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As spring gets closer, I know that there will be a big jump in the number of accidents as more people get on a bike... I really hope that we can help some of thioose accidents not happen, so I'm reposting this from a previous thread I started.

My Contribution.... I belong to alot of forums, and have alot of experience, both years and miles. I'm by no means an expert, but I feel I've gotten pretty good at what I do, and I thought that this might be a good spot to share one of the tips I give to riders who are trying to improve their riding, so here goes:

EVERY ride should be spent working on technique. You should read and study all you can (I recommend Keith Codes' Twist of the wrist II).
When you get on the bike you should have ONE technique in mind that you need to work on - Looking through the corner, keeping your head up, body position, scanning with your eyes, relaxing your grip on the bars, smooth throttle control, etc, etc..

Work on that technique for that ride, and as many rides as it takes to make it second nature, then shift to another technique till it's second nature, etc..
No matter how long you've ridden and how confident you feel, know what your weakest point is and be working on it for the next ride. A ride that you're not working on is a wasted ride.

Sometimes riders get caught up trying to ride someone else's ride, or trying to work on 4 different things at once, then get frustrated by lack of improvement, when all they really need to do is work on ONE technique at a time and they will find overall improvement and understanding through that one at a time method, and eventually find huge gains overall without getting themselves in too deep and while feeling the success of getting better.

Think in your mind right now about what single technique you'll work on with that next ride, and make a habit of it...
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Good form in turns will do nothing to save your hide. The thing that truly will is this:

Motorcycles are invisible to cagers except a small minority who will actively try and murder you. If you keep this in mind when you ride and treat every cage like the live threat it is you might live long and ride far like yours truly. And my technique in turns sucks, by the way. The only thing my knee drags on is my covers when I sleep.
 

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Stiengar - let's not turn this into a disagreement about what will or won't save you.. Feel free to start your own thread on that topic.. Being seen is a skill all to itself. Having proper form to control your bike is another skill that WILL save you in some cases.
 

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PJFZ1, it takes miles......books like twist of the wrist are good to understand the mechanics but nothing beats time in the saddle.
Want to go faster? Be smoother? Do stints? Find a mentor, someone to ride with who will show the right way. Not someone you kill yourself trying to keep up with.

Take a class at a track, then so a bunch of track days. every mile on a track is better then 25 on the streets if you want to learn to go fast

But it all gets back to riding, you will not get better if you just putt around town for coffee.
Ride on different types of roads some fast some technical.

just ride
 
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