Hi, Dan. Please see my responses below in purple.
On Thursday, September 15, 2016 at 12:23:17 PM UTC-4, Dan Cook wrote:
> Hi all,
> A few things on my mind as I enter month two of riding. Any thoughts?
> - should I ride in the center of the lane whenever possible? I've heard
> varying ideas here. Generally I'm more comfortable in the center. Oncoming
> traffic could destroy me. Gravel or other crap on the side of the road is
> no good either. But I have still heard people say that the center isn't the
> place to be. Ride where you're comfortable. There are reasons to choose
> one side of the lane over the other that have to do with you being seen and
> being able to see. That's why on a curve, you take an outside, inside,
> outside path. (If you don't know what this is, I recommend you take a
> Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) basic rider's course or advanced course,
> depending on which one you've had in the past.
> - if I see gravel on the road and there's no avoiding it, what's the best
> course of action? My instinct is simply to avoid braking or accelerating
> and just try to roll on over it. In corner, obviously this is more
> - when not shifting or braking, balls of the feet on the pegs, or remain
> ready to brake/shift? This is another question that indicates you might
> need to take the MSF basic rider's course. They will teach you how to
> react to road debris of different types.
> - how important is leaning in a curve? My very limited experience
> (including a corner lowside) tells me that countersteering is plenty for
> any corner. Actually, when you make a turn or take a curve, you're
> supposed to look, press on the handlebar (or counter-steer as you put it),
> *and* lean. This is another question that is best answered by your
> taking an MSF course.
> - I wear contact lenses. However, for about a month I've been out of them
> and had to wear my glasses. How do you put your helmet on with glasses? I
> have to take off the glasses, put on the helmet, then snake the glasses
> between the helmet padding and my ears until I find the right spot. It's
> really a pain in the ass. I wonder if my helmet is a little too tight. This
> is an area I can help you with without referring you to a MSF course. What
> you need are the right type of frames that will fit under your helmet
> comfortably between your temples and the helmet lining. I prefer these for
> riding: http://www.zennioptical.com/220421-plastic-full-rim-frame.html
> (And this is all relevant to this list, of course, because I'm wondering
> all this while on my Nighthawk 250.)
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