Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Alton, Hampshire, UK
How confident are you?
The thing we all have in common here is that we ride various V-Strom motorcycles. That's where the commonality ends I suspect because we all do what we do in different environments and with different levels of experience, training, awareness & skill.
My history is almost certainly different to whatever yours is so, while I can measure my own confidence in my riding skills, it's very hard for me to estimate how confident each of you is. The reason for raising this is that, in another thread, the conversation has deviated onto whether and how any of us should be "advising" others and it seems to me that this involves confidence levels.
So ask yourselves this question: "how confident am I that I ride in the best way?" I leave to you the questions "what's the best way?" and "is there such a thing as the best way?" When you're out on the street (or trail or wherever) does everything turn out the way you think it should or are you caught out by driver misbehaviour? Are some manoeuvres less perfectly executed than others and do you notice? In short, do you ever think that maybe your performance could and should be improved?
Assuming that you're quite content with your current performance, how confident would you be in coaching another rider? If you're not content with your performance, do you actively seek guidance from others? are you happy to be guided by others?