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Motorcycle Lessons Beyond the Classroom, Part 5

Motorcycle Lessons Beyond the Classroom, Part 5

Lean angle, By Nick Ienatsch November 24, 2020 When a new rider tells the YCRS instructor crew, “I want to carry more lean angle but I’m scared.” We answer, “Us too!”   At YCRS we equate lean angle with risk and use the two words interchangeably. A core school...

Motorcycle Lessons Beyond the Classroom, Part 4

Motorcycle Lessons Beyond the Classroom, Part 4

Garage time is crucial to motorcycling success.  By Nick Ienatsch.  November 17, 2020 This Lessons Beyond the Classroom series has a simple goal: Improve the riding life of low-hour riders. The first three installments look at riding-technique approaches that help...

Motorcycle Lessons Beyond the Classroom, Part 3

Motorcycle Lessons Beyond the Classroom, Part 3

City cover and headlight weave.  By Nick Ienatsch  November 10, 2020 In an ongoing effort to bring all riders to “expert” status as quickly as possible, we continue our Beyond the Classroom articles aimed at filling in the details surrounding riding’s main priorities....

Motorcycle Lessons Beyond the Classroom, Part 2

Motorcycle Lessons Beyond the Classroom, Part 2

Less than fancy footwork. By Nick Ienatsch. November 3, 2020 This series aims to add breadth and depth to the riding experience of all riders. Each week I will introduce a few concepts that are not necessarily covered in most riding schools, but as I often note in...

Motorcycle Lessons Beyond the Classroom

Motorcycle Lessons Beyond the Classroom

Part 1: Don’t look away at the wrong time. By Nick Ienatsch, October 27, 2020 Over the next few weeks this column will attempt to impart motorcycling expertise designed to backstop the basics many riders learn in a riding class. What’s the goal? It’s to bring newer...

“She Races”

“She Races”

Fictional motorcycle poetry from Nick Ienatsch By Nick Ienatsch,  October 20, 2020 Her husband left her last year because “you ride too much,” She missed him occasionally but preferred her Yamaha’s touch. Addiction to the R6 ended her time as a wife… Becoming a racer...

The Ride-Better Drug For Motorcyclists

The Ride-Better Drug For Motorcyclists

Riding’s silver bullet: Tryactin - By Nick Ienatsch October 13, 2020 We search for the instant answer to safer riding—that silver bullet that will make us great riders. Reading books, studying videos, taking classes, asking questions: all in search of the information...

Developing Critical Braking Feel  – Pre-Ride Drill, Part 3

Developing Critical Braking Feel – Pre-Ride Drill, Part 3

Nick Ienatsch, September 22, 2020 These pre-ride drills aim to jump-start your mind and body before you fire the bike. How big of a deal is that? Perhaps fairly minor in the grand scheme of rider safety, but as we all know, minor details become major issues when we...

Warm Up Your Body Before Your Motorcycle Pre-Ride Drill, Part 2

Warm Up Your Body Before Your Motorcycle Pre-Ride Drill, Part 2

By Nick Ienatsch September 15, 2020   The theme of these Pre-Ride Drill columns chases mental preparation to ride via physical actions. As your body goes through some of these suggestions, your mind realizes the actions are leading to a ride, a lapping session,...

Scan With Your Eyes – Pre-Ride Drill, Part 1

Scan With Your Eyes – Pre-Ride Drill, Part 1

By Nick Ienatsch September 8, 2020 In the next few weeks, this column will give you some pre-ride ideas to experiment with in the hope that the ensuing ride is better than the one before. That means safer, more consistent, and more pleasurable if you’re a street...