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Old 04-01-2013, 07:36 PM   #1231
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Don't know if it's been said before, but riding up to a red light with those sensor lines, ride up REAL slowly towards the light..there are several sensors in the last 300 feet or so and they WILL pick up your bike if you drive slowly. Just try it with one of the more difficult lights to trigger and see if there's a difference.

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Old 04-01-2013, 09:28 PM   #1232
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No one can argue against the skill set developed through riding off road,
where the terrain changes by the foot, and the bike is always floating under you in a state of constant over / understeer.
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Old 04-02-2013, 04:52 PM   #1233
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Old 04-09-2013, 01:09 AM   #1234
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The only thing I remember the older riders telling me was," Your most likely to crash in the first year because you don't know anything, and in the second year because you think you know everything..." and a guy in Germany on a BMW R90S told me,"If you are going around a corner and the valve cover starts scraping, give it more throttle to jack up the rear end and you will be able to lean over further." One I've heard lately, "Ride like you are invisible, but the people who can see you are trying to kill you."
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Old 04-09-2013, 02:33 PM   #1235
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Sometimes when you're riding with your wife you have to lay 'er down.
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Old 04-09-2013, 04:59 PM   #1236
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Old 04-16-2013, 03:15 PM   #1237
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Question.

I can "work up" to a full lock turn on my bike by turning and slowly making it tighter over a full circle or two, but I cannot immediately just jump into making a turn that tight from moving in a straight line. This makes it difficult to execute u-turns on demand. If I want to make a u-turn on the street I almost always run wide, but if I am in a parking lot, I can usually get my turning radius down to a parking space + one half ~15'. That should be plenty tight enough for any road but I cannot seem to execute it without a good bit of warmup.

Are there any drills or tips for doing this "on command"? I always feel like I am going too fast at 8mph, even though that should be fine.
I find that I CAN do u-turns now on two lane roads. It helps a lot to use some light pressure on the rear brake (only the rear) to help control the bike. ...works real well for me.
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Old 04-17-2013, 05:20 AM   #1238
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about those wide uturns
only thing stopping you is your brain.
practice in a parking lot. once you get the hang of it, put some markings on the tar. your brain should be making it more difficult. once that works get some physical yet innocent boundaries, like cones or empty bottles.

once you learn to ignore them and see them for what they are; obstacles irrelevant to your path; you'll u turn on a one lane road without breaking a sweat

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Old 04-17-2013, 08:13 PM   #1239
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If you're in the canyons or out by yourself there's a couple of things you should carry on your person.

http://youtu.be/SfGkN3wPSEo
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Old 04-18-2013, 11:10 PM   #1240
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Noob here, did my first ride on some quiet roads.

How the heck am I supposed to see behind me? I end up looking at my arms in the mirrors most of the time.

Thanks.

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Old 04-18-2013, 11:21 PM   #1241
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Noob here, did my first ride on some quiet roads.

How the heck am I supposed to see behind me? I end up looking at my arms in the mirrors most of the time!

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You need to extend your mirrors or buy ones with longer stalks.
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Old 04-19-2013, 01:06 PM   #1242
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Noob here, did my first ride on some quiet roads.

How the heck am I supposed to see behind me? I end up looking at my arms in the mirrors most of the time.

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This works for me with any mirrors:

Aim your mirrors so that they reflect mostly from the lane next to you with only the inner 10-15% reflecting your arms. An overtaking car should be entering your peripheral vision just about the same time it disappears from your mirror.

When your mirrors are set like this, you won't be able to see as well straight behind you. The trick is to use the correct mirror depending on your position in the lane. If you are riding in the left portion of the lane, tuck your right elbow in and look in your right side mirror. If you are in the right portion of the lane,tuck the left elbow and use the left side mirror.

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Old 04-19-2013, 05:23 PM   #1243
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Noob here, did my first ride on some quiet roads.

How the heck am I supposed to see behind me? I end up looking at my arms in the mirrors most of the time.

Thanks.
i'm brand new as well, but as far as mirrors go... after I bought my klr, a friend of mine stood behind me to the left and then to the right where a car would be in those lanes as I adjusted it to my liking, I often will adjust them at the stop light as well to make sure i got the best view of the other lanes.
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Old 04-20-2013, 07:32 AM   #1244
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Noob here, did my first ride on some quiet roads.

How the heck am I supposed to see behind me? I end up looking at my arms in the mirrors most of the time.

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Third party mirrors.
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Old 04-21-2013, 01:21 AM   #1245
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Third party mirrors.

You could always do the quadrophenia thing and have ten mirrors on each stalk
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