The youth speaks out

Motorcycle Monthly - - Letters -

Dear MCM, Many mo­tor­cy­clists men­tion to me that there is not enough cov­er­age about young bik­ers, or as we’re of­ten re­ferred to – ‘the next gen­er­a­tion’. I just wanted to write in to let ev­ery­one that doubts it knows that we are out there.

I’ma 21-year-old uni­ver­sity stu­dent who has been rid­ing for four years. I was lucky enough to grow up around mo­tor­bikes so it is some­thing I am truly pas­sion­ate about. I get out on my mo­tor­bike as of­ten as pos­si­ble, in­clud­ing tour­ing around the coun­try and even hop­ping over to France for the ex­pe­ri­ence of rid­ing on the ‘wrong side of the road’.

When I go to mo­tor­bike ral­lies there is a sig­nif­i­cant lack of younger peo­ple who ride. I’m lucky enough to know a group of younger mo­tor­cy­clists who I have grown up. How­ever, in 2013, I joined Shrop­shire and Powys Ad­vanced Rid­ers group which is a spin off of RoSPA. They en­cour­age younger rid­ers to take safer rid­ing train­ing, by even of­fer­ing a Young Rid­ers Scheme which re­duces the fees it takes to take the RoSPA ad­vanced test and en­ters them into a prize draw to win a track day.

Even with this scheme there are very few of us, but through the years I have come into con­tact with sev­eral peo­ple who have achieved their Ad­vanced Rider Cer­tifi­cate; I passed with a Sil­ver grade in 2014.

So I just wanted to high­light the fact that although we are rare there are young rid­ers still out there and we are just as pas­sion­ate as ev­ery­one else to get more of us in­volved. If any­one knows younger peo­ple who are in­ter­ested in rid­ing en­cour­age them as much as pos­si­ble. I knowit has got harder to get a bike li­cence but it is 100% worth it.

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