Warning: While learning to perform these exercises and while learning to perfect the techniques in this video, there is the possibility that you can drop your motorcycle and damage it. There is also the possibility that you could injure yourself. Make sure to wear proper protective gear. A helmet, eye protection, leather gloves, jacket and boots are highly recommended. Be sure your motorcycle is equipped with crash bars.
The size of the exercises and the time it takes to perfect them are only a suggestion. Proceed at your own pace. Make the exercises large enough to make you feel comfortable while learning each one. Proceed at your own risk. I, Jerry Palladino, assume no responsibility or liability for damage or injuries that may occur while learning these techniques.
The friction zone is the area of the clutch between completely open and completely closed. Let’s begin. Now, pull the clutch in and put the motorcycle in 1st gear. Put your right foot on the brake, begin by letting the clutch out and begin feeding a little throttle and stay in the friction zone. You should be feathering the rear brake so that it holds the motorcycle back slightly. You […]
In this exercise, you want to go as slowly as you possibly can and focus your eyes straight ahead at least 5 to 6 feet off the ground. You must avoid the temptation to look down at your handlebars or the ground immediately in front of your motorcycle. If you look down, you’ll have to put a foot down or possibly tip the bike over. If you begin to lose […]
Remember, the further you lean the motorcycle, the sharper the turn you can make. Start by making circles in a parking lot, try to find a lot with lined spaces. At first try making a 30′ circle to the left. Remember, stay in the friction zone, feather the rear brake and keepyourhead and eyes up. Do not look down. NEVER touch the front brake while making these circles. If you […]
Refer to your diagram you received with your video for the correct measurements. Basically, what you have is 2 sets of cones. The first set will be set at 30′ apart and there will be 5 of them. The second set will also be 30′ apart, but will be offset 12′ from the first set of cones. Between the two sets of cones, start with 24′. As you start to […]
When practicing the U-turn, measure off an area of 30′ to start. Ride the motorcycle into the 30′ space while in the friction zone, with your foot on the brake. Let’s assume you are going to make a left hand turn. Pick a point on the right side of the allotted space and aim your front tire towards it. Again, keep your focus 4 to 5′ off the ground. […]
You will need 6 small traffic cones. Set them up in a straight line about 12 feet apart. The idea is to weave through the cones while in the friction zone. Do not attempt to coast through the cones. The trick to this exercise is to focus at least 2 cones ahead of the motorcycle. If you can, focus only on the very last cone. You’ll be able to see […]
As I pull into the figure 8, I’m first turning to the right. I’m looking at the halfway point of the right edge of the first circle. As I approach the second circle, I’ll be turning left, so I’ll first focus on the center portion of the left side of that circle. As my front tire approaches that point, I’ll turn my head as far to the right as I […]