Be a Life Long Learner
I am a Vietnam veteran, retired from government service, a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the 1st Cavalry Division Association. At the start of this year I became affiliated with the MIAP (Missing In America Project). The MIAP provides full military honors funerals to all veterans who have died without family to bury them, regardless how long ago that may have been. All of the above have their motorcycle component to a greater or lesser degree.
So, I am two months away from celebrating my 66th birthday, and it has been approximately 20 years since I rode a bicycle, but I decided to take the RideSmart basic motorcycle training so I can start riding with the MIAP. I did not share any of the above information with the RideSmart staff, because I did not want to appeal to their patriotic side and possibly influence how I would be treated.
All the staff is very professional and dedicated to teaching. Everyone is treated with respect and dignity. There is constant correction without criticism. The staff is very observant and quick to correct any errors in your performance. The staff will tell you exactly how to correct the deficiency, i.e. keep your head up, look where you want to go, increase your speed, etc. The staff is so observant and present, that you almost feel that you have a personal coach. The riding evaluations (testing) are done in such a low key, that you might not be aware you are being evaluated; this is a tremendous stress reducer, especially to those who have test anxiety.
In conclusion, I would say to the younger crowd, take this course with the confidence of knowing if they can teach this old dog new tricks, just imagine what they can do with you! To the senior crowd I would say, if you want to learn from professional, caring people who will treat you with respect and dignity, then you cannot do better than RideSmart.
Thank you RideSmart
As a 52 year old Santa wishing to learn to relearn a motorcycle, the correct way, I signed up for a weekend course from RideSmart. I am so glad I did! I had to travel 185 miles to get to the course but it was SO worth it. Erik and Don seemed to adopt me as they patiently tried to coach me out of my bad habits and fears. They, as all the instructors, really are passionate of the instruction and safety of the students.They made the classes enjoyable and filled with information to keep Santa on 2 wheels and inside of that darn blue box.
I feel safer and much more aware of my surroundings with my "Rider Radar". I gained so much knowledge and feel as though I have some new friends also! If you're thinking you may want to take a course like this then this is your course! Caring personal training with some good ole fashioned humor and top notch instruction make this course hard to beat. Thanks so much to Erik and Don! Hope to ride with you guys some day!
David Griffiths, AKA - Santaruss
I just wanted to thank you for being patient with me this weekend. I really enjoyed the class. Everytime I see a bike on the road I get really excited and can't wait to practice more.Thanks again!
Erika Kunz aka No Manual Transmission
WOW! Women, if you are even thinking of getting on a motorcycle, this is the school for you! Unbelievable how encouragingand patient the instructors are. They said we would have fun, smile and learn- they were 100% right. I built my confidence a little at a time and learned to ride a motorcycle. Now my family is signing up with RideSmart. Add this to your bucket list - amazing experience.
I just wanted to thank you for a great experience this past weekend. Win, Lose or draw I would feel the same. The group and class were both a lot of fun as well as very educational and I met a lot of very nice people which was a true bonus. Once again thanks and I appreciate all your hard work and you'll always have my recommendation.
Right Turn John
I just wanted to thank you for a great weekend course! I was a little anxious when I signed up, but after meeting you, Jim, & James, I felt right at ease. You guys have a very comfortable way of teaching, and the hands on instruction was top notch. I was also very impressed with the way you handled the 2 mishaps our class had. Although they were low speed, and looked to be minor, you and James were quick to react, and get those folks right back up on the bikes for another run.
I plan on recommending your course to anyone that asks me where I went for my training.
Keep up the great work,
-If you pass me on the road someday, be sure to honk and wave! :)
I just wanted to take a second and say "Thank You"!! I cannot stop thinking about how much I've learned and am currently applying about riding. Your course was educational, fun, encouraging and beneficial. I am definitely a safer more confident rider. Thanks again!!!
I would like to take this opportunity to THANK YOU and your staff for providing an experience in learning to ride a motorcycle. I learned a lot from your instructors and was glad that I took the course. I have already gotten my endorsement on my license and Iím proud to be a motorcycle rider.
Harold S. Atterberry, CSQE
I am a proud graduate of last weekends class. I had had a fair amount of riding experience before coming to the class and was not expecting to be challenged or learn much. However, I'm happy to say that I was challenged and that I did learn many new techniques. It was well worth the investment of time and money.
I was particularly impressed by how professional, yet friendly, patient and encouraging you and every one of your instructors are, especially Jim Z. It was clear that you all genuinely enjoy the sport of motorcycling and want your students to join you in experiencing that as well. I hope to join you and your graduates on an upcoming ride very soon.
I wish you great success and have already referred someone in my office to your fine school.
Please give yourselves -- particularly last weekend's morning instructors -- a huge pat on the back. Clearly the knowledge and ability to convey that knowledge is second nature to them. What was surprising was the wit and charm with which they came equipped. In my case, they also displayed remarkable patience and compassion. I know it could not have been easy. All together it was a tremendous experience.
Thank you, (and them). Again Thanks.
This is Mike the engineer from Philly. I took your class last weekend and had a blast. I had a great time. I think you and James did a great job and I can't wait to practice more.