Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Summit NJ
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First thing you need to do is practice looking where you WANT to go. More than anything else, it is THE most important aspect of riding, especially in the beginning. You HAVE to learn that.
Second, learn and understand countersteering. It is NOT a myth.
Drive down the road and give a very slight push forward on the right bar, then do the same to the left. You will see the bike goes opposite of the direction you are steering. Now at the same speed and with the same force, pull the right bar to you, then the left. Pushing and pulling can be combined to control how fast the bike turns. I usually push to enter a turn and pull to come out, as well as application of throttle.
Stay the f*ck out of parking lots, you dont ride to work through parking lots. The bike is a LOT harder to control at parking lot speeds, that will not help you on the road. Find a nice stretch of road that has little to know traffic, and that you are familiar with. Industrial parks are usually empty after work, and they have plenty of road for you to practice on.
Make sure to build confidence.
What you experienced was not almost a crash, it was a lack of experience and confidence.
I will also suggest for you to pick up the Twist of the Wrist book, as well as the DVD. It has stuff that is not on the DVD. It has a VERY good vision drill that helps a LOT.
Also keep in mind the bike cant do anything on its own. It takes a rider to make that bike do anything, so by saying the bike could have made the turn, you are wrong. The bike can only sit there on the kickstand. YOU need to learn how to make that bike make the turn. A more experienced rider could have made that turn, twice as fast, on your bike. You need to become that rider.
Do NOT make excuses for ANYTHING!!! it only covers your ability to learn from your mistakes. Gravel doesnt make people crash, it's what THEY do on the gravel that makes them crash. I ride over gravel all the time, in corners, in parking lots, and just going straight, I have never crashed because of it, (just using gravel as an example.) because I know what to do in the event that I experience gravel on the road.
Street: 2009 CBR600RR Metallic black Track: 2007 GSXR 600 black/white/blue