Practice Guide Archives

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.  Speed through most of the exercises should be 8 to 12 mph, depending upon the type of motorcycle and the dimensions you are using for the exercise.

Download complete guide as a PDF

The Friction Zone

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...

Read more...

The Slow Race

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...

Read more...

The Circle

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...

Read more...

The U Turn

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...

Read more...

The Figure 8

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...

Read more...
X