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post #1 of 13 Old 06-14-2007, 07:57 AM Thread Starter
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Good reading for new riders (like myself)

Came across this website and found it very informative and witty. I'm continually impressed by individuals who spend time, effort and cash on websites whose main function appears to be to help others

Anyway here is the link:

http://motorcycleinfo.calsci.com/

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From the website: "Another good exercise is to place your front tire on the top of a curb, and leave the rear tire in the street. This exercise is easiest if the rain gutter is a bit wet. Now, ride. Go about 5-10mph. Practice until you can keep your feet on the pegs and go for as long as you wish. This exercise is best done on a bike that weighs less than 350 pounds. This exercise will teach you balance and how to handle a bike that's not going straight. "

Has anybody tried this? Wouldn't this chew up the rear tire a bit?

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Not me. I can barely chew gum and ride in a straight line at a reasonably legal speed.

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Not me. I can barely chew gum and ride in a straight line at a reasonably legal speed.
Well then, I hope you don't ride at a reasonably legal speeds

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I know the feeling.

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From the website: "Another good exercise is to place your front tire on the top of a curb, and leave the rear tire in the street. This exercise is easiest if the rain gutter is a bit wet. Now, ride. Go about 5-10mph. Practice until you can keep your feet on the pegs and go for as long as you wish. This exercise is best done on a bike that weighs less than 350 pounds. This exercise will teach you balance and how to handle a bike that's not going straight. "

Has anybody tried this? Wouldn't this chew up the rear tire a bit?

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That one doesn't sound like such good advice to me. I would think it would not be good on the tire sidewall. I believe the best thing a new rider can do is get a dirt bike and learn in the dirt. Lean to powerslide and you will be fine on the street.



For new riders (or even old riders who could use a reminder) nothing beats Proficient Motorcycling by David Hough. It is "The Ultimate Guide to Riding Well."

I do feel obligated, like always, to disclose I work for the publisher but I was recommending this book long before I started working with them.
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From the website: "Another good exercise is to place your front tire on the top of a curb, and leave the rear tire in the street. This exercise is easiest if the rain gutter is a bit wet. Now, ride. Go about 5-10mph. Practice until you can keep your feet on the pegs and go for as long as you wish. This exercise is best done on a bike that weighs less than 350 pounds. This exercise will teach you balance and how to handle a bike that's not going straight. "

Has anybody tried this? Wouldn't this chew up the rear tire a bit?

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Sounds like a Super Dave stunt to me. If you try it, please videotape it for the benefit of all.

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Here's a good trick. It will train you to be able to handle your bike when the road is wet or slippery.

I did this on my 800+ lb Rocket this morning going to the she store..................

Prepare to take a right turn into a parking lot as if it was a high speed twisty curve.

When the bike is fully leaned to the right, crank open the throttle.

The rear tire will start to spin and the bike will 'powerslide'.

Just before the ass-end goes beyond to point of recovery, just ease off the throttle and putt-putt into the parking lot.

Learning this should be handy for Strommers, esp' if you have wet roads and Trailwings.

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...I believe the best thing a new rider can do is get a dirt bike and learn in the dirt. Lean to powerslide and you will be fine on the street.

For new riders (or even old riders who could use a reminder) nothing beats Proficient Motorcycling by David Hough. It is "The Ultimate Guide to Riding Well." ...
Big +1 for both of those.

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I believe the best thing a new rider can do is get a dirt bike and learn in the dirt. Lean to powerslide and you will be fine on the street.

For new riders (or even old riders who could use a reminder) nothing beats Proficient Motorcycling by David Hough. It is "The Ultimate Guide to Riding Well."
I need to buy a really cheap dirt bike and do some riding in the dirt. I don't even know what a powerslide is.

I have Proficient Motorcyling and More Proficient Motorcycling. I also purchased a MSF riding book and The Police Rider's Handbook to Better Motorcycling (a British Book). I have spent some time reading them, but need to spend more. Reading these books is only part of the process. Implementing the ideas and concepts until they become second nature completes the process.

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