Monday, February 23, 2015

First motorcycle class of 2015

Honda 150 Titans


I am in my final stretch of completing my instructors course.  This weekend was the start of motorcycle instruction season for my riding school and it was a beauty!  I decided to observe a full novice class before doing my teaching practicum next month. I wanted to solidify exercises and see experienced instructors doing what they do best, teaching eager soon to be motorcyclists.  I also was given the opportunity to help out which was very satisfying.  I loved seeing the huge smiles on the students faces as they mastered a new skill and the moto light clicked on, it was pure magic. In two 4 hour sessions 10 people went from another student pushing them on a non-powered motorcycle yesterday, to riding in 2nd and 3rd gear, and learning the finer points of counter steering today.  It was pretty awesome and I felt charged with electricity by the end of today.  It also makes me see and feel the magic of riding and makes me feel more passionate about sharing my love of motorcycling.  I actually can not properly describe how I am feeling after this weekend because I really can't find the words to do it justice.  Suffice it to say my heart took wing as I watched 10 people discover the joy I already know.  When I asked a student what they felt they said "I want more!" You should have seen the huge grin, I know that grin and feeling. 
The young man on the bike with the brown pants gave me the thumbs up.  The students had just completed some pretty challenging exercises. Most haven't ridden before and they were blown away by the fact that they were actually riding, it was awe inspiring.  Next weekend they will have completed their Novice course and ready to roll into the traffic course with a good grounding in theory and practical application of skills.  I feel so lucky to play a small part in this process.  

10 comments:

Robert Wilson said...

Thumbs up to that. I'm curious to know how you will handle the first student that "does not get it." That's always challenging for a teacher.

Martha said...

Two more thumbs up! Good all the way around.

SonjaM said...

"I want more!" pretty much sums it up for the enthusiastic new rider. I am still saying that, and my novice days are long over.

Dar said...

Robert to answering your question about a student who may be struggling with a particular thing, we team teach which is awesome and sometime just getting the other instructors input and sending them off for exercises and recommending extra individual training if a student is struggling with a skill. I did experience a student having a few difficulties, but when we talked about it and they stopped thinking about it so much they got it!

David Masse said...

Way to go Dar!

Oh, by the way, you may have an innovative future in correspondence courses too. With your help, I managed about 300 miles on a Harley Switchback yesterday, my first serious non-Vespa riding experience.

Thank you, thank you, thank you :)

Dar said...

David - That is awesome!!!!!!! I saw pics on Conchscooter's blog of you riding the HD. Looked good on you, like you've been riding it all your life. You need to tell us your thoughts and impressions of the bike and what you liked and didn't like about it.

Lynne Goebeler said...

Dar, how awesome! I have been riding almost 20 years and I still remember my MSF course so fondly. You are making a difference and creating new motorcycle enthusiasts, how much better can it get???? :D

Lynne (curvyroads)

Dar said...

Lynne - I can't describe how I feel about teaching, I've just started and I find it exhilarating and pretty amazing when you see their faces light up when they get a new skill. I am living the dream.

Lynne Goebeler said...

I am so incredibly happy for you, Dar! :-)

Dar said...

Lynne Goebler I am over the moon happy!