Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: Mechanicsburg, PA
The best advice I ever got on riding
About 30 years ago, I was taught to ride by a friend who drilled this into my head: "Do what I tell you (counter-steer, turn your head, brake with both, etc.) and trust the bike. It definitely knows how to stay upright better than you do, and probably knows how to 'ride' better than you do."
A couple hundred miles into it after a 15 year hiatus, I was reminded of that today. Went out and did about 20 on some mildly-windy (gentle S-curves) back roads, plus a few breaks for 'parking lot' practice. The less I thought about 'riding' and the more I thought about proper technique (turn your head where you want to go; push left, lean left, go left, etc.) the better it felt.
For the first time since I got back in the saddle, feel like I'm riding not "working at riding"... Also made me appreciate just how sweet this V Star is. Treat her right and she responds just beautifully.
PS - ear-to-ear grin, so I must be doing at least some of it right!
2007 V-Star 1300
Last edited by caseyjones; 04-24-2015 at 12:32 PM.
Reason: Added PS