Keep telling yourself “I can do this” and your body will begin to believe you. So will your motorcycle.
Too many riders when challenged tell themselves “I CAN’T do it“…why? My thought is because they haven’t tried it or, because they tried it and it didn’t go as planned. So they just give up. Maybe not give up riding, but give up learning and developing skills to be better riders, they just go ahead and ride.
Developing that kind of faith in yourself and your motorcycle takes practice. Practice is the key to becoming proficient at all skills. Baseball, basketball, football, soccer, tennis….motorcycle racers….the list goes on…Doctors, Nurses…Motor Cops, everyone of these professions require practice. Some of our Motorcycle Coaching 101 riders watch You Tube videos and think that will make them better riders, well…if you take notes and actually go out and practice what you have seen, then Yep…watch them , put them to use and practice.
The best way is to get a professional coach to work with you one on one, guide you, encourage you, help you correct mistakes and help you see riding differently, safer. If you are going to do it on your own here is the best way I know of. First off think about your riding, and take this very seriously, where do you think you could be better? Is there a skill you don’t have but want? A common one is U-Turns (actually it is thee most common), tight slow turns, starting and stopping on a hill cornering skills, whatever. Then, make a list, have one of your riding friends look it over and maybe make other suggestions (it will also make them think about their own riding) now that you have your list go find the You Tube video that provides the skill information that you think is important. While watching the video take notes. Now go out and practice. Find an empty parking lot. You don’t need cones like class sessions, you can do this by either marking off parking spaces or use sidewalk chalk, it washes off in the rain. Next most important is to take a friend a long to video you while you are practicing, developing skills. Stop once in a while and review your notes and the video of you riding, then do it again and again. Don’t wear yourself out though that is when things can and do go wrong.
The biggest thing here is thoughtful practice. Pay attention, be focused on what you are doing, push yourself. Learn to be best friends with your throttle, yes it can get you into trouble but it will also get you out once you know to to control it. Think about your body position. Watch the videos of yourself and see how you look on the bike, are you comfortable? This is where a coach comes in. We watch your body, check the ergonomics of you and your motorcycle.
Think about what you are doing but don’t overthink.
Ride and Ride Far…