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Old 07-11-2013, 07:38 PM   #91
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All good stuff... All designed to make you confident enough to push yourself by knowing what's on the other side of that door.

You don't realize how capable your bike really can be if you know how to ride it effectively.

When not on a track, look far enough ahead to see an oncoming vehicle with enough time to stop if you are going in a straight line. If you are looking where you are going, your body steers by feel not thought and intention.

I happily can share that I just scrapped both pegs tonght on my new tiger 800 xc with the stock tires and having it for only a week. (note to the noob, if you are really going to push it, be ready for the ground to hit a boot or peg on occasion and let your foot come off without moving another muscle and upsetting the corner. You won't like the results...)

Rule of thumb, don't shift your weight until you start scraping hard parts (pegs, boots) It just wastes energy and is hard to do on a non sport bike without a flat seat. Also, keep your weight as low as possible. It makes it easier to initiate turn if your not trying to lean over a skyscraper DS bike.

Your Center of Gravity will follow your head, so lead with your head... This applies to walking as much as it does to riding at any speed. If you consciously place your dome over the intended path you want to take, the rest will follow.

Breathe....

Pretend it's a bicycle that's light as a feather. Lead the bike and make it submit to your bidding. Don't follow the bike or you might get lost...
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