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Old 07-30-2010, 12:55 AM   #331
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Know how far your reserve will get you.

...it's never an awesome sight to pull one's "hitch-hiker-upturned thumb" to passing cars while almost fully-leather clad. Been there. Never again.
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Old 07-30-2010, 05:26 PM   #332
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...it's never an awesome sight to pull one's "hitch-hiker-upturned thumb" to passing cars while almost fully-leather clad. Been there. Never again.
I ran out of fuel about 5 miles outside town. Luckily, a guy and his wife stopped with their truck and hauled it in. Total Strangers rock.
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Old 08-02-2010, 02:42 AM   #333
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Gentlemen,

please be so nice and keep the off-topic banter in the off-topic forums.
This is about riding.

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Old 08-02-2010, 08:35 AM   #334
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please be so nice and keep the off-topic banter in the off-topic forums.
This is about riding.

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Old 08-03-2010, 03:58 AM   #335
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Your not saving any money buy not 1) going and getting a rider course 2) there a reason people where all that dumb looking motorcycle gear. Buy the best you can because you might save your own life.
Also buying a high cc bike instead of a learner bike in another mistake.
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Old 08-03-2010, 08:00 AM   #336
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Wish they had taught this in riders course....took me a week of bad stops to figure it out. Use both brakes up to a normal stop, then ease off the front brake such that just before you are actually stopped you are all back brake. Makes for much more natural stops.
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Old 08-03-2010, 04:50 PM   #337
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Learn to operate the bike in a controlled setting before attempting to ride on a public road.
They are two different skills that must be learned seperately.
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Old 08-03-2010, 08:23 PM   #338
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Dont be as worried about breaking the back tire loose as the MSF leads you to believe....
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Old 08-04-2010, 06:32 AM   #339
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Wish they had taught this in riders course....took me a week of bad stops to figure it out. Use both brakes up to a normal stop, then ease off the front brake such that just before you are actually stopped you are all back brake. Makes for much more natural stops.
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Also, if the cars in your area tend to travel in groups (traffic lights tend to do this) stay out of the groups.

Always remember to get the "big picture" of whats around you. Pretend that at any moment someone will quiz you about what cars are around you on the road. It will give you a chance to jump on problems, even before the cages around you have time to react.

You are in everyones blind spot ALL the time. Distracted drivers will look right at you then do something stupid. (makes me wish I had the authority to shove cell phones where the sun dosent shine).

ASSUME NOTHING, TAKE NOTHING FOR GRANTED
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Old 08-04-2010, 01:38 PM   #340
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Good question Dakez, but I practiced emergency braking as a n00b and took the tires beyond traction somewhat often. I believe it helped me keep a bike on track in a near low side when a tire lost traction because of the cold. I don't know, maybe not...
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Old 08-05-2010, 11:08 AM   #341
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What an awesome thread!

I am adding nothing new here, but felt that repeating good advice is a good practice.

Rule #1: Assume everything and everyone is trying to kill you and ride accordingly.

Rule #2: If in doubt about what's happening on the road, see Rule #1.

Rule #3: NEVER ride after drinking alcohol. No, "just one beer" is NOT ok!

Rule #4: Check tires for obvious problems (nails, cuts, tread depth, etc.) and for correct air pressure before EVERY ride. Yes, even if it's just down the block.

Rule #6: Strive to ride smoothly and predictably at all times. You will become a more efficient rider - not necessarily faster, but much less drama and fewer "OMG" moments.

Rule #7: Assume everything and everyone is trying to kill you and ride accordingly. (Did I get that one already? )

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Old 08-05-2010, 11:54 AM   #342
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Incidentally, when does one stop being a n00b? It's a skills thing I presume and not a time thing.
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Old 08-07-2010, 01:35 PM   #343
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I'm still a n00b, but I'm learning (2 years, 25k-ish). I'd say:

1. Read this thread before buying/going out on your first proper ride.
2. Read it again after you finish this ride, just to see what you forgot to do/did do when you got excited and promptly forgot everything you just read.
3. Any numpty can go fast on straights. It impresses no one except M3 drivers.
4. If you're in too high a gear going round a bend, ride the clutch a little bit for extra revs. I don't know if you're meant to do this. Are you? Told you I was a n00b.
5. If the guys who reply to this say you should gun it instead, do what they say.
6. But try and learn proper gear selection quickly anyway.
7. Definitely don't down-shift. I know that one.
8. Gear can look terrible, it's true. But it has its uses. Don't want to look like an idiot with a hi-vis vest on? Don't worry. You're wearing a helmet. Nobody can tell it's you.
9. Keep that chain adjusted right.
10. Bugs don't taste so good. Even if you have a full face, keep your mouth shut unless the visor is 100% down.
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Old 08-07-2010, 02:10 PM   #344
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1. RIDE, ride as much as you can, if you only ride 500 miles a season you will always ride like a newby.

2. Its not about speed its about smooooth.

3. Practice parking lot maneuvers, if you have to duck-walk the bike to a gas pump you need practice. Low speed maneuvers tell allot about a riders skill level. Practice u-turns, sharp turns and hazard avoidance.
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Old 08-07-2010, 04:10 PM   #345
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Also, some riders say "its not a matter of if you will crash, it is a matter of when"

I disagree, there is nothing that states you have to crash a bike. Riding with the mentality that you will crash could cause you to crash. However always dree for the fall not the ride.

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