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highly recommended: practicing figure 8's in parking lot

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A couple weeks ago I found an empty parking lot in decent shape (not too many cracks, few sand patches) and practiced figure 8's for about an hour and a half. I did low-speed (<5mph) and higher speed (20+mph) turns.

Though I've been riding for three years, I've never learned the full potential of my bike since it's foolish to ride hard on the street. In that hour and a half I finally dragged the pegs and turned low-speed figure 8's at nearly-full lock. I'm a MUCH better rider now and take on ramps with full confidence, an improvement from my previous wobblyness.

For newbies interested in really learning how to ride, I highly recommend getting in some practice time accelerating, braking, and turning in an empty, well-maintained parking lot.
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I am under 21 so I had to get my endorsement to ride "legally". In the course we also had to do low speed figure 8's and other low speed driving maneuvers. The course was about 250.00 and lasted 3 days. I had been riding for 2 years previous on friends bikes (99 CBR600 and 01 R6) but after taking the course I gained alot of knowledge. and about the looking ahead of the turn, that is what we were taught in the course and it DOES really work. (Especially for those tricky U-turns.)
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