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Old 09-08-2013, 12:42 PM   #1321
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If youre going to get off the bike put the stand down first.
I always get of the bike before I put the bike on the stand,.
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Old 09-09-2013, 05:24 AM   #1322
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I Haven't posted in awhile and I can't remember if this one was already posted. But even if it has, it's worth repeating...

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When waiting at a stop light don't be the first one to pull into the intersection when the light turns green.

Scan left-right-left (right-left-right for those that drive on the left side of the road) before pulling out. The time that takes could save your life. Then continue to scan as you proceed through the intersection.

If it's a multi lane road let someone else pull out first so they take the hit from the idiot that runs the red light.

If you practice doing that with all vehicles you drive/ride it will quickly become a habit.

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Old 09-09-2013, 05:48 AM   #1323
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I always get of the bike before I put the bike on the stand,.
Don't wear shoes with long laces, that can get caught around the stand whilst you are on the bike!
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Old 09-14-2013, 08:56 AM   #1324
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Low speed use the rear brake

At low speed (up to 10 mph), use your rear brake instead, specially if you are doing small turns, like the ones used to align and park your bike.
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Old 09-14-2013, 09:04 AM   #1325
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Old 09-19-2013, 05:36 PM   #1326
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Old 09-21-2013, 05:08 PM   #1327
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Old 09-23-2013, 06:01 PM   #1328
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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.
True. I've got over 20 years riding experience. Two years ago, while out on my supermoto, I had a moose dart out in front of me. It was 6 am, I was doing 80 km/h, and was riding in a heavily forested area. I managed to avoid the moose because I was ready. I had practised tons of emergency stop manoeuvres in my early years. I brought the bike from 80 to zero in no time, the rear tire locked up slightly, enough to chirp (which I think frightened the moose causing him to turn and run away). It all happened in a blink.

I've avoided many other accidents, mostly cagers who've pulled out in front of me or into my lane. I only laid a bike down once: too much front brake pulling off a road into an empty parking lot (there was sand at the entrance to the lot). I was cold (riding in 5 degree Celsius), tired, had a headache, had been riding for 90 minutes. A bone-headed split-second decision to pull over to adjust a neck warmer I was wearing and BAM I was down. I could hear my helmet hit the ground and I slid. No injuries due to wearing all leather (during my cruiser days). Only thing hurt was my pride.
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Old 09-23-2013, 09:39 PM   #1329
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True. I've got over 20 years riding experience. Two years ago, while out on my supermoto, I had a moose dart out in front of me. It was 6 am, I was doing 80 km/h, and was riding in a heavily forested area. I managed to avoid the moose because I was ready. I had practised tons of emergency stop manoeuvres in my early years. I brought the bike from 80 to zero in no time, the rear tire locked up slightly, enough to chirp (which I think frightened the moose causing him to turn and run away). It all happened in a blink.

I've avoided many other accidents, mostly cagers who've pulled out in front of me or into my lane. I only laid a bike down once: too much front brake pulling off a road into an empty parking lot (there was sand at the entrance to the lot). I was cold (riding in 5 degree Celsius), tired, had a headache, had been riding for 90 minutes. A bone-headed split-second decision to pull over to adjust a neck warmer I was wearing and BAM I was down. I could hear my helmet hit the ground and I slid. No injuries due to wearing all leather (during my cruiser days). Only thing hurt was my pride.
Cold sneaks up on you and and you sometimes don't realise how badly until you stop to fuel up and look for your wallet and try to remember to zip up all those jacket pockets before you go. Being even a little cold for several hours will burn up so many more calories it can really effect your concentration so always eat when you are out for those big days.

If you are forever telling stories about those stupid cagers who constantly pull out on you and the near misses you keep having then you have got it all wrong. Stop, think and change the way you are riding because you will get hurt eventually...or worse. People who ride bikes (and pushbikes) who think they operate under the same road rules as cars and upwards are sadly mistaken.
My frame of mind in traffic is always, "if someone does something dumb and these cars start bouncing around like a pin ball where am I going to be"
...30 metres back in the extreme outside of the lane. If someone wants to run over me on the freeway they are going to have to be parked in the emargency stopping lane with me. I can't stand watching guys 10 feet of someones bumper almost on the centre line under the premise that you can see whats happening up ahead better. The car beside you changes lane without looking and they only have to travel 3 feet to get you.
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Old 10-02-2013, 08:26 AM   #1330
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Wait until the kamikaze bugs dry out before you try to wipe them off your face shield.

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Old 10-02-2013, 09:00 AM   #1331
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Wait until the kamikaze bugs dry out before you try to wipe them off your face shield.

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Old 10-08-2013, 10:36 AM   #1332
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For me, the most important thing to know, have the attitude that ONLY you can really do anything to improve your riding situation.

Don't expect anyone else on the road to anything for you to make your riding easier, safer, less crowded, less hectic, etc. It's ALL up to YOU 1st. When you strive to reduce YOUR risks of riding as your guiding attitude it will positively impact all aspects of your riding.
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Old 10-08-2013, 11:30 AM   #1333
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Try to ride for 50 years, not for 1 year, 50 times over...

In other words, don't stop learning after the first year...
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Old 10-08-2013, 04:56 PM   #1334
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For me, the most important thing to know, have the attitude that ONLY you can really do anything to improve your riding situation.

Don't expect anyone else on the road to anything for you to make your riding easier, safer, less crowded, less hectic, etc. It's ALL up to YOU 1st. When you strive to reduce YOUR risks of riding as your guiding attitude it will positively impact all aspects of your riding.
You mean don't watch the range rover expecting him to stop?
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Old 10-08-2013, 04:59 PM   #1335
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Wait until the kamikaze bugs dry out before you try to wipe them off your face shield.

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Open cuffs catch a lot of nice air to cool you, but that air sometimes contains bees and wasps.

Also Bugs crawling around in your sleeve is unpleasant...

Also: beestings in your armpit hurt like a bastard.
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