How to ride your motorcycle better – Survival Reactions

In the video Twist of the Wrist by Keith Code, He explains that to be a better rider you must know and eliminate your  Instinctive Survival Reactions or SR’s. Example is During a ride and you turn wide or you’re tire starts chopping on the pavement or you have a counter flowing car going towards you, You will get scared and will have a survival reaction. When your Survival Reactions kicks in tendency is you will focus and lose control of your bike, which will lead to an accident. So to be a better rider, you must understand and eliminate your Survival Reactions and be confident.

twist of the wrist

He explains that there are 8 Distinct Survival Reactions when riding a motorcycle.

In the video below, (start at 4:09) The rider was using body steering when he should have counter steered(counter steering is explained on his other videos) – This will make you go wide on the turn and will lead to panic and survival reactions kicks in.

    1. Rolling of the gas – When exiting a turn, you start using the gas you should open is steadily until exit. This is so that the weight of the bike will transfer from the front tire to the rear tire slowly. When you start opening the throttle and closing it mid turn the bikes weight will bounce from front to rear to front again. This will unstabilized the bike during a turn.
    2. Counter leaning against the angle of the bike when turning– The bike will lean more but the turn will still be wide.
    3. Tightening your grip on the bars – You should not put weight on the bars. Notice sports bikes have tank to lean forward to, this is because the rider should put his weight on the tank and not on the handle bars. This is why the Yamaha Sniper has better handling than the Suzuki Raider 150 or the Kawasaki Fury.
    4. Visual Panic – Looking everwhere due to panic
    5. Target Locking – In motorcycle racing, There is a saying “You should go where you look and look where you should go”. You can check a poster of a Motorcycle racer doing a turn and notice the he is not looking in front of the bike but rather on where he wants his bike to go.
    6. Steering towards the object you target lock – In a panic, we go where we look. So, we should look at where we want our bike to go(a safe spot).
    7. Freezing on the handle bars – no need to explain.
    8. Jumping on the Brakes – when you squeeze the brake tightly, tendency is you will lock your brakes and wheel, making the bike skid. Skidding the bike will not stop faster instead it will make the bike stopping time longer. So squeeze your brake with control to avoid locking the wheels.


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