Motorcycle and Scooter Training

From the Director


The Path to Success

September 8, 2017

Welcome to Team Oregon, to motorcycling, and to a community of riders dedicated to rider education. We share your passion for riding and are inspired by the idea that what we teach has the potential to save lives.

Successful motorcyclists approach riding with uncompromising honesty. It’s this honesty that forces us to recognize a sobering fact about riding: When things go wrong, riders (and their passengers) often incur significant injury or death. Fact number two: Riders’ poor judgment and poor skills are to blame for the majority of motorcycle crashes. For some, these realities are enough to discourage them from riding. For others, such truths form the basis of an effective riding strategy.

Team Oregon’s rider education has two central priorities. One goal is to boost your knowledge and awareness, addressing dangers inherent in motorcycling. We highlight the traps and offer solutions. We look at recurring problems in the motorcycle community and ask hard questions. Why, for instance, would a rider get on a bike after drinking, when a third of all motorcycle fatalities result from alcohol impairment?

A second goal is to help you understand dynamics particular to motorcycles. We ask you to put this understanding to work immediately, on a bike, in a controlled environment, through exercises that instill and build on fundamental skills. This training is intense. It requires you to be rested and ready. It demands your full attention and a willingness to respond to coaching. Please bring to it the level of respect it deserves.

Basic and intermediate training do not make you an expert. At best they provide rudimentary tools that enable a graduate to critique his or her own riding. And while experiential learning is critical to a rider’s growth, far too often a near miss or a minor crash becomes the teacher. Expert motorcyclists do not rely on emergencies to further their growth. Instead, they embrace more training. They challenge what they know (or what they think they know) in formal settings and in exchanges with better riders. They invite feedback and are open to periodic resets in their assumptions and habits. Above all, they continue to hone their judgment.

I salute you for taking the first steps in educating yourself about riding. But let me stress, basic and intermediate training are first steps on a long path to proficiency. Perhaps this course leaves you excited by the commitments motorcycling asks of you. You value more training, practice, and knowledge, and you can hold yourself to the discipline and self-control riding requires. You are a champion. Instead, maybe you learn through this course that you are not ready for the rigors of motorcycling. You, too, are a champion!

Whatever the outcome of your short time with us, let honesty and humility guide you. Motorcycling is an activity that is not kind to those who disrespect it.

Aria Minu-Sepehr