Not to scare any newbies or anything, but after hearing so many new riders go down unnecessarily it erks me to no end that some think just cuz they have the same bike as the next guy that they can keep up. Skill takes time, it is not something can achieve in a week or two, or even months or even years for that matter.
My Words of Advice are:
The way I improved my riding were/are:
- find a stretch of road with some twisties/straights
- ride it several times, going the speed limit or slower, in both directions, get to KNOW the road
- AFTER you KNOW the road and all it's little bumps, dips and curves
- then each time you ride it go a little faster each time, some curves you will become familiar with sooner than others. This DOES NOT mean you have to go faster each time, you may have to do it the same speed several times over before you feel comfortable enough
- you may have to go back to a slower speed
- I don't mean ride over and over right after the other but like once or twice a week
- this I found I got to know how my bike does in certain types of corners
- and on unfamiliar roads I DO NOT go very fast, as I do not know where the road will go next or what condition it is in
- instead of trying to keep up, I watched to see HOW they went through the corner, when did they brake, when did they accelerate, what was their line, what was their body posture
- I did not replicate them like a shadow, I just observed (studied) how they rode
- then on my own time, I tried the techniques a little at a time as I felt comfortable with them
- it's all about how well you know your bike performs/handles and how you feel comfortable (another words, you don't get that, "OH S!*@ feeling)
As this is my 3rd year being on a bike, I am still aquiring the knowledge and skill it takes to ride on two. I am not trying to brag here, but some can attest to the fact that I can do some corners almost as fast as the bigger bikes can. So just because you have a bike that can perform it does not meen it does it automatically. You have to know your bike and how it behaves. Slow down and enjoy the thrill of just being on a bike, you have years ahead of you to become a good rider
Any of the expierenced riders agree/disagree with any of the above notes? Your WOA's are greatly appreciated. As you can never stop learning.
Thanks, and ride smart!