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Motorcycle Training Tips

Tips from Jude - Motor Pro Training

Man I love motorcycles.  This must be true because I have been riding for over 40 years now and motorcycles are my primary mode of transportation.  Between all my errands, motorcycle training and biannual sanity trips I average about twenty five thousand miles a year straddling a machine.  I wouldn’t have it any other way and you probably feel the same. 

One of the realities I have come to understand is that the more you know about motorcycles, motorcycle operation skills and strategies to stay alive in hostile traffic environments, the more you enjoy this special way to travel through the world we inhabit.  Motorcycling is a complex endeavor and offers endless opportunities for learning.  I know because I’m still learning to ride mine.

That brings us to the question of why more riders don’t take advanced skills motorcycle training classes in Texas. None of us are 100% proficient no matter how long we have been riding. Even professional riders are constantly perfecting there riding skills so why not the rest of us?

The Biker Communications Network (BCN) offered up some space to periodically post a bit of motorcycle knowledge every month or so. There is nothing too technical just good information to help improve your riding skills.  We will cover subjects on motorcycle systems, operational skills, and traffic survival (I call it combat riding).  

Now don’t get the idea that I am some sort of self-proclaimed guru of the 2-wheeled world, I’m not. I am an advanced riding instructor but I’m still learning and always will be.  We just thought you might appreciate samples of the skills training and information that is available out in the great big wonderful world of motorcycling.  

Jude with Motor Pro Training 


New Tricks for Old Dogs on Hogs  - Training, Tips, and Techniques from an Expert!

The Look - In our previous article on cornering we talked about the 4 basic steps "slow, look, press. and roll."   We also discussed the proper way to slow your machine for corner entry, but now we need to consider step 2, “the look.” 

If you ever participated in any motorcycle rider training you probably heard the instructor say “turn your head, the motorcycle will go where you look.”  I know I have heard that, and I have said it a gazillion times too.  This is true rather you are making tight slow speed turns or road speed turns, but how do you look, and why does this work?  Well let’s talk about the why first.



Cornering - Ever scare yourself in a turn on your motorcycle?  Might as well as admit it, because it has happened to all of us.  It probably felt like you were wrestling an alligator, with your body all tense, the bike not really responding to your desire to turn and a feeling like you are somehow just along for the ride instead of in control.  All that is caused by our physiological response to fear.  Fear is the enemy of proficient motorcycle operation and it is a menacing creature, which is why we discuss it in-depth in advanced cornering classes.  With training, proper techniques and practice fear can be kept at bay, which in turn makes you a better and safer rider.  We can discuss fear later, but in this snippet let’s begin our work on the mechanics of cornering.  Read more...

Tires Tires are the unsung performance heroes of the motorcycle world.  Think about it, everything you ask of your motorcycle (accelerate, stay upright, turn & stop) is dependent upon your tire's ability to create traction through its interaction with that big belt sander perpetually in motion underneath you (the road surface).  Accordingly, we should lavish some attention upon our tires, but many among us do not. Read more...
CountersteeringYou know if you want your motorcycle to turn, you have to make it lean And that is true for all single track vehicles from bicycles to wheelbarrows.  Now at slow speeds we use a technique called counterweight turns and direct steering to make the machine turn in a nice tight radius, but we have been discussing road speed turns, which requires a different technique called countersteering.  Read more...