The Best and Worst Tips Given By Long-Term Motorcyclists

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Best Advice: It’s Not What You Ride, It’s How You Ride It Best Advice: It’s Not What You Ride, It’s How You Ride It

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It’s Not What You Ride, It’s How You Ride It

It’s not the size of the boat, it’s the motion of the ocean. Or what have you. With the vast majority of bikes existing so far outside the ability of the vast majority of motorcyclists — plus real world things like cops and speed limits and minivans — the outright speed a motorcycle is capable of travelling is entirely dependent upon its rider, not its engine size. We’ve seen Ninja 250s pass liter bikes on the track.

Get Back On The Horse

The longer you wait to start riding again after a crash, the more your confidence is going to decay. This really works. The act of manning up and climbing back on subconsciously demonstrates resolve and metal to yourself and doesn’t allow self-doubt and pity to build.

There’s No Old, Fast Riders

Well, there totally are, but this saying has a point: it’s a reasonable approach to reducing risk and the long-term goal of riding your whole life that will keep you on two wheels. Having the urge to drag knee today, at all costs, tends to have an adverse effect on the longevity of your riding career.

Best Advice: Start On A Bicycle Best Advice: Start On A Bicycle

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Start On A Bicycle

This one might sound odd, but the humble bicycle has lots to teach you about riding, just in a safer, more accessible, no-license-necessary form. Stuff like: separate brakes, countersteering, balance and interacting with traffic while on two wheels; all skills vital to the art of motorcycling.

Motorcycles Are Dangerous

It’s not likely an old biker that will tell you this one, but everyone else will. And it’s true. That’s also why they’re so life affirming and rewarding. And why you need to apply the right attitude and approach to riding one. If you someday aspire to being one of the old guys dispensing advise, you’re going to have to spend the rest of your life actively trying to become a better rider. Try and do that each and every day and you might just live long enough to tell about it.

What’s the best and worst advice you’ve been given about riding?

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