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Very new 4 0.55%
Still green 13 1.80%
Getting better 57 7.88%
Comfy 36 4.98%
Average rider 247 34.16%
Corner carver 190 26.28%
Apex strafer 76 10.51%
Knee dragger 44 6.09%
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Old 06-08-2009, 04:32 PM
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Rate Yourself.....

Rate your development from 0% (can't find the starter) to 100% (tired of Rossi's silhouette crowding your rearview mirror).

We're talking about overall motorcycling. If you have 100 miles on your first bike, and you've accumulated all of it during 400 quarter-mile runs, you are still green. Straight-line acceleration requires the skills of a trained chimp.

We're talking about stuff like:
Look-out
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Be honest!!

Extra credit: Tell us how long you've been riding, how many miles (approximately) that you've ridden, and how many bikes you've owned.
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I feel that after 3 years I am getting better every time I get on the bike. Riding the KS has definitely improved my riding ability and skills as it inspires loads of confidence. Plus it's pretty fun too!
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Been riding since 2000. Currently on my third bike. First was a 79 Honda CX500c, then strait to a '01 R1100RT, traded it in in 2003 for an '03 K1200RS.

I put about 25k miles on the Honda, just a shade over 20k on the RT, and only 12k on the RS so far. (low milage on RS per this thread: http://www.i-bmw.com/showthread.php?t=13449 )
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I'll for sure say that I like to carve up the corners. Not quite ready say that I can strafe one yet though!
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Hi, I have been riding since 1963. I have owned about 40 different bikes. Several Harleys in the '60's and '70's. An AJS 500 in there somewhere which I would love to have back (that bitch was oh so hard to start), Hondas and beemers. I figure I have about 600,000 miles on bikes or so. The best recreation I can think of. K bikes are what I really enjoy at this point. I still put myself into the average bracket because I am not a track star. I do enjoy a bit of speed and a good set of corners. I just get anxious about tickets.
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I've been riding something like 20 years . Started losing track after 50 . Too many bikes to count . First new bike was a Norton 850 commando S many moons ago . Started riding BMW's about 10 years ago and at this point won't ride anything else. Current ride is an 09 K13S . It's my third S and still find myself going out to the garage an hour or two after I've come home from a ride and staring in awe at what an awesome motorcycle that I am so lucky to own . Have owned this one for 2 months so far and have around 3000 miles of bliss .
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Just when I think I am getting really good... I attend a rally with you hooligans and find out that I have a ways to go!
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I drag my knee all the time, but I consider myself average.
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endurance raced 4 years

seat time is invaluable

help you relax & flow
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After forty + years of riding and over 400,000 miles just on BMWs [the last 20 years, the first 20 I spent dirt bike racing], I find that I an starting to get the hang of this leaning way over thang. I think that the last 35 years of riding in the North Carolina mountain roads may have helped a little.
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riding street bikes 33 years, since 16, dirt before that. mix of sport, sport-touring, track days and dirt bikes. Owned about 10-12 road bikes, probably averaged 5K per season during that time. I'm a very good fast smooth rider I think- but the nice thing about track days is you find out how many better riders are out there - surprisingly A LOT!! Only road accident was during my first year on the street.
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I put corner carver cause that's what I love to do (but I don't profess to do it exceptionally well).

Been at it for over 30 years (and about 10 bikes). I started with dirt bikes as a kid and then did a lot of dual sport riding (putting around) and road all across Europe on two occasions.

It wasn't until about 10 years ago that I got my first true street bike (as opposed to dual purpose), it was a Triumph Sprint - but I only discovered in the past four or so years that I didn't have a clue about proper street riding and how to handle twisties correctly.

About four years ago, thanks to getting my first K1200, I started riding with a group from a local BMW forum. Some of these guys are very talented (one is a former 1990's WSBK racer and another tests bikes for the motomags). Following them and taking their advice has been a great learning experience (although practice, practice, practice is the only true way to improve).

Any outing with them helps keep me honest and ensures that I understand that even on my best day, I still have eons to go in my improvement scale.
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I put corner carver cause that's what I love to do (but I don't profess to do it exceptionally well).

Been at it for over 30 years (and about 10 bikes). I started with dirt bikes as a kid and then did a lot of dual sport riding (putting around) and road all across Europe on two occasions.

It wasn't until about 10 years ago that I got my first true street bike (as opposed to dual purpose), it was a Triumph Sprint - but I only discovered in the past four or so years that I didn't have a clue about proper street riding and how to handle twisties correctly.

About four years ago, thanks to getting my first K1200, I started riding with a group from a local BMW forum. Some of these guys are very talented (one is a former 1990's WSBK racer and another tests bikes for the motomags). Following them and taking their advice has been a great learning experience (although practice, practice, practice is the only true way to improve).

Any outing with them helps keep me honest and ensures that I understand that even on my best day, I still have eons to go in my improvement scale.

I couldn't agree more! The key is following someone that knows what the heck he/she is doing and has the patience to wait for you I'm a visual learner and following skilled riders through the twisties and attempting to duplicate their lines/form, at my own pace has helped me a bunch!
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30+ years of riding, but with the usual gaps. About ten serious bikes - from my teens till now. About 200k miles on the bike and usually faster than average. Right now I ride a '05 K/S. Chickenstrips of 1/8" with normal road use - but left a little more than right. Rear tire Michelin PP, average use some 4k miles, front 5k miles.
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Riding since 1978 nine years old honda S90 first bike with gears mini bikes and a gokart before that. Too many to list since then i dont even count the ones i never registered or kept less than a month. I have had a street bike on the road since 1985 sixteen able to get my permit, even stationed in Okinowa i had a bike. I ride dirt and street and owned everything from a MB5 honda, a YZ 490, Husky 610, to the Vmax, gixxers, a hurrricane, interceptors, kawi triples, rd's an RZ 350, goldwing for a while now i have a Ducati 900ss, K1200RS and looking for my next dirtbike. I also do all of my own work with a father like mine if i didn't i would be an embarassment lol.
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299,000 miles on BMWs; 56,000 on Japaneese; 6,000 on a Duc.

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299,000 miles on BMWs; 56,000 on Japaneese; 6,000 on a Duc.

I still don't know squat, but am willing to learn.


mileage is impressive indeed but the pic makes the post so much better!!
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mileage is impressive indeed but the pic makes the post so much better!!
Susan has 199,000 pillion miles and takes some great mid turn pics that would be impossible for me to attempt. All of our miles are just from "having fun".

On a serious note, I used to ride crazy. Then I started riding "smooth" instead of just fast (At least, fast by my standards). Eureka, smooth was fun and my learning curve actually went up!


Pillion taking a day off from being a photog:
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Susan has 199,000 pillion miles and takes some great mid turn pics that would be impossible for me to attempt. All of our miles are just from "having fun".

On a serious note, I used to ride crazy. Then I started riding "smooth" instead of just fast (At least, fast by my standards). Eureka, smooth was fun and my learning curve actually went up!


Pillion taking a day off from being a photog:
That is a classic photo, Tim... and I completely agree with you regarding smooth riding. I was involved in competitive skydiving for many years (timed freefall formations with other skydivers), and my mentor in the early days told me, "slow equals smooth, and smooth equals fast"... it was amazing how much faster I became when I slowed down and focused on smoothness. In my experience, the exact same principle relates to riding a motorcycle. You will never see a truely fast rider who is not truely smooth, also...
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I've been riding since about 11-12 yrs old.
No suspension mini bikes with B/S engines, go carts, friends bikes.
Parents let me get a 70-71? SL 175 Honda @ 15 with my beginners permit.
Older brother had a CL 350, SL 350, Kawa Mach 3 500.
Have always had a dirt bike in the garage since 72.

I put down average, as there really isn't any canyon carving roads down here on the coast.

But I knee-drag--both at the same time--when I have to get out of honey do's so I can meet up with you hooligans now.
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I've been riding since about 11-12 yrs...
Older brother had a CL 350, SL 350, Kawa Mach 3 500.






I had the Kawa 500 triple Mach 3 back in '73?
It was called an H1.
The 750 was the H2...

I really liked that bike but cornering was scary
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I had the Kawa 500 triple Mach 3 back in '73?
It was called an H1.
The 750 was the H2...

I really liked that bike but cornering was scary
Scary is an understatement, Louis... I cut my roadracing teeth on an H1... that's when I discovered what a 100+ MPH highside feels like...

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Scary is an understatement, Louis... I cut my roadracing teeth on an H1... that's when I discovered what a 100+ MPH highside feels like...


Holy crap!!!
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Scary is an understatement, Louis... I cut my roadracing teeth on an H1... that's when I discovered what a 100+ MPH highside feels like...

Did they call you Assdragger back then??
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I voted "getting better" since I'm still quite green at this whole motorcycle thing.. compared to many out there..

46K miles total, 1500 on a suzuki intruder then 44.5 K so far on the GT.. all since Sept 2006.

Its funny tho.. all my "biker" friends.. I've blown them away with the miles I've put on the GT. Most of em put < 5000 miles a year on their bikes. Compared to them I'm the so-called expert rider..
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I keep thinking I need to learn a lot more.But then I go for a ride with another "experienced" rider and I see that I am better than most.I am a good enough rider to see when I make a mistake or get sloppy, perhaps other riders don"t see it.A lot of riders are faster thru the corners than me.Others take more chances.But the skills that keep you alive year after year I feel I am way above average. I started on dirt bikes, from a Tote Gote to 125 250,360,Yamahas.Even a "Stoned Cow" ( a kawasaki engine in a Bridgestone frame). I worked for many years in a small town scooter repair shop where I worked on and test rode anything from dirt bikes to Harleys.Repaired bikes, chain saws, lawnmowers to grout pumps.Was reconized by the State of Arizona as a "motorcycle expert" in a criminal trial. I stopped counting miles at around 300,000 several years ago.Been riding street for over 40 years on any of several bikes. 65cc Harley,125 yamaha, 250 yamaha, 360 yamaha, 750 water buffalo Suzuki, 45 Harley trike,several 750 Hondas, most with big bore kits, 840 and 900.A Honda V65 Magna,current BMW K1200RS, and I'm sure I've forgotten a few. How do I rate myself? Well I used to think I was dam good, possible pro material,but as I get older, perhaps a tad smarted, I know i was just a smart ass kid with balls bigger than his brain.My brain hasnt gotten any bigger, so I think the balls have shrunk.I tend to ride more legal, take less chances, and try to look at my mental attitude before I go for a ride now.It takes a lot longer to heal now, that is if you heal.The bikes cost way to much to fix.and I cant stand the down time.I dont have to prove anything to anyone else and I ride for me now. Maybe I'm finally becoming a grownup? But after over 40 years of riding I see no end in sight.As long as I am intellegent enough to ride within my skills and abilitys i hope to ride for many more years to come.
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I started off with a 250 Ninja in 1992. Sold it for an engagement ring. Believe it or not she is still with me. TG! Around 1996 I got a Yamaha YZF600. When I got out of the Marine Corps I sold it to help with the move to Las Cruces, NM.

2003 I picked up a BMW 650GS for the commute from our new home in Santa Teresa to Las Cruces. I sold it on Ebay and in December of 2004 I picked up one of the last R1200 C Montauk's. It has just over 6000 miles. Very under used. (poor thing). Considering selling!

February of 2007 I purchased an 06 K12S from this site. It had 4000 miles on it when the truck driver dropped it off. It now has just over 11000 miles.

I have attended the Motor Cycle Safety Course 2X. The Military on base riding course once and the California Super Bike Course once.

I still consider myself a beginner. I lack the confidence to throw the bike into the corner and lay into it. I think mostly because I know it will hurt me and my wallet if I can't pull it off!!!!
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Scary is an understatement, Louis... I cut my roadracing teeth on an H1... that's when I discovered what a 100+ MPH highside feels like...

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Love the old Bell Star helmet. I remeber when I got one - white of course - had the body shop paint it black - I thought I was something wearing that helmet. And I also would like to know if you always have a photographer following you around?
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I was considering myself an average rider but lately i have been able to touch the footpegs with increasing regularity, so I promoted self to corner caver

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I was considering myself an average rider but lately i have been able to touch the footpegs with increasing regularity, so I promoted self to corner caver

Bike is a 92 K100RS with bags on and off.
I too began touching pegs on corners. I was thinking I was getting better,truth was I was getting fatter and the shocks were fading, lol
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I voted for "average". I almost went for the "other riders at the track fear you" but that's only because they know I could them out as I slid across the track!
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Real motorcycles since '69. I don't hunt apexes near as hard on the KS as I do in the race car. The real fast guys on bikes....
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I've been riding for 25 years , and feel there is always room for improvement.
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I have been ridden since 1973. I have not gotten out of 3nd gear. Who needs to go faster than 100 MPH?

But the peg nuts are GONE.
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Well, been at this motorcycle thing for 40+ years. Would have started sooner, but my mother had different ideas.

Started with a '65 Suzki X6 Hustler 250. A hot little 2 stoke with a six speed tranny. Made more smoke than one would like, but went pretty good. Also rode it off road as I couldn't afford a separate dirt bike in those days. BTW, it wasn't very friendly off road. When you would break the rear loose and start sliding, you were usually going down.

Have had 14-15 bikes over the years. A mix of road bikes and dirt units. I firmly believe riding off road is a fantastic way to improve riding skills. Especially for when things start sliding around.

I'm not up there with the mega milers, but typically do 10-15K per year.

I'd have to say the K1200S is right at the top of my favorites list. I've had it almost 2 years and still truly enjoy it every time I get on.

Been workin' on getting the knee down, but not quite there yet.

I also really agree with Charlie's comments about smoothness leading to speed and better riding.

Plan on staying at this until I am no longer able to lift the bike off the kick stand.

Ride on my friends.
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I definitely feel I'm becoming a better rider; but, I think part of that is my graduation up the line of BMW K-bikes. Each one has made me a better rider and I feel a real improvement with the 1300. That being said, I do not wish to see a video of myself
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>35 years of riding in many parts of the world. Still at it, although, my neck is begining to bother me. Like Trond have to hang it up or move onto more sedate rides. Hate to think about it.
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30+ years of riding, but with the usual gaps. About ten serious bikes - from my teens till now. About 200k miles on the bike and usually faster than average. Right now I ride a '05 K/S. Chickenstrips of 1/8" with normal road use - but left a little more than right. Rear tire Michelin PP, average use some 4k miles, front 5k miles.
Is there more left than right because right is tight and left is loose on your roads?
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I have been ridden since 1973. I have not gotten out of 3nd gear. Who needs to go faster than 100 MPH?

But the peg nuts are GONE.
For some reason, this post has me on the floor. Between the inadequacies of spellchecker and the last line, I'm on the floor. Just kidding here. It happens to me, too.
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been riding most of my life - just got back into it with a K1200RS last November. That bike is going to be the death of me.....
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Started riding road bikes 21 years ago.

In that time I have been a despatch rider in London for 3 years, worked for a national Motorcycle magazine, managed a motorcycle shop & been involved with motorcycle electronic development at a manufacturer level and ridden everything thing I have ever wanted to (except a Ducati Desmosedici!)

I have had advanced training from the MET Police's riding instructor and have been lucky enough to share track space with BSB, WSB & 500GP riders, (needless to say I looked like I was going backwards next to them!!!)

I've enjoyed riding a Harley through the canyons of Utah & Nevada and scratched the passes to France, Italy, Switzerland etc etc, you get the idea.

Do I know it all??? Do I hell! You are always learning, so if you are a "know it all" or a "newbie", you still have to look out and learn all the time.

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Started to ride at age 4. I still remember learning to ride a bicycle at about 11 - was hard as you had to pedal!

Years 6 to 17 rode 20 miles off road per day around the farm.

First dirt bike competitions age 11, Did ok, never good enough to go pro, but was always in the mix. Compeated until about 19.

Road first road-bike (RG250) at about 18, scared the hell out of me. Seized that bike a half dozen times. Upgraded to the 500 for more thrills...

1990, first knee-down, by accident, in jeans, still have the scar.

My bike ownership is a bit skewed as when dirt bike riding I'd have 3-5 bikes a year, plus all the farm bikes which only last two years. Have had around 60 bikes, and only about 15 road bikes in truth.

Still learning. Always learning. My bike position is terrible - need to move my whole body over, not just lean and stick knee out. Not sure the K1300R is the best bike for "still learning", but it scares the hell out of the fast group on track days...
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Been riding dirt bikes my whole life. Just bought my first street bike this year, 2006 K1200R. I am hooked!!!
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I too began touching pegs on corners. I was thinking I was getting better,truth was I was getting fatter and the shocks were fading, lol




Your killing me with that one!!!!!
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I rated myself a Corner Carver. Have been to several track schools, have ridden everything from sportbikes to scooters and big sport-tourers - and have ridden in most of the continental US.

Been riding for 15 years (am currently 53) and have had 30 bikes in that 15-year period (still have 7 of them). As best as I can recall, here is a list of those bikes in the order they were purchased:

1985 VF500F Interceptor (tought myself to ride on this one)
1991 Ducati 907 i.e.
1991 Honda ST1100
1992 Ducati 900ss (rode at Watkins Glenn with Reg Pridmore's CLASS School)
1998 Honda CBR900RR (rode at Mid Ohio with Reg Pridmore's CLASS School)
1996 Honda VFR750F
1992 Ducati 900ss (rode at Road Atlanta with Reg Pridmore's CLASS School)
2000 Triumph Sprint ST 955i
1996 Ducati M900 Monster
2003 Honda ST1300
2001 Kawasaki Ninja 250 (tought girlfriend to ride on this one)
2001 Honda CBR600F4i (girlfriend wants bigger bike)
2001 Triumph Speed Triple 955i
2002 Honda VFR800 V-Tec
2004 Triumph Bonneville T100
2006 Triumph Sprint ST 1050 ABS - blue (girlfriend wants even bigger bike)
2006 Triumph Sprint ST 1050 ABS - silver (like girlfriend's new bike, got one for me)
1966 Triumph TR6SC
1969 Triumph Bonneville T120R
1976 Honda CB400F
2006 Triumph Speed Triple 1050
1996 Ducati 900ss
2007 Benelli TnT 1130
2006 Honda ST1300
2009 Triumph Bonneville T100 50th Anniversary model
2007 Vespa GT 200 Granturismo
2007 BMW R1200RT (first BMW, what took me so long?)
2008 Triumph Tiger 1050 ABS (girlfriend's current bike)
2009 Vespa GTS 300 Super
2009 Triumph Scrambler 900 EFI
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I have been riding 35 years and I am on my 9th & 10th bike. I have about 90k miles under my belt. I consider myself average, the chicken strip on my rear tire is about the width on a finger and I have never been to a track day.

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I rated myself a Corner Carver. Have been to several track schools, have ridden everything from sportbikes to scooters and big sport-tourers - and have ridden in most of the continental US.

Been riding for 15 years (am currently 53) and have had 30 bikes in that 15-year period (still have 7 of them). As best as I can recall, here is a list of those bikes in the order they were purchased:

1985 VF500F Interceptor (tought myself to ride on this one)
1991 Ducati 907 i.e.
1991 Honda ST1100
1992 Ducati 900ss (rode at Watkins Glenn with Reg Pridmore's CLASS School)
1998 Honda CBR900RR (rode at Mid Ohio with Reg Pridmore's CLASS School)
1996 Honda VFR750F
1992 Ducati 900ss (rode at Road Atlanta with Reg Pridmore's CLASS School)
2000 Triumph Sprint ST 955i
1996 Ducati M900 Monster
2003 Honda ST1300
2001 Kawasaki Ninja 250 (tought girlfriend to ride on this one)
2001 Honda CBR600F4i (girlfriend wants bigger bike)
2001 Triumph Speed Triple 955i
2002 Honda VFR800 V-Tec
2004 Triumph Bonneville T100
2006 Triumph Sprint ST 1050 ABS - blue (girlfriend wants even bigger bike)
2006 Triumph Sprint ST 1050 ABS - silver (like girlfriend's new bike, got one for me)
1966 Triumph TR6SC
1969 Triumph Bonneville T120R
1976 Honda CB400F
2006 Triumph Speed Triple 1050
1996 Ducati 900ss
2007 Benelli TnT 1130
2006 Honda ST1300
2009 Triumph Bonneville T100 50th Anniversary model
2007 Vespa GT 200 Granturismo
2007 BMW R1200RT (first BMW, what took me so long?)
2008 Triumph Tiger 1050 ABS (girlfriend's current bike)
2009 Vespa GTS 300 Super
2009 Triumph Scrambler 900 EFI

Wow, I'm the same age and you appear to be seriously OCD when it comes to motorcycles. You are either not married or have an amazingly understanding wife - two good options.
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I think I've pretty well reached the stage where I'm comfortable with riding. After 40 years, many of which the motorcycle was my only means of transportation, and a lifetime average of around 25,000 miles per year, I darned well better be comfortable with it by now :-)

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Since we all agree we'd like to get better. My questions is, other than riding more what are the best ways to learn to ride better?
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I checked "corner carver" Been riding little over 30yrs. Still learning. In fact, I never want to stop learning!! If I EVER think I got it all down,...It's time to hang it up!!
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I learned on many miles of gap burning in Vermont, but I am no track star. Some on the job training helped build the rest of the skill set. Always looking for more training and practice!

Ride Safe.

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Apex strafer
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I have about 35 years and a small 100k miles collective on the four bikes I have and have owned. I never got into the canyon carving. I don't have the stomach for it. Like a roller coaster, positive and negative G's don't agree with me. I also don't like the idea of a small rock or sand patch in the middle of a knee dragger. I am a cruiser. I do like long high speed sweepers though. Just not fast tight twisties. I enjoy the ride and ride like I want to ride tomorrow too. Yes, I can be a straight line dragster.
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Hey, Mr. McWide. All sounds good to me.
Where do you cruise to and from,
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Actually I am somewhere between corner carver and apex straffer as I am
getting older I am getting slower.
I do love the twisties though.
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Northern Cal is my turf. Bay Area 90% of the time. I see you are in Indio. Southern Cal. Who knows, with a seat like the Corbin, I might expand my turf.
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Love to ride up in your area. The 20 between Ft Bragg and
Willits is great. Lots of great riding in your area.

If you get done here we can go to Idlewild or some other great ride,
You can pick it...
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