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NewRiders: When learning to ride The CLUTCH is your LIFE line not the breaks

When learning to ride.......what's the #1 thing that happens to newbies???

what we call "the Newbie Grip of Death!!"

That's when new riders will REACH for the break when in trouble and GRIP the heck out of it at the same time giving the bike more gas (POWER) making it rocket from under you......

REMEMBER THIS:

When in trouble get that clutch in and don't let go!!!!! this will kill the power to the bike and allow you to apply the breaks safely to stop......

Remember the breaks will stop your momentum BUT getting the clutch in makes sure your not giving your bike any more POWER to move forward....

.......respect the machine, be safe (wear proper gear to ride) and your welcome!!
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when you get scared jump off and roll up into a tight ball and roll into a controlled and safe stop

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when you get scared jump off and roll up into a tight ball and roll into a controlled and safe stop
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REMEMBER THIS:

When in trouble get that clutch in and don't let go!!!!! this will kill the power to the bike and allow you to apply the breaks safely to stop

well, if you do that you loose all traction from engine braking, upset the chassis AND if your cornering, it will make the bike 'stand up' and make you run wide and go into the ditch/tree you wana miss.......... keep it in gear, throw it down a gear if you get time, and use both 'breaks' (brakes) to take some speed off..... and use the bikes handling (usually the bike will get you through stuff you cant imagine) to avoid the impact if you can.
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well, if you do that you loose all traction from engine braking, upset the chassis AND if your cornering, it will make the bike 'stand up' and make you run wide and go into the ditch/tree you wana miss.......... keep it in gear, throw it down a gear if you get time, and use both 'breaks' (brakes) to take some speed off..... and use the bikes handling (usually the bike will get you through stuff you cant imagine) to avoid the impact if you can.
Yes very true for riders who are on the road or even above 1st gear.....but what Im referring to in my post is to BRAND NEW folk LEARNING to ride....you and I? most def we know how to get out of a jam on the road and no doubt keeping it in gear is best....

however Im aiming at folks learning to power walk....folks learning the power of their bikes or even how it works....first timers etc etc....I suppose I could have been more specific with my post....but nevertheless it stands true.....

if you get the "newbie power grip" going.... all that that you said is going to be useless.....the bike WILL shoot right out from under you as long as it's in gear and the clutch is out....

Your advice is SOUND advice for the folks who are a bit more advanced than the folks I was shooting for with my post....but it is very good advice non the less!!!

I should also say.......to ALL newbies......TAKE THE CLASS!!! its 100% the best way to go.....
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When learning to ride.......what's the #1 thing that happens to newbies???

what we call "the Newbie Grip of Death!!"

That's when new riders will REACH for the break when in trouble and GRIP the heck out of it at the same time giving the bike more gas (POWER) making it rocket from under you......

REMEMBER THIS:

When in trouble get that clutch in and don't let go!!!!! this will kill the power to the bike and allow you to apply the breaks safely to stop......

Remember the breaks will stop your momentum BUT getting the clutch in makes sure your not giving your bike any more POWER to move forward....

.......respect the machine, be safe (wear proper gear to ride) and your welcome!!
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Yes very true for riders who are on the road or even above 1st gear.....but what Im referring to in my post is to BRAND NEW folk LEARNING to ride....you and I? most def we know how to get out of a jam on the road and no doubt keeping it in gear is best....

however Im aiming at folks learning to power walk....folks learning the power of their bikes or even how it works....first timers etc etc....I suppose I could have been more specific with my post....but nevertheless it stands true.....

if you get the "newbie power grip" going.... all that that you said is going to be useless.....the bike WILL shoot right out from under you as long as it's in gear and the clutch is out....

Your advice is SOUND advice for the folks who are a bit more advanced than the folks I was shooting for with my post....but it is very good advice non the less!!!

I should also say.......to ALL newbies......TAKE THE CLASS!!! its 100% the best way to go.....
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Hmm. I just can't see this as being the "number one thing" that happens to new riders.

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You were a new rider once........what do you think it is???
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