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Tired of being afraid!

I am going into my 4 riding season. June was a busy month of planned riding from Canada to Baker City. This year I have become very frustrated at myself for not riding up to my ability.

Those who have rode with me, know I suck BIG time on the corners. Why I do not know but I slow down on corners to the point of a crawl, very unsafe. I told my hubby this year that if I don't get this corner thing down I was going to reitre from riding (

Rode with a good friend of ours back from Sunriver this last weekend and he asked me a lot of questions about the corner issue I have. After listening and watching him I have come to the conclusion that I truly don't know how to corner on a motorcycle. One would think it would come naturally but not with me!

I decided to look for a class to take on cornering. I contacted a man by the name of Ron Burch with Motofit Group out of Grass Valley and spoke with Ron for a few hours about my issues. July 9-10 he is having a track course training program and asked me out to learn from his group. Ron promisses he can make me a better rider :0)

I registered for the class and look forward to learning all I can from this group! Told Ron I was a little afraid of the "track" course and he explained the track is the safest place for me to be and for him to teach me the proper way to ride. I will keep you posted as to how I do!!!!

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soon youll be out riding the twisties gigling all the way!

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Good for you Lisa.
I know you'll get a lot of good information and on-track practice.

Keep us all posted. I'm not too old to learn something new.


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You're absolutely doing the right thing!
A big part of confidence in cornering is finding the ability of your motorcycle. Once you see just how much your tires will grip, how much you can grind the pegs into the pavement, you will have so much more confidence in what your bike can do. You will relax, and the bike will respond better when you are relaxed.
I had a similar problem after low-siding on some gravel. I worked through much of it myself, but found that I was "choking" when coming into a corner where the surface conditions were not perfect. I was looking down at the road and hyper-analyzing my path instead of looking through the turn. Part of the solution for me was to get out onto the track and lean the bike all the way over hard. I found I was still riding faster than most the people in my group, even though I was not completely confident. At that point I realized the bike is capable, and the tires will stick unbelievably well.
Practicing the correct body position and good technique allows the bike to respond well in all situations; including those when the traction is not the best. Since I've worked through this, I've had times where the tires would wash out underneath me some, and have found that it really doesn't mean an instant low-side. I'm still in control, and you can ride through these things.
Good luck with your track school. I think you will enjoy it.

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This sounds like a good approach.

Have you already taken the beginning riders course?

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+1 what everyone above said.

Also if you took the basic MSF course they probably taught you to keep your knees against the tank. Most people forget to do this. Doing so will allow you to "feel" the bike more. I coached a friend through the same issue on the Blue Ridge by telling them to hug the tank with their knees. If you are not doing it now you will be surprised how much more confidence it will give you.

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I have taken the MSF classes as well as Team Oregon classes

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It's a great confidence builder and you will enjoy riding more.
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Lousy on the corners eh? Well don't tell anyone but so am I.
I can tell you this though ......... I go out on my own a lot just to practice and I stay where I'm familiar. I have found I can do better than I thought and I have also found that the less I think about it the better. When I think about it I think about the bad stuff. When I just go and focus only on the bend at hand, not the scenery or cars coming or both, it goes really well. I also have gone on a quiet straigh stretch of road and just swerved the bike side to side at different speeds just to feel the bike lean. I took off the throttle boss and forced myself to relax my grip way better. Now when I get home my hands are not all black from squeezing the dye out of my gloves.
You will find your own way to relax around the bends and when you do your going to say to yourself ......"wow!! I'm going to turn around and take that one again"!

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Lisa,

For what you've been thru it's understandable....Your on the right path to recovery. Relax, I know you will be successful after the training.

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