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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 04-24-2015, 12:30 PM Thread Starter
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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!

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I would say so, casey jones. You will be back in shape in no time like you never took a break. Just keep the rubber side down

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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"...
Well, that covers the major components of knowing how to ride;

How a bike works
Proper technique
How YOU work (vision)

There is a lot more to it than that, details under each of those categories and it's not always correct to use both brakes together and I'd argue good riding means you are ALWAYS working at riding but maybe we mean the same thing there. In any event, it's really interesting how few riders really know or much care about those three major components so, you are on the 'right path' and doing well.
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best advice i ever got...

hold on

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Larry - Yeah, I know "both brakes" isn't 100% always the way to go. Just saying it as a generalization of "good technique"...

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best advice i ever got...

hold on
"hold on" is also damned-fine advice...

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I took a riders safety course a few years back when I got my V Star.
Learned alot of good riding tips there.
Might be a good thing for you to think about doing.
I had been riding for years before that, and still learned some good stuff. Plus got my motorcycle endorsement, and a discount on my insurance.

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"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."
So, some people get in the way of the bike taking care of em , eh?

Thanks Casey

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I took a riders safety course a few years back when I got my V Star.
Learned alot of good riding tips there.
Might be a good thing for you to think about doing.
I had been riding for years before that, and still learned some good stuff. Plus got my motorcycle endorsement, and a discount on my insurance.
I took the advanced rider safety course with a guy who used to teach the class. He said he takes the course every spring just to refresh his skills and keep him mindful of his techniques. I HIGHLY recommend taking both courses.
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I took a riders safety course a few years back when I got my V Star.
Learned alot of good riding tips there.
Might be a good thing for you to think about doing.
I had been riding for years before that, and still learned some good stuff. Plus got my motorcycle endorsement, and a discount on my insurance.
Agree, and already signed up for it! There's only one near me, and here in PA it's free (or more correctly, built into your registration charges), so they tend to book up ahead. Until then I'm spending a lot of time in parking lots getting my figure-8's and cone-weaving skills better honed...

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