Lee's 10 quick tips of motorcycling

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by Frostback, Jun 1, 2012.

  1. judobiker

    judobiker Been here awhile

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    Never thought about that one before. I have always worn my stainless watch both on and off road. Losing a hand is definitely worth considering...:eek1
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  2. Frostback

    Frostback Frostback

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    Judobiker wrote:

    What time is it when the little hand is on 2 and the big hand is laying on the ground?


    Seriously now - Back in the good old days bike headlights were mounted to the handlebars and you could change the direction of the beam with any movement of the bars. The bars are always moving a bit and the beam looks different on old bikes than it does on new bikes with the headlamp fixed in the fairing.

    I have a theory about this - Fixed stable beams are more easily ignored as just a distant streetlight or a glare off something than are the moving wobbling beams of modulators or handlebar mounted lights.

    Whenever I am approaching a car in the left turn lane (death lane) or they are stopped at a cross street, I waggle the bike back and forth a bit to give them some lateral movement in hopes of catching their eye and letting them know I am an approaching bike and not a beer bottle reflecting the sun.

    Lee
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  3. AlanCT

    AlanCT The Byronic Man

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    Toll booths.

    Instead of fumbling with tickets, gloves, money, clutch lever, etc., here's what I do.

    Keep your toll ticket in a zip lock bag along with an assortment of change and small bills. At the booth, just hand over the bag to the toll collector and let him take what he needs.
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  4. frontiercat

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    Rings are a no-no too. Finger can be "degloved"...google that...:eek1
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  5. Wuwei

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    OT, but I'm not a great fan of SS watch bands after I've been zapped a few times while working on my car and on boats--luckily in both cases it was just 12 volts, but it could be nasty if working with 110 or 220.
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  6. Merckx the Cannibal

    Merckx the Cannibal Been here awhile

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    Yeah! I do that, too! Give the bike a little jiggle.

    More often, I point at the driver with my left hand, as if I'm saying, "Hey, I see you. Do you see me?" And sometimes I stand up on the pegs and quickly sit back down on the saddle. It's the movement that attracts drivers' attention. I think it works, especially the pointing. Invariably, if the driver is creeping, I see the wheels stop.
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  7. helion42

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    I first read it as "hand the bag to the troll". :lol3


    Not wearing the ring isn't something that I thought of, but dear god that's a good one. There's a million threads that talk about these, and you can make a list years long of all the little things (many adv threads have tried)... but either way here's some more tips.
    Some more tip ideas -
    >Wave to biker cops.
    >Don't run the bike to "speedily" oil the chain, or you're really gonna love what happens if your hand gets caught in the sprocket.
    >wear the right jacket for the weather - a mesh jacket may feel better when it's 90 outside, but you can get dehydrated and heat stroke pretty fast; wearing a thick, vented but less breathable jacket will keep your precious bodily fluids from becoming sapped
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  8. wmax351

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    +1 to waving to biker cops.

    If you run the bike to oil the chain, put it in neutral and let it turn due to oil drag. Turns nice and slow, with very little power. Either way, treat it like all moving equipment: keep your hands and anything attached to you away from it. Use spray lube or an oil can, on the rear of the sprocket (there isn't a catch point there.). Don't use a rag. Think handheld scott-oiler.
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  9. Beemermcr

    Beemermcr Big, Dumb, Happy!

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    I tape the plastic key inside the taillight (away from the bulb) - most I have to find is a Phillips head screwdriver to get access . Then I can retrieve the "real" spare in with the registration.

    Learned that when my pillion broke the key off in the top case!

    Paul
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  10. bigdog99

    bigdog99 CJ's bitch

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    Been using Windex on my Shoei and Arai shields almost daily for about the past 30 years with -ZERO- problems. Use my bare fingers to gently sften and loosen bugs, then clean with a soft clean cloth or a soft paper towel. Have had shields EASILY last 5 years or more. This , in about 400,000 miles of riding. Don't believe everything you read.
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  11. IheartmyNx

    IheartmyNx Ihave2draft

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    1: When you stop at a light and you're on-point, never stop square in the middle of the lane.

    You're already small and easy to overlook. Stopping to the side means less likely the chance of getting rear ended and more likely the chance they'll shoot the gap and go through the intersection.

    "But officer, the sun was in my eyes" :rolleyes

    2: Don't pass large vehicles on the right, but if you do hold out your arm so your profile is wider... But generally, don't pass ANYTHING (in Merica) on the right. Left hand drive makes seeing out of the right side harder due to seat head rests and B or C pillars,,, car seats... Little Johnny, etc.

    Not so on the left. Humans normally have a 180 degree field of vision and that means usually once you've left the field of view in the mirror, you're right outside the drivers window in some sort of view. But don't be complacent and accept that. MOVE!

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    3: Judge traffic and avoid potential scenario's. Scan ahead and keep an eye out for that (Nashville State) Community College parking lot entrance/exit that always has high traffic entering the road, but an intersection is just ahead someone might want to make a left at.

    If you're in a blind spot that's A LOT of potential accidents.

    3a: Use your horn! That guy exiting the Thorton's in the left turn lane might actually want to turn right but you being smaller, more maneuverable and having faster, quicker reflexes shot up the right (in his blind spot) so "meep meeep!" and let him know you're there.

    Use of it is NOT illegal so, the more the merrier. Go for the gold.

    Do this at every right on red you have to undertake (Wiki: Undertakeing (Driving)) a vehicle to get to. They might suddenly change their mind and you know how attentive drivers are these days:rolleyes


    3b: USE YOUR HORN EVERY TIME YOU UNDERTAKE A VEHICLE.


    This one is special.

    4: I don't know why, but people do the dumbest things.

    If you're on a divided road with a turn lane and traffic is stopped watch for people turning left from the turn lane and crossing the direction of travel you're heading.

    I have seen major T-bones from morons doing this... And I believe it's illegal... So, you can also sue whoever let the person cross in front of them, should you T-bone crossing traffic.

    Watch for gaps on the left if say you're in the right lane approaching a intersection. More often than not, some dumbass jack wad is motioning for the nitwit in the turn-lane to turn in front of them, but they have to nose out in your lane to even see if traffic's coming or not... When they should have went further down turned around and came back up to get to their destination.

    Watch for people stopping to let other people turn from a turn lane in front of them.

    Having to do with #4,

    5: If you take it upon yourself to flag traffic, you now become liable for what may result.

    So remember that next time you're "helping" someone in or out of a spot, or you're doing traffic control at an accident you rode up on.
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  12. seniordirtdog

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    A picture would be nice on how the Cat washers work.
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  13. josjor

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    Bugs on the visor: They're sticky critters. When I pull up to fuel, the first thing I do is get a couple of paper towels out of the dispenser, dunk them in the windshield washer tank, and flatten them on my helmet visor and front. By the time I'm done fueling the bugs are good and soaked and a quick swipe of the towels completely removes them.

    I never ride without a jacket. Most have a little pocket somewhere that seems pretty useless for anything of real consequence.............except for a spare key and a $20.00 bill.:evil

    A little dot with a Sharpie on a nut and it's mating bolt will let you check to see if something is loosening with a glance instead of a wrench.
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  14. Renegade_Azzy

    Renegade_Azzy Kamen Rider

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    Or a line of nail polish. We use that on paintball tanks to make sure the tank isnt coming loose.
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  15. svejkovat

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    +1... but... that the horn matches the vehicle size is the result of marketing 'wisdom' only. On all my road bikes as well as small automobiles I've always replaced the anemic little "uh, excuse me sir" beeper with the dual-tone Fiamms dad's 4500lb Oldsmobiles always had. Cheap at any Wal-mart.
    I rarely use a horn but when I do I want it to say "This isn't just a compact car or motorcycle... It's someone you seriously need to pay attention to"
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    Haven't lost or misplaced or panicked about a key in many years. Have a battery switch. Don't recommend it to everyone, but I'm TERRIBLE with lost keys, wallets, credit cards, etc.
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    tucked way out of sight under the tank but easy for me to reach by hand. Use the handlebar kill switch to kill the engine and then isolate the whole system with the switch. Never have used the fork locks. If I'm ever in an area that concerns me I always secure the frame to a stout pole with a large Ulock. Even if someone was determined enough to hotwire the bike they're not likely to find the hidden battery switch since it's just not common on bikes. For the seat lock I simply removed the tumbler pins. Still functions like normal (to a would-be thief) but I can lock/unlock it with any key or similar metal tab. A thief never suspects this. (unless too many of you follow my tip and ruin the surprise).

    Wear the thinnest, slipperiest fabric, loose fitting, pair of running pants under jeans or riding pants.
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    Don't need expensive. Just a light breathable fabric that is as "slippery" as possible. Wish I'd discovered this in my first ten years of riding. Makes loooong rides 1000 percent more comfortable by eliminating any binding in a seated position and while moving about in the saddle. Adds almost zero to heat discomfort even on very hot days. The right fabric can even enhance wicking.
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  16. Irishman

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    "When boxing, try not to let the other guy's glove touch your face, because you never know where that glove has been."

    [Jack Handy]
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  17. ikonoklass

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    +1. The custom-made plugs I bought are pretty comfy, but they are the absolute worst at blocking noise.
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  18. helion42

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    :lol3 +1, everyone has a plan until they get punched in the face.
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  19. IheartmyNx

    IheartmyNx Ihave2draft

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    Anti-theft...

    Love the battery switch... On the off-chance... Who the hell has that as a key in their pocket? Or can hack the wires and straight wire it?

    Also see: Tethered kill switch. Might save your engine in an offy. And again, who the hell has a "key" for that?


    Also, Goodwill or second-hand shops have the potential to have the baddest non-motorcycle gear you can find.

    Save for the padding look in the athletic pants section for CHEAP water/wind-proof over-pants.

    Jackets, for a light nylon insulated jacket you can stuff under your riding jacket.

    Beats the shit out of retail... Oh, and it's tax free... (The squander enough of my money)
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  20. Frostback

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    I have plans to do a 10 day trip across the western US with one change of clothes. Every little town has a Goodwill secondhand shop where I can buy pants and shirt for $2.00 each so I can just trade in the old and buy some new. they wash and resell my oldies. I get to be 1970 fashionable for a few days. Outrageous clothes get extra points.

    Lee
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