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    Whitefish Bay, WI, 3mi N Milwaukee

    Question Did you accomplish your riding improvement goal of last year?

    Last spring I started a thread about improving a riding skill as a goal for the year.

    I worked on "spacing", and I think I am better at it now.

    This year I want to work on setting up the right line prior to the entry of a turn.

    Did you accomplish your riding improvement goal of last year?
    What are you going to work on this year?
    "What is beautiful is simple, and what is simple always works"....Kalashnikov, inventor of the AK-47.
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    Registered User WalterK75's Avatar
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    Improved the smoothness of my shifting and stopped stiff arming the handlebars. Much smoother riding resulted.

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    Small road corner junkie pffog's Avatar
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    WNY, Further fron NYC, than 6 entire states!
    Did 5 track days to keep mine sharp. Keeps you smooth, and removes the fear in the twisties that can contribute to a bad experience.

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    Intermediate Adventurer Newstar's Avatar
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    Landenberg, PA
    I had no specific goals last year however, I accomplished the Experienced Rider's Course, the MSF Instructor's course, and Jim Hyde's 2-day off road course. I'm waiting for the mileage results for specific numbers but I think I managed about 10K miles as well. Not a bad riding year, IMHO.

    This year, I do have a goal. I need to improve my tight right hand turns. My goal is to master the U-turn box on my 1200 GS.

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    Bob T
    I managed to attend a Lee Parks Total Control Clinic and Skills day this past summer...
    It has been on my list for a couple of years.

    Learned quite a bit...but I also learned I need more learnin'...

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    Back in the Saddle mcmxcivrs's Avatar
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    I don't recall what (or if) I posted, but I did take the BMW GS training course in June to improve my off road skills.
    Ed Miller, Calgary, AB
    2008 K1200GT, 2009 F800GS
    I can't wait to retire and have a fixed income. The one I have now is always broke.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ultracyclist View Post
    Did you accomplish your riding improvement goal of last year?
    i failed miserably as i lay flat on my back, covered in the greasy gray Kentucky mud, having just been body-slammed to the ground after trying to roost vance.
    Last edited by Visian; 01-01-2011 at 11:21 PM. Reason: add my sig line
    Go soothingly through the grease mud, as there lurks the skid demon.
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    Rather Be Ridin' alabeemer's Avatar
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    Ahhhh my make me laugh the skid demon...he did appear aye???
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    not so retired henzilla's Avatar
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    My plan was to have no close-encounters-of-the-worst-kind, and I did succeed at that. Part of the reason was managing to reacquire some missing awareness. I can only hope to at least maintain that level, if not raise it.
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    RK Ryder
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    London, Ontario
    In 2010 I failed to take an off road riding course to gain more skills on gravel and never got around to taking a Lee Parks riding course, as I had intended. Although I failed at this, I did ride more gravel roads last year with greater confidence.
    Retired and riding my RTs, the '87 K100 & the '98 R1100 !
    Niagara Riders #298 & Knights of the Roundel #333

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