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so I have been riding for 2 years now. I felt up until yesterday like I had reached a level of riding and stalled there. I got Twist of the Wrist 2 last week, and yesterday went for a 400 mile ride on some of the best twisties in Washington state. I have ridden these same roads 5 times, and at times they had me scared sh*tless. I ride with two friends, one on a 86 Honda Hawk, the other on a 71 BMW. I have always fallen behind. And I was sick of it. With my bike vs. thiers, I should be kickin thier butts.

The first half of yesterdays ride was same as usual, I spent it trying to make the TOTW2 tactics second nature and muscle memory. I didn't fall too far back. But the ride home. we turned around and I just said "F*CK IT", let go of everything, stopped over thinking every corner, and just rode. I increased my corner speed by at least 10mph, was biting at the Hawks back tire the whole way back. I turned off the damn lean meter, and spanked that frikkin road. I have never felt so comfortable or had as much fun on a motorcycle. I couldn't sleep last night, just kept seeing those corners, leaned over hard, moving fast. I "get" it finally.

sorry to be so damn wordy, but I feel like I can finally ride a cycle. Not to worry, I don't feel like I was riding past my level, and got lucky. I think it was just like finally understanding, and everything fell into place.

To you guys in Washington, we were riding the east side of Mt. St. Helens all the way down to Carson, so you probably know the roads I'm talking about.
 

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Ronin, I've heard about this video a lot. Where can I get it? Also, I live in Tacoma and have a black '02 SV. I'd like to possibly get together with you guys on one of your rides. I'm kind of new to the whole riding thing too, been riding for a couple of years. You guys sound like a sane bunch to ride with. Let me know if you ever get down Tacoma way.
 

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Hope this was just a word to point out you had really caught up in riding form?
For something like "--was biting at the Hawks back tire the whole way back." gives one the impression that you might have been riding abit to close.
Remember so many sportbike riders tend to ride TO CLOSE & so often accidents are caused as the rider behind is to late in stopping or such.
No kidding we read of so many that have rear-ended a fellow rider & sometimes they feel the rider in the front was in the wrong, but not according to law.
 

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by saying "biting at his heels" I was simply saying that he would look back, and I was still there. He said after, I pushed him to ride a little harder. He was shocked by how much I improved in just a couple of hour. Our group has many rules. no passing unless waved by, no crowding. It is always safety first wih our group.

yes all I was talking about was my form. everything smooth, fast... really riding the bike instead of throwing into a corner and holding on. all that I learned from TOTW2 made me feel more "one" with the bike. once the fear that had been holding me back was gone, I flowed threw those corners. kit was easy...

does that make sence?
 

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I just ordered both from Amazon. They had a "package" deal I guess. $33 (w/ regular shipping) for both. I have heard a lot of good things about these books. I'm thinking they'll help me get to the next level of riding. I'll let you know how it goes.

Mike
 

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Answered my question & I felt that was it, but still thought I would remind newer riders.
Around here one rarely sees a Sportbike & so it is H/D & cruisers that seem to ride sensibly & well spaced.
Seems 3 weeks ago there was a hog meeting of 2500 signed in guests at the hotel & just 30 miles south was a large gathering of Gold Wings.
All kept themselves well spaced, yet on a few occasions we have had sportbikes they were simply jammed within inches of each other & well over the max speed limit, like 140 to 150KPh on a max speed limit of 100KPH --- obviously a lot of sportbike accidents but have not heard of a H/D Cruiser or Goldwing group with an accident at these two large meetings.
Puts on to some thinking does it not?
 

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just wanted to apologize for the typos and other errors in previous posts. I'm at dialysis, and it is very hard to type on this laptop with the needles in my arm. I'm not that big of a moron :D

trigger, I'll email you before we have another daytrip down your way so you can join us.
 

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ron,

i think a lot of times when riding with friends, we nip at each others heals while not racing, or actually riding in an unsafe manor.

glad to see things started clicking for you. motorcycling can be a constant learning curve if you choose to make it one. many people find a comfort zone and stay there. personally, i find a comfort envelope and the try to push it out wider. but never too far (except last weekend).

one quick question, you don't need to answer if you don't feel comfortable, why dialysis? you okay?
 

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dialysis

Well I lost my kidneys at 18 after 4 years of battleing a disease called Lupus, and high blood pressure. Had a kidney transplant for 7 years, but it failed 7 years ago. So I go to dialysis 3 days a week 5 hours at a time, plus there is about a 6 hour recovery period for me after.Besides that I'm in pretty good shape.

Thank You Robert for this excellent web site. I look forward to Monday morning, after getting hooked up to the machine, coming here and for the most part forgetting where I am. This site is an excape for me, if I can't be riding
 

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Ronin369 said:
Well I lost my kidneys at 18 after 4 years of battleing a disease called Lupus, and high blood pressure. Had a kidney transplant for 7 years, but it failed 7 years ago. So I go to dialysis 3 days a week 5 hours at a time, plus there is about a 6 hour recovery period for me after.Besides that I'm in pretty good shape.
when i first found out about my own problems (MS), a guy at tpm asked why wasn't riding. i told him and he just said, "well, that sucks, when you gonna be riding again?" i don't know why, but it was my favorite reaction to it.

in my heavily medicated state it said to me, "there's a hurtle, and you can make it." clearly you made the leap and are livin' your life. it sucks, but i'm glad you're riding again.
 

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While not as big an obstical to overcome as others in this thread, when I lost the sight in my left eye I thought I was done riding.

I'm glad I stuck with it even if I am slower than I used to be. (Ok, MUCH slower) ;)
 

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Ronin & the rest above. We are all human & make small errors physically, mentally, orally, & on the darn key-board.
If the normal rider on the board took the amoung of medication I take & HAVE taken since '51 they would have a hard time getting out of bed or climbing up the stairs.
Robert has lost his left eye & I am loosing mine as it fogs out so often.
The load on you Ronin & others is probably more then I would want to accept, but hey man I am still riding at 72 yrs of age & up untill '89 I was still deadly when it came to dirt comp & especially Observed Trials, Enduros, & Cross Country, for in the latter two I often rode bikes of a distributor in place of another team rider
 

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The load on you Ronin & others is probably more then I would want to accept
we all just deal with whatever life throws at us. Riding is just one of the many things that makes it all worth it.
 

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life is not always great, but for me, i try to keep a sense of humor and stay upbeat. if you can't laugh, then what's left? but above all else, motorcycling is what keeps me calm, happy, and serene. with all of the negative things that can be said or done to you, what better thing to do than put on a soundproof (somewhat) helmet and go riding? everytime i get stressed or get bad news, i throw on gear and a helmet and even sitting on my bike while it warms up relaxes me. there are few things better than the sound of a bike warming up, and knowing what comes after the warm-up is the best. to all who've posted here with maladies, best of luck, keep ridin', and keep your chin up. :p
 

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Ronin, very cool!:) I always told people that when you're doing it right, it will feel right, and if you're scaring yourself, slow down! I am of an age, and I'm sure Smitty is, where none of those books were available. I spent years learning the hard way what those books can give you in pretty short order. What they can't do though is make it second nature to do the right thing in a tough situation. Only practice can make it reflexive which is where you want to be. Still take it easy and work on those techniques until they are second nature, not getting overconfident too quick. That said, isn't it a blast when you hit a corner right!:thumb: Work on the technique, the speed will take care of itself.

This reply is to Ronin's post, but is also intended to encourage others who may be in Ronin's spot to educate themselves as he is doing. There are many rewards in the effort!:thumb: :D Good luck with everything!
 
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