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Thanks for the tips. I just took my test and overshot the U turn and drove out of the path. I'm sure if I didn't look through the turn or didn't apply the counter steering method. Maybe both. I will work on this this weekend with a one-on-one instructor who can pinpoint my weakness and hopefully be able to get it right and move on. Thanks

Teresa Belotti
Bloomingdale, NJ
Friday, April 18, 2008
I'm new to the Web site and new to your articles, Susan. This was a well written and very informative article on proper swerving technique.

As someone who's not yet behind bars (soon, soon!), I was wondering, is there a difference in technique when there's a passenger? And, what should the passenger do - and not do - to help facilitate a safe swerve?

Lisa Moore
Live Oak ,TX
Friday, April 18, 2008
Editor Response
I can't say enough about how important it is for the passenger in the back to understand proper riding technique, too! In general, the passenger should do whatever the rider does. Stick with him or her like glue. Whatever you do while you're hanging out in the back can and will affect the safety and enjoyment of your ride.

In the case of a swerve, the rider is making the motorcycle lean underneath you while you and the rider stay as upright as possible. You don't want to lean into or away from the swerve. Just stay upright with the rider as not to upset the balance of the bike. Make no sudden moves or shifts of weight. If possible, hold onto the rider instead of the bike to stay more closely aligned. You are a team!

You can also take the Motorcycle Safety Foundation Experienced Rider Course right along with your riding buddy as a passenger on the back of his or her bike. It's an excellent way for both rider and passenger to lean how to react as a team in all kinds of riding situations. The rider and passenger get to do maneuvers like cornering, quick-stopping, and swerving together as a unit. Visit your state's rider education site or the msf-usa.org.
Susan Rzepka Orion, Riding Right Columnist
Will be taking (actually re-taking) the Rider's Edge class next month, and look forward to practicing countersteering as well as all the other manuevers. Last year, on my third ever excursion on my brand new Low Rider, a cat darted out and across a secondary road right in front of me. I was doing 45 mph and I'm sure I countersteered since I avoided the cat and stayed upright -- but it all happened so fast you hardly have time to THINK about what to do.

I was just a couple weeks out of Rider's Edge so the technique was still fresh in my mind. So before the season gets going again, I'm taking a refresher course. It's well worth the time and money to me.

Lee Wos
Gladwin, MI
Thursday, April 17, 2008
I like the way there are pictures and specific details that are understandable to put into effect immediately. Thanks!

Barb Fleege
Ames, IA
Thursday, April 17, 2008
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