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Old 03-12-2014, 11:43 AM   #1456
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Momentum can be your best friend or your worst enemy

Never ride so late you sleep through the sunrise

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It's easier than you'd think to outride your headlights
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Old 03-12-2014, 12:43 PM   #1457
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Never get complacent on the bike...Never. If its been said before...than it bears repeating.
I've only ever had one "off" on the bike....I'll let you guess why.
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Old 03-12-2014, 03:06 PM   #1458
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Your in Controll

So After reviewing all these posts, Riding a motorcycle is
like riding a horse. In that if you are riding at a race tract you
don't want to be the only rider on a Clydesdale !!

The proper bike to fit your needs can make a ride fun. Also
maintaining the bike can be looked at as the same as feed and
grooming your horse.

The wind in your face and the feel of "you are in control" is what no
one tells you about. Have fun and enjoy.
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Old 03-12-2014, 03:10 PM   #1459
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If you have a 10.00 dollar head buy a 10.00 dollar helmet.
ah, the old Bell helmet ad from the 60's
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Old 03-12-2014, 08:44 PM   #1460
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2) If you have a 10.00 dollar head buy a 10.00 dollar helmet.
I'll forgive you since you're a noob but please stop parroting this inanity.
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Old 03-12-2014, 11:46 PM   #1461
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Your in control
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Old 03-12-2014, 11:48 PM   #1462
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1) The first year of riding is when 90% of bike crashes happen.
With a safety course the point is to get you into the 10% that
never crash .
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Old 03-13-2014, 05:10 AM   #1463
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Source?
Sure, sense you ask the source was a AMA safety instructor
back in 1979 in Cal.
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Old 03-13-2014, 05:11 AM   #1464
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1979!?! LOL! I think the demographics have changed slightly since then...
An adjustment on those statistics..'might' be in order.
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Old 03-13-2014, 05:40 AM   #1465
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1979

Yep, been riding sense 1974... A lot of mistake's and few
"Road Rash" limping around the shop at work.

Life has shown me he was right, 90% of riders crash in the first
year. 10% don't crash until about 95 years of age. But lets adjust
that ..... say 10% goes up to 23 % crashers go down to 77%, sound
about right to you??
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Old 03-13-2014, 06:50 AM   #1466
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Yeah...that sounds a bit more accurate. But im just going by my own observations and experiences.

That said...the only crash I've had.....was in the first year...of street riding that is. Made a bad call...tried to get by a car on the right to make a corner....he wasnt signalling, but at the last minute he turned in on me. I could have avoided the crash had I simply waited another second or two. But that day I was feeling very confident and admittedly a bit cocky.
So perhaps it is true. I dont have a safety course, but I did learn how to ride on the mean streets of Rome. Bit of a crucible at first glance, but Italians are used to bikes and scooters zipping in and out and all around so its rare to see a motorcycle in an accident. Scooters on the other hand are a different matter there. But thats because the vast majority of scooter riders there dont pay any attention to traffic rules. They run reds as a matter of course and this is where a lot of them get into trouble. The skills I feel I developed from riding there is a good spacial awareness, the ability to maneuver in tight spaces not to mention keeping my head on a swivel.

As crazy as it looks there is a method to the madness but once you understand how traffic flows there riding is actually quite safe compared to here.

Put another way.....if you watch Long Way Round the only place they get into an accident was in Canada. Some idiot backs into Charlie and a young guy rear ends Ewan on the Trans Canada hwy.
Wen it comes to riding I ashamed to call myself Canadian sometimes....
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Old 03-13-2014, 07:09 AM   #1467
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As you may have noted I was riding for 4.5 years before taking the safety
class. A lot of bad habits to unlearn!! Took the course and road rash got time to heal. Lessons Learned by others help keep you out of the
hospital and stop the trees that jump in front of the bike!
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Old 03-13-2014, 08:12 AM   #1468
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Life has shown me he was right, 90% of riders who crash, crash in the first year of riding year.:
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Most riders (on street) never crash.
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Old 03-13-2014, 08:41 AM   #1469
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...yeah I've out done my "street" record by about 300%
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Old 03-20-2014, 07:33 AM   #1470
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Most Important Things to Know For a Motorcycling n00b.

Be paranoid. If you think EVERYONE on the road is trying to take you out you'll be fine. Everyone is so TOTALLY distracted.
If I were King, we'd all be driving a 3 on the tree with NO radio.
JUST DRIVE FOLKS.
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