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.

Bad Habit number one:
Not looking far enough down the road. Did you realize that at 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 adjust things on the highway. You should 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.

Bad Habit Number Two:
Is something that I need to remind myself of all the time. 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. Then in to a freshly-painted pannier that I had on my Honda Valkyrie that I used to have, it left a nice gash in 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.

Bad Habit Number Three:
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. 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:
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 need, always ride with more traction than you 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.

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