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Coach’s Viewpoint

Honestly, I was shocked when I first came to America to make my dream come true.  You ask why? Well, the first time I commuted from the East Bay to San Francisco on a motorcycle, I was confronted with California’s laws and rules of the road. Furthermore, I had new experiences to process with lane splitting, city chaos and the Oakland Bay Bridge. The DMV circle test and the written exam were not difficult, but they did not prepare me for riding on California roads. I adjusted quickly. But as I considered ways to ride safely in California, as a European Championship professional and racer coach I had the training and skills to adapt quickly, but here is my point…what’s going to happen with a rookie who’s just started riding on the street, even though he learned to ride at the MSF course instead of going through the DMV circle test?  He might not have enough time to give his butt a quick goodbye kiss.

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Then, I couldn’t wait to hit the road in California’s canyons. Ready to let the R1 horses rip on my first Sunday ride. To my surprise, all the cars were gentle and attentive, which is a marked difference to Germany’s drivers, believe me. But here I was confronted with fallen trees, deer, gravel, bumps and holes in the pavement as big as Read more

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