Over the years I’ve watched many videos on riding skills. Some good, some bad and some just downright awfull. To save you the effort of going through this all, I’ve listed my personal top 5 YouTube channels that help me brush up and improve my motorcycle riding skills.
This list is in no particular order.
MotoJitsu is hosted by Fast Eddie, a former marine and drill instructor. “Shut up and practice” is his motto. He developed a program that takes riders from beginner level (white belt) to expert level (black belt / coral belt), similar to Jiu Jitsu, hence the name. In his video he demonstrates the skills you need to master for each ‘belt’. His channel also has lots of specialised videos on specific riding topics. It’s all about street riding.
CanyonChasers has a long history and came about by a group of people in Southern California wanting to improve their riding skills. Some of them became instructors. In the videos it’s mostly Dave sharing his experience and knowledge about riding techniques, moto philosophy and learning how to ride well. Like MotoJitsu, CanyonChasers is focussed on street riding.
MCRider is hosted by Kevin Morris, a Motorcycle Safety Foundation and Total Control certified instructor. Kevin has a very calm presence in his videos and a vast amount of experience in the field. His videos are mostly shot from his garage, with some images and videos to illustrate the skill or technique he’s trying to explain, where applicable. Like the other two above, MCRider is also focussed on street riding.
These are actually two channels. Bret Tkacs was the main presenter in the MotoTrek videos, but recently started his own channel. MotoTrek is still active, now with Rusty Wessels as main presenter. Also an excellent instructor. Both channels focus on offroad riding techniques. For someone like me, who recently started dipping his toe into offroad riding, these channels are an enormous help and source of information for learning (besides doing actual courses of course).
The RIDE Adventures channel is hosted by Eric Lange, who has been an instructor and motorcycle tour guide for over 10 years. Like MotoTrek this channel is also focussed on Offroad riding skills.
So there you have it. My top 5 YouTube channels for brushing up and improving my riding skills. If you know of any other great channels that should go on this list, please leave a comment below.