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Perfect Practice Makes For a Perfect Rider

Motorman’s Tips, Tricks and Techniques A few days ago I had to go my Ride Like a Pro Training Center to re-mark the course. The recent rains had washed away some of the duct tape I use to mark off the exercises. (By the way, white duct tape works great as a marker on black top or concrete.) After marking everything, I ran the course a few times just to stay sharp. Just as I...

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Group Rides

GROUP RIDES?  No thanks, and here’s why. While working with the Sheriff’s Office Motor Unit, I’ve had to participate in countless group rides.  In every one of these rides, there was at least one crash and usually more than one.  Some were serious involving several motorcycles with both riders and passengers requiring medical attention.  Others were just fender benders, but of course, on a motorcycle, a rider is almost always going to have some kind...

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Lessons Learned: Experience can be the best teacher

A vast majority of motorcycle riders rely on their instincts when riding. The problem with that is, for the most part anyway, riding well or skillfully requires the exact opposite. I know what you’re thinking right now, “What’s this guy talking about? I’ve been riding for years, and my instincts are just fine.” I know exactly how you feel, because for more than 20 years, I rode on instincts alone -- accident free I might...

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Clutch and Throttle

Clutch and Throttle I hear from so many riders with heavyweight bikes such as Harley Ultra’s, Honda Goldwings, Yamaha Ventures, etc., that these bikes are heavy and clumsy.  A lot of riders tell me they’ve been riding motorcycles for 20 or 30 years and just purchased their big dream bike but believe they may have made a mistake as they find the bike nearly impossible to handle at low speeds, especially when creeping through traffic...

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Got Skills?

Motorman's Tips, Tricks and Techniques Being a skillful rider is 90% mental and only 10% physical.  Here’s the mental part, knowing the proper techniques and how to use them.  The 10% physical part simply means the size and strength of the rider has no bearing on their ability to be a skilled rider.  I think I’ve proved this over and over again with some of the riders I’ve trained---two of which are featured on YouTube,...

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Overcoming Your Fears & Gaining Confidence on Your Motorcycle

Spring is finally here. It’s time to get out and ride, and a great time to get some exercise. With that in mind, I’ve got a way for you to improve your riding skills, get some physical exercise and to overcome your fears, all at the same time. I’m assuming you already have a motorcycle, so, all you’ll need is a bicycle. Any kind of bicycle will do. By now you must be thinking, “bicycle,...

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Motorcycle Rider Training: Surviving the Mean Streets

The biggest benefit we have here in Florida is of course, the weather. I’ve been here for 32 years. Generally from October through May is the best time to ride. Some winters I’ve gone as long as two weeks without riding. I know what you’re thinking, “40 degrees is too cold for ya?”....Well, yes, yes it is. I’ve been spoiled all these years and my blood must have thinned because I really don’t enjoy...

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It’s time to become an aggressive rider

It’s time to become an aggressive rider. Not on the street, of course, but, under controlled conditions. That means your favorite parking lot. With the downturn in the economy, finding a deserted parking lot is pretty easy. The exercise I’m about to lay out for you needs to be practiced aggressively. This exercise is called the Intersection. This exercise will have you practicing quick left to right transitions as well as U-turns all at the...

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ABS: Stop It, Now

At the present time, there is a new study being conducted on motorcycle crashes and their causes. The last time such a study was conducted was back in the late 70’s, early 80’s and is known as the Hurt Study; named after the recently departed Dr. Hurt. (Do a google search on the Hurt Study, it’s a very interesting Read). While the new study has not been completed, some of its findings have been...

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