Back for an update on my K1300S development adventure. As an motorcycle instructor I have spent the better part of the last 3.5 years teaching people how to ride motorcycles in a basic and intermediate class format. Although I passionately love instructing and feel it is a very important job given that we teach skills that keep people from getting seriously injured or worse --- the downside is that I never have the time or opportunity to take the advanced classes to improve my own skill set. Although I consider myself to be a safe/good rider, I would never state that I am excellent because I never felt that I had the advanced skills mastered to make it true. I tell people I am a excellent teacher and a good rider.
In actuality, if I am brutally honest, I would say that I avoided taking some higher level courses out of fear of a) trying to perform some of the maneuvers and b) doing so in front of the other students (read: male) who were clearly better riders with high powered rides. In a word: INTIMIDATED. If you knew me - this would be puzzling because I am normally not likely to back down from a challenge or be intimidated in most cases.
I had an opportunity to take a Total Rider Tech course yesterday. I decided I was going to stop worrying about what the other students would think about me as a coach taking the class, and just BE in the moment and open to learning what I could. I told myself even if I dropped the BMW I would accept it as part of learning and move on because that's what insurance is for!
So I take the class. Sure enough, guys with Kawasaki ZX14Rs and the like (although they said my bike was sexy looking
). We start doing the exercises and I'm focused, determined to try accomplish the task cause I probably won't master it, and open to suggestions.
WELL -- next thing you know -- I am flying around the turns hanging off the side of the BMW like a spider monkey and still hanging off in straight lines as I'm cruising to the instructor points and THEN I'm doing figure 8's and transitioning side to side looking like I've been doing it for years!!! The coaches are totally wowed and tell me that a) I could not have picked a more challenging bike but b) I am actually riding it very well considering I've only been on it 8-9 times and it's my first sportbike ever and c) I am doing it better than the guys in class with more experience even tho I'm on a tall powerful sportbike with a sensitive throttle. On top of it, when I did make mistakes I was actually self-correcting an really making huge cognitive and riding development strides. At the end of the day, I was ecstatic. I literally couldn't stop smiling -- it was thrilling, empowering and FUN! I am already planning to practice a bunch, take some other Total Rider Tech classes and I'm going to try track days in September. (I'M BUYING KNEE PUCKS! Woohoo!). The coaches were amazing -- such a great experience and my confidence level is dramatically better. Letting go and trusting the bike, focusing and relaxing was huge. I know that many here are so far beyond what I'm describing but maybe my experience will strike a cord with some newer riders, and for the rest -- maybe it will take you back to your own epiphany moments in riding and the importance of keeping an open mind to learning!!!!! Thank you Shiva yet again!
Approach learning with a half empty glass; those who think they know everything cannot add more knowledge.
Zen is not a believer's world. It is not for the faithful ones; it is for those daring souls who can drop all belief, unbelief, doubt, reason, mind, and simply enter into their pure existence without boundaries. But it brings a tremendous transformation.
Rides a 2011 Harley Davidson CVO Road Glide Ultra and a 2011 BMW K1300S