Best to post here than elsewhere... I figured it is a good topic for discussion I see the advice given lots of times that you can't afford to let attention lapse for a second and it is dangerous. While I agree with the sentiment, and the intent - the fact is conscious attention is a lot more complex than this. Attention is not an on-off thing. There are so many varying levels and we only have so much. In every day life, we naturally vary the attention needed on given tasks depending on the state of those tasks. That is fine - however as many are all too aware, on a motorcycle, a loss of attention at the wrong moment can end in disastrous effects. Hence I believe managing attention levels is key, knowing that we can't give 100% brain to attention all the time. Choosing when to ramp up attention and training yourself to look for those indicators is needed. Whether its a varying road surface, unusual corner, unusual driver... Anything unusual should automatically raise the senses a level or two. For an experienced rider, that is easy to identify. The problem with a learner, is that it isn't necessarily clear when that should happen to all. Not to mention, their attention is often taken up with wobbling down the road and all attention on staying upright. The mind simply can't focus on something continuously, without diverting for a fraction of a second. It has to - we couldn't live otherwise. My point is, the mind has limits and ideally we would give all the attention all the time. In practice not possible - so managing attention is a must and being conscious about just where it is at as often as possible helps you to be safe and manage the environment. Knowing your limits, and attention inadequacies can help you combat losing attention at just the wrong moment. Wonder what thoughts others have on this, how they manage attention. I expect there will be some debate and disagreement.