Hey Lowmaks, congrats! I'm glad you used your own scoot - doesn't really do any good to do it on a bike you don't normally ride. You have to get over the fear of dropping it.
Don't stop there, though... gotta keep practicing because these are perishable skills.
I just finished a 6-week skills enhancement course last night. It was offered by the Az Precision Motorcycle Drill Team; they offer it at least a few times a year.
I practice regularly with a few friends and a couple of organized groups.
Exercises like Swiss Cross, J-turns, swerving at speed, threshold braking, figure 8, snowman, 90º turns from stop, etc.
I will disagree with you on one point, and that is that the bike does much of this for you. It does not. Poke your head into the garage... see, it's doing none of it. It is the rider working in the friction zone, applying a little trail brake, using head and eyes to put the bike where you want it. Make no mistake, these are learned skills. How many times have you seen guys duck walk thru an entire u-turn on a wide street or parking lot? ;-)
The difference between feeling your nuts & feeling you're nuts.
Last edited by pargenz; 11-16-2012 at 09:00 AM.