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ok so over the riding season this year what is one of the things you most improved on something that you worked hard at and improved big time with ?


for me i would say i am happiest with how great i am taking my corners i use to tense up when i would see a 20mph corner but not know i am taking them at 35 some times 40 i love how far my cornering has come and so look forward to spring and summer next year to get even better :)
 

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i have taken lots of good advice from my fellow riders and worked hard on being more stable and controlled in the corners.
i also have been going to events that have given me a better idea on how to become a better rider.
i have gone out of my way to run as many miles as i possible could in long stints.
(i may have jelly belly,but i have a steel arse)

i have taken video of some of these events and applied them with editing on my part to make decent ride videos for other"s to see if they wish so.

i have also just about hit my threshold of pain when it comes to riding in the cold.
19 degrees this morn when i left the house.
thank god it's only 5 miles to work.

I AM A MAN
 

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For me it was more speed in curves. I've gotten to where I can take 25MPH curves about 55-60 and 35MPH curves at about 70-75. You really have to be brave and push down hard. At least I do. Next thing for me is to work on getting the knee down. The new 650 should help with that as soon as I get some experience with it under my belt!

You know the other thing I learned? The crusier is much more enjoyable when you have a good "sporty" bike to play on instead of trying to sport ride on the cruiser. Now I just "cruise". :)
 

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ok so over the riding season this year what is one of the things you most improved on something that you worked hard at and improved big time with ?


for me i would say i am happiest with how great i am taking my corners i use to tense up when i would see a 20mph corner but not know i am taking them at 35 some times 40 i love how far my cornering has come and so look forward to spring and summer next year to get even better :)
Learning to not care what others say as far as how i look on the bike while riding, but to actually improve instead.
the harder a person tries to look cool, the worse they ride generally.
do what just feels natural, and your riding improves.
And trust the bike, it can lean a lot further than many think, and when it slides, just stay smooth anyways.
if you are not smooth as glass you will crash when riding hard.
 

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devil in god's country
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much can be learned from reading books on how to be consistent and smoth in cornering.
i recently attended a seminar for the "total control" class.
i learned much from the teacher...i have practiced much of this as well.
i will post up video when i get permission from him.
i have at least 1:20 minutes of the video of our class....and some pics as well.


For me it was more speed in curves. I've gotten to where I can take 25MPH curves about 55-60 and 35MPH curves at about 70-75. You really have to be brave and push down hard. At least I do. Next thing for me is to work on getting the knee down. The new 650 should help with that as soon as I get some experience with it under my belt!

You know the other thing I learned? The crusier is much more enjoyable when you have a good "sporty" bike to play on instead of trying to sport ride on the cruiser. Now I just "cruise". :)
 

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much can be learned from reading books on how to be consistent and smoth in cornering.
i recently attended a seminar for the "total control" class.
i learned much from the teacher...i have practiced much of this as well.
i will post up video when i get permission from him.
i have at least 1:20 minutes of the video of our class....and some pics as well.

i would love to see them for sure i will say riding with two of my buddies that are killer riders also helped me out big time rode two up with them to feel what it is like to take corners at high speeds and how the smoothness is and just riding two up with them i learned so much i my self can not take a 15 mph corner at 70 but it was sweet doing it with him :)
but really that is something more i want to work on next summer also

that class sounds great deamon wish they had something like that around here .
what books do you recomend?
 

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most likely it is in your area!!!

Total Control Advanced Riding Clinic

it helped me alot.

although i must say that this past weekend i rode with a friend who said at one time that i was riding too slow for their comfort.
we were already exceeding the limit by 20 mph.....
in my opinion that kinda attitude should be reserved for the track.
i know that ther are time where i have done this or better,but doing so on a consistent basis only improves the opinion of other's in our ability to not be able to control ourselves in the public eye.

over 20mph is jail time......
think about it:confused:

i would love to see them for sure i will say riding with two of my buddies that are killer riders also helped me out big time rode two up with them to feel what it is like to take corners at high speeds and how the smoothness is and just riding two up with them i learned so much i my self can not take a 15 mph corner at 70 but it was sweet doing it with him :)
but really that is something more i want to work on next summer also

that class sounds great deamon wish they had something like that around here .
what books do you recomend?
 

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Will agree with you, Mike. I don't ride with locals anymore, am tired of hearing that I didn't keep up passing on hills!
 

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Ang, that's great about your cornering. It's the thing I am still not so comfortable with, but I know I will get there, too.

The thing I learned this year was simply that I can ride! I hadn't ridden a bike in about 24 years, and I was skeptical that I could actually be comfortable on my bike. Well, I am comfortable and so glad I got myself back on a bike!
 

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Will agree with you, Mike. I don't ride with locals anymore, am tired of hearing that I didn't keep up passing on hills!
that is a bummer your locals are like that i have to say are group rides rock and it is for all skill leavels it is allways ride your own ride
 

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Ang, that's great about your cornering. It's the thing I am still not so comfortable with, but I know I will get there, too.

The thing I learned this year was simply that I can ride! I hadn't ridden a bike in about 24 years, and I was skeptical that I could actually be comfortable on my bike. Well, I am comfortable and so glad I got myself back on a bike!
ya it is great i know i have much more to lear but have come a long way this year and look forward to even more next year

that is great girl what a feeling it is and i am so glad you got back into rideing also nothing better for the soul :)
 

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Learning to not care what others say as far as how i look on the bike while riding, but to actually improve instead.
the harder a person tries to look cool, the worse they ride generally.
do what just feels natural, and your riding improves.
And trust the bike, it can lean a lot further than many think, and when it slides, just stay smooth anyways.
if you are not smooth as glass you will crash when riding hard.
so very very true stay relax is a big big key . look forward to this summer when i get to ride with you :)
 

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I must say in general... I've increased my confidence level. I just ended my third riding season and truly can say, I feel comfortable riding my bike. I've noted improved skills in cornering and my shifting is much smoother. What with that said, I still have extreme respect for the sport and always ride as if I'm invisible to the cagers.
 

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what i look forward to for next season.....

going back to illinois and gathering a few friends to follow me through the benders.....gonna leave 'em dusted:mrgreen:
They have CURVES in Illinois, benders is what they do on Sat. night in the cornfields!
 

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My riding improved this summer, what I could manage between rebuilding the bike and crashing.
 

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that is a bummer your locals are like that i have to say are group rides rock and it is for all skill leavels it is allways ride your own ride
I can honestly say that it took a trip to Colorado following Mayo to see what a good group ride was really like. Everyone had fun, and not a word was said about being slow. We don't ride bikes to be in a contest, we ride because we enjoy it. Thanks again, Mike.
 

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we can do it again anytime....i really enjoyed myself.
i have a small video from a road that will be familar to darrell from the sunday ride.
just haven't gotten around to finish it.

also have packratted a few vids to work on during the cold season....i'm thinking i'm gonna make a collage of footage from many rides into a couple cool ride vids.
tell darrell the one i'm trying to finish is from carter lake down from pinewood reservoir.
it was just me running,but it seems to have a good flow to it.


I can honestly say that it took a trip to Colorado following Mayo to see what a good group ride was really like. Everyone had fun, and not a word was said about being slow. We don't ride bikes to be in a contest, we ride because we enjoy it. Thanks again, Mike.
 
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