Main Motorcycle: 2012 Tiger 800X/C
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Benton, Maine
Other Motorcycle: 2000 XR650R
Extra Motorcycle: 2004 CRF250R
As a defensive driving instructor for my company, I could go on and on. Practical information for driving a commercial vehicle carries over the bikes perfectly. Things I have learned riding carry over to them also.
If you have never taken a DDC, get yourself signed up. Smith Systems, IMHO, is the best thing going. I don't care who you are or how long you have been riding, DD is what will keep you alive.
I will recommend two basics that have, so far, saved my can countless times.
1: If you have never ridden off road (Not on your Rocket), consider doing it. Yeah, it's fun should be the number one reason to do so, but it will also teach you everything you need to know about the dynamics of an inherently unstable two wheeled device. Proper scan, full braking with BOTH brakes, slide control and management, weight transfer, TARGET FIXATION, and much more.
2: Sure to raise at least one machomans ire, Do not fall for the "Loud Pipes Save Lives" line. It's been killing riders since they realized being deaf was cool. The majority or riders killed or injured in a collision with a Cage are resulting from the Cage making a left turn into your lane. Instead of wasting you time making noise, utilize it getting out of the way. Of course, learning to recognize the hazard ahead of time helps too, but not all are easy to read.