Avoiding the Very Big Shiny Motorcycle (VBSM) coming at you.

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by RideDualSport.com, Mar 17, 2013.

  1. mflora98ss

    mflora98ss Dual Sportin'

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    It's called american bad-ass.
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  2. RedShark

    RedShark Long timer

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    I'm sure cement truck drivers are impressed. and soccer moms.

    Oh wait, not too many concrete deliveries on Sunday afternoons, nevermind.
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  3. GoUglyEarly

    GoUglyEarly Boots Still Clean

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    I second the advice to get out early in the morning to avoid knuckleheads.

    I've been on rides with some speedy, more time-tested gentleman and they like to hit the roads early. I am amazed at how little traffic we encountered, and this in the middle of New Jersey.

    Despite my name I am not a morning person but I have already been forcing myself to get out of bed at a decent hour on the weekends this year in anticipation of getting higher quality rides in when riding season really opens up.

    I've been riding all winter whenever the roads were clear and the temps were in the 40's and the only issue I have with riding early is that I don't have the experience to trust my tires in the wet or cold.....which is why these group rides help......since more experienced riders can get you to develop more trust and skill without having to find the limit for yourself. Just set your limit at 3/4 of how they are riding and you are good to go, even in less than ideal conditions.
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  4. Tripl Nikl

    Tripl Nikl Long timer

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    Not side-by-side, but this weekend I was driving behind two riders that couldn't have been much different. Rider #1 (furthest away) was a H-D riding all black wearing centerline rider. Rider #2 (closest) was on some type of more-standard/relaxed-sporty bike and wearing a lime-green vest and white helmet. #2 used the whole lane but tended towards the middle to right side, usually riding where the right tire would go.

    This was wide open traffic on 101 (for some reason, go figure) so positioning among cages going the same direction wasn't a factor. Neither was traffic, it was a great day to ride--sunny and dry. H-D rider just liked hugging the centerline. It was weird to watch. :huh
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  5. RideDualSport.com

    RideDualSport.com TPB all the way

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    When I see this - I ride away and :puke2

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    When I see this - I just :puke2

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