+ 1 on the MSF courses and always wearing a helmet. I always wear a jacket and pants too. Boots %75 of the time, always on freeways.
I've been riding for about 7 years. Mostly a urban commutes, year-round in Boston and DC, and some long trips 1-3xs a year.
I've fallen once, in a blizzard on a patch of ice. Since then, I ride the bicycle when it looks like heavy snow (<1" is ok). I'm also overly cautious on corners.
Perhaps the best training for motorcycling is bicycling, imo. The controls are different, but the training you get in balance, cornering, and awareness of the road is very helpful.
In addition to the benefits people have listed above, I'd add ease of parking and as J implied vastly improved skills in driving a car.
Originally Posted by Jodum5
Generally, I could care less about motorbikes. But I saw a vintage BMW one on the streets of DC a few months ago and I'm bent on getting one someday
Was it the silver one on Florida Ave just East of Connecticut?