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I've practiced falling down twice. That's enough for me.
Maybe it had something to do with that car tire??? Just wonderin... Let's ask Fossil.!!

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Pretty sure it was the car tire and maybe a taste of peach? Hehehe


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Maybe it had something to do with that car tire??? Just wonderin... Let's ask Fossil.!!
Have to stick up for the C/T on this one. It was the D*#n Dog and the hair.



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One was on St. Patty's Day, that's all I'll say .

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One was on St. Patty's Day, that's all I'll say .


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I live in the country where cattlemen haul cattle, hay and everything you can imagine. 90% of the curves I find have gravel spread across the road from trucks and trailers. I, in my wildest dreams cannot imagine that looking for gravel is a bad habit. My goal is to make it around the corner at whatever safe speed is called for. I don't care to try and emulate the MotoGP crowd and a 50 yard slide is not something I care to experience. And I don't think you can ever be too cautious... ....Isaac
Great points Isaac. Let me clarify......IMO - The proper way to evaluate a road or curve is prior to getting there. Not while your on top of it. My bad habit was deeming it a good surface and as I was making my turn looking down at that surface instead of looking into the turn. Thats too cautious!
Here's the crazy part.....I did the same curve an hour earlier on my ST with a CT with no problems. Not giving undue credit to the CT, but worth mentioning.

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It's called target fixation REF. Nobody is immune to it unfortunately.

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+1 on practicing the slow speed maneuvers. I've found my confidence and enjoyment go way up when those skills are sharp and active.

I would also add quick stops to the list of things to practice. Controlled quick stops is just about our #1 safety technique. Really good riders can bring their bikes to a controlled stop - consistently - in the shortest distance possible. I've been riding my NC700X while my wing is getting some safety chrome installed. The 700 is a very different machine especially in the area of braking. I started at slow speeds - 18-20 mph - and gradually increased the speed - all the way up to 60 mph. That muscle memory is vital and I feel a LOT better riding around on that bike knowing what kind of stopping distance and stopping power I have. That really increased my enjoyment of riding that bike. I'll do the same thing when the Wing comes home.

Thanks for the reminder and enjoy shaking off the winter!

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I try to get out by myself with nobody around for the first ride of the year. I like getting the feel of the bike again all by myself, not responsible to or for anybody but me till I comfortable with the bike again.

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I try to get out by myself with nobody around for the first ride of the year. I like getting the feel of the bike again all by myself, not responsible to or for anybody but me till I comfortable with the bike again.
Agreed....Don't want to drop it in a crowd of hecklers like this.
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