|Posted on Thursday, December 06, 2007 - 05:16 pm: ||
A corollary to the 2 second rule is not just stopping room and escape routes, but also the avoidance time to react to the step ladder that the car just strattled
Ask me how I know.
|Posted on Monday, December 17, 2007 - 10:06 pm: ||
Once you pass the BRC and get your endorsement, spend some time practicing your fundamentals before you get out in traffic. Find neighborhood streets with minimal traffic and apply the techniques you hopefully learned in class. As dorky as it sounds, remind yourself to slow, look, press and roll as you're taking a corner. Find a parking lot if you need to practice your quickstops and your swerves. These things really can save your butt!
Bottom line: Make sure you have full control of the bike before you get on a busy highway. In traffic, there's little room for error.
Also, read "How to Ride a Motorcycle" by Pat Hahn. Good read, wish I would have known about it as I was morphing from Dirt-bike chick to twisty girl.
Be safe out there!!!!
|Posted on Monday, December 17, 2007 - 10:59 pm: ||
"You unconsciously steer in the direction that you look. You see that cow in the pasture on the right? You may not have noticed yourself drifting right as well."
That's true unless you practice steering straight while looking to the side or over your shoulder. One (empty) parking lot drill is to drive down one of the long parking space lines and look over your shoulder. At first you will drift in the direction of your look. With practice, you will develop the ability to go straighter until you no longer drift.
|Posted on Sunday, February 03, 2008 - 03:09 pm: ||
One thing I have done, as far as stuff I carry around - every time I travel to a different state or far off locale, I stop at a gas station or truck stop and pick up a map and talk to the locals. Great way to find out about good roads and areas to stay away from if you're not familiar with the area.
Also, getting as much seat time as possible is the best way to learn to ride, but be aware of your body and what it's telling you. If you notice yourself getting tired or having trouble concentrating on the road, stop and rest or get something to eat/drink. While on two wheels you have to be at the top of your game.
|Posted on Saturday, March 14, 2009 - 06:59 pm: ||
as a "new" rider, you should ride often to hone your skills. look where you're going, not where you're at. be smooth on the throttle in the curves. if you're chopping the throttle (on and off the gas) in curves, these Buells or Harleys in general, tend to "wobble" due to the large rotating mass of the primary drive so be smooth. when in town or heavy traffic keep your head on a swivel, especially at intersections. danger can come from anywhere...trust me, ive been rear-ended. try not to get too complacent on the bike, being out of your comfort zone heightens your senses and makes you ride more aggressive. and loud pipes save lives. hopes some of this helps someone.
|Posted on Thursday, June 11, 2009 - 01:04 am: ||
Always leave yourself an out and ride like you are invisible. Served me well for over 30 years of riding m/c and driving commercial rigs!
|Posted on Monday, May 29, 2017 - 01:18 am: ||
In Built up Traffic Always ride with two fingers on you Brake Lever...ready. Not depressed just ready.