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Old 12-02-2012, 03:32 AM   #11 (permalink)
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How much do you think the engine guards will help? I just read a few threads and said its a huge help. I was also reading today the using the rear brake during low speed manuvers is the best way. But yet I read another post that discusses using the Friction Zone for low speed manuvers both did however mention that the front break is a NO NO.
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Old 12-02-2012, 06:02 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Well, I will say that you need to learn both. If you use the friction zone you will still need to stop at some point. Some idiot will pull in front of you or decide to stop in your path even at slow maneuvering speeds. You need to learn and master all of the controls on the bike. Don't worry, this comes much easier with practice. Muscle memory will improve and will become second nature. However, never let yourself get over confident. Ride like you are being attacked from all sides. Defensive driving is the key. Always look for and keep a way out.

Never use the front brake unless you are upright and moving in a straight line. Any other time spells instant bad news!

I like the term engine guard, it has a more positive connotation. Im not saying you will never drop her, but think positive man. It is just like anything else you have learned practice, practice, and more practice.

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Old 12-02-2012, 06:50 AM   #13 (permalink)
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First off, look where you're going. Your body/brain will do the rest. Basically don't watch the road directly in front of you. You want to always be looking ahead. A quick glance directly in front is fine now and then.

Get in the habit of using both brakes. Front brake preferably while going straight (even though I'm guilty of using it turns, but, gently). Definitely no front brake should you hit gravel. I learned that the hard way.

The hardest things will be low speed manuevers. 15 and under you will want to lean the bike over while you remain upright/counter lean. Do NOT lean with the bike at low speed. You will go down.

I'm typing this on my phone, so I'm going to cut this short. Feel free to ask questions. There's never a stupid question.
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Old 12-02-2012, 07:43 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Welcome and thanks for your service. Order a copy of Jerry Pallidino's "Ride Like A Pro" video. You can also find most, if not all of his stuff on You Tube. Just try to stay relaxed, be safe and enjoy. The more you practice , the easier it gets until it becomes second nature. Find a rarely used parking lot or cul de sac for your plp. Get some hi-vis duct tape and lay out some of the exercises in the video. This way you can leave your course or take it up when you're through. The friction zone is your friend. Good luck and happy motoring.
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Old 12-02-2012, 09:19 AM   #15 (permalink)
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welcome from Brooklyn, and thanks for your service. all great advice in the previous two pages.

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Old 12-02-2012, 09:30 AM   #16 (permalink)
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Old Coot ordered that this morning looking forward to watching it when I get it done. I have read the Alabama motorcycle book like 6 times already, I wish we could get youtube would have saved me some money.
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Old 12-02-2012, 04:48 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Old Coot ordered that this morning looking forward to watching it when I get it done. I have read the Alabama motorcycle book like 6 times already, I wish we could get youtube would have saved me some money.
Old Motorman knows what he's talking about. I had rode motorcycles most of my life, but was away from it for awhile. When I got my RK it took me a minute or two for it to become second nature again. I watched his tape several times and learned something each time. Now I get a kick out of doing PLP.
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Old 12-02-2012, 07:29 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Welcome. In TX you can download all of the written material for the Riders Edge course. It is probably close to the same anywhere else as well. There is some good info to read there. When you take the course, it will make more sense to you. Practice as much as possible but get the course in asap as you dont want to have to break any bad habits.
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Old 12-02-2012, 07:31 PM   #19 (permalink)
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The Motor man can tell you many things you need to know, and yes he can ride like a pro
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Old 12-06-2012, 03:14 PM   #20 (permalink)
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All good advise so far. My 2 cents. Take the courses and read everything you can find. Here is a link to a very good video dvd collection to watch https://www.ridelikeapro.com/ and practice, practice, practice. Have fun.


EXCELLENT video. Everyone can learn something watching this. Even better if you can catch one of their training classes.
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