I have had some experience with two wheelers myself (Bajaj Spirit - 3 Yrs; 16000 kms & Bajaj Pulsar 150 DTSi - 5 and half years; 72,710kms and still counting)
Based on my experience, I would like to classify one person's motorcycle riding into 5 phases:
1) Learning Phase
- We learn, so we have fear, we respect the bike, respect the rules, stay away from crowd, speed, congestion and try to get acquainted with the bike
2) Acquaintance Phase
- We get confident about our driving, expose ourselves a bit courageously to the roads with traffic , we take friends with us. But still we follow the rules and we donot try to drive fast. Not yet says the mind!. We also think that we have gotten acquainted with the vehicle, but the process has not even started to be true!
3) Practice Phase
- This is when we have nearly completed around 4 to 5K kms in our rides. Time to show-off says the heart! The mind sometimes takes the other stand but Heart always wins and there you go, SPEEDING, WHEELIES, STOPPIES, RACING, HAPAZARD TURNS; we get time to think about our bike and it's place in the crowd but we are not mature enough to think about the position/reaction of others on the road. We take less care about traffic signals/rules at this point in time
Doing such things at this point in one's riding cycle have high risk of accidents, self and collateral damage and also attracts highest degree of attention both positive and negative ways
guys and friends at college hail you girls and few others call you a mere show-off
4) Real Acquaintance Phase
- This is when you and your bike have been with each other for say an year and half or nearly 20000kms (depends highly on the mindset of the person)
There might have been times when we would have got chances of driving alone, driving long distances, driving in traffic, in empty roads, in hot sun, in heavy rain, in day-times, in midnights, driving with a peaceful mind, driving with lot of grudge on someone (might be your boss, might be your lecturer, might be your friends/parents, be it anyone - all things vented down on the bike)
These are the times when one really gets to know about the feedback of his ride! The confidence level incerases at this stage and we are more bold to face harder and more demanding situations.
The frequnecy of speeding/racing has considrably been reduced.
5) Mature Phase
- This is when a person does not pin down his throttle on seeing a lesser capacity bike overtaking you or a bunch of college guys racing down the road!
We are very much aware of the capability of our bike and we take chances with most precision. We are interested towards a more subtle and peacful ride round the town rather than rushing-in to a place.
Although, the above point is said, it is not valid forever ( the enthusiast in us wakes up once in a while but that is based on the situtation that prevails and hence doesnot cause any harm to fellow riders)
This is when we take care of ourselves, our ride, fellow riders, the road conditions, the stray dogs, anticipated morons jumping across paths and stuff like that!
Safe driving depends on how fast one reaches the Mature Phase
. I still doubt my presence in the same!
Hope this helps a bit! Sorry for the long post. Open for your comments!