How would you feel if I said that you
• safely control a front wheel skid.
• calmly induce and control a tank-slapper.
• confidently deal with a bend that unexpectedly tightens up.
• safely bring your bike to a halt in about half the distance you think
• be significantly more confident in the wet or on slippery roads.
• cure panic-braking forever.
• confidently do low speed turns or circles in the road - even two-up.
How would you feel if I said that your
bike is infinitely more stable that you realize but that you are
actually making it less stable than it was ever meant to be.
So, how do you feel?
How you feel about each of these questions says something about the
“stories” you have created or accepted in your riding, and about the
freedom you are losing by allowing these stories to take control of your
riding. Whether you felt cynical (where’s the catch?), skeptical (I
don’t believe him!), interested (I like the sound of this!), relieved
(hooray, there is an answer!), confused (what’s he saying?), angry (I
don’t like this guy!), disinterested (why would I want to do these
things?) or cocky (I don’t need this, I have ABS, traction control,
heated grips, etc.) you can completely transform your riding and your
enjoyment of biking by understanding and unlocking these “stories”.
So, what are stories?
“Stories” are accepted or intuitive beliefs about the way things are.
They are “myths” about riding that just aren’t true. Importantly,
create instinctive reactions, thoughts and behaviours in your riding
that make you significantly less safe, confident and smooth than you
For example, some common stories are: there is very little grip in the
wet; heavy bikes are difficult to control at slow speeds; if the front
or back end slides it happens suddenly and without warning. While these
stories are not true, if you intuitively believe them to be true, your
riding will be slow and tense in the rain; you will shy away from low
speed manoeuvres; and you will wonder why others are able to ride so
quickly and confidently while you live in fear of a front or back wheel
slide. By the way, stop and think about how you reacted to the line
“these stories are not true” – did you agree, disagree, decide to
suspend belief or re-read the examples to look for “the catch”.
Some stories are given to us when we start biking. Others we develop for
ourselves over the years. Some are based on the way you understood
things to be when you rode in the 1980s or 90s (it’s dangerous to ride
over white lines or metal grates in the wet; if you use the front brake
while cornering you’ll lose the front end). Some are based on your
understanding of generally accepted beliefs (tank-slappers are
dangerous; counter-steering only happens above 15mph). While others are
simply a mis-interpretation of something that happened to you when
something didn’t go according to plan (because I lost the front end, I
crashed; the back end stepped out and I was nearly off). Most often
these self-reinforcing “stories” generate fear and over-cautious riding
when things start to get “difficult”. Often they cause you to develop
“survival reactions” that can make you a hazard waiting to happen. In
all cases they suppress your riding, reduce the fun and freedom of
biking and make you less safe that you should be.
You can transform your riding
The good news is that it is possible to understand the stories you have
created or accepted, dispel the myths and release the vice-like grip
they have on your riding. The result is a complete transformation in
your riding – where the fears you have created simply disappear. More of
the fun and freedom returns to biking and you become a significantly
safer and smoother rider.
Over the past few years we have been pioneering a new approach to
motorcycle training by combining rigorous psychological principles,
rapid learning techniques and new research into riding principles. The
result is a series of four one-day Machine Control training courses
designed to help transform your riding (see attached for a brief outline
of each course).
If you’re interested in hearing more, give me a call or email and we can
always go and present to your group.
Tel: 07968 837974 and e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org (web-site:
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