First a little scared, now railing corners!
When I got my first ADV bike in 2017, I rode it on dirt and gravel and it felt dicey through the corners! Applying street riding techniques only made things feel worse. I felt pretty sketched out. Like, perhaps I should have stuck to dirt biking?
I watched some YouTube videos which helped a bit, then I took a Chris Birch course and got everything sorted out.
Here’s the deal. You don’t ride an Adventure Bike in the dirt or gravel, however big and “Street” it may feel, like you would on the road. You ride that monster like a dirt bike, damn it!
Get your butt off that seat and wag it to the outside, push down on that outside foot peg, keep that body upright with your chin over the bars, and drop the handlebars into the turn. Elbows wide, as always.
It may sound like a lot, but it is likely the top skill to learn.
When you nail a corner, the fear goes away. You’ve got this. It’s awesome.
The Novice / Intermediate group will keep revisiting this topic, coach each other, and see everybody railing corners with a whole new level of confidence, and safety. This is a total game changer.
“There is no single confidence booster greater than being able to rail dirt & gravel corners on a sizeable Adventure Bike.”