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The following principles for sane street riding were written by Nick Ienatsch and originally published in Motorcyclist Magazine in November, 1991. Their relevance and importance is undiminished by the passage of time.

  1. Set cornering speed early. Blow the entrance and you'll never recover.
  2. Look down the road. Maintaining a high visual horizon will reduce perceived speed and help you to avoid panic situations.
  3. Steer the bike quickly. There's a reason Wayne Rainey works out - turning a fast-moving motorcycle takes muscle.
  4. Use your brakes smoothly but firmly. Get on and then off the brakes; don't drag 'em.
  5. Get the throttle on early. Starting the drive settles the chassis, especially through a bumpy corner.
  6. Never cross the centerline except to pass. Crossing the centerline in a corner is an instant ticket and an admittance that you can't really steer your bike. In racing terms, your lane is the course; staying right of the line adds a significant challenge to most roads and is mandatory for sport riding's future.
  7. Don't crowd the centerline. Always expect an on-coming car with two wheels in your lane.
  8. Don't hang off in the corners or tuck in on the straights. Sitting sedately on the bikes looks safer and reduces unwanted attention. It also provides a built-in safety margin.
  9. When leading, ride for the group. Good verbal communication is augmented with hand signals and turn signals; change direction and speed smoothly.
  10. When following, ride with the group. If you can't follow a leader, don't expect anyone to follow you when you're setting the Pace.