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004We have all heard that old saying “Practice makes perfect”.  The thing that you don’t hear is that if you practice doing something wrong then you’ll continue to get better at doing it the wrong way.  Transfer this into riding.  If you’ve never learned the proper riding skills then you will continue to ride in a less than safe manner.  I strongly encourage each and every one of you to take a riding skills class.  I promise that you will learn something no matter how many years you’ve been riding.027014

The HOG Chapter that I’m a member off is fortunate enough to have a skills course laid out at the dealership.  Throughout most of the year folks gather there on a regular basis to practice our riding skills.  We are also very lucky to have some MSF instructors in the Chapter.  These people volunteer their time to come out and help everyone improve their skills.083

Another way you can improve your riding technique is to purchase instructional videos such as the ones produced by the Motorman.  Irregardless of the teaching aids you use, the main thing is to learn proper techniques and to practice them often.  When the time comes for you to need these skills on the road you want it to be automatic.  Trust me you will need these skills.023019

You don’t have to spend a bunch of money to learn and practice riding skills.  You can use any vacant parking lot or even a cul-de-sac.  Tennis balls work great for inexpensive markers.  Basically you want to practice using your friction zone, braking and throttle control.  Once you get more comfortable with these techniques you will be amazed at what your bike is capable of doing.  Remember practice  practice practice.035038

Ride Safe,

Ronman

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3 Comments

  1. You couldn’t be more right.

    When I went to take the Advanced Rider’s Course as part of being made a Road Captain in my HOG Chapter, I figured I’d been riding so long there was nothing new for them to show me. Boy was I wrong. I was amazed at just how much I had to learn, and worse, how much I had been doing wrong. It’s true; practice is the key. You do need these skills, and as you said, you want them to be automatic.

    I hope everyone who reads this heeds your advice. The life they save may be their own.

  2. Great advice Ronman. No matter how many years you’ve been riding, there is always something to remember or learn. Good post.

    -BikerHiway

  3. You are right about practicing! More of us riders need to spend time practicing on a regular basis. Some friends and I get together periodically and set up similar course and practice. It sure has helped me.

    Thanks for the blog.


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