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Between single-bike accidents and multi-vehicle crashes where rider skills issues were a contributory factor, all the information shows that rider training is the single biggest thing we can do to control our risks. Let's take it from the top, when you first decide to ride.

Should you ride a motorcycle? It's not for everyone.

It's useful to understand the psychology of riding.

If you are returning to riding, you're a 'retread'.

OK, you decided you want to ride. Next step is Basic Training.

Once you complete training and get your motorcycle license, it is time to consider your first motorycle purchase.

Then we need to practice our basic emergency skills to keep them current, and study up on defensive riding strategies.

After a year, or about 5000 miles, or when you get a new cycle, it's time for Experienced (or Intermediate) Rider Course (ERC) training.

To stay fresh, avoid repeating the same year of experience multiple years in a row, and learn new skills, you can take Advanced training.

Our training review page has independent reviews of training courses, books and videos.

Pillion passengers need training too.

To satisfy that need for speed, take it to track days at your local motorsports venue, and learn valuable riding skills.

If you want to take training, and can't afford it, try RidersU.org.  They are a registered charity that finances training for needy riders.

Finally, whatever training you get, remember hubris - don't make yourself less safe