Improving Handling with Geometry

Total Control Training Lee Parks discusses the importance of geometry while riding a motorcycleWhen it comes to improving your bike’s handling characteristics, most folks talk about suspension setup and tires. While both of those have a serious effect on how your bike handles, it’s actually your motorcycle’s chassis geometry that has the most profound effect. Because your idea of the ideal handling characteristics for your bike may be different from the ideas of the engineers who designed it, tailoring these specifications can make a dramatic improvement in how your bike handles.


Generally speaking, when the front end of a motorcycle is lowered or its rear is raised, the bike will steer quicker, and less effort will be required on the bars...

Improving Your Riding Skills Starts Between the Ears

Written by Lee Parks

With all the efforts we spend making our bikes look cool and perform better, a critical part of the riding puzzle gets ignored: what my friend the engineer likes to call the seat/handlebar interface. While few would argue the safety benefits of improved riding skills, it’s perhaps even more important to have a good handle on what motivates us to do what we do on a bike. In other words, to understand the psychology of riding is one of the best things we can do to improve our odds of arriving in one piece at our favorite destinations. The three key areas of a rider’s mental state that I’d like to talk about are fear, concentration and right attitude...

Lane Splitting Tips - California

The term lane splitting, sometimes known as lane sharing, filtering or white-lining, refers to the process of a motorcyclist riding between lanes of stopped or slower moving traffic or moving between lanes to the front of traffic stopped at a traffic light.

Motorcyclists who are competent enough riders to lane split, should follow these tips if choosing to lane split:

1. Travel at a speed that is no more than 10 MPH faster than other traffic—danger increases at higher speed differentials. A speed differential of 10 miles per hour or less allows an alert, competent rider enough time to identify and react to most dangerous situations that can occur. The greater the speed differential, the less time a rider has to identify and react to a hazard...

Featured Riding School: Sharp Rider

Lee Parks interviews Donna Skinner of, Sharp Rider Motorcycle Training, located in Ontario/Canada. 

Hi Donna, please introduce yourself to us: I am one of the owners of Sharp Rider Motorcycle Training.  I’m a long-time rider, a passionate and dedicated instructor and the site administrator to all the learning and fun at the school!  I own and ride a 2006 Suzuki Katana and my husband Randy, also an instructor for Sharp Rider rides a 2012 Honda CRB600RR.  Besides all that, I have a business partner and we own which is a motorcycle enthusiast’s online community which we established in 1999.  All our businesses can be found on several social media platforms and that’s how we get the word out about classes and other motorcycle information into the community...

Ask an Instructor: Body Posture and Bike Control

Colleen discusses the importance of body posture for better control of the motorcycle and riding safer.

Ask an Instructor

A common question asked by new riders is, "Why is body position so important?"
Instructor Colleen Sepulveda tells us the answer:

Correct body posture can make every ride safer by allowing the rider to control the motorcycle more efficiently and effectively while maintaining stability and minimizing the risk of injury. Unlike running and walking, instinct doesn’t guide us how to sit on a motorcycle properly. We learn proper body posture through professional training or trial and error (ouch!). There are a lot of precise inputs required by a rider to control a motorcycle and this must all be accomplished while balancing a single-track vehicle that is moving...