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post #1 of 48 (permalink) Old 04-22-2010, 10:22 AM Thread Starter
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How to improve your riding skills.

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.

Noting that this board draws some fairly new riders (as well as quite a few who care about them doing it right) 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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Thanks for the advice and well put information.
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Very well put, great advice.
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great advice! Im reading a twist of the wrist rigth now and have number 2 sitting right next to the first one with a few other books I just picked up on riding technic sould be good reads!
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Im always looking for ways to get better and more precise with my riding; believe it or not youtube is a good place to learn stuff that helps to fill in the gaps.
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Cool

Thanks for the reminder. So many of us including myself forget this and ride without constantly trying to improve on technique.
For those of you who prefer not to read Twist of the Wrist II also comes on DVD.
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goood advice!...thanks
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for Keith Code. Got 'em both.

Also ,

Lee Parks' Total Control
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Great advice! Working on one thing each ride hit home.
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You're very welcome - I enjoy seeing riders learn and get better rather than the other options.
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If you're not much of a reader, I recommend watching Keith Code's 'A Twist of the Wrist II' DVD.... it has some serious bad acting tho.

Peter Lenz also has a short cameo in it..
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I had an accident on my old bike in April and totalled it. Even though it was not my fault, i have improved my riding skills.
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Some great ideas.I think bike rider should be more careful than car riders because more accidents occurs when you ride a bike.
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when i first started on mine, i was getting frustrated bc i wasnt hitting the right shifting/throttle placements accordingly and not feeling to comfortable on my bike (as in my riding position) but i worked on each (on different rides) and can now feel comfort settling in....i rode in dirt when i was a child but being on the street is a different playing field.

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for Keith Code. Got 'em both.

Also ,

Lee Parks' Total Control
X2. I personally like Total Control the best.
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In order to improve your riding skills, the easiest way is to get out and ride.
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thanx for the info.
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i did enjoy twist of the wrist II... neat tips..

i also enjoyed this

"Why are there so many memes and jokes about Chuck Norris but no jokes about Bruce Lee?
I answered: "Because, Bruce Lee is no joke."

- some guy on youtube
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good advice. simple and to the point.
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This was very helpful. I've been looking for ways to improve my riding posture. it seemed that on rides more then 15 minutes long My wrists and hands would start to hurt.
figured out these things. 1) sitting up too tall 2) gripping the throttle/ grip WAY TOO HARD! (elbows locked outta fear) 3) not leaning properly. I went on a 2 hour ride yesterday and one way I worked on riding posture. Now i figured out if I tuck just a LITTLE bit more. I get more bloodflow to the hands and wrists. Also On the way back I worked on my elbows being straight. Man that made the ride more comfortable. Thank you for this post!

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I just recently watched and read Twist II after seeing all the hype about it. I must say, eventho Ive been riding for 15 years now, it has greatly improved my riding abilities. I also feel far more confident in my abilities then I ever did. Really is worth a watch/read!

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1 time at the track with experienced riders improved my abilities much more than learning techniques on the street. Obvious reasons such as road hazards and horrible drivers limits what you can learn on the street.
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1 time at the track with experienced riders improved my abilities much more than learning techniques on the street. Obvious reasons such as road hazards and horrible drivers limits what you can learn on the street.
I think you're defining learning differently.. Riding on the track you are probably working on different skills than someone riding on the street - My original post applies to track or street, but the skills differ.
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what I was implying is that sometimes practicing foreign or new techniques can put a rider in danger on public roads. I didn't mean to step over toes, just thought I'd throw a noob's 2 cents in.
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