I think I have an inferiority complex about my riding skills. I've been riding for about 8 years and gradually worked my way up to a Street Triple. However, my tires are about shot and I'd say there's a strip about an inch wide on each side of the Pirelli Rosso Corsas that has not touched the road. Is this is sign that I'm not leaning far enough or is this difficult to achieve when only riding on the streets? I see my dad's sport touring tires are used completely side to side and I always feel like I'm keeping up when I ride with him. I seek out some pretty curvy roads and I just have this feeling that I'm not pushing the bike into curves as far as I could/should.
In case you're wondering, I've never done a track day (nor do I plan on it) and I've never taken a class. I want to get better or at least feel more confident but it's tough when I ride mostly on my own.
Sounds to me like you're doing just fine.
1. You live in Ohio. That means you get to repeat you first year of riding every Spring. You don't progress very much when 90% of your riding is "review from last year."
2. DO NOT compare your riding to anyone else's. No, not even your dad's.
2a. Ride your own ride!
3. Get some training. Since you have ridden a few thousand miles, (please tell me this is so.) There's no reason you shouldn't take an ARC. (Advanced Rider Course.)
4. Over the Winter, you've got some homework to do.
You've already been made aware of Hough's "Proficient Motorcycling" book.
Hough's "More Proficient Motorcycling"
Ken Condon (anything by him.)
Motorcycle Consumer News (monthly magazine.) www.mcnews.com
Nick Inietch's(sp) "The Pace"
I know I'm leaving a bunch out, it's not on purpose.
"Why We Ride"
If you like competition, then all the "On Any Sunday" titles are for you.
Lastly, don't discount the track for "racers only." Although, I recommend riding a bike that you can "walk away from" without too much financial impact.
The more you know, the better it gets.
Next time, you can tell us how Kamm's circle effects tire sidewall temperature!