Tips for Success

Before the class:

  • Review the Rider’s Guide (Units 1-9), which can be sent as a PDF or hard copy to all registered students; call the STAR office at 1-888-280-7827 for more information. Answering the review questions at the end of each section will also help prepare you for class discussions.
  • If you are worried that you might not have good balance, spend some time riding a bicycle. This will help give you some practice with balance and you can see for yourself how keeping your eyes up and going a little faster make it easier to balance. These are two things (eyes up and a little speed) that make riding a motorcycle much easier.
  • If you’ve never driven a ‘stick shift’ car, see if you can have a friend or family member teach you. This will give you some experience with operating a clutch, which will also help you on the motorcycle.

In the classroom:

  • Follow along in the Rider’s Guide.
  • Ask questions if something is not clear – the Instructor is there to help you and wants you to be successful.
  • When the Instructor asks questions of the class, volunteer to answer – it’s a great way to build confidence in your knowledge, and also to correct any misinformation you may have picked up.

On the riding range:

  • There may be students in your class who have more riding skill and experience than you do – don’t worry. Even though there may be some experienced riders in the class, you can be assured that the class is designed for someone who has never ridden before.
  • Listen to the Instructors when they are giving directions and ask questions if you aren’t sure what they want you to do – they will be happy to clarify.
  • Remember that the Instructors want to see you succeed – not only in the class, but after you leave and start riding on the street. They will coach you and offer suggestions to improve your riding. Be open to these suggestions and consider them, even if they are different than what you’re used to.
  • Try to stay relaxed. When you are relaxed, you will have better riding posture, which gives you better control in steering the motorcycle.

before the skills evaluation:

  • If you want to know beforehand the exercises and scoring system during the riding skills evaluation, watch this video. You'll have the opportunity to listen to the objectives and directions for each exercise and then watch a rider performing the evaluation.