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Excellent article. All covered in my BRC years ago. However, the one thing that doesn't seem to be address is how to lean your body. I thought I should lean with the bike... well, sort of, but not really. I was handling curves, mountain twisties and such OK. One day during a group ride a good friend riding behind me noticed my lean when negotiating a tight turn and I remarked it scared me. He said I was leaning too much with the bike. Yes, you will lean some, but throw your weight opposite the lean. I thought this meant literally lifting your butt off the seat over to the side... NO, just lean the bike by counter steering, shift your weight in the opposite direction... if you're leaning left, shift your weight to your right butt cheek and vice versa... I think this would be the same as pressing on the opposite foot pet basically accomplishing the same thing.

This is not a pronounced thing, but rather subtle, yet effective. I started practicing this and found cornering along with all the other techniques pointed out in this article much easier. I practice this all the time. I've been riding nine years, more than 100,000 miles.

Dianne
Starke, FL
Friday, October 23, 2015
Editor Response
Dianne,
Thanks for this great tip. This is all correct. Appreciate you sharing it with such a good explanation. Thanks for reading WRN!
Genevieve Schmitt, Editor
Great article! I own a motorcycle rental service in Roanoke, Texas. I am geared toward the new rider, and I find the skill of cornering is the one that requires the most practice. A little trick a professional knee dragger taught me was while counter steering also apply pressure on the foot peg. This helped have my entire body in synch and helped smooth out my corners. I don't recall them teaching this in the course. Do any of you seasoned riders use this technique? I don't want to give out any bad info.


Kim Knowler
Bartonville, TX
Thursday, October 22, 2015
I am 43-years-old and just received my M endorsement. I took the BLC in May and had never even cranked a bike before. I have been wanting to do this for years. The turning in curves does tend to worry me, but, after reading this article I know what I will be doing this weekend in a parking lot. I just bought a Honda Shadow Phantom 750 and am finally comfortable with it. Cant wait to get my lean angle down. Great article.

Kim Robinson
Woodlawn, TX
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
I rode a long time ago on a GPZ 550 and developed bad habits like not leaning with the bike. When I got my Ninja 250 (fun small bike), I took the MSF BRC nd was taught a number of great lessons. It was not until recently did the lean lesson sink in. This article really is good and I'll pass it onto others. Thanks!


Michael Behrens
Falls Church, VA
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
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