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Too much rear brake. Hold over from my dirtbike and dualsports. I constantly have to remind myself not to stab the rear. The huge brake pedal on the bonnie doesnt help me...
Ya, dirt biking can add some very good skills to road riding but it can also pass on some bad habits. Too much rear brake can be an issue. How can you work on preventing this bad habit?
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Lacking imagination.......

If you cannot see the potential in a situation you wind up being unpleasantly surprised. It used to be called 'defensive riding'.

Circa 1982 I vividly remember watching a car pull up at a side road 400+ yds ahead while I was tanking along on my R100RS and thinking 'They will pull out on me when I am on top of them' and she did. A little old lady with no depth perception or appreciation of speed. If I had not been ready she would have nailed me.
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Ignoring my wife on the pillion when she wants to stop for a comfort break. She wants us to buy an intercom ..... I don't think so

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Obsessively hitting the cancel signals button.

And I'm obsessed with what's happening in my rear view mirrors.
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I don't know if it would be classified as road rage because I'm really not out of control but I have a major problem with cars riding my tail. Especially when I'm normally running 5-10 miles over the posted speed limit. My normal response is to give a couple looks at them in the mirrors and a head shake. If that doesn't get the point across, I'll give a look over my shoulder and a "back off" signal with my hand (with a full open hand and not just the 1 finger that I'm tempted to give).

Had a lady in a big SUV up my butt yesterday on my way home with her cell in 1 hand and Starbucks in the other. Had to resort to the "back off" signal while looking over my shoulder and came within a couple inches of riding off the road as there was a slight bend in the road while I was doing it.

So I guess my bad riding habit could be getting distracted by idiot cagers but as we all know, if you don't ride with your head on a swivel, bad things can happen.
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Singing loudly in my helmet while riding- fortunately I'm the only witness and I've become immune to this...
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Forgetting to cancel my turn signal while in town. It will get me killed one day.
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Zoning out on a long ride, all of a sudden I will realize that I don't remember anything for the last xx miles and half hour.
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Tightening up my arms too much mid corner.

If I hit potholes I overcompensate and one day it'll end in a tank slapper or running wide.

Just reminding myself during tight corners to relax the leading arm and pushing my body position forward a little helps.

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