Monday, October 24, 2011

Second Audit Complete

I arrived to class Thursday night and recognized Elvira right away, Irondad had pulled forward in a parking spot to allow me to share. There was plenty of parking but this was a great spot at the end of a row with high visibility and just mere steps across the parking lot to class.

Dan is the only man I know where his sticker holds true.

I was excited and so looking forward to this particular audit because who better to teach a motorcycle rider course and to learn from than the legend himself?

Dan is a fantastic instructor and learning from him during my Advance Rider Training last year inspired me to begin the journey in becoming an instructor. His enthusiasm is certainly contagious and his knowledge vast. It is an honor and privilege to have this opportunity.

Notice the head turn and eyes up.

I was busy all weekend taking notes, observing coaching technique and running around helping set cones that the only time I had to snap any photos was when Dan was doing a demo and even then I was following along listening to Kory, the other instructor. I stayed behind the students and discretely took these photos, they are already nervous and don't need to see me taking pictures.

Dan has mentioned in his blog and again on the range how a parking lot becomes your world for the weekend. It truly does. All of our attention is on the students, safety on the range and following the curriculum of the range cards.

The hero walk.

When we're not on the range, we're in the classroom. This is where it is easy to fall into the role of the student but I am there to observe the instructor, learn how they facilitate and keep the students focused and engaged.
Dan's enthusiasm in the classroom is just as impressive as it is on the range, even if his artistic ability is not.

Is this an FJR1300?

We all see Irondad as a legend, this tough guy to be feared and tremble in his presence. Dan is just one of those guys, you know, the nicest guy you'll ever meet and although not a great singer, he has a great sense of humor and is a lot of fun to be around.

I met several other instructors this weekend, each one as nice and courteous as the next. There is a mutual respect between the seasoned instructors, the interns, apprentices and even toward a greenhorn like me. Thank you gentlemen, I certainly feel welcome and I am anxious to get started.

Thank you Sir.


No one who achieves success does so without acknowledging the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude. ~Author Unknown



  1. IT sounds like you are well on your way, and fantastic for you to meet Dan. This journey for you will be fantastic and glad I can join in and follow.

  2. Troubadour:

    doesn't it feel great to be in Good Hands ? and to see the Master in action. That drawing looks like a tricycle, not an FJR. thank you for taking us along on your journey

    Riding the Wet Coast

  3. Troubadour:

    Thanks for posting the update! I am sure you are going to be an awesome instructor. We students are eager and wanting to sop up all the knowledge we can. You are right about the parkinglot being your life while you are engaged in the process. I had 2 full weekends of parkinglot riding and it felt like I had gone hundreds of miles. I am amazed that we students when from 2 weekend in a parkinglot to a full 2 day traffic course with riding everywhere from city street, parkinglots and highway. It is a exhilarating feeling learning everything and then applying it in real world situations. WOW!

    You are going to rock as a teacher!

  4. Thank you gentlemen, I have a long way to go as these two audits are just the first steps. Next is an interview to find out if they even want me as an instructor then if I'm accepted the real training begins.

  5. Thank you Dar, your encouragement means a lot to me. I look forward to reading about your adventures and increasing rider skills.

  6. Way to go Troubadour! I doubt that you'll ever regret it. As well as putting something back for the benefit of others, it's YOU that will get the greatest payback!

    Well done!

  7. Awesome job!
    Just guessing from things I've noticed the few times we've rode together and from reading your blog, but I think you'd make a good instructor. Best wishes and continued success in your pursuit!

    Love the banner pic! Lucy looks good parked there. :)

  8. Thank you Geoff, I'm not even an instructor yet and simply observing but the reward of watching the students learning to ride is plentiful.

    And thank you too Bluekat, we haven't ridden together nearly enough this year, I miss you.


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