To Train Or Not?
So new riders should take a training course. How about other potential students, such as the many riders returning to motorcycling after a lengthy hiatus? If you have forgotten where the clutch is or last rode a hand-shift sidecar, then yes, a basic rider course will return you to confident basic motorcycle operation in a safe environment and remind you of some of the realities of riding. For those who want to refresh their skills before buying a motorcycle, the basic courses are also the way to go because the bike is normally supplied (though it will probably be smaller than the motorcycle you will buy). If you still feel confident in your ability to operate a motorcycle without significant stress and you already have a motorcycle, then take an experienced or advanced course.