Rider Fear: The Beginner’s Guide to Deciphering the Voice Inside You


  • What is Rider Fear?

  • Rider Fear Up Close

  • All Articles About Rider Fear

What is Rider Fear?

Rider fear is the pit in your stomach when you think about riding a motorcycle. It’s your heart racing when you venture out into traffic. It’s the overwhelming sensation you’re not in control.

I started my first website about motorcycles nearly twenty years ago. I’ve received more emails about rider fear than any other.

Rider Fear Up Close

Rider fear is different things to different riders, and it pokes its head out whenever it wants. Some describe it as an uncomfortable feeling, while others say it feels more like a panic attack.

One of the most surprising things about rider fear is that it’s rarely discussed. The motorcycle mega books don’t address it, and I don’t recall my instructor mentioning it during my first hands-on course.

That’s why I was so shocked when it happened to me when I started riding. I have to tell you. My first ride in traffic was a horrifying experience. Others have told me the same thing.

The most important thing to know about rider fear is that it’s your friend. It tells you what to do next. It must be respected.

The lack of information surrounding this topic is why I dedicated an entire section to rider fear in my first book, Motorcycle Smarts.

In the articles below, I’ll share some of what I wrote about (what is it, who has it, and when will it go away). I’ll also make the point that every rider should listen to what it’s telling you to do next.

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About the Author

David Mixson writes about the topics other motorcycle books gloss over. He worked as a NASA engineer for over thirty years and is the author of three books.