Riding Tips

Riding Over Potholes, Small Obstacles, Small Curbs

If you have to ride over them, use the technique we teach in the BRC1 & BRC2; approach them as close to a 90 degree angle as possible and no less than 45 degrees. Rise off the seat slightly so you can use your legs as shock absorbers. Lean slightly backward to lighten the front wheel. Roll on the throttle to lighten the front wheel even more. The technique is the same you use to ride over an obstacle on a bicycle. You can practice this technique by taking the BRC1 and/or the BRC2 with us.

SLLR Your Turns

When going through turns and curves, use the SLLR technique we teach in the BRC1 & BRC2; SLOW down well before the entrance to the turn/curve by using the brakes, engine braking or rolling off the throttle. (Your slowing down should be completed by the time you reach the entrance of the turn/curve - don't use just the clutch to slow down unless you're engine braking). LOOK where you want to end up. LEAN and press in the direction you want to go. ROLL on the throttle slightly to equalize the suspension. Once you see the exit of the turn you can speed up. You can practice this technqiue by taking the BRC1 and/or the BRC2 with us.

Wheels Rolling, They're Probably Going

The number one place when multi-vehicle motorcycle crashes occur is at intersections - a vehicle pulling out in front of you because they didn't see you or misjudged your approach speed. When you approach a "hot" intersection (one where there is a vehicle present that can pull out in front of you), look at the vehicles front tires and "cover up". If they are moving or start to move, be prepared to stop. "Cover up" means cover the brakes and clutch. This will shorten your reaction time which will help to shorten your stopping distance.

Group Riding

Watch this video produced by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation for some great tips about Group Riding.

Watch Out for New Tires

Whether you bought a new motorcycle or just put new tires on your motorcycle, be aware that new tires are slippery. A silicone substance is used to help with tire mounting and this slippery substance can cause you to crash. It takes about 100 miles of use for the slippery substance to wear off. So ride nice and easy for the first 100 miles with new tires.

Develop Quarterback Eyes to Stay Alive

Back in the 1940's, a process called SIPDE was developed by a driving instructor to help drivers recognize hazards in advance so they could do something to avoid a crash. Years later, the trucking industry developed a similar system called the Smith System. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation recently developed another similar system called SEE. The military uses a term called "Situational Awareness"  - to be aware of everything going on around you. If you're good at spotting things in advance, you have time to do something about it. We developed the term "Quarterback Eyes" and use it in our BRC1 and BRC2 courses. What does a good quarterback do when he drops back to pass? He's looking for hazards (defensive players that can tackle him, defensive players that can intercept his pass) and offensive receivers that can catch his pass. If you develop "Quarterback Eyes" when you ride, you'll spot hazards in advance and have time to avoid them. Car driving research indicates that drivers who move their eyes often to scan the road ahead, the road behind and to the sides are involved in fewer crashes.

Starting Off On An Incline

This can be a white-knuckler for many. Instead of avoiding hills, watch this video and see how easy it is.

Making a Tight Turn From a Stop

Ever have to make a tight right turn coming out of a driveway into one of two lanes of traffic without going wide into the far lane? Watch this video to see how to make perfect tight turns from a stop.

How to Pick Up a Motorcycle

Click here to see the proper way.

Loud Pipes

There will always be a debate whether loud pipes save lives. Keep in mind the majority of multi-vehicle crashes involving motorcycles occurs at intersections - a vehicle pulling out in front of you. The loud noise of a motorcycle goes to the rear. Those vehicle drivers won't hear you nor see you.

Loud pipes are illegal under EPA law. Here's the law;  A noise limit of 88 decibels applies to motorcycles manufactured after 1969 and before 1973; 86 decibels applies to motorcycles manufactured after 1972 and before 1975; 83 decibels applies to motorcycles manufactured after 1974 and before 1986; 80 decibels applies to motorcycles manufactured after 1985 

Motorcycle Tool Kit

What tools should you carry when you ride if you should break-down? Click here to find out.

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