Are any of these giving you trouble?
- Steering quickly
- Slowing or stopping quickly
- Cornering lines and body position
- Lane position and smooth cornering
- Throttle control and speed management
- Coordination of clutch and throttle
- Shifting smoothly
If you doubt your ability in any of these areas, the solution is to set aside time to practice
and improve. A training course is the best way to do it, but you can also practice riding
techniques on your own. Spend an hour or two, at least once a month, on an empty
parking lot working on your low-speed turns and braking skills.
You can also work on your skills while riding. Before you head out, ask yourself: “What
am I going to practice today?” Pick one skill at a time such as front brake use, keeping
your eyes up, or looking through turns, and focus on improving that technique.
There is an old saying among police motorcycle officers: "Train at 100 percent, ride at 80
percent." Your skill level should always be greater than your comfort level. Training will
help you get there.