Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Middle of Nowhere, Utah
Amen and +1 to abjb. Practice, practice, practice. This creates muscle memory which will not only increase your reaction but will also decrease the amount of cognitive (conscious) brain processing needed to react to a situation.
Case in point. I've been riding since 1988 and still take the bike out to a parking lot 3 or 4 times a summer to practice low speed maneuvering, panic braking, dragging the floor boards, and just feeling what the bike likes to do in certain situations. Last summer riding in the rain, coming over a rise in a two lane road, there was a car in my lane trying to pass in a no passing zone. I consciously remember seeing the car and knew I needed to slow down and get as far to the right as possible; this road has maybe one foot of pavement to the right of the white line. I remember that I could feel the lovely grab me around the waist and stiffen up. I also remember indicating to the moron (who continued to pass and did not try to get back behind the car he was trying to pass) that he was number 1. I immediately realized after the car had just passed me that I was on the white line, that my speed was down to 30 mph (from 70) and that I was in third gear; I don't remember downshifting or eying the white line, but there I was, in one piece and dirty side down.
Practice to create correct muscle memory and it can (and probably will) save your life or at least minimize the pain of recovery.
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