The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Motorcyclists

Buell 1125R tearing up race track

According to Stephen Covey “habits are patterns of behavior composed of three overlapping components: knowledge, desire, and skill. because these three components are learned rather than inherited, our habits constitute our second nature, not our first. We are not our current habits; hence, we should avoid defining ourselves in terms of our habits, characteristics, and reactive tendencies. Habits of effectiveness can be learned; habits of ineffectiveness unlearned.”

“Successful people build habits of effectiveness into their daily lives. Often they are internally motivated by a strong sense of mission. By subordinating their dislike for certain tasks to the strength of their purpose, they develop the following 7 Habits and discipline themselves to live in accordance with fundamental principles.”

In other words the average biker can transform himself into a highly effective individual through a strong sense of purpose. Anyone can develop new habits propelling themselves to new heights of success!

Mr Miagi

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Bikers

Respect – Respect is the glue that holds the two wheel universe together. The successful biker respects himself, others, mother nature, the road and especially the machine! Turn your back on anyone and your butt can be kicked faster than you can say “Oh Shit!”. Underestimate the weather conditions and you can crash faster than you can say “maybe I should have stayed home”. Underestimate the road and you’ll find yourself in the ER faster than you can say “call 911”. Underestimate your iron steed and you will get hurt!

Brotherhood– Brotherhood among bikers is what differentiates us from the rest of the human race. It’s what makes motorcycling special. The successful biker waves at all other two and three wheeled enthusiasts on the road. The successful biker stops to offer assistance to other motorcyclists in need. The successful biker has his brothers back! Why? Because we are all vulnerable and someday we will depend on the goodness of our fellow brethren to help us. Turn your back on the code of the road and when you need help, it might not be there for you. Live your life helping others and the positive energy you create will make you healthier, happier and rich with friends!

Appreciation – Appreciate what you have! If nothing else, you at least know the freedom of the open road. You know the heavenly feeling of man and machine becoming one with the universe as the stress of the modern day rat race fades away. Twist the throttle, the engine rumbles, the earth quakes and you ride!

Knowledge– Knowledge is the key to better riding. Be both the teacher and the student. Learn as much as you can about the mechanics of a motorcycle, how to ride a motorcycle, about traffic conditions, about road conditions and about weather conditions. Share what you know with others and they will reciprocate. Seek out training. Be open to criticism. Dedicate yourself to constant improvement. A smart rider is the best rider!

Bruce Lee

Skill – The best motorcyclists hone their riding skills. Complacency kills; practice makes perfect! Never push yourself beyond your ability but always strive to increase your ability. Your confidence will grow and so will your skill.

Risk– The best motorcyclists understand risk and that motorcycling is inherently risky. Risk is like a ladder. At the bottom of the risk ladder is staying home and never leaving the house. At the top of the risk ladder is riding a motorcycle at high speed wearing only a blindfold! Each rider must make a conscience decision of how much risk he will assume. No self respecting biker wants to stay home safe, but few of us want to be at the top of the ladder. Decide where on the ladder you want to be. There are precautions one can take to lower the level of risk to a manageable amount. Learn how to ride safely by taking an approved MSF approved motorcycle course. Make sure your motorcycle is in safe working order with tires inflated properly each and every time you ride. Wear comfortable well fitted protective gear such as heavy boots, abrasion resistant pants, leather jackets, DOT approved helmets and full finger gloves. Avoid riding at night especially in areas where there are drinking establishments. Avoid riding in bad weather. Don’t drink alcohol until the kickstand is down for the night. The level of risk one is willing to take is a personal choice, the best bikers understand this principal and consciencely manage their risk level.

Maintenance – The best motorcyclists pay attention to maintenance. They take care of their machines, their bodies and everything else that is important to them. You can’t ride safely if your machine is not in proper working order. You can not ride safely if you are ill, upset, tired, hungry or under the influence. Listen to your body and take care of yourself. A short nap may be needed in the middle of a long trip. Maybe there is something else you need to take care of before you can focus 100% on riding. Maybe you have unfinished business at work or home that you should attend to first. The highly effective biker understands maintenance is key to top performance!

Blue Angels

Learn the 7 habits! Become a high performing octane induced piston pumping motorcycle demon who rides like a beast!

14 Responses to “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Motorcyclists”

  1. Well done Jay…well done!

  2. Very good post! It doesn’t hurt to be reminded sometimes of basic info we know, but don’t always practice.

    Another great post for us ladder climbers. Know your level and enjoy!

  3. Very nicely done, Jay. These 7 habits should be known by all, not just bikers. A good reminder.

  4. Great post – need to get a poster-size version to put on the garage wall – a quick reminder before every ride.

  5. I took a Steven Covey Leadership course. These 7 habits apply to just about everything in life. “Including Motorcycling”!

    Good post!

  6. When you read what I put up today you’d think I read this first and stole a little, but I honestly did not. This is all excellent advice. Leave my booze alone though! We owe the beginnings of our biker culture to Wild Willy and the Boozefighters m/c.

  7. Mr M, I attended a leadership seminar last month and they pulled a lot of the material from Stephen Covey. I purchased an audio CD package called Mastering The 7 Habits. I listen to it when I work out. Diana says I am obsessed. I tell her she should first seek to understand, then to be understood.

  8. Dude! Now I’m gonna have to give you a bunch of crap about the whole “Zen” of the two wheeled addiction. You’re not going all spritual on our asses now are you?

    Agree with all RC. We are in agreement. The Soul of the rider is here in the house of R.C.U.S.A. I’m feel’in it! Soar spirit soar!

    Right on…good post.

  9. Just call me Spirit In The Sky!

  10. I own the book. I know reading is becoming quaint these days, but what the heck! As Ann says, everyone should exhibit these same traits. I felt more special just reading them. Great post.

  11. Thanks ID.

  12. Great post. It helps to remember the basics.

  13. I took the liberty of translating the post to spanish

    http://www.roadguarrior.com/?p=619

    Obviously naming Jay Green as source

    If I did wrong by translating and sharing, just let me know

    Thanks!

  14. Thank you, that is very flattering. Right now I am grieving a lost friend and brotherhood is at the top of my list.

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