Tips for Success

Before the class:

  • Review the Rider’s Guide (Units 5-9 will be the majority of what is covered in the class, although Units 1-3 will be covered briefly), 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.
  • If you have a motorcycle or scooter, take it to a safe off-street location and practice the basics:
    • smooth braking with both brakes
    • low speed turning
    • riding large circles (a good warm up for cornering drills in the class)
    • keeping your head and eyes up (look toward the horizon)

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:

  • 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 when you are 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.
  • Many riders have developed what we call ‘bad habits’ that they aren’t even aware of. Your Instructors will do their best to help you change those to ‘good habits.’ These ‘good habits’ may feel awkward at first, but they will help you to become a safer rider.

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.