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    Lots of goid advice here. I am just going to recommend to the OP (and state my shock that no one else has yet) to warch Captain Crash's videos on youtube. I learned a lot from him when I was starting out. Hete is a very relevant one for you, Red: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ZdMGeiNmYwM
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    Quote Originally Posted by LoDownSinner View Post
    Actually, the u-turn is a 'nice to have' skill not a potential life saver like other skills
    It's not just nice to have, later on in life it can be downright fun!



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    Red I would pay particular attention to those of us with RiderCoach under our name ... and I am not one. I have a great deal of riding experience ... but not a great deal of teaching brand new rider experience ... I send new riders to the BRC. These folks are used to dealing with the issues faced by brand new riders.

    One little thing by Lee Parks though. In his book Total Control on practicing he says something like ... "care about how you do in practice ... but not too much..." I had to read that twice ... and then think about it. When we demand perfection out of ourselves it adds to the stress ... performance demand stress. I have seen excellent pilots flunk flight tests because they made a mistake ... and they were ate up about that mistake for the rest of the checkride...which caused another dozen mistakes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Red View Post
    My instructors told me that I over analyze and that I just need to ride.
    For those of us with analytic minds, I do not think it is possible to over analyze, but it is possible to under ride. The analytic part of our mind can help us figure things out, but it cannot ride a motorcycle. Too many things have to happen too fast and at the same time for the analytic part of the mind to direct the activity. Only time on the bike will transfer what the analytic part of the brain has learned to the instinctual part of the brain so it can be used to operate the bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sorg67 View Post
    For those of us with analytic minds, I do not think it is possible to over analyze, but it is possible to under ride. The analytic part of our mind can help us figure things out, but it cannot ride a motorcycle. Too many things have to happen too fast and at the same time for the analytic part of the mind to direct the activity. Only time on the bike will transfer what the analytic part of the brain has learned to the instinctual part of the brain so it can be used to operate the bike.
    It really helps to have already visualized and have a plan formed for situations, I guess you could call it pre-analysis.

    I really recommend the book Street Strategies by David Hough for this. It is a series of one-page scenarios, a few of which are going to be things that although somewhat likely to happen, you probably haven't thought of. It's great training for how to react in traffic and help you pre-formulate plans for getting out of trouble.
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    And if you really want to over-pre-post analyse, the Upper Half of the Motorcycle by Bernd Spiegel is peerless.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LoDownSinner View Post
    It really helps to have already visualized and have a plan formed for situations, I guess you could call it pre-analysis.
    This is an excellent point!

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    Here's another good video from Captain Crash that demonstrates turning technique in close quarters.



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    Good one Thud300 - that looks like the technique Sxy Rdr described in her post.

    I use a similar technique, but not that tight. I am going to work on being able to do it tighter. Very useful. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Red View Post
    I.....I broke the foot peg off the bike and now the metal part that attaches the foot peg to the bike body is loose...
    Hi Red, been there and done that. I called them the "bobble-drops!" I'm glad you are relatively OK.

    From your profile picture, it looks like you have a Suzuki S40? I'm not quite sure. If so, I used to have this bike (when it was called Suzuki Savage). I have a spare, albeit slightly bent foot peg, but still very usable.

    I'm happy to get it to you if it will fit & help.

    Keep up your practicing!

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