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post #111 of 116 (permalink) Old 06-03-2019, 05:16 PM
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I also have a problem with cancelling my turn signals, especially on his bike. I thought it was just old age or my sanity but I have to say the it is very difficult to see the indicator on my dash and I can't see the signal stocks while riding. I never had this problem with other bikes I've owned.



Another problem that needs work is that I do not rely on my tire grip enough. I tend to read the road too much, looking for loose gravel and such, especially in corners. I should be looking farther ahead.

I also tend to squeeze my handgrips too much, no idea why.


Your not alone in squeezing the handgrips.


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post #112 of 116 (permalink) Old 06-03-2019, 05:28 PM Thread Starter
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I also have a problem with cancelling my turn signals, especially on his bike. I thought it was just old age or my sanity but I have to say the it is very difficult to see the indicator on my dash and I can't see the signal stocks while riding. I never had this problem with other bikes I've owned.

Another problem that needs work is that I do not rely on my tire grip enough. I tend to read the road too much, looking for loose gravel and such, especially in corners. I should be looking farther ahead.
I also tend to squeeze my handgrips too much, no idea why.
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Your not alone in squeezing the handgrips.


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There is usually a reason why people grip the handgrips too tightly. Sometimes is has to do with being less than totally comfortable with how and where you are riding (a bit of a survival reaction triggered by things like entering a corner too fast, running wide, not looking far enough ahead etc.) If there are specific instances you can think of where you are gripping tightly, that might give you an indication of what is causing it. Sometimes though it is simply that the body position and connection with the motorcycle isn't as stable as it could be and so you feel the need to hold onto the bars tightly. What could/should you be doing with your lower body to ensure that you can indeed relax that grip on the handlebars?
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post #113 of 116 (permalink) Old 06-03-2019, 08:39 PM
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Oh dear. You know nothing about my riding style. I donít expect people to do anything in particular. I was only commenting on what I saw as my worst riding habit; ie what I find difficult not to get annoyed at. That is what this thread is about, not a platform to pat yourself on the back and say how terrific you think you are.
Ok. You don't seem to be able to avoid thinking that I'm judging your riding style. If you'd like to turn a conversation into an argument, go ahead. Point taken that this isn't about patting ourselves on the back, but about pointing out our worst riding habits. Your worst riding habit has nothing to do with your riding, but that you harshly judge how others ride?

Mine is likely that I multitask too much. I alter my route on the fly when I should pull off, which involves removing gloves, messing with the phone, and putting gloves back on. I mess with the music, pull out a camera and take a pic/video, etc. Not in traffic, but not a good idea either.
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post #114 of 116 (permalink) Old 07-01-2019, 02:43 AM
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Havenít been riding long enough to get any good habits yet.
Just got my MSA on Thursday got my restrictions lifted on Friday AM bought a bike on Friday PM. First bad habit impulse buying.
Now Iíve been out of the parking lot, A couple of times by my self.
Indicators. Yep forgot them a bunch.
Engine braking. Yep. But it works so well.
Remembering to use both brakes.
Making sure Iím looking around to see whatís happening. Iíve mostly been caught out by cars coming up behind me. Iíve been going kind of slow.
Crossed Granville on 16th. Left turning cars ahead, Shoulder checked, saw a car coming quickly up the inside, slowed to let him pass, shoulder checked again. Looked ahead the buggers had stopped. I stopped closer and more quickly than I had planned.
Slowed for road work on 41st. No lines on road crap lan position avoiding man hole covers. Kits SUV squeezed past me any way, first I knew it was there.
I decided to split a little bit of lane. It was just one car then the turn lane. Fortunately I did it slow. Car in front turned right without indicating.
Turning left. I was a bit to far over while waiting. White merc decided to turn left by passing me.
Riding along SW Marine looking far enough ahead, and spotting the pot holes. Spotting the potholes and looking far enough ahead.

Oh yea forgetting the indicators came up a few times.
Covering the clutch yep did this as well, and the front brake, and the back brake,
Forgot to tap down a couple of times. Probably most of the time but only noticed a couple of times.
Stopped the engine by putting the kick stand down twice.
Was to busy to take the bike out on Saturday.

So two short rides on two days worth of errors or bad habits.

Best fun Iíve had by myself in years.
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Havenít been riding long enough to get any good habits yet.
Just got my MSA on Thursday got my restrictions lifted on Friday AM bought a bike on Friday PM. First bad habit impulse buying.
Now Iíve been out of the parking lot, A couple of times by my self.
Indicators. Yep forgot them a bunch.
Engine braking. Yep. But it works so well.
Remembering to use both brakes.
Making sure Iím looking around to see whatís happening. Iíve mostly been caught out by cars coming up behind me. Iíve been going kind of slow.
Crossed Granville on 16th. Left turning cars ahead, Shoulder checked, saw a car coming quickly up the inside, slowed to let him pass, shoulder checked again. Looked ahead the buggers had stopped. I stopped closer and more quickly than I had planned.
Slowed for road work on 41st. No lines on road crap lan position avoiding man hole covers. Kits SUV squeezed past me any way, first I knew it was there.
I decided to split a little bit of lane. It was just one car then the turn lane. Fortunately I did it slow. Car in front turned right without indicating.
Turning left. I was a bit to far over while waiting. White merc decided to turn left by passing me.
Riding along SW Marine looking far enough ahead, and spotting the pot holes. Spotting the potholes and looking far enough ahead.

Oh yea forgetting the indicators came up a few times.
Covering the clutch yep did this as well, and the front brake, and the back brake,
Forgot to tap down a couple of times. Probably most of the time but only noticed a couple of times.
Stopped the engine by putting the kick stand down twice.
Was to busy to take the bike out on Saturday.

So two short rides on two days worth of errors or bad habits.

Best fun Iíve had by myself in years.
Ha! Good to notice and know what things are cropping up for you and good to be able to make light of it. Have you considered more formal training anywhere to hone in those riding skills? Because you are a newer rider now would be the time, before you can being to answer this thread about your worst riding habits! Can't have any if you don't make any! .

Ride safe!
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post #116 of 116 (permalink) Old 07-03-2019, 05:20 AM
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Ha! Good to notice and know what things are cropping up for you and good to be able to make light of it. Have you considered more formal training anywhere to hone in those riding skills? Because you are a newer rider now would be the time, before you can being to answer this thread about your worst riding habits! Can't have any if you don't make any! .

Ride safe!
Yep, I got a bit more to go. There a couple of road rides with the course. I did it with 1st gear. I enjoyed it and I would recommend them. I couldnít fit the whole 5 days into my days off so I will go back. Also plan to get a practice road test. Or two. Before I try booking it.
They do an advanced course, the full licence is required. So get my full license. Then I might just give it a shot.
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