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Riding Proficiency Tips and suggestions for improving the rider's safety skills and riding techniques

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post #1 of 14 Old 04-17-2013, 10:41 AM Thread Starter
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The "Pace"

A little something that may have been posted here before. I know I read it in my early days of Strom riding and tried to learn from it. I just saw it again on another forum I frequent and thought it might fit in with the recent discussions about riding (and I think that a forum that focuses on riding skills is a good idea.)

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The Pace

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2012 DL650 139,500+ km, 86,700+ miles. Sold
2015 DL1000 New July 2015 193,000+ km, 120,000 miles.

This can help preventing from cars pulling out in front of you (SMIDSY)
SMIDSY detailed report.



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Yes, that's the riding style I strive for. I like to ride at a brisk pace especially through corners but safety and the law are foremost in my mind.
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I've always gone with the attitude of "taking a curve as fast as I can, well, rather than as well as I can fast." For me, that involves the things mentioned in the article, and has worked well for me. It also has meant not taking a curve as fast as someone else, but at least I felt good the way I did it. Safely. I'm definitely not into white knuckles-type riding.

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I have been using The Pace for years. Not only does it help keep you safe and allow everyone in a group ride enjoy the ride at their own pace, it works to keep from getting any performance awards. It has been my experience that most encounters with leo's when riding with a group occur on straight aways when a slower rider is trying to 'catch up' with the group.

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A little something that may have been posted here before. I know I read it in my early days of Strom riding and tried to learn from it. I just saw it again on another forum I frequent and thought it might fit in with the recent discussions about riding (and I think that a forum that focuses on riding skills is a good idea.)

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The Pace

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Me too. I finished one of his books that included most of the Pace theory and found that I'd been doing that since I started riding. I did learn a lot of technical terms for which I didn't have words to use describing things.

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I learned

"The Pace" very early in my motorcycle career. Now to be honest, that career only started 7 mos ago but I've been riding 5-6 days a week since I've started. I've tried to approach riding like I've learned to sail and fly. Proper education, finding a good mentor and suitable and appropriate equiment.

I really enjoy sweeping into a curve at the right speed, getting my lean right, rolling on the throttle and exiting where I aimed for. I'm real happy when everything is just right. I feel in control and smoooooth. Sure, I scare myself now and again when I'm feeling the need for a more spirited ride but the added dangers, real or perceived, keep me in check.

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Thumbs up Priorities

For me, the priority is to enjoy the ride.

If V-Tom is ahead of me, which means any time he and I are in the same ride, that gives me two targets: keep upright and keep him in sight, so I will know where we are going.

Please understand that staying upright is the higher priority, for me.
And the second priority gets challenged and abandoned very promptly.

So V-Tom gets there first, and when was there any doubt of that?

I suppose I could invest in some courses, and improve my cornering speed, and perhaps scrub a knee or an elbow (sure???) once in a while, but I still enjoy the ride a whole lot if I reach the end without pain.

So I guess that I am a low-risk investor, as I am in the financial world.

Go ahead and enjoy your ride your way. I will be half a beer behind you when we both get there, but I will catch up then, because you have entered the zone where I have even more experience than V-Tom.

I think, for me, the bottom line is how many times I ride into Windermere,
and perhaps that includes how many different bikes take me there.

And the score for both will increase by one in 2013.
Wanna watch me do it?
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I think, for me, the bottom line is how many times I ride into Windermere,
and perhaps that includes how many different bikes take me there.

And the score for both will increase by one in 2013.
Wanna watch me do it?
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Hey Keith I look forward to seeing you again and riding with you and hearing more of your tall tales! If you bring the 250 I would love to take it out for a boot. You would be welcome to ride my 2012 DL650 if you like. (But I think I might need to find you the lower seat so your feet can touch the ground.)

When are you in Ontario? I have a crazy busy spring (sold house, moving out end of May, moving to Port Perry 5 min from Haugens) but I would love to touch base with you.

Btw, York Region put a stop sign on that curve on the way in to Lake Wilcox.

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I think of you every time I stop at it.


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2006 DL650: 202,000 km 125,500 miles, Sold
2012 DL650 139,500+ km, 86,700+ miles. Sold
2015 DL1000 New July 2015 193,000+ km, 120,000 miles.

This can help preventing from cars pulling out in front of you (SMIDSY)
SMIDSY detailed report.


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