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Old 09-17-2009, 01:16 AM   #41
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^ coming from the almighty slow ninja slow- that gets passed by girls on track days

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thats actually the detail i left out. i agree. i think not only it takes certain skill. but also knowing your own TRUE limits. not what u think they are or how good u think u are. being more humble then big headed.
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Old 09-17-2009, 01:29 AM   #42
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2. MASTER THE ART OF BRAKING:

Front, back, and both. skidding and drifting.

3. Always when driving in tight spots, leave your self a way of escape.

4. Buy a ZX14
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Old 09-17-2009, 02:08 AM   #43
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12. I dont ride any road at a "spirited" pace that I can't ride in my mind (eyes closed)

13. I anticipate that every vehicle I pass is going to swerve into me and that every intersection will have a car pulling out in front of me

14. Travel 5mph faster than the speed limit

15. Cover your brakes in situations that seem questionable

16. Be in the right gear to speed up or engine break

17. Check over your shoulders, mirrors are never 100% accurate

18. Dont go over hills at 160mph, you never know whats on the other side

19. Do track days.
20. Learn from past mistakes and experiences[/QUOTE]

21. Never be psyched out by your speed or surroundings; keep your brain on top of things
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Old 09-17-2009, 07:31 AM   #44
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Old 09-17-2009, 07:49 AM   #45
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20. Learn from past mistakes and experiences
21. Never be psyched out by your speed or surroundings; keep your brain on top of things[/QUOTE]



22. Never ride faster than your reactions. The higher the speed, the lower possible reaction time.

23. Before I ride, I think about everything I have in my life. My family, my gf, graduating college soon, and it reminds me that THIS RIDE, is not the last thing I want to do in life.
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Old 09-17-2009, 07:51 AM   #46
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i do wheelies so therefore cars know im there.
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Old 09-17-2009, 08:03 AM   #47
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Not going to add to the list, but a few personal observations

The ones that ride consistantly quick on the backroads are those that:

do track days to learn their limits and what the bike can do
maintain their bike in excellent condition, including setting up the suspension
ATGATT
ride A LOT and are very comfortable on the bike
know how to brake in turns as well as the straights

One thing I have noted over the years is the ones that go really fast are usually running the same roads and have learned them pretty well, but tend to pull it back a notch or three on unfamiliar roads.

The ones that learned to "read" the roads, like Cali said, are few among the many.

I tend to ride slow on the straights and speed up in the turns. Anyone can twist the wrist in a staight line.
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