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Old 08-12-2013, 10:02 PM   #1306
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Around here big trucks cause big undulations in the pavement at stoplights due to their weight. As in, there are literal dips in the tire tracks of the lane.

Just something to be aware of, particularly if you come in a bit hot and are about to make (e.g.) a left turn, they can throw you off a bit.
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Old 08-13-2013, 07:40 AM   #1307
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never take your attention off everything around you & never relax until the key is out of the ignition. I did that once & nearly got taken out....never again, was a very timely wake up call.
This is the reason I steer people to buy the most fun and engaging bike that fits their riding style. Bigger is NOT better. Comfort can lead to complacency...
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Old 08-23-2013, 08:34 AM   #1308
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Tips from a noob to other noobs:

1. You are not as skilled as you might think.

2. Stay hydrated. After 10 minutes of riding around at 20mph ATGATT in 75*F, I was sweating profusely.

3. If you bought a used bike, put it through parking lot/side street trials before venturing out on the main roads. That rear tire might not be as sticky as it looks.

4. You can have a lot of fun under 30mph.

5. The MSF course is in a controlled environment. On the street there is no one watching out for you.
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Old 08-23-2013, 09:50 AM   #1309
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10 tips for safe riding - article

Here's a safety related article that might be of interest.



Here's one more about "10 common motorcycle accidents and how to avoid them"




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Old 08-24-2013, 12:24 AM   #1310
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Here's a safety related article that might be of interest.
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Item 5 on their list makes no sense.
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Old 08-24-2013, 03:53 AM   #1311
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Item 5 on their list makes no sense.
LOL! I saw that one on another thread. I guess the fact that I dont even use my rear brake half the time means I should have wrecked long ago.
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Old 08-24-2013, 03:56 AM   #1312
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Item 5 on their list makes no sense.
+ 1 on that.

Front brake is the high speed brake and the rear is the slow speed brake.

Hit the rear at speed then the back wheel will slid or lock and you will go down.

Get as much speed of with the front and you will ride for a long time.
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Old 08-26-2013, 11:04 AM   #1313
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Item 5 on their list makes no sense.
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LOL! I saw that one on another thread. I guess the fact that I dont even use my rear brake half the time means I should have wrecked long ago.
We tend to agree with both of you.
The first article we posted makes several good points but #5 isn't one of them.

Thanks for the feedback ...
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Old 08-31-2013, 06:43 PM   #1314
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Although you're certainly not the first person to post this little gem of misinformation, pretending that everyone is drunk and out to kill you is really fucking stupid advice which has no basis in reality.

"Pretend you're invisible" is much better advice which has a grounding in reality.
Texting drivers, drunks, overtired drivers on the highway, unsafely loaded trucks etc. .... It seems to me that pretending you're invisible is the really stupid advice. JMO of course.
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Old 08-31-2013, 06:56 PM   #1315
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Texting drivers, drunks, overtired drivers on the highway, unsafely loaded trucks etc. .... It seems to me that pretending you're invisible is the really stupid advice. JMO of course.
What he likely means is: "Ride as if they can't see you"

In other words: Take responsibility for your own safety so you are able to avoid them no matter what they do.
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Old 09-06-2013, 07:59 PM   #1316
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When pulling up for lights, don't take the center of your lane, it's definitely the smoothest pavement........ But it's where all the cages and trucks dump their dripping oil.....
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Old 09-07-2013, 04:20 AM   #1317
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Most Important Things to Know For a Motorcycling n00b.

never trust your low fuel light :) rely on the trip meter instead.

...don't ask ;)
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Old 09-07-2013, 06:07 PM   #1318
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I think the most important thing I learned is, your noggin is both your biggest asset and your own worst enemy, so you never quit learning and practicing. It amazes me how many riders have no flippin' clue what can lead to a crash and why. Gotta be able to pick up and assess risk correctly, and not get yourself in over your head. Then, when it hits the fan, your knee-jerk reactions are all hard-wired for a much slower world than bike speed. Fear and adrenaline hits, you'll clamp down on the bars, focus on the danger, cut the throttle, hit the brakes hard in a corner, panic when the rear wheel cuts loose, etc. etc. Takes a lot of rehearsing to overcome a natural fear response.
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Old 09-08-2013, 09:38 AM   #1319
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If you're going to get off the bike stop first.
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Old 09-08-2013, 11:55 AM   #1320
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If you're going to get off the bike stop first.
If youre going to get off the bike put the stand down first.
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