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If you've ever ridden the track most likely you've had a control rider tell you that the main key to going fast is being smooth. The same principals apply to street riding, if you want to go fast comfortably you need to be smooth.

What exactly does being smooth mean to you? To me it means smooth on the throttle smooth off the throttle. Smooth on the breaks, smooth in shifting your body around.

I think the biggest thing thing in being smooth is being prepared and thinking ahead. For instance if you are making a right hand turn and try to hang off, apply the brakes, downshift, and countersteer all at once there is no way you can be smooth doing it all at once. Now if you shift your body first, then do your downshifting and breaking all before your turn in. You can use all your attention on each action. Then when it comes time to turn all you have to do is countersteer.

I dunno, I just want to see what other peoples interpertation is.
 

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Ryan's right - being smooth is key.

When I make a run through the twisties and look at the video I shot with my tank-mounted camera I can see and hear exactly what I've done wrong. My three biggest mistakes are not being in the proper body position early enough before the turn, not having correct throttle during the turn, and not feathering the handlebars throughout the process. What happens is the bike headshakes when I get my lazy ass off the seat and I drop revs being in too high a gear... then realize I could be going faster.

One major part of being smooth is how you hold the handlebars. If you move around with your legs you're good - if you're lazy like me and use the handlebars to help you move the bike will headshake/wobble which isn't good.

Smoothness applies to driving cages fast as well. if your car has a chassis made of wooden planks like mine you have to take smooth inputs into account to accommodate the flex you deal with.
 

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smooth is about attitude, being prepared, and executing correctly. Throttle control plays a part, but mostly it's your attitude in riding and your reaction. If shit happens and you keep your cool and not freak out, then that's smooth.
 

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Smooth is as bittersweetryan has put it for basically all I do in riding now is hitting the twisties & here in the Cdn Rockie Mtns where we have a lot of them to just lovely bends for this has been my home land for since '60 & prior to that it was Banff National Park in Alberta Cdn., to Calgary & Edmonton Alberta so always trecking to the east to sample out the mtn roads even if many were in gravel way back then. Error & you could be out of control & going over a mtn side with a L-O-N-G drop to your death or could be plastering yourself into the hacked out wall face of the mtn.

You do that during 75% or 95% of your riding days & you have to be smooth & knowing what you do.

It is a bit like being smooth in Downhill or Giant Slalom skiing to speedskating, to Amateur Wrestling, to h/gun shooting. Note all of these are individual sports I use to compete in or still do in a few cases.

Also at 76+ yrs of age & this being my 61st year of riding to including 42 yrs of tough m/c competition I must have done something more or less on the correct side. Tack on not one automotive accident, of where I was in the wrong, is again hard for many to keep up to ALL because I road or drove in a sensible manner with correctivness being in mind.
 

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Everthing u do on a bike u needs to be smooth. Thats the key to going fast.

Now how can u be quick and smooth?, to go fast???
 

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To me you can't be smooth until you are comfortable.

If you are out riding and haveing to hit the brakes hard to get around a curve and then back on the gas hard that is not smooth.
Start by slowing down and learning your bike and what you can do on it.
Go to a parking lot and practice finding your stoping distances and how far you can lean, and how you can accelerate.

Then once you are back on the road you will know better what you and your bike can do. Just remember to keep some in reserve for those little suprises that like to pop up while riding.
Like the gravel in the corners, a car in your lane, or anything else that you can imagine.
 
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