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Volume 9, Issue 6

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18 | WheelsOfGrace.com | Issue 40 With the riding season around the corner, we wanted to present these ps as a reminder before you burn rubber. Tires & Wheels: Check re pressure and treads. Make sure spokes are ght and intact and that brakes have a firm feel. Controls: Check levers, cables, hoses and thro les. Lights & Electrics: Check brake lights, tail lights, headlights, lenses, reflectors, ba ery and wiring to ensure no fraying, pinching or corrosion. More and more new riders are ge ng on the saddle every year. The following are some insights for the new rider however, it is always good for some of the old mers to get a reminder. Counter-steering. Anyone who rides a bicycle or a motorcycle is already doing it…even if they don't know it. Are you doing it? Here's how to find out. Go sit on your bike, both feet on the ground. Turn the handlebars to the le and see where the bike wants to fall. To the right, right? You're probably doing this subconsciously. Now that you know about it and that it has a name, you can consciously prac ce it to improve the control you have over the bike and the speed at which you can turn safely. If you're new to riding, it's best to prac ce in a large open area such as a parking lot. Go about 25 mph and give your handlebar a li le push in the opposite direc on you plan to turn. Even though you're counter- steering, you will turn in the direc on you intended. Next me, nudge it a li le harder. Then go out on the road and start incorpora ng it into your riding. There you go, you've mastered the art of the counter-steer. Please remember, counter-steering doesn't mean turning your handlebars away from a turn. Instead, you're actually pushing the handlebar to ini ate a lean. This push on the handlebar will have your wheel heading very briefly in the wrong direc on, and as a result of the lean, your bike will immediately recover and head in the direc on you'd like it to go. When you understand counter-steering and how it works, you will make more controlled turns at higher speeds, also allowing you to steer away from hazards with confidence and ride with less fa gue. Contact the Law Tigers now at 1-800-529-8443 or by visiting www.Lawtigers.com LAW TIGERS APP FOR ALL ELECTRONIC DEVICES Motorcycle Safety: Pre-ride t clock Inspection new rider tip: learning to learn Courtesy of Law Tigers

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