I love threads like this one!
Over the years I continue to practice safe riding skills. I have my own set of cones to set up courses. I periodically take safety courses which I have previously taken.
Some of the comments I regularly hear:
"So, did you not learn what you needed the first time around?"
"What are you afraid of?"
"Are you trying to build confidence? Just ride man!"
"I don't worry about it. I did well when I took the course."
"Maybe you just need to ride more."
"You spent half a day riding courses in a parking lot? That's weird."
"Doesn't all that emergency braking put unnecessary wear on your tires?"
I feel that a rider must constantly practice safe riding skills! Braking is probably one of the most important skills a biker can have. When you consider the split second we get when something happens, improving skills makes sense. If we haven't trained muscle memory we are depending on luck and chance. Because it's muscle memory that will perform the actions needed in an emergency.
Even if a rider has been riding for years it is like starting over when you ride a different machine than the one you trained on. Every technique you learned must now be executed slightly different.
thanks for sharing your story. As we all know, riding is a wonderous thing. Serious injury and fatalities are not! We must NEVER forget that riding is inherently dangerous. It only takes one incident.