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Offline NW Sparky

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Following the crowd...
« on: 15 June, 2014, 22:02:57 »
I was invited out with a customer on Wednesday and I was shown very quickly how slow I ride! :o
However this didn't bother me, I'll set my own pace but it did make me try to follow their lines, it very quickly encouraged me to go in wide, shoot for the apex and power out! I knew this in theory but only following others gave me the balls to commit to it :D
Went out at 7.30am today and pushed myself to take every corner correctly, what a buzz it was to feel the bike flowing through corners and roundabouts! So glad I went out with superior riders now, you don't have to keep up to learn from better riders... ;)

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Re: Following the crowd...
« Reply #1 on: 15 June, 2014, 22:26:22 »
There is no better feeling than getting a series of bends spot on.............. If only...lol
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Offline rockycoyote

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Re: Following the crowd...
« Reply #2 on: 15 June, 2014, 22:54:23 »
i got out today first time in a long time to look for some new wheels but mind was not on riding and nearly stuffed up some country road bends but the bits that clicked where great .

saw a b king following on the way home never seen one on the road before let him pass me and 4 cars in front what a bike just awsome power and sound i want one even more now .

Offline bobdylan

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Re: Following the crowd...
« Reply #3 on: 16 June, 2014, 06:24:47 »
Sparky,  that is exactly what i need. I nearly always ride alone so i never improve. Really annoying, Glad you had a good ride out ;)
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Offline sheldimus

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Re: Following the crowd...
« Reply #4 on: 16 June, 2014, 09:25:41 »
Learn by doing. Always the best way.  ;)
How is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain.
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Offline redgpzrider

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Re: Following the crowd...
« Reply #5 on: 16 June, 2014, 09:42:24 »
Learn by doing. Always the best way.  ;)

+1 you get better with practice ... applies to almost every activity in humankind.  8)
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Offline korni

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Re: Following the crowd...
« Reply #6 on: 21 June, 2014, 20:46:43 »
Sparky,  that is exactly what i need. I nearly always ride alone so i never improve. Really annoying, Glad you had a good ride out ;)

I am not quite sure if following others is the best case, unless you know they are good riders.

For example, there are these biker groups on FB that post videos of bike accidents. Whenever I see them, in most cases I find that riders don't ride correct*.

It might be worth investing in a bike school or have a thorough read through the twist of the wrist to understand how things work.
As said above, no matter what, you need practice. But you also need the knowledge to develop the skills.

*(On a side note, there is no point blaming the cagers even if they have done something wrong. When I ride I only rely on what I will/can do and not what the cars "should do if the knew I was there". I just assume they don't have a clue about my presence. Keeps me in reality, as this is what really happens.)

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Offline Serrisan

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Re: Following the crowd...
« Reply #7 on: 22 June, 2014, 10:20:48 »
I know what you mean... I used to go on rideouts with faster riders and whilst it would be a mental challenge to stay focused, I did see my riding improve, becoming a bit more flowing.

Sadly binning it a few times means now my levels of confidence are back to where I was 2-3 years ago. Started commuting on KTM and was making so many mistakes. So yesterday in the sun when I knew road conditions were perfect I went solo on some very local roads for about 1.5hrs. There's something to be said also about doing your own thing and my confidence improved a lot. :)

It is great having nice lanes 5 mins away from home :D

Offline bobdylan

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Re: Following the crowd...
« Reply #8 on: 22 June, 2014, 17:30:56 »
So true, Serri ;)
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