Adventures in motorcycle instruction...

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by Blur, Aug 13, 2011.

  1. Blur

    Blur 3MTA3

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    Just another day teaching new riders....

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  2. Some Mook

    Some Mook Goin' Down Slow

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    Botany lessons included?
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  3. Tripped1

    Tripped1 Likely Lost.

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    I believe that is what we would call an "agricultural experience" at the track.


    ....Do tell the back story, it has to be pretty good.
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  4. They didn't tell us to camouflage the bike when parking it during my MSF course :huh
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  5. OhBoy

    OhBoy Got Out

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  6. Censport

    Censport Vendor

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    Pfftt. I don't see any ambulance.













    :lol3
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  7. wbedient

    wbedient MoTard

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    Fail at riding.

    Failed the course?
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  8. Blur

    Blur 3MTA3

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    Not too much to tell.

    I was watching the class as they were riding around the perimeter of the asphalt. As they made a turn to the right, one of them didn't complete the turn. I ran down to see if they were alright. They were completely fine. I asked what happened, they shrugged and said "I don't know". I said "Lemme take a crack at it.... you were making the turn, noticed the weeds and briars, your brain told you 'don't go there' but you couldn't look away and the motorcycle went straight to the spot where you were looking". The student said "Yeah - that's exactly what happened".

    A cheap lesson for my student.
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  9. slartidbartfast

    slartidbartfast Love those blue pipes

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    Target fixation is a powerful thing! We once had a student ride several hundred feet across an open, empty parking lot to run into a dumpster - The only thing out there.
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  10. LuciferMutt

    LuciferMutt Rides slow bike slow

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    :rofl
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  11. tedder

    tedder irregular

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    Sounds like most crash reports- the difference is that experienced riders make something up to mask the target fixation/brake locking that actually occurred :evil
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  12. dwoodward

    dwoodward Long timer

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    Once had a student challenge his TW to a wrestling match in the middle of a basic perimeter drill. When I untangled him from the wreckage and asked what happened he said "I just started grabbin' shit an' stompin' on stuff".:huh
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  13. jedd

    jedd Adventurer

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    That is the quote of the day. Signature material for sure. :rofl
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  14. kimel

    kimel I hit what?

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    LOL! That's pure gold.
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  15. xcgates

    xcgates Whaaa?

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    Damn straight, I'm good with my excuses. :thumb





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  16. Tripped1

    Tripped1 Likely Lost.

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    :deal

    That is funny.
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  17. CBBaron

    CBBaron Long timer

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    This I believe. I know when I took the BRC I had never ridden a motorcycle before, but was comfortable with an ATC (auto clutch) bicycle and manual transmission auto. The first day on the course there were several times where I had to think before I knew which lever to pull or which pedal to push to accomplish what I was trying to do. I imagine someone with less experience and slower reaction times could easily get to the point where they had no idea what to do and they just react. Riders that have been doing this for a while or who grew up riding don't realize how much muscle memory you have to put together to ride a motorcycle smoothly. Its really not a simple thing.

    Craig
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  18. Blur

    Blur 3MTA3

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    There's a zen saying that goes something like "A great teacher will remember what it's like to be a student". That is how I try to teach :)
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  19. xcgates

    xcgates Whaaa?

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    One thing I *think* helped me (its been a couple years), is doing things similar to how my dad taught me to drive stick.

    First and foremost is to remember how to pull the clutch in, and how to brake.

    AKA, in a car, "Both feet to the floor." If something bad happened, I was to punch the clutch through the floor, and get on the brakes. Similar thing on the bike, except I was slow on the brakes in order to not fall over.
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  20. tedder

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    Generally going to the car experience causes new riders to spend very little time in the friction zone, which leads to dumped engines and dumped bikes. Or really impressive TW200 wheelies.
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