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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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Figure 8's are great practice...

Not only is it important to practice stopping, starting, cones, 8's, is also important to do it as much as possible. I started commuting 5 days a week on the 954 and going to work each day is a blast. Every day I am learning more and the past, I was strictly a weekend warrior and now I see a whole new world. :)
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