Main Motorcycle: 2017 T120 Black
Join Date: Jul 2018
Location: Los Angeles, California
Other Motorcycle: 2012 Speedmaster
Extra Motorcycle: 2018 T120 Black (Matt)
I think it is imperative to get formal training in any skilled profession/task.
In my opinion, training is even more important than experience. I learned that in the military. A well trained platoon of soldiers with little experience will function better than a poorly trained group with tons of experience. I think it is the same in martial arts, you have to be trained properly to perform well.
I think it is the same in motorcycling. Learning the proper fundamentals from professionals will increase confidence, ability, etc. Then, when incidents occur they can be evaluated through a proper lens of technical knowledge. Basically, when you get trained in something, you are benefitting from the trail and error process of hundreds of other people. The techniques you learn have been evaluated and demonstrated to work. Why bother going through the trial and error process all over by yourself?
I've been riding on the road since 1992, and in that time I have taken a number of courses, including Level I of the CSS (I plan to do level II sometime soon). Recently, I have attended a bunch of Beginner and Intermediate courses, because my wife is just learning to ride and so we have attended them together. They have mostly been basic techniques, but I still get something out of it. You can always learn something if you are open to it.