When One Year Turns in to Three - Petra and Anders Stridfeldt
With their three sons grown and moved out, Petra and Anders felt what they called boredom, that loss we all feel when we’ve worked and lived to raise our families, and then being needed comes to an end. So they came up with a plan to ride their motorcycles around the world. They quit their jobs, sold their house, car and most of their belongings and in 5 months were on the road. They only planned to be gone a year, maybe a year and a half, but three years later they are still riding, having explored 40 countries and ridden about 108,000 km. And it doesn’t look like there’s an end in sight for Petra and Anders motorcycle adventure. Jim caught up with them in Sao Paulo before they leave for Europe and Africa.
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Rider Skills - Handling Your Bike When You’re Not Moving
A lot of riders struggle moving their bikes around, loading them on to trailers or vehicles, into hotel lobbies around their garages or even just parking them. Bret discusses the mechanics behind handling your bike in these situations.
- Understanding balance
- Using leverage in place of brute force
- Using the body to brace
- Using neutral balance concepts
- Controlling fear
- Using body weight, movement and leverage
- Dealing with tall saddles and dismounting
- Dismounting under motion
- Dismounting when stopped
- High side vs low side
- Handlebar position
- Use for gears or brakes
- When to use the side stand
- Using center stands, techniques and tricks for heavily loaded bikes
- Standard technique for using side stand
- Using terrain features to ease the use of side stand
- Tricks for chain maintenance (using power to dig a free-roll trench)
- Maneuvering a bike manually (no power vs with power)
- Hotel lobbies
- Garage spaces
- Loading ramps
- Using center stand and side stands for pivoting
Instructor: Bret Tkacs from PSSOR
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