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Old 03-03-2004, 07:07 AM   #31
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Exactly. I have spent 5 or 6 holidays taking long trips through different parts of Europe. Even though I was just touring and taking it easy, and even though I drive on a daily basis throughout the rest of the year, everytime I came back I noticed that I was cornering much more confidently and faster than before, without pushing anything.



You can probably have a good time on a track and learn a thing or two, but I think it's practice, routine and confidence which makes you faster on the road. Also, I think on the road you need different skills than on the track, it doesn't directly translate.



BTW, on those holidays I would also have an offday every now and then, and suddenly you find yourself driving way slower than the day before, just because you're not in the right frame of mind.



And I don't you need to change your bike (unless you feel uncomfortable on it) I am sure the Beemer is just fine, just take it out more often
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Old 03-03-2004, 07:35 AM   #32
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I'm only 25 and crashing still hurts me too.



A small light bike is definitely the way to go- a Yamaha TT-R125 or the equivalent Kaw/Suz 125 would probably be best.
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Old 03-03-2004, 09:07 AM   #33
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Hi Ren ,

I ride in Israel and the closest track is in north Greese , but it is worth going ones a year all that way to get on the track , never the less I red the twist of the rist 2 and slowly excersized the drills , one at a time intil I felt the improovment I also made a point of overcoming what he calls the survivel reactions when rideing to work and so on , my best advice is to read the book and follow the advice it took about a year but now I am at the top of the group and a safer and much better rider
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Old 03-03-2004, 09:50 AM   #34
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Old 03-03-2004, 08:11 PM   #35
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My Dad had the great misfortune to meet a tractor coming at him on a narrow country road. The old boy was pulling a heavily loaded hay wagon right down the centerline. Dad spent two weeks in the hospital and several months recuperating. Some of the damage was permanent and bothered him until the day he died. Sorry for the non sequitur, but the memory was unavoidable. No road is truly safe. Yikes.
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Old 03-04-2004, 04:44 PM   #36
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Taking inspiration, I'm now signed up for Keith Code's 1 day school at Pocono on May 18. Will I see any other MOrons there?

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Old 03-06-2004, 01:57 PM   #37
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There have been some excellent comments. I have been riding since a kid (not as lucky as some babies i have seen) for nearly 30 years. I am not "hard core" but i do get around..mostly dirt and road and roadracing.



I am another moderate "racer" (in spain) and i ride, at roughly 8-10 seconds of WSS lap record (but on a production 600). That is MORE than enough for me (or anybody at that level) to blow by trackday riders with ease (imagen the really fast guys!).



Nevertheless, quite often, i do get passed on the road and i dont mind or care. I have meet some of those "fast guys" as well... and over the years suggested for REAL hard riding, to take it the track. Naturally, they all sucked. Most of those "fast" guys rarely, if ever return.



As it has been mentioned, the road is not a place to measure or compare skill, as it is really just measurement of risk taking for the most part. Granted, a better rider will ride a confortable level while another is stressed out, but there is still somewhat high or even unaceptable risk regardless of skill.



Nevertheless, for better learning, which is always good, is to take a track school, preferably focused for street riders, rather than racing/lap times etc. Therefore being able to learn, practice and experiment in which is like a closed road, but with runoff. Therefore improving skill and confidence. It will be the BEST performance modification you will ever do and it will outlast any and every bike you will ever own.









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Old 03-08-2004, 10:57 AM   #38
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Hey, that's a small world. I live 90 kilometers from that track. You're talking about Serres, right?



I agree with what all folks wrote. Proper training and a couple of track days can have a huge impact on one's riding style and ability.



Like Sean said, it is the rider that counts, not the bike. I've been myself left behind quite a few times by more experienced riders on bikes much lesser than my Blade.



However, a bike in a good condition (tires, brakes, suspension), and a good set of riding gear (helmet, suit, boots, gloves, back protector) can also boost your confidence and help you go faster.



The funny thing is that my bike feels much better and I usually go faster when it is washed up and clean. I have no explanation for this; it just happens
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Old 03-11-2004, 12:46 PM   #39
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Every time you think about wicking it up faster than you comfort level. Read the following from the other post.



As it has been mentioned, the road is not a place to measure or compare skill, as it is really just measurement of risk taking for the most part. Granted, a better rider will ride a confortable level while another is stressed out, but there is still somewhat high or even unaceptable risk regardless of skill.





THen read it again.



I have been on the racetrack and that is the only place to learn how to ride a bike to its limits. Get on the track. You will be a better rider and very happy with the experiance.



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Old 03-11-2004, 12:47 PM   #40
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If I could spell, I would be rich !

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