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Old 03-23-2018, 11:03 AM
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Riders often say that in order to get better they just need to gain confidence. Sometimes they say that they just have to make themselves go faster or brake later.

Do you just decide to get more confident or does the confidence build in other ways? How do you gain confidence when riding?
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Repetition.

The more one does something, the more convenient one gets. Confidence has a natural way of moving the limit line...
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Riders often say that in order to get better they just need to gain confidence. Sometimes they say that they just have to make themselves go faster or brake later.

Do you just decide to get more confident or does the confidence build in other ways? How do you gain confidence when riding?
You cant just feel better about things and go and ride rings round Rossi lol. Going faster and braking later wont make you any more a better rider than one who goes slower and brakes when he needs to.
Confidence grown is more sustainable than confidence gained. ( hope you understand what Im trying to say lol.
Confidence will come naturally in the end and if you try and push , to see if it ends in a happy place with a new confidence it will probably end a little while later in a not so happy place called casualty.
Confidence?
It all comes naturally with experience. Just wait for it.
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+1 On both the above answers.

I think the key is both repetition and riding within your limits and as you repeat the action, whatever that limit may be, will slowly increase.

Try too hard you'll end up going backwards, loosing confidence, developing bad habits and getting frustrated. Creating a vicious circle of decreasing enjoyment/ability.

I just realised how similar it is to learning to play a musical instrument.

The principal is to learn to play something very slowly, but perfectly. As you become accustomed to playing the piece you slowly build speed while still making no mistakes.

If you rush the process, you will make mistakes and instead of learning to play perfectly and quickly you just learn to play **** very quickly. Not good
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So simply just riding and gaining seat time will make you a more confident rider or do you have to put some attention on practicing certain things over and over and building up your skills? Some people say "seat time" makes one a better more confident rider but it is as simple as that or does it require more effort/thought?
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So simply just riding and gaining seat time will make you a more confident rider or do you have to put some attention on practicing certain things over and over and building up your skills? Some people say "seat time" makes one a better more confident rider but it is as simple as that

I think so. Just spending a lot of time in the seat getting miles under your belt will make things become second nature and increase confidence. However, it's a double edged sword. If bad technique becomes second nature, it becomes difficult to relearn, needing a lot of repeated conscious effort to correct.

Having no habits is better than having bad habits...
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