Originally Posted by EndlessRR
You never know, he may be the next Rossi, so the earlier he starts the better, no?
Even if Rossi was riding at age 12, he wasn't doing on the streets with blind cagers. Think about when you drive, the guy in the next lane starts to drive a little closer to your lane and looks in his mirror, you as an experienced driver have a good idea that he's going to change lanes, this kid doesn't know that stuff yet.
How about when you come to a traffic light that is red (still going 30mph) but you can see that the oncoming traffic's left hand turn signal has turned red. Your light turns green, you know you can't just keep going because some asshole is going to push that left hand turn signal and turn right in front of you... again, something you learn after a few close encounters in your cage or by watching others fuck up.
Next time you're driving think about how many times in a day you react to other drivers and don't even think about it. It's subconcious now but it saves your ass everyday you're behind the wheel or on the bike. Learning these skills takes time and takes mistakes. A mistake in a POS 1987 Chevy Cavilier could result in a headache and a totaled $300 car, the same mistake on a 1988 KLR 250 means this kid spends his remaining 60 years rolling around in a wheelchair. We take risks as motorcyclists, I realize this, but cutting down on these risks is all that keeps us safe on the streets. There's a reason most of us on CLSB don't get drunk and ride around with a tanktop and sandals with no lid.
I hate to sound like a preacher, but learn how to drive, then apply that to learning how to ride, you'll live longer, and enjoy the ride better.