RIDE A DIRTBIKE Nothing teaches you about traction and body positioning like a dirtbike. You’ll also learn what to do when you encounter water or sand on paved roads.
RIDE BEHIND A BETTER RIDER Think you’re good? Riding with someone better will show you just how much you can still learn.
COMPETE Nobody wants to finish last. Competition at any level makes you focus and try harder, even if you never make it to the podium.
LOOK FARTHER When we get lazy or tired, we look only a short distance in front of the bike. Lift your chin and look ahead. In turns, look where you want to go: through the turn, not just into the entrance.
SIT RIGHT Motorcycles are dynamic vehicles; your body position makes a tremendous difference in how they respond. Riding like a couch potato doesn’t help.
ADJUST YOUR CONTROLS Always check your controls, handlebars, and footpegs.
CLEAN AND MAINTAIN YOUR RIDE As you clean your bike, you can spot problems. And doing your own maintenance makes you more aware of your machine’s overall condition.
RIDE IN THE RAIN Riding well in the rain makes you focus on traction, lean angle, steering input, braking, and overall smoothness.
RIDE ANOTHER BIKE It’s easy to get complacent when riding the same bike daily. A new machine makes you sharpen your focus and keeps you learning.
BE SMOOTH Pick a day of the week and forget about everything else but being smooth. It’ll make you anticipate the road or trail and all of your inputs, and that builds awareness.
BRAKE HARD Don’t wait for a panic stop to practice this one. In a safe area, practice hard stops using both the front and rear brakes.