I had seen this over at another forum, and thought it would be interesting discussion here. Post your thoughts and experiences!
Is there such a thing as natural ability to ride a motorcycle? Ever meet somebody that riding just comes natural to them? Is there such a group of people who are not meant to ride motorcycles no matter how much they ride or practice? The arguement of seat time is one thing but this is about a natural ability to ride. Example, there is somebody that I knew several years ago who used to ride. (dont worry, he's not part of ocmoto. Quit riding like 4 years ago.) He really suck at riding. I mean really suck. No matter how much he practice he keep on making mistakes. He's been riding since 2002 and he was one of the many people who convinced me to get a motorcycle because its "cool". Anyway, he stop riding 4 years ago cus he is tired of crashing and most of it wasn't even by cars. Most of it is in neighborhoods by himself. A couple of my friends who used to ride with me said he shouldn't even be on a bike in the first place but afraid to tell him.
So we were talking about natural skills for an activity. A person can pick up an activity right off the bat and excel with it. Sometimes it just comes natural to them. While there will be times that no matter how much they do it, they still suck at it. Does it pertain to riding? I know some people will say "all you need is practice and seat time, you will be good" But is that true? My arguement is that its not. I was on the side that just because you have seat time doesnt make you a good rider. I know some will disagree with me on here but im sticking to that belief. And this situation I actually think there are certain people out there who are not good with hand and eye coordination so they shouldn't be on a motorcycle in the first place. We all have this saying. "Riding is not for everybody." But what does that really mean? Is it only based on fear? I believe some people are not meant to be on a bike in the first place. Seat time is one of the most common excuses that people will use if one of their friends just suck at riding. "Well he just need more seat time." Really? That guy I knew been riding for 7 years. He still suck. Suck so bad he quit. Explain that? He does look great standing next to a bike.
So what do you guys think? Don't you need to have a natural ability to ride a motorcycle in order to even excel in riding? I know plenty of people who ride for less than a year and tends to ride much better than some people who been riding for years. Natural ability? Some just comes natural to them I believe. You disagree?