What is the most important riding lesson you have learned?
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I have learned SO many important lessons about riding, so I'll just pick the one that sticks out in my mind the most.
You go where you look. I learned this when my MSF instructor was guiding me through some maneuvers and I was looking at him and almost hit him! They had told us if we look at things, we will hit them, but it didn't really hit home until that happened.
And I'm still learning to this day. Each time something out of the ordinary happens to me on the bike, I try to learn from it.
'00 CBR F4 (the faster, silver/red model)
"Objects in mirror no longer matter!"
i think the 12 second rule (looking 12 seconds ahead) is a big one.
then there's one i learned yesterday--"ride your own race, if you're faster, you'll get around them".
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I'd have to go with "You go where you look". Only within the last 6 months have I truly learned to trust my peripheral vision enough to keep looking in the direction I want to go. I found it a little unnerving to be going through a corner, and looking about 100ft or more ahead and to the right or left of where I am....in a car, you tend to focus directly in front of you, and that was pretty well emblazened in my head.
Now...it's becoming second nature even in the car to look where I'm going not where I'm at.
Target fixation re-infornced yet again.
Look where you want to go not at want you
don't want to hit!!! Still learning this
one after ten years - it's too easy to look
at the wrong thing and it only takes 1 second to get into trouble. It seems to take
some serious mental discipline to LEARN this
and track time wouldn't hurt either.
Motorcycles are inherently stable. It's the riders who make them go down most of the time. (Does this sound like Keith Code? It should.)
I remember the first time I did a two-wheel drift on a street bike. I was going through a corner on Highway 16 between Medina and Kerrvile, Texas. I had the bike leaned over farther than I ever had in that corner, and as I rolled on the throttle I felt both tires start sliding. Before I could react (betchya never knew slow reflexes could be an asset) the tires gained traction and I was set up perfectly for the next corner. It was a lot of fun, but I was always a bit slower in that corner.
The lesson I learned is to trust the bike and not do anything to upset it in a corner. When it doubt, gas it and go.
"I was born yesterday, but I was up late last night."
Gary P. Nunn
The most important lesson is that it is all right being paranoid when you ride. Car drivers are out to hurt you, whether they mean to or not. Be very careful or it will be another case of evolution in action...
Richard M. Poniarski
'00 Kawasaki ZR750F2, a.k.a. ZR-7
Attention. I pay more attention to the road, it's conditions, the other vehicles, and possible situations that may occur. Never got into an accident before I started riding, but now I have avoided several in my car and usually can guess (80%-90% of the time) what another vehicles or situations will result in and be ready ahead of time to avoid.
If if if....
If a frog had wings, he wouldn't bump his ass every time he jumps!
I've gotta go with "Dont Panic Lock!" When you come into a turn a little too hot or realize that its sharper than you thought, dont nut up and end up going straight or nailing the brakes, just relax and LEAN!
Target fixation, is a biggie. But as this has been mentioned a few times I'm going to say, watching your rear when you slow or stop, I've had to gas it a couple of times as a cage comes screeching down the road at me.
He who dies with the most toys "wins"
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