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Old 01-16-2011, 12:17 PM   #481
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Might be 205, but my two favorites are:

- 'Everyone is trying to kill you' (cages, obviously)
- 'Pavement is undefeated'


Had my first get-off on the pavement a few years back after 21 years of street riding. I was following too closely on a busy highway. The car in front of me was cut off and locked up his brakes. When I saw the smoke from his tires, I grabbed WAY too much front brake (on knobbies no less!). My face (full-face helmet) hit the ground before I could even let go of the bars.

Once I hit the deck, I could hear the cars behind me skidding to avoid me. I was fairly certain I was going to be hit....NOT cool.

Result was a f'ed up shoulder and a dislocated kneecap.

Totally avoidable. Taught me lesson #3:

- 'Leave A TON of room between you and the guy ahead of you'
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Old 01-16-2011, 02:52 PM   #482
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2 x the speed = 4 x the stopping distance
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Old 01-19-2011, 08:12 PM   #483
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Look where you want to go, not at what you don't want to hit.
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Old 01-23-2011, 10:31 AM   #484
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Old 01-23-2011, 08:56 PM   #485
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look where you want to go, not at what you don't want to hit.
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Old 01-25-2011, 02:40 AM   #486
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look where you want to go - look through the turn

push on the right handgrip, go right - push on the left handgrip, go left... countersteering is physics 101 on a motorcycle, not a myth

if your throttle hand hurts / goes numb, it usually means you are gripping the handgrip too tightly. Relax, grip the tank with your knees, use your core muscles, and lighten your grip on the handgrip. Sometimes, vibration can contribute to this, so crampbusters or grip puppies can help.

Get your suspension adjusted for your riding style and your weight. Upgrade if necessary. This will make a world of difference on how your bike handles.
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Old 01-25-2011, 06:16 PM   #487
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At longer stops look over the whole scene

Great Posts.
I am making it a habit to scan the overall picture, side streets, parking lots, etc durng unavoidable waits, like in stalled traffic or at stop signs. It is too easy to focus on just the oncoming traffic looking for a break to enter. With a scan of the overall picture you can catch cages exiting from parking lots, trying to turn left in the middle of the block etc.

Also anything that disrupts the normal traffic flow increases hazards considerably. Construction and accidents are two big issues that trigger inattention and irritate drivers. The delays may lead to stupid moves on the part of cages like sudden lane changes unexpected u turns, etc.
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Old 01-26-2011, 04:31 AM   #488
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I think I've read all of this thread, including adding my own advice to it, but one bit that sticks out to me is the one about:

"pay complete attention"

I have two friends in separate instances who suddenly found themselves on the ground. Both experienced riders, both ended up with broken bones. Neither of them know what happened, and both get-offs were at very slow speed.
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Old 01-26-2011, 06:11 AM   #489
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1. Leave PLENTY of room in front… If you are too close there will be little/NO time to maneuver around debris including something the vehicle in front creates… Fragments of blown tires have nasty steel projections that act like razors and road kill can become an airborne projectile…
2.Be extra careful when turning on multi-lane roads, expect others NOT and anticipate merge zones in close proximity…
3.Have good rear view mirrors, adjust them properly and remember to turn your head to check blind spots… Some gawking drivers like to drive in your blind spot and ride your bike vicariously…
4.Watch/prepare for pavement that has been cut nearly parallel to your travel/intended turn…
5.Subscribe to/regularly re-review accident/injury reports/statistics/analysis to learn/refresh how/why motorcycle accidents happen and their resulting injuries… Ride/dress commensurately…
6.It is better if you can progress from smaller/dirt bikes up to cruisers/touring models… Consider yourself handicapped if this has not been part of your learning/experience…
7.Pick your riding friends with care…
8.Instruments/receivers/GPS can be distractions and safety features… It takes VERY diligent time/effort/practice/constant awareness to use these features properly…
9.Do not skimp/compromise tires/pressures/brakes/pads/brake fluid (affinity to absorb water)…
10.Never compete with another vehicle for status on the road… Put your ego/pride/’rights’ in proper perspective with the proverb; ‘it is better to be a live dog than a dead lion’…
11. NOTE: Riding a motorcycle is more dangerous than launching (taking off)/landing a soaring aircraft (no engine)…
12.Practice/study good riding skills (‘train your brain’)… It is not a matter of IF but WHEN… Been there…

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Old 01-26-2011, 11:15 AM   #490
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Hopefully you are not that hard to see on the road
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1. Leave PLENTY of room in front… If you are too close there will be little/NO time to maneuver around debris including something the vehicle in front creates… Fragments of blown tires have nasty steel projections that act like razors and road kill can become an airborne projectile…
2.Be extra careful when turning on multi-lane roads, expect others NOT and anticipate merge zones in close proximity…
3.Have good rear view mirrors, adjust them properly and remember to turn your head to check blind spots… Some gawking drivers like to drive in your blind spot and ride your bike vicariously…
4.Watch/prepare for pavement that has been cut nearly parallel to your travel/intended turn…
5.Subscribe to/regularly re-review accident/injury reports/statistics/analysis to learn/refresh how/why motorcycle accidents happen and their resulting injuries… Ride/dress commensurately…
6.It is better if you can progress from smaller/dirt bikes up to cruisers/touring models… Consider yourself handicapped if this has not been part of your learning/experience…
7.Pick your riding friends with care…
8.Instruments/receivers/GPS can be distractions and safety features… It takes VERY diligent time/effort/practice/constant awareness to use these features properly…
9.Do not skimp/compromise tires/pressures/brakes/pads/brake fluid (affinity to absorb water)…
10.Never compete with another vehicle for status on the road… Put your ego/pride/’rights’ in proper perspective with the proverb; ‘it is better to be a live dog than a dead lion’…
11. NOTE: Riding a motorcycle is more dangerous than launching (taking off)/landing a soaring aircraft (no engine)…
12.Practice/study good riding skills (‘train your brain’)… It is not a matter of IF but WHEN… Been there…
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Old 01-26-2011, 04:35 PM   #491
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3.Have good rear view mirrors, adjust them properly and remember to turn your head to check blind spots… Some gawking drivers like to drive in your blind spot and ride your bike vicariously…
NEVER trust your mirrors. If you want to really know what's going on around you then you have to look.
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Old 01-26-2011, 05:43 PM   #492
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Old 01-31-2011, 05:18 PM   #493
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Old 02-03-2011, 02:50 PM   #494
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Take a riding class!
I wish they had those when I started riding because it's amazing I didn't kill myself while learning.
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Old 02-08-2011, 11:57 AM   #495
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Wait a while to go out on group rides. Only ride with others who you know have skills and judgment worth sharing. Group rides have a way of forcing you to ride beyond your abilities. Develop skills and judgment of your own before joining the pack.
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