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    Part 2: Smart Ways To Improve Your Riding Skills

    Part 2: Smart Ways To Improve Your Riding Skills

    Continuing on from Part 1 dated 29 June...lets have a look at more smart ways that are there for us to improve our riding skills

     

    6. Cornering

    The skills you’ve learned above is useful for any situation, but it becomes thrilling when applied to cornering. What are bikes for if not for corners, regardless of type of bike.

    Apply what you’ve learned about counter-steering, throttle control, braking, vision and sliding – in the correct order, of course – and soon find yourself confidently swooping through corners without too much thought.

     

    7. Visit The Track

    The best place to apply all the skills you’ve learned is of course, the racetrack. Sign up for a trackday session. Track sessions are usually divided into “classes,” so you may start with newcomers to avoid being intimidated by the faster riders.

    Needless to say, the track provides the best environment for riding and not just for racing. There’s plenty of run-off areas; no other traffic, pedestrians, stray animals, or diesel spills; and everyone is going the same direction.

    Since you ride at elevated speeds on the track, you’ll find yourself in so much control when you get back into the real-world speeds – as long as you don’t apply those speeds on the roads.

     

    8. Research

    Buy books and watch videos. Study, then go out and practice. Books that we recommend are A Twist of the Wrist Vol. II by Keith Code (Vol. II means its updated), Sport Riding Techniques: How To Develop Real World Skills for Speed, Safety, and Confidence on the Street and Track by Nick Ienatsch, and Total Control by Lee Parks, among others.

    Getting advice from your buddies could work (but while we’re not doubting their skills), if the advice comes from someone who had attended an advanced riding school or two would be much better and safer.

     

    9. Enrol in a Class

    There’s no better way to learn than having an instructor watch you to critique your riding. Ask around, search around on the internet for a reputable one and sign up. Pronto!

    Riding schools teach the fundamentals and you could always develop your own riding style correctly after that. Learning to ride by yourself is open to interpretation of what you read and see on YouTube(?) and that could end up with you learning it wrongly.

     

    10. Perform Your Own Maintenance

    Riding skills apply when you’re both on and off the bike.

    Performing your own maintenance means you could invariably find out more about your bike. Besides, you’d likely develop a personal bond with your bike and treat it with respect, instead of being just a machine that you’d push to the limits without remorse. And that could mean trouble.

    Performing your own maintenance could also highlight certain problems with the bike before they manifest into potentially life-threatening circumstances.