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Old 07-10-2013, 04:12 AM   #16
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Next time is out your way take the class. Repeat. Take the class.
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Old 07-10-2013, 04:20 AM   #17
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The brakes on a KLR are generally crap. Better brakes or possibly ABS could have possibly kept you out of contact. A hacked KLR takes pathetic performance in braking, acceleration, and handling to a new dimension. There are times when acceleration and cornering are the things that keep you out of trouble. I have been in at least one situation (a wild driver running from the cops) where the bike saved me because there was not room to put a wider vehicle in the escape route I had to take.

I would get a higher performance 2-wheeled vehicle and some advanced training.
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Old 07-10-2013, 04:35 AM   #18
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When I wrecked last winter on the highway, I was lucky enough to only get a couple bumps and bruises. I was back on two wheels that day. Not having a break from riding helped me because my skills never got rusty and because it didn't require taking time off, it didn't seem as bad or scary. Obviously this isn't possible in all crashes, but my advice would be to get back on as soon as possible.

Learn from your mistakes (I sure did!) and become a better rider because of it. I ride much more safely and reserved now and feel that ultimately my crash was a good thing for me, since I ride more safely now because of it.
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Old 07-13-2013, 10:57 AM   #19
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Originally Posted by sphyrnidus View Post
Well I'm a doctor and have a lot of doctor friends who ride. There's even an mc here in the Netherlands with mostly people working in healthcare.
I really don't think doctors ride less than otter people, only there are less of us as % of people :)
Hmmm... It might be different in Europe... Here in Canada, I have a lot of EMS friends and cops that talk about 'how they used to ride', or how 'they'll never ride' because of the incidents they respond to...
It does seem like Europe is 'more aware' of riders, and you don't have all the distracted SUV drivers weaving in and out of lanes on super-highways...
To be fair, I've only met a couple of doctors that mentioned the same thing...
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