Andy Norrie, a Staff Sergeant with the Toronto Police Service in Toronto, Canada recently wrote an article on motor officer training. He lists the six R’s of training as keys to reducing risk to officers: Recent, Relevant, Repetition, Realism, Review and Responsibility.
What I liked about his article best was his strong argument for officers to do some off-road training. Ever since Gary LaPlante convinced me that street riders who carve out some time to ride in the dirt, become much better street riders – I’ve been spreading that word!
Dirt riders ride with heads and bodies over the handle bars, gripping the tank with their knees with just a light grip on the handlebars. Dirt riders learn to be comfortable sliding the motorcycle around with control. Feeling tires sliding under you is a unique feeling and riding off-road lets you experience that safely under both acceleration and braking. This sensation, learned in a controlled environment, is directly relevant to the street. Dirt riders also constantly read the terrain, scanning ahead and looking where they want to go – another principle perfect for the street.
Read the whole article and then find a good off-road riding school and give it a shot. You won’t regret it. Here’s a link to an archived PDF of the article you can download. And of course, I would be remiss if I did not mention my article on Gary LaPlante’s off road riding school – which he can especially gear for street riders.