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Old 11-12-2010, 04:22 PM   #451
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Old 11-12-2010, 07:43 PM   #452
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As with most rules ... there is an exception ........

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Old 11-13-2010, 06:30 PM   #453
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Learn how fast and hard you can stop!
Go to a parking lot and practice stopping. Start at a low speed 10 mph and work up to 30 or 40. How hard must you squeeze the front to lift the rear tire? How hard can you squeeze the front and still have some back wheel breaking?
Don't worry about burning up the brakes or wearing out the tire. Your first panic, slam on the brakes, wow I didn't hit the kid stop experience will make the brakes and tire wear issue seem trivial.
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Old 11-13-2010, 06:58 PM   #454
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I frequently have a moment of cognitive dissonance when I get on the bike and my instinct wants to put on seat belts.
Heh. I still get that. I also keep looking up for the rearview mirror.
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Old 11-17-2010, 02:37 AM   #455
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Don't be afraid to take a little detour when faced with a quick last minute exit-no exit decision en route. Slow is good!
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Old 11-22-2010, 05:55 PM   #456
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when in doubt..... GAS IT...
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Old 11-26-2010, 03:58 AM   #457
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when in doubt..... GAS IT...
"If in doubt, go flat out" means the same and rhymes better.

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Never underestimate the stupidity of other road users. And if you do, certainly never post about it on messageboards. It doesn't matter how stupid and impossible to pre-empt their manoeuvre was: You should have spotted it and it's all your fault.

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Use hard luggage for business travel.

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Pack lighter.

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Compression bags are your friend.

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Most mechanical work is nowhere near as hard as you think it is. Get stuck in, it's the best way to learn.

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If you do serious mileage don't bother cleaning your bike all the time. It's pointless. Don't believe the hype that cleaning the bike will make you spot something that is about to fail and avert an accident. Unless it's caked in 2" of mud, cleanliness doesn't matter. Periodic checks for safety/wear can be made irrespective of whether or not the bike has a thin film of road grime on the bodywork.

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If you live somewhere where snow is sporadic and only covers some areas of your route, snow chains on sports touring tyres are the best compromise between grip and time to set up.

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Don't worry about trying to get your knee down.

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Tomtom mounts for their motorbike GPSes are inherently flawed and cannot stand up to offroading or high mileage. Garmin are not perfect, but are better.

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Proper waterproof kit is worth its weight in gold.

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As is good quality heated kit.
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Old 11-26-2010, 04:51 AM   #458
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Most mechanical work is nowhere near as hard as you think it is. Get stuck in, it's the best way to learn.

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This is a good one. I have decided to do all mechanical add on and maintenance work myself. That way I can confidently resolve problems out in the bush. Plus my rider buddies know they have a "ride along tire patcher!" -Migs
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Old 11-26-2010, 01:54 PM   #459
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As is good quality heated kit.
Most Americans don't know what that is.

In American: "heated gear"

(like an electric vest or jacket liner)
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Old 11-27-2010, 10:50 PM   #460
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What he said

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Originally Posted by DAKEZ
Look through the turn

LOOK THROUGH THE TURN

LOOK THROUGH THE TURN
Look through the turn means:

Look as far around the corner as you can see. The bike will just follow where you are looking, and you are suddenly a much smoother driver.

Your brakes will also last longer, because you don't use them as much (no panic braking).

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Old 11-28-2010, 03:28 PM   #461
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Start in the dirt on a small bike, Buy all the gear along with knee braces. Just because you start with a group doese't mean you will end with a group. Buy a used bike. Get a nice helmet !!. Ride your own pace. Bring a nice map. Oh yea, Get ready to have fun and see alot places that most people don't. Good luck !!.
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Old 11-30-2010, 05:53 AM   #462
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Start in the dirt on a small bike, Buy all the gear along with knee braces. Just because you start with a group doese't mean you will end with a group. Buy a used bike. Get a nice helmet !!. Ride your own pace. Bring a nice map. Oh yea, Get ready to have fun and see alot places that most people don't. Good luck !!.
+1 above

After all you read here beware of the "know it all's"........... If you start with a group and don't end with a group. chances are YOU put yourself in with the wrong people. most groups will never leave you behind unless you put yourself way above other people and play unsafely with others.
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Old 11-30-2010, 06:02 AM   #463
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Counter Steering....it's a miracle.
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Old 12-06-2010, 04:36 PM   #464
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as a noob myself... practice, but also read. I found in another thread the recommendation for "Proficient Motorcycling - The ultimate guide to riding well. By David L Hough"... (also available in iBook format). It's amazing, and you feel you are not starting from scratch.

In my case, with the basic, intermediate course and the book, I feel confident to start getting out, and practicing all learned skills to turn them into reflexes is my goal right now...
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Old 12-11-2010, 12:52 PM   #465
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+1 above

After all you read here beware of the "know it all's"........... If you start with a group and don't end with a group. chances are YOU put yourself in with the wrong people. most groups will never leave you behind unless you put yourself way above other people and play unsafely with others.
Curious first post and only post, gomad! Why don't you post up your profile?

And my best advice for a noob:

You twist your own throttle.
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