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The ART of Motorcycle Control



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Visual Skills

Posted on March 17, 2018 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (321)

Visual Skills are probably the most important part of motorcycling.

Hazard perception, corner path, throttle control and braking distances (among other things) all rely on where you’re looking and what you’re seeing.

The old adage, “look where you want to go” is still as true as it ever was but there’s a lot more to visual skills than just that.

Hazard Perception is exactly what it says on the tin. Looking as far up the road ahead...

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CORNERING: Part1, the Basics

Posted on February 18, 2018 at 2:00 AM Comments comments (108)

Cornering: Part 1, the Basic techniques. 

Successful, smooth, safe, swift cornering is a complex combination of many factors but the basics are the same for everyone. From your first wobbly curves at Pre Learner training all the way up to the likes of Marc Marquez and Valentino Rossi, we all have to do the same basic things:

• The Three Ps (Preparation, Position and Path)

• Counter-steering

• Look, Push, Lean

• Vision Limit Point.

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The 3 Basic Principles of RoadCraft

Posted on January 29, 2018 at 5:10 PM Comments comments (30)

The 3 basic principles of RoadCraft help keep all of us safe on the road

1st Principle, Observation.

More than just “seeing” but actively looking and scanning the whole riding environment for anything that you perceive to be a hazard and then doing something about it before it has chance to do something to you. Always looking at least 5 seconds up the road ahead and not forgetting to check the road surface, speedo and mirrors, roughly every 5 seconds.

If y...

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Posted on January 20, 2018 at 5:35 PM Comments comments (26)

Posture. The way you sit on your bike will affect your comfort and machine control.

Remember your 6(7) posture points. Feet, Knees, Seat, Back, (Shoulders), Arms and Head.


Feet. If you do, or have done your Pre-learner and Pre-provisional training in NSW (and maybe other places) your instructor will probably have told you to put the arches of your feet on the foot-pegs and turn your toes outwards and down a little. Hmmmmm……..this is OK fo...

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Set Up Your Levers

Posted on January 9, 2018 at 5:30 PM Comments comments (75)

1. Adjust your levers. For new riders or a new bike

The lever(s) on almost every bike can be adjusted for height and free-play and some are span-adjustable too.

Height. With your hands resting on the grips and your arms nicely relaxed in riding position, rest your fingers on the clutch and brake levers. It should be a fairly straight line all the way down your forearm, through yo...

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