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Old 07-11-2012, 11:52 AM   #1
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Good Riding tips for Noobs and all Riders: Questions Welcomed

Since many are invested in offering advice about riding I thought it may be a good idea to start a thread dedicated to offering advice whether its turning, braking, accident avoidance etc..

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My tip for smooth riding on backroads is to ride a gear lower.
Let me explain.
**Not an exact representation of speed and gears because each bike is different**

If the pace of your ride is 55 mph in 4th gear and all is well, try dropping down to 3rd gear for the ride. Your RPMs will be a bit higher but this will keep your bike nearer to the optimum powerband for times when you may need to speed up quickly and more importantly, if you are nearing a turn and need to slow down a bit, you can roll off of your throttle and let engine braking slow you a bit before entering the turn. **This does not replace braking to slow down if you need to but is a good way to slow down a bit without braking**

Another benefit is that when you accelerate out of the turn, you are closer to or are already in the approriate gear eliminating unnecessary downshifting.

**Again, all bikes and gear ratios are different so the speed and gears on your bike may be different but the principle is the same**
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Pay attention to the recommended speed signs before the turn and notice which direction the turn makes as indicated by that sign
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Be wary of turns you can not see through....
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Old 07-11-2012, 12:15 PM   #5
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Relax! Do not tense up in the turn. A death grip on the bar will get you a ride in a car! (ambulance)
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Be wary of turns you can not see through....

Absolutely.

Another tip is to familiarize yourself with the road and route.
Check it out on your bike or car to mitigate surprises.

I know a large cruiser group that has two people "recon" a ride route the day before one of thier group rides to inspect the route for road construction, debris, or gravel so that they can either make a route change or tell others in advance of what to expect.
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inspect your bike before every ride

1. chain slack/ lube
2. tire pressure
3. oil level

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Tap brakes when coming to a stop .... people tend to pay more attention to strobe lights
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Be smooth on the throttle, throttle control is one of the most important things through a turn.

Apply it smoothly and if you need to come off it, do it smoothly...throttle control.
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Hanging in the far back of the group is a good thing.

Enjoy the ride.

Slow is the new fast.

Best upgrade for your bike is a tank of gas.

Look through the turn. Constantly scan for an exit.

Practice emergency braking at the speed you normally ride.

Practice slow tight circles in an empty parking lot and transitioning to do figure 8's.

If you're riding solo on a route, let someone know where you are going as well as your route. Carry an ICE card on you. ... In case of emergency contact info.

Keep your egos at home, no cares if you're fast or can keep up. We are all here to have fun. A group ride is a great one if no one goes down.
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I'm a noob, but I'll offer my own thoughts.

When setting up to enter a turn, make sure you are well within the powerband for your ride.

Example: I ride a ninja 250. The usuable powerband is 7000-12000 rpm.
I will try to setup my gearing entering the turn to be 8000-9000 rpm.

This allows plenty of power to accelerate all the way through the turn while maintaining adequate engine breaking to slow down during the turn using engine breaking alone.
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Look where you want to go.
Relax your arms. Handlebars are a steering device, not crutches to hold you up.
Gear up for the crash....not for the ride.
At stoplights, wait one extra second on the green, to make sure no cars run the red.
Keep yourself distanced in traffic from other vehicles on all sides.
Scan, scan, and scan some more of the environment. Know what's going on around you.

Going home with yourself and the bike in one piece is always the best way to end a ride.
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Don't run race lines on the street; go a little deeper into the turn and look for the exit, then make one good turn. This will also cure the turning in too early syndrom
Learn how to panic brake and countersteer in a parking lot or empty side street, don't wait for the emergency
Practice hard/panic braking from the speeds you normally ride on the backroads
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All great points, thanks.

I will add:
--no drinking and riding, ever
--don't ride when emotionally compromised
--start of every ride: focus and shift mentally before setting off
--stay hydrated in the summer
--always have eye protection.

It looks like tomorrow will be dry, and I can't wait to fire up the Ninja.
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Old 07-11-2012, 08:45 PM   #19
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Don't rely on road signs ...some of them were taken down by other noobs and some are in someones garage..

Deer are fukin stoopid...they will appear in front of you when least expected...

Take it easy..
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Make sure your head is straight before any riding, you should be focused on riding alone.

Don't react, anticipate and preempt.

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