I went along to the learner session on Saturday. Loved it. Feel like I'm a lot more prepared now, in many ways, however it made me curious about one thing. I found that I was okay when I was able to maintain a constant(ish) throttle, but found it a bit tough to control the bike smoothly when transitioning between being on-throttle and off-throttle (eg. having to adjust speed because a particular cone gap was different to the previous one). The bike seemed to jerk around a bit. I'm guessing that the mechanical reason for this is the slack in the chain, but of course there's probably a fair amount of my n00bness to blame too Anyway, today I was reading Azamakumar's thread about bike dropping, and one of the hints given was that using the rear brake to moderate the speed of the bike while maintaining a bit of throttle is a good way to handle low-speed maneuvers. That intuitively makes sense as you're keeping the pre-load on the chain and thus helping to prevent the jerkies. My question to the more experienced riders is whether this is something that you would (or do) do when approaching the cones or other similar exercises. Are there any other tricks for avoiding the jerkies when riding slowly that I can try next Saturday?