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post #21 of 88 (permalink) Old 12-02-2012, 07:42 AM Thread Starter
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Yesterday I was riding around and ground my pegs for the first time. I panicked - ALMOST hit the brakes, but remembered my MSC course and throttled harder knowing that the bike REALLY wants to be upright when it's moving. Came out of the corner looking and feeling great.

I think there's value to parking lots, but they're not real Liffey with curbs and such. I've been riding around my neighborhood to practice, but then I get self-conscious aout how loud those Cobra pipes really are.

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Practice! Try to learn something everytime u ride. U have to get to the point that it all just happens without thinking. That will happen if you keep an open mind and try new things in a safe place. Once you get comfortable on your own then you get to learn it all again riding two up.


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Went out for an hour long ride today and it went great. Felt more comfortable at 50+, did well on corners and had more fun. Brings me back to learning to drive a car and being scared poopless when cars were on the other side of the road.

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Order a copy of A Twist of the Wrist II by Keith Code. This is the guy that actually documented two-wheel cornering science. If you have the bucks, attend one of his riding schools around the country for one-on-one training. The DVD is great for explaining the science, but there is no substitute for an experienced instructor watching you to point out what you are doing right, or wrong.
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I tend to stay off the white line where lose gravel tends to be, In 07 i was rolling around a corner an hit a patch of gravel throwing me off the road the bike indoed, hitting me in the back, ten broken ribs, punchered lung, ripped spline, almost lost my leg, 30 days in ICU, dont ride the low side anymore, an I dont ride on the edge you might say, still love to ride just slowed down a little on the corners.
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Almost every time out for a ride I find an empty parking lot and work on the drills I learned in MSF class. I've really gotten to know my bike well while doing this. Been riding for about a year now and can throw my 900 around pretty good at low speed etc. Yes it can be boring but I've learned a lot. The trick now is to not get too cocky because I have confidence.

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TMI buddy.

MSF Course is the way and practice. Otherwise the TW's won't be white for very long.

If you are fairly new to street riding, having a partner to ride with really helps. They can safely assist with traffic management (in so much as you can). But it's good to have someone along to follow or follow you.

Good luck and have fun.

Looks like cooler weather is on the way; back down into the 50's for highs

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Yeah, got up to 72 today but it's gloomy, wet and drizzly most of the day. The sun peeked out over lunch but it's gone now. I was hoping it'd be nicer out and i would have ridden to and from work, but it was foggy and moist this morning and it's gonna be wetter tonight.

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Yeah, got up to 72 today but it's gloomy, wet and drizzly most of the day. The sun peeked out over lunch but it's gone now. I was hoping it'd be nicer out and i would have ridden to and from work, but it was foggy and moist this morning and it's gonna be wetter tonight.
Sounds like SC, foggy as all hell this morning but 73 when I got off so definitely worth the ride but I have til Wednesday before the rain gets here

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