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post #1 of 46 Old 08-12-2016, 04:52 PM Thread Starter
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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?
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In short, do you ever think that maybe your performance could and should be improved?

I'm confident that I make mistakes and that I'll always have room for improvement. I took a couple MSF refresher courses this spring. My group often discusses techniques and situations.
I'm confident that I ride better than at least 50% of the riders out there.
I'm confident that I can coach other riders. One of the best ways to master a subject is to teach it, to be questioned and challenged from the student and other teachers. And to be a competent teacher one must at least understand the subject matter.
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Thirty years ago, when I drove a bus, one of the supervisors had a sign in his cubicle:


92 PERCENT OF ALL DRIVERS SAY THEY'RE "BETTER THAN AVERAGE."

DREAM ON, HILLBILLY!


So. I think I'm pretty-good-fine; but I don't have the stats to back it up. Except that, but for one wreck when I was a yearling rider, I've not had a bad case of road-rash; and I've probably got about 100,000 miles under my chinstrap.

I never attended the classes; I don't necessarily recommend teaching yourself but I figured it out all right. Steering, maneuvering, and avoiding the stray pothole, is just a matter of doing the dance. The machine is your partner; guide it; be one with it; know HOW to guide it, and you'll win the night's prize.

You'll get home in one piece, both of you.
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Why do YOU need to "estimate how confident each of you is"? Why should I care what you think of my confidence or skill level?

Coops.

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One can be confident but still be an idiot. Confidence has nothing to do with it. Competence on the other hand....
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I'm consistently confident that I'm barely competent, so I try to be constantly conscious of my situational considerations.

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I'm consistently confident that I'm barely competent, so I try to be constantly conscious of my situational considerations.
You, my friend, can advise/teach me anytime, because you would make it fun and obviously don't take yourself too seriously. Unlike some others.

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You, my friend, can advise/teach me anytime, because you would make it fun and obviously don't take yourself too seriously. Unlike some others.

Coops.

WOW. According to the time signatures, it took all of FIVE MINUTES for my post to travel halfway around the planet, be replied to, and come back the same distance.
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