Most people call our subject “Motorcycle Safety Training.” We call it “Motorcycle Danger Reduction Training.”
<– This is a reference that should be provided for most training classes:
Nobody Told Me That Motorcycles Are So Dangerous
Numbers Trained, Inverting the Training Curve: The current focus on expending almost all resources on beginner training and recruiting as many new riders as possible has lead to a large increase in the motorcycle crash fatalities. It will take great effort to keep the “Numbers Trained” at the same level, but to invert the training curve so that the “Numbers Trained” will include mostly training classes with intermediate and advanced riders. Please see this California example of motorcycle training classes and participation profile that show the current “Numbers Trained” curve. which is maximizing crash fatalities, and the suggested training curve of “Numbers Trained” that will minimize motorcycle crash fatalities.
In order to reduce the current high motorcyclists fatality rates, license endorsement must be separated from BEGINNER training! The current motorcycle endorsement process is upside down! Beginners receiving unrestricted motorcycle endorsements discourages participation by these beginners in other necessary training if they are to understand, and then continued learning more ways to manage the danger of motorcycling.
We encourage all motorcyclists to continue their education past their beginner-time; to take continuing intermediate classes on a variety of subjects. For example, a very important class to attend is “A Crash Course for the Motorcyclist” offered by Accident Scene Management (ASM), which is the leader in Motorcycle Trauma First Response training. Motorcycling is dangerous and intermediate classes like “A Crash Course for the Motorcyclist” will help you gain the skills you need to be a better motorcyclist!
Also, it is important to keep an eye out for alternate training programs such as those provided by the innovative training approaches such as Skidbike.
Training and the New Paradigm
Please share with your family, friends, loved ones, and anyone considering participating in motorcycling the following:
The lowest mishap rate for motorcyclists occurs when they are riding legally and responsibly. Training courses that lower mishap rates focus on teaching the students respect and using their judgement for choosing actions that result in good outcomes.
RESPECT: Courses that help students learn to reduce mishaps focus the students on their understanding of, and:
-Respect for the danger of riding upon motorcycles on public roads.
-Respect for the motorcycle.
-Respect for the public roadway, meaning:
Riding within the posted and suggested speeds.
Being courteous to ALL other roadway users.
Understanding how the roadway system is designed and engineered.
Remembering that public roads are intended for transportation, not for sport or recreating while driving the vehicle-in-transport.
JUDGEMENT: Courses that help students learn to reduce mishaps focus the students on their judgement to choose:
-To ride alert, healthy, and unimpaired.
-When to “opt-out” of the ride. (If, in your judgment it’s time to opt-out, and you discontinue
that ride, you then can’t be injured in a motorcycle crash on that ride.)
-The appropriate venue for aggressive riding. Rather than taking an aggressive machine out
onto public roads to have fun, it would be less dangerous to trailer a sportbike to the track, or to transport an off-road bike to an OHV area and then recreate.
NOTE, Motorcycle Type and Configuration: The term “3-Wheeler” is not useful in characterizing the difficulty to operate or to quantify the danger of a type of motorcycle. For beginners, NMI recommends smaller motorcycles that have two wheels in the front. We do not recommend any high-powered motorcycles for beginners. A two-wheeled motorcycle with a sidecar attached should not be labeled “3-Wheeler” because this is the most difficult motorcycle to operate and should only be operated by experts. Compare this to a motorcycle with two wheels in the front (also inappropriately labeled “3-Wheeler”), which we recommend for novices.
We emphasize, “Physical skills training and practice will help one become more skillful wth physical techniques. That is the purpose of this type of training.” Skillful motorcycle drivers are well represented in the fatality data. A motorcycle driver of average skill, being careful, will experience less danger than a skillful motorcycle driver being careless.
Once you can control the clutch skillfully, you cannot crash because you did not know how to use the clutch. It does not matter how you learned the skill of controlling the clutch. Most motorcycle drivers killed have the skill of clutch control. By reasoning induction, one can use this same reasoning and apply it to all the basic motorcycle skills. The result is that most motorcycle drivers killed have the basic motorcycle skills to control a motorcycle, as measured in testing in a parking lot. In other words, most motorcycle drivers killed have basic motorcycle control skills. By extension of this reasoning, most motorcycle drivers killed have the skill to drive “At Suggested Speed Limit All The Time (ASSPLATT).”
Please see “Nobody Told Me That Motorcycles Are So Dangerous” for more. It is a fact that widespread funding and promotion of motorcycle industry basic motorcycle training has, increased the motorcycle societal danger. National Motorcycle Institute recommends more careful testing for licensing than what is currently in place. Please see The NMI System.
The government should allow private schools to provide basic training and not be in the training business themselves. The government should put its resources to work providing excellence in testing, licensing and informing the general public about the danger of participating in motorcycling. Also, all training programs, whether government sponsored or purely private, should not allow their students to be harmed during the training. For example, many state sponsored license programs have injuries in their beginner licensing classes every weekend. They could choose to offer programs that have ultra low mishap rates, such as the Begin2ride Course.
To begin learning about the new paradigm, please take a look at the conclusion of this article, Nobody Told Me Motorcycles Are So Dangerous. Once the new paradigm is accepted, many seemingly mysterious facts about motorcycle training/licensing can be simply explained. For example, in every state that has subsidized and well organized basic motorcycle training promoting motorcycling through licensing/endorsement incentives, the number of properly motorcycle endorsed residents is about double the number of motorcycle registrations. This simply means that basic training for licensing has exceeded demand for those who will be driving registered motorcycles. This then leads to the reasonable explanation as to why, in these states, there are, effectively, no private schools conducting beginner or basic motorcycle training.
Each state shows a dramatic increase in motorcycle crash fatalities whenever motorcycle “safety” training became popular, especially when the training was connected to motorcycle license testing. There is no exception. This leads us to the understanding that there is a strong inappropriate connection between promotion of motorcycle “safety” training and the promotion of motorcycling.
What about advance training for experienced riders? Please see:
“Booze, Helmets, Speed, and Training” – Booze, Helmets, and Speed are found to be the major causal factors leading to motorcycle occupant injuries, both fatal and non-fatal. In theory, for experienced motorcycle drivers (riders), advanced training should not reduce the motorcycle mishap rate on public roadways. This is because, theoretically, advanced training cannot have an affect on the major casual factors of mishaps, “Booze, Helmets, and Speed.
And please share with your family, friends, loved ones, and anyone considering participating in motorcycling the following warning
What about Two Tiered or Graduated Drivers License (GDL)?
For the USA, NMI recommends to have a two tiered system; Tier 1 motorcycle permit (MP) and Tier 2 unrestricted license (ME for Motorcycle Endorsement). This two tiered system would be compatible with the system currently in place nationwide.
The requirement for the MP would include a beginner course such as Begin2ride, and a simple skills test, and would not require any info on passengers, late night driving, or high speed driving. Those subjects would be for a second course for drivers who have a MP.
The restrictions on the MP would be: No passengers, no late night driving (example: restricted from 11 PM to 5 AM), and not roads with posted speeds above 50 MPH. Also, we would restrict the horsepower of the motorcycles allowed to be operated to 25 Hp or less (this could be set smaller, I originally set it at 15 Hp, but there are not many motorcycles sold in USA that meet this restriction). This restriction is like a CC engine displacement restriction. However, a Hp or Torque restriction would work for electric motorcycles as well as high performance small displacement engines.
The important NMI features would include “Opt-Out” concepts, and testing to be controlled by entities that did not have a conflict of interest.
Pre – MP – demonstration of basic physical skill as modeled in Begin2ride.
Restrictions on MP holder:
1. Horsepower less than 25 Hp.
2. No passengers.
3. 50 MPH: No driving on roads with posted speed limits above 50 MPH.
4. No late night driving.