Saddle Time

| 1/14/2009 4:35:07 PM

Cassie and Alison 

Allison in the saddle with her favorite passenger, her dog Cassie. 


Riding skills It's all about saddle time! 

You can read until your brain is foggy but if you don’t get out there and do it, you won’t be gaining skills and improving your survival skills. Consider for a moment the plight of recreational pilot. He/she is obliged to fly a minimum number of hours in a specified period of time just to maintain the privilege of piloting an aeroplane. No competent pilot that I have ever met considers the regulation minimum hours to be even remotely enough air time to maintain their edge and keep on top of the game. 

Where does that leave motorcycle riders? The skill set required to stay safe is comparable to flying and the hazards to personal safety just as great – but there is no set minimum for saddle time. There isn’t even an expiration date on the driver’s permit in some states – once legal, always legal – unless of course you run afoul of the constabulary.