- Roll-on / Roll-off – throttle inputs are smooth exiting out of a corner and smooth as you decelerate in to a corner. There is no WOT (Wide Open Throttle) between corners followed by hard braking.
- Fewer Gear Changes – Much of the time we choose to stay in the same gear between corners. Of course much of this depends on how much distance there is between corners, but this discussion, lets assume its a twisty road where the corners are a few hundred yards apart, perhaps as much as a 1/4 km. Example: exiting a corner in third gear at 80km/hr, you can run the bike up to 140km/hr without changing gears (most bikes), and just leave it there until the net corner. No need to click up 2 gears just so you can go faster, only to have to click down 2 gears 10 seconds later. This makes for a super smooth flowy ride, and when you are riding twisties like this all day, makes for a much less tiring ride.
- No brakes – Really? No brakes? yup, really. This is probably one of the harder techniques to learn, but riding in a pack of bikes through a series of twisties where no brake lights flash (except for good reason or course) means the riders are doing a much better job of predicting corner entry speed. It’s all about rolling in to and out of a corner. This has a profound change on how a ride feels and is probably the biggest factor in making the ride flow
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Frank has been riding for about 25 years now, and is currently on his 15’th bike (don’t do the math please). Having ridden a full spectrum of bikes from supersports, to supermotos, superharleys, hard-tails, sport-tourers, to my current Ninja 1000, his riding style slowly evolves over time. He has also gathered a wealth of experience with motorcycle mods and multi-day group rides.