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The Art Of The Dip

Motorman's Tips, Tricks and Techniques The Art of the Dip: Let's say you're in a parking lot on bike night cruising down the lanes looking for a spot to pull into. You find a spot on the right between a couple of other bikes and you make the 90 degree turn into the space. The problem is, as you put your feet down when you come to a stop, your handlebars are turned and you have...

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Art Of The Lean

Motorman's Tips, Tricks and Techniques Art of the Lean: While I've written about this subject before, I believe it's very important and needs to be repeated and discussed in even more detail. In this article, I will give you every single tip, trick and technique I can possibly think of to get you to lean your motorcycle. First, keep in mind that a motorcycle or any 2-wheeled vehicle including your bicycle turns by leaning, especially at speed....

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Back to the Basics

Motorman's Tips, Tricks and Techniques Back to the Basics: The first thing you must master is head and eyes. What this means exactly, is that wherever you look, that's where the bike will go. The reason the phrase head and eyes is used is that if you turn your head to the right, but your eyes look straight ahead, the technique WILL NOT work. Both your head and eyes must turn in the direction you want...

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Top Heavy Bike

Motorman’s Tips, Tricks and Techniques Here’s a great question and one that I’m asked quite a bit: Motorman, I just bought my wife a new Sportster Iron. She’s a new rider but she passed the M.S.F. Beginner Course with no problem so I thought she could handle the Sportster. Unfortunately she has serious problems at low speeds. She says the Sportster is very top heavy. She’s dropped it a couple of times already and I’ve had...

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Lowering Your Bike

Motorman’s Tips, Tricks and Techniques A few weeks ago, a young lady attended one of my classes on a Harley-Davidson Softail Deluxe.  The Softail Deluxe was designed by the Motor Company’s engineers to have as low a seat height as possible.  Obviously, they had women and shorter riders in mind with this bike.  In addition to lower fork springs and a lowered rear shock, the frame under the seat was lowered as well.  Thus, they...

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Crash Avoidance

Bonus Crash Video From Deals Gap (AKA The Dragon) I read somewhere recently that 99% of the crashes most riders get involved in are avoidable. While that may seem a little hard to believe, it just may be true. Let's look at the most common motorcycle crash which of course, occurs when another vehicle violates your right of way. This usually happens as you approach an intersection and a vehicle turns left in front of you....

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Turns from a Stop

While turning from a stop may seem like a rather mundane topic would be true; from what I’ve seen, more than half the “experienced” riders have not mastered the stop and turn. You may not believe this but the day after writing that article, I witnessed a stop and turn crash one block from my own home. Here’s what happened. As I pulled onto my street I saw two riders coming down their driveway. The...

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The Art of the Swerve

Motorman’s Tips, Tricks and Techniques The Art of the Swerve When a vehicle violates your right of way, either by turning left in front of your path of travel, or pulling out from the right into your path of travel, or swerving into your lane, you’ll have 3 choices. Choice number one is hit the brakes to slow down or stop. Choice number two, lean and swerve. Choice number three, slam into that vehicle. You wouldn’t believe...

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Avoid Turning Wide from a Stop

How to avoid turning wide from a stop A few days ago I was out riding and enjoying what I consider the start of Florida’s best riding season. I was heading to a local biker hangout and found myself behind a couple of other riders; a man on a Harley Ultra and a woman on a Sportster. It looked like they were headed to the same restaurant. Just prior to getting to this location there...

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Why is my bike so Top-Heavy?

Why is my bike so Top-Heavy? I must get this question via email five or six times a day, every day.  I’ve written about it before but obviously, many of you haven’t gotten the message. Here’s the question.  “I just got a brand new ( fill in the blank ) it’s SO top heavy!  What can I do?” First, let’s get this straight.  It ain’t the bike, there’s no such thing as top heavy.  It’s simple physics. ...

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