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Old Today, 08:29 AM   #1
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Riding tips that don’t get enough “air time”

There’s plenty of good riding tips available (online forums, videos, books, etc….) that we all subscribe to. Some examples are:

- Look through the turn

- Your bike is better than you are, trust it

- Always be planning for and have an out

And more..,

And then there’s the aspects of riding where we have to overcome instinctive reactions we have as human beings. Stuff like not hard braking in turns when you have an “Oh,shit!” moment, etc… IMO, these are the hardest issues to overcome when developing riding skills as they require lots of CONCIOUS THINKING and PRACTICE to overcome.

We are all different in how we process and learn things. I can’t remember when or where I found it but one of the things that REALLY helped me the most in developing my riding skills was discovering/understanding that human beings have a innate aversion to leaning beyond 18 degrees or so. Once I understood that and worked on overcoming it in turns, it made a very big impact on improving my riding. For me, at least, this was a critical point in my riding career. I’d easily rate it among the top five things that helped be to be a better rider but I very rarely see it mentioned here or on other MC sites.

What helped you that you don’t see mentioned often enough?

Just curious because I’m always looking for new things to learn and practice to help make myself a better rider.

(This is intended to be a street thread. I know that dirt is a much different ball of wax with its own idiosyncrasies.)
Where's the "any" key?
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Old Today, 10:24 AM   #2
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Best tip I ever received...while learning to ride on a brand-new 1969 Mini Trail...look where you want to go, not where you're going.
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Old Today, 10:57 AM   #3
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Make sure that you ride the bike, not the other way around.
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Old Today, 11:57 AM   #4
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Threshold braking, learn it, practice it (every ride). You want the muscle memory honed, you won't have time to think 'oh shit'.
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Old Today, 01:00 PM   #5
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Ride your own ride.
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Holland is about the most expensive country in Europe when it comes to bikes and fuel..Stop whining and go riding It's just money and you only live once...
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All the tips in the world won't help if you don't practice.
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