Like our riding, it was time for STAR to evolve. We have made some big changes so that all our students can look at there list, plug it into a motorcycle-training program and see immediate improvement. Time to plug in, stop being complacent and go to the track with a different attitude.

Hope to see you all at a STAR school soon so we can work on your list. Check out the dates for upcoming schools here.

STAR School Chuckwalla Valley Raceway

STAR School Chuckwalla Valley Raceway

Ride safe,

JP

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