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Discussion in 'Learner League' started by Jono, Jul 23, 2010.

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    I'm sure it's been mentioned in here... don't use your front brake at low speed, unless you are upright & going straight.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a9dA0Tl5ZxY (example @ 1:10, you can see her grab a handful of front brake)
     
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    I've just been watching a series of crashes (mainly low-sides). Most of those going down have their heads & shoulders over the tank, while trying to drag knee. This puts the bike at more of an angle than required for the corner and they lose traction.
    Get your head & shoulders off the bike to lean into a corner, bum & knee are optional.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZBgrVI0Dyto&list=SP467A2492C0B9CBFF
     
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    I don't know if this was already posted, I'm just too lazy to backtracks 10 pages. ;) "Never ride like you drive, Never drive like you ride."
     
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    Exactly what do you mean by that statement? I ride like I drive. I don't overtake at the drop of a hat just because I can. I don't race off at the light, even though I can.
     
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    Well I kinda see Rhem's point as being if you ride like you are in a car, one day you'll get squashed.

    Be more vigilant.
    Filter.... it takes up less space.... it's better for your health....
    Get away from traffic if you can.

    I do all this, and I can't possibly ride fast cos I ride the slowest bike in the know universe....
     
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    If you're in a car don't try and pop the clutch while pulling on the steering wheel to loft the front end over a tree that's fallen down across the road.
     
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    It shouldn't matter if your Driving or if your Riding ... always be vigilant .. courteous .. and watch out for bikes. Keep your distance from the vehicle in front and drive/ride to the conditions.
     
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    If you are having trouble with rounabouts use your foot on the pegs, press down on right peg, bike leans nicely. It's good practice to see what happens when pressing down on pegs one at a time. Get to know your bike.
     
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    Best way to steer is to push/put all your weight on the outside peg. For most roundabouts that means a bit on the right peg, then lots on the left peg as you turn right, then a bit on the left as you straighten up and exit.
     
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    Power-steering for a motorbike :)
     
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    Back in 2010 when Jono was still feeling the affects of his 2009 road mission and found the safety of the race track! He made the era of trying to keep up with the big boys in the mountains... The hole he found in the middle of the 35k corner and the corrugation was a little bewildering for springy GS500 and the over enthusiastic P plater. I will be damned if you can learn true road skills on a relaxing extra safe racetrack!!!
     
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    Road riding and track riding both require different skills. But riding on the track provides a safe environment for you to practice without the fear of oncoming cars etc.
     
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    which the DVD Twist of the wrist 2, great dvd, I learnt a lot from it, that and the superbike school
     
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    The biggest thing for me when riding is to ensure all of my concentration and attention is on the road. Don't let your mind wander and think about anything else but the road in front of you! If you find yourself thinking about what you are going to have for dinner or what you are going to do when you get to you destination, snap yourself out of it and concentrate.

    Youtube is dangerous! Watching videos of riders with mad skills doing wheelies and burnouts is awesome, but don't assume that you can automatically jump over a police car without a heap of practice. Before you decide to get on your bike and try to wheelie it down the Parkway, watch some videos of motorcycle crashes/fails to bring you back to reality and show you what is more likely to happen when you try it!

    When entering a corner, make sure your weight is on the correct side of the bike. Drop your shoulder or even slightly shift your arse to the inside of the corner. As you enter the corner, the centrifugal forces will try to push you to the outside. If you are not balanced correctly and anticipating this, you can find yourself off balance and on the wrong side of the bike, which will give the bike a tendency to want to go straight. This can end badly!

    Don't be afraid to lean the bike if you find yourself in a corner too fast. Whilst you are clenching your hole hard enough to crack a walnut, push the bike over, it is more capable of going around corners than you think.
     
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    And what's behind and what's to the left and the right of you.
     
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    While I'm not a learner I did notice this thread and thought I would have a peak. There are lots of good tips in here and the few I picked up (keeping it smooth and gripping with my knees allowing my arms/shoulders to relax) made my ride today much more enjoyable. I enjoy the speed of my bike as much as the next gal but not racing everywhere meant that I could enjoy the trip a lot more. I also didn't notice how tense my shoulders where until I actually thought about it - a habit I am now going to have to get out of!

    Thanks for the tips!
     
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    tips hey, only use your arms to start the corner by countersteering. Then use your legs and throttle to get around. If your arms are solid you will not react to any changes and crashing is much easier.

    brake with bent elbows. If you have fully straight arms it changes the centre of gravity of the bike to a higher level and allows the bike to do a stoppie easier. if you grip with your knees and have loose arms the force on the front wheel is lower and allows you to brake alot harder.
     
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    I don't claim to be an expert, far from it.
    But my tip is . .know and respect your limits, and err on the side of caution. Safety 1st !