What is it like to be a new rider? Exhilarating, fun, scary humbling and spiritual. I recently went through the Motorcycle Skills Assessment (MSA) Course at Pacific Riding School. I can say it is worth every penny. I don’t know if I would have ever had the confidence to ride if I had not taken their program.
PRS is owned by Mark Kruger, seven time Supersport Champion, and Dat Louie an avid rider and holder of a BA in Education from McGill university. The staff is highly qualified with years of training and racing or track experience behind them as well. It’s clear they have a passion for what they do, each and every one.
I did not know what to expect when I started the class. I mean, I read the overview and understood the words, but sitting on this machine that has the power to make you so feel free, yet is so edged with danger is a totally different thing.
The program is broken into three components: classroom, lot and road.
I am not a classroom person. I have a hard time sitting still and was dreading learning from this perspective. I was pleasantly surprised that the information covered and the delivery was really interesting.
Safety is huge when learning to ride, which is why I recommend anyone who is a new to the sport, more colloquially a “newbie”, look into a course. On that note I have to say I was taken aback by how many accidents we were shown to us and what the potential dangers are for a rider. I thought it would be bad for business; instead it arms you with the knowledge and determination to pay attention constantly, which of course is a good thing.
Your gear, attitude, weather conditions, motorcycle operation and physics, maintenance and potential risks all play a part in safety. I am grateful to have been taught about all of these and as a result have made different choices around these aspects of motorcycling than I intended to before attending Pacific Riding School.
From a new rider perspective the classroom sessions were interesting and enlightening, rather than a tedious drag, so I’m glad I went this route.
Read on in part two next week when PRS unleashes me in the big, bad… parking lot.