LEARNING THE RIDE

Although I rode a lot bikes when I was a teenager, most of them are enduros with spike and all I learned was how to crash, to jump and to stop sideways.

Big bike riding started officially back in 1998 when I acquired a Honda Blackbird from Toti Alberto of Access Plus. I had about 7 spills on that bike though most of those spills happened when the bike was standing still.  Sometimes I would just forget to deploy the side stand and most often, my shoes would skid.

Learning the ride had never been easier with group riding.   Learning cannot come when riding alone.  Only when you ride in a group can you develop the skills of riding.

Riding look a bit easy, yes, on the straight.  But remember, this is a two wheeled beast and any poor judgment will suddenly send your team for necrological services.   Skills can not be attained without constant practice.  Some of us are born with the agility and natural ability to develop skills, but some has to blend to be able to ride safely.

There are some pages in this blog on riding.  I have summarized them for ease of reading.  A new rider should not attempt to ride without reading this first.  They are the basics that every rider has to know.

SOME RIDER OBSERVATIONS

If you click the page of Kuya Amboy (above) you will see a riding style that needs some correction, basically on  position of the body.  The last pic shows the riding style and it shows too on the video collection we have here. That style is a countersteer.

The  position has the buttock off the seat but the shoulder is still perpendicular to the bike.  Notice that both the hands are almost straight while negotiating that lean.

The best position is to move your upper body first then move your lower body afterwards.  The upper body should be more in lean than the lower body.  In tight leans both body should be outside the straight line, para maganda ang porma.  Referring to the pic again, the left arm should be straight as it may get, the right arm is bent, and the body hugging the tank.  Depending on the lean, the eyes are focused on the target direction, and almost seeing the track under the line of your right side mirror.

What is the position of the toe then? Before approaching the corner, the bike must be in your preferred gear already (usually 2 or 3).  REferring again to the pic above, your right toe (not heel) must rest on the peg, pointing outwards, so that you knee will be pointed outwards too, pointing to the asphalt.  Notice that your knee hugs the bike still while on the turn.  Your left leg should then be hugging the bike, with your left toe (not heel) still also on the peg.

I observe that in leaning, the following parts of the body move like a team.  Body moving out of the bike to the lean direction (example: to right), toe on the peg, knees point out, left leg clipping the bike to force it to lean, right arms folding, left arms straightening, neck and eyes finding the level, eyes pointed to the direction of the bike.

One effective thing, the eyes hold the body.  This means that when your eyes are focused in going to a direction, your whole body follows.

Again please read  http://tagaytaybigbikers.wordpress.com/bike-riding-techniques-a-summary/

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