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Bad riding habits often creep up on us without us

Realizing it and most riders if they realize they were doing something wrong would do something to fix it well this week on MCrider

we're going to look at five bad riding habits

And how you can fix them so stay tuned for this week's video and see if any of these are affecting you

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So this week, we're going to look at five bad riding habits and what the fix for those bad habits are

Habit number one not looking far enough down the road

did you realize that highway speeds that you're traveling over a hundred feet per

second that means if you're only looking a hundred feet in front of you

You've only got about one second to deal with anything that pops up in the road

Many riders ride in what I call riding in a bubble where they're just looking at their immediate

surroundings and not looking far enough down the road to make

adjustments to things on the highway and not have to react to it at the last second. The fix for this one is simple

Keep your head and eyes up at all times when you're riding on a motorcycle

The MSF recommends 12 seconds is about where your gaze should be at so

12 seconds on the road ahead of you should be things that you're aware of

that's coming up in the roadway so that you can make adjustments to those things rather than react to them at the last second

Habit number two is something that I need to remind myself of all the time

And that's improper foot

placement on the foot pegs a lot of riders will ride with the middle of their foot or the heel of their foot on the

Foot pegs, you may be asking why that's a problem

Well have you ever leaned a motorcycle over and caught your toe on the ground?

Most of the time it just gets your heart right get up when you feel your toe hit the ground

But one time the pavement actually grabbed my foot and threw it off the foot peg and then two in freshly-painted

pannier that I had on my Honda Valkyrie that I used to have it

left a nice gash in the the pannier where my back of my foot and my boot

hit the pannier, and it actually felt like I'd broken my toe and injured my ankle in the process

Had no injuries

But it was a nice reminder for me

The fix for this is to ride with the balls of your feet or that portion of your foot

Just behind your toes on the foot pegs that's going to keep your feet in a nice position to keep them off the ground

When you lean that motorcycle over in the corner. Habit number three is believing that you're a better motorcycle rider than you actually are

It's time for me to get real honest here. I teach basic and intermediate

classes here in DFW and I have a lot of riders come in and they talk about their experience or their years of

riding a motorcycle

But these same exact riders when you get them out on the course they struggle with just

basic core techniques on a motorcycle

Not to mention what happens to these same riders when you give them a little more advanced technique

just because you can get a motorcycle up to 70 miles per hour and

ride it in a straight line does not mean you have complete control over the motorcycle a

riding clinic or a riding class will put you in situations that you may only face one or two times a year on the

Motorcycle, but it is those core skills

And it's those techniques that you develop that may very well save you from your next accident

The fix for this is to never stop learning

Enroll in a local class whether it's a basic class for an advanced class to work on your skills?

Become a Patron here at MCrider and

Download or access the field guide so that you can have training exercises and practice exercises

That you can work on your own time out on any empty working light

This is not something some advice that I just give to you guys, but it's something that I practice as well

I just got back from Oklahoma City where I spent a Sunday afternoon

riding with

other riders in the advanced class in Oklahoma City so it's something that I take to heart and that's something that I continue to

Try to grow my skills and put myself in situations

Where I can continue to learn in a controlled environment

So roll enroll in a class or get access to the field guide and practice some of these

training techniques on your own

Bad habit number four is not looking far enough through a curve

Many riders will enter a curve and have no idea

what's at the apex or beyond of that curve.

And we all realize that it's much harder to get a motorcycle to come to a stop quickly once you have the motorcycle leaned over

So why would you go into a curve and not know what's on the other end of that curve? The fix: Look.

Remember our cornering series here at MCrider. We worked on slow

look press and roll. Now there's a reason why you look before you lean a motorcycle into a corner

That's so you can see if there's any obstacles on the way through the corner

Not only that but your motorcycle is going to go where you look so the next time you go out for a ride

Practice on looking and not just moving your eyes through the corner

Turn that head point your nose in the direction you want the motorcycle to go

You'll be surprised at how much more you can see and how much smoother your cornering will be

When you develop that technique of looking through the corner?

Bad habit number five is riding at the limits by riding at the limits. I'm talking about riding at the limits of your skills

riding at the limits of your traction and

riding at the limits of your motorcycle. On the streets there is no gold plastic trophy at the end of the ride

You should always ride in a manner that leaves traction and reserve

Because it only takes one yellow porsche rounding a corner to change your whole life

It only takes one child running into the street one spot of sand or one corner

That is sharper than you realized to change your whole life. The fix is to ride within your limits

Always ride with more skill than you actually need always ride with more traction than you actually need.

Sometimes on a motorcycle you don't get a second chance to make the same mistake, so always ride with skill and

traction in reserve.

This week on our Patreon site ( We've had

Patrons voting on what they would like to see in

next week's training video and our $5 of Patrons voted and it looks like

fear and riding a motorcycle or how fear effects riding a motorcycle is the

Topic that you guys would like me to discuss. So I've been already

Researching that some this week

And it's a really interesting

Topic and something that I'm looking forward to and it's not something that just affects brand new Riders

I mean I've been into a corner and realize that corner is a little bit sharper and that fear jumps up

And grabs you and causes you at times to do things that aren't necessarily in your best interest on a motorcycle

So next week, we're going to look at fear

how you can overcome your fear and control your fear and make you a better rider out on the street, so

Until next week guys this is Kevin with MCrider, and we'll see you on the Road!

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