Holy grail

Bikers, I have some questions?

There are a few areas of my riding that I would like to improve on, the fun parts. The first area is the holy grail of bikers, getting your knee down. Where do I start? I’ve found a lovely roundabout that I have seen other bikers ride around with their knee planted on the floor. When I go round at the same speed, I am miles away from the tarmac? When riding on other roads I feel the bike is leaning right over, but I still have chicken strips on the edge of the rear tyre and when I look down the road is miles away. Im thinking maybe I should book a track day and get some professional advice as soon as I can afford it. I’ve watched loads of YouTube videos and they all make it look so easy. Any advice is welcome.

The second area is of course the wheelie. Especially with it being wheelie Wednesday and all. So my bike isn’t the most powerful in the world (yamaha MT07), but it is light and meant to be incredibly easy to get the front up. I can power wheelie in first gear, but without much height, I bottle it as I don’t want to flip the bike. I’d like to be able to wheelie in 2nd/3rd gear. I kinda understand its a combination of the clutch, the throttle and the rear brake, but can’t do it. Again any advice is welcome.

The last area I’d like to improve on is trail braking. Now there is split opinions as to wether this is safe or not and maybe best just done on the track. I can trail brake and it has helped my corner speed loads, again I think its down to nerves. I don’t want to lowside the bike, it’s my pride and joy. Once again any advice is welcome.

Of course riding a motorcycle is dangerous to a degree at anytime and I don’t want you to think I am in anyway a reckless rider. I just want to be able to do the cool stuff in a safe way. If you ride, have fun and stay safe. If you drive, please watch out for us bikers.

About catmann1973

Hi, I’m Martin. 47 years old, living in Suffolk. I have three amazing grown up children. I have the best family and friends in the world. I am a football fan, love going to the gym and I am a motorcycle pilot. I’ve had mental health problems all of my life. This site is about my past, present and future. I’m hoping to make it easier for people to be able to speak freely about mental health. It can affect anyone at anytime.
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