Sonny Barger on Motorcycle Safety

I am in the process of reading a proof copy of Sonny Barger’s newest book and I can’t put it down. It’s called Let’s Ride – Sonny Barger’s Guide To Motorcycling. I came across these paragraphs and wanted to quote Sonny saying that proper MSF training is the most important thing a rider can do. This is coming from the man dubbed the “baddest man on two wheels”  by Rolling Stone.

I’m going to provide you with the basics of motorcycle riding in the following pages, but first I’m going to give you the single most important piece of advice in this entire book – complete the MSF Rider Course.

And if you’re already an experienced motorcyclist who hasn’t taken the basic Rider Course, take one of the advanced training courses. If you’re self-taught, or if you learned to ride from a friend or family member, chances you’ve developed some bad habits over the years. Riding is an extremely high-risk activity and even if those bad habits haven’t caused you problems so far, sooner or later your luck will run out. It’s best to rely on luck as little as possible; one of the best ways to do that is to get formal training. It’s the most important thing you can do to avoid getting maimed or killed.