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Old 10-07-2011, 07:23 PM   #1
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Question What makes someone a "good rider"?

My Husband and I were talking when this question came up... What really makes someone a good rider???

Is it a good driving record?

A good track time???

The ability to do a sick trick??

Maybe itís just wearing all your gear???

Or riding all the time????

What do you guys think? What really makes someone a "Good Rider"?
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Old 10-07-2011, 07:38 PM   #2
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What makes a good rider is whether or not they act or react to critical situations. A good rider will always act, whereas someone not as good will react to the situation instead.
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when someone really fast walks up to you and tells you... lol
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IMO, a good street rider constantly calculates how fast he can stop or maneuver through obstacles on the road...NOT how fast he can go..good track rider is about lap time.
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when someone really fast walks up to you and tells you... lol
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IMO, a good street rider constantly calculates how fast he can stop or maneuver through obstacles on the road...NOT how fast he can go..good track rider is about lap time.
A good rider can mean lots of things to some people...

My friends think I'm a very good rider but others may think that I have lots to learn..

fast, technical, quickness, awareness, precaution and lots of other things can make a good rider.. just because you can go fast in and out of traffic and not crash and have years of experience doesn't make you a good rider..
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What makes a good rider is whether or not they act or react to critical situations. A good rider will always act, whereas someone not as good will react to the situation instead.
Proactive vs reactive. It's obvious even in non-critical situations.

A good rider displays control, composure and technique.
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in before the 20 pages of track vs street discussion
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My Husband and I were talking when this question came up... What really makes someone a good rider???

Is it a good driving record?

A good track time???

The ability to do a sick trick??

Maybe itís just wearing all your gear???

Or riding all the time????

What do you guys think? What really makes someone a "Good Rider"?
In my opinion a good street rider is the one that can ride the next day with a clear conscious with body and mind in one piece.

In my opinion a good stunter / track rider knows there limits and pushes themselves beyond them without putting others in danger.
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Let me start by saying that being a good street rider has nothing to do with being fast or how good you look standing next to it. Off the top of my head....

A good rider knows his/her limits.
A good rider understands the physics of how a bike turns.
A good rider practices his/her riding skills.
A good rider is safe and perpetually on the lookout for danger.
A good rider is courteous to others on the road.

Now, if you are a good track day rider you might be good at a whole bunch of other things. All those things you are good at culminate in being fast.

You might start with some books or videos. I like:




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Let me start by saying that being a good street rider has nothing to do with being fast or how good you look standing next to it. Off the top of my head....

A good rider knows his/her limits.
A good rider understands the physics of how a bike turns.
A good rider practices his/her riding skills.
A good rider is safe and perpetually on the lookout for danger.
A good rider is courteous to others on the road.

Now, if you are a good track day rider you might be good at a whole bunch of other things. All those things you are good at culminate in being fast.

You might start with some books or videos. I like:

Amazon.com: Sport Riding Techniques: How To Develop Real World Skills for Speed, Safety, and Confidence on the Street and Track (9781893618077): Nick Ienatsch, Kenny Roberts: Books

and

Amazon.com: A Twist of the Wrist 2: The Basics of High-Performance Motorcycle Riding (9780965045025): Keith Code: Books
I have the first book, maybe I will look into the second one you listed.
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Let me start by saying that being a good street rider has nothing to do with being fast or how good you look standing next to it. Off the top of my head....

A good rider knows his/her limits.
A good rider understands the physics of how a bike turns.
A good rider practices his/her riding skills.
A good rider is safe and perpetually on the lookout for danger.
A good rider is courteous to others on the road.

Now, if you are a good track day rider you might be good at a whole bunch of other things. All those things you are good at culminate in being fast.

You might start with some books or videos. I like:

Amazon.com: Sport Riding Techniques: How To Develop Real World Skills for Speed, Safety, and Confidence on the Street and Track (9781893618077): Nick Ienatsch, Kenny Roberts: Books

and

Amazon.com: A Twist of the Wrist 2: The Basics of High-Performance Motorcycle Riding (9780965045025): Keith Code: Books
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A good rider is someone that understands the mechanics of riding a bike, and can share that with another in a way that can be understood.

A good rider is rarely, if ever, surprised on the road. They are "aware" of both their surroundings and what the bike is doing.

A good rider is comfortable on the bike, and not at all worried about whether others think they are "fast" or "good".
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A good rider i someone who goes out on street /track rides and comes back home in one piece that means he/she was riding at its own pace.
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A good rider knows his/her limits.
A good rider understands the physics of how a bike turns.
A good rider practices his/her riding skills.
A good rider is safe and perpetually on the lookout for danger.
A good rider is courteous to others on the road
agreed
also IMO...
A good rider keeps his bike road worthy
A good rider knows that insurance has a purpose and complies with legalities such as inspection and plates
A good rider also knows the why of "gear" and wears it all the time..


A good rider DOES NOT...
Run out of gas... pops wheelie in the same lane as the next rider.. rides without gear... flicks people off when blocked by another vehicle.. passes on curves... roars engine by the church..
rides on a flat.. gets his shoe laces chewed off by the chain..
rides without insurance.. spits gum off while wearing a helmet.. etc..

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A good rider is someone that understands the mechanics of riding a bike, and can share that with another in a way that can be understood.

A good rider is rarely, if ever, surprised on the road. They are "aware" of both their surroundings and what the bike is doing.

A good rider is comfortable on the bike, and not at all worried about whether others think they are "fast" or "good".
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