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Old 02-12-2008, 11:22 PM   #1
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i've been riding for about a year now and i've taken two classes in the course of this year. both have been at the nhmcc campus taught by a gentleman with many years experience. the beginner course was to get my license and the advanced was just a little extra. now, as far as i see it both of these courses are novice classes and i feel i've reached a plateau in my riding skills. i'd like to get some feedback from some experienced riders as to what they suggest the next step in educating myself and building my skills would be.
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Old 02-12-2008, 11:26 PM   #2
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How many miles have you covered so far? What kind of riding do you do? etc...
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Old 02-13-2008, 12:07 AM   #5
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I myself have yet to read the Code books entirely, but I know they're good.
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Street: Motorcycling Excellence by American Motorcyclist Association

Street/Track: Total Control (High Performance Street Riding Techniques) by Lee Parks

Track/Racing: Twist of the Wrist I & II by Keith Code

I myself have yet to read the Code books entirely, but I know they're good.
Correction: I think the Motorcycling Excellence book is by MSF. Not sure... I loaned it to a friend.
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All good suggestions above.

My question is, what makes you think you've "hit a plateau in your riding skills"?

With motorcycling, you can learn something every time you throw a leg over the seat. Reading the above mentioned books is a good idea, as is applying the techniques that are in them; however, in only one year's time, trust me, you haven't hit any plateau with riding skills or gaining experience.

Get some miles and years under your belt, read the above mentioned books and add Zen, and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance to it. That book should be required reading for anyone who rides IMHO. I read it when I was 15, and I was thinking of dusting it off again for a re-read.
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and add Zen, and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance to it. That book should be required reading for anyone who rides IMHO. I read it when I was 15, and I was thinking of dusting it off again for a re-read.
Wow, it was a long time since I read that book! I think I was 14, because we were required to read it (along with 11 other classic books), the summer before entering our Freshman year in HS. The first week of class, we were tested on them. 26 years ago... I need to re-read it too.
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when i mean plateau...im talking aout just being able ride safely in the city and let a little loose in the country. maybe i havent hit a plateau and im just bored of riding to work every day. i really dont get a chance to get out enough to go on long rides, so again, maybe its just the monotany. i really dont get to open up my bike to its potentail, but at the same time i dont know if i know what to do get it there.
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Old 02-13-2008, 07:01 PM   #11
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i did forget to thank everyone for the information thogh. i'll definitely check out those titles and thank to the guy from lstd. i thought about what you said and found a lot of truth in it for me. thanks again.
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Track days.. hook up with some peeps that do weekend rides.. read, study, practice.
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+1, although be careful of what group you hook up with.

If the group has a reputation of someone going down almost every weekend, look for another group imo.
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do a trackday, theres plenty of instruction there to help you increase your riding skills.
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i did forget to thank everyone for the information thogh. i'll definitely check out those titles and thank to the guy from lstd. i thought about what you said and found a lot of truth in it for me. thanks again.
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Pay yourself for buying a bike and take it on some long rides. If you have a wife or S/O, take them with you and have a nice lunch or something.

You can get with the TSBA (Texas Sport Bike Association, www.tsba.org, www.bbs.tsba.org ), those folks usually practice "the pace" pretty well, and there are some fun routes they ride at a sane pace.
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You should check out the Noob Day at MSRH in Angleton with Longhorn. A day geared to the track novice with lots of instruction, this sounds right up your alley. Look for info in the sponsor section.
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If the group has a reputation of someone going down almost every weekend, look for another group imo.
Thats not fair.. but it is sound advice.
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Thats not fair.. but it is sound advice.
Not sure what he said that makes you think it's "not fair", it's just smart to do so... like you said, "sound advice".

Riding with a group that doesn't have incidents on a regular basis is just smart.
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anyone got any links for more info on that Longhorn Motorcycle School. Would love to get on the track, but def. need some instruction first.
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