Most Important Things to Know For a Motorcycling n00b.

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by MotoMusicMark, Mar 26, 2010.

  1. BackDraft

    BackDraft Adventurer

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    Pay attention to your surroundings! Situational awareness is key to survival. Look! Do not trust mirrors.:muutt :muutt
  2. daq7

    daq7 Been here awhile

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    Whatever anyone tells you is wrong. You are inventing this. First time ever.
    Live or die by your wit...
  3. O.C.F.RIDER

    O.C.F.RIDER Loose nut behind h/bars

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    That I'd be broke for the rest of my life! :lol3
  4. Houngan

    Houngan Adventurer

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    Here's one I keep falling prey to:


    Practice doing it correctly, not doing it as fast as you can incorrectly!


    Big mental help in cornering, I backed off 5 mph and concentrated on steering once, having the throttle open, accelerating through, and looking through. After several sessions my comfort speed increased naturally and the bike feels much more planted.

    H.
  5. daq7

    daq7 Been here awhile

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    Late apex cornering rules no matter how good you are. You can turn a smooth windy road into more of a lean-fest.
  6. LuciferMutt

    LuciferMutt Rides slow bike slow

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    Not too mention all the other benefits it brings;

    -giving you a much better view through the corner
    -conserving traction by making you steer the bike harder only once on pavement you can see better
    -Allowing you to consciously pick a "turn-in" point for the corner
    -Preparing you for that inevitable decreasing radius blind corner.
    -Making it harder to run wide
    -Keeping your speed in check during the corner
    -Allowing better acceleration out of the corner since you will be traveling straighter on the exit

    Late apexing is the way to go on public streets.
  7. tripodtiger

    tripodtiger I used to be SCRay

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    The one consistent reason why collisions, crashes, prangs happen is because someone made a mistake.

    It occurs to me that any time someone, or some two or more, are involved in a collision, the drivers / riders are always surprised by the collision.

    So, by
    * looking ahead (at least 5 seconds ahead),
    * thinking about the worst possible (not probable) scenario involving the potential hazards that you can and can't see,
    * deciding before something happens to do something in case it happens
    you can reduce the risks.

    If, by seeing the potential for someone to make a mistake means that you aren't surprised by the mistake, you've removed one of the surprised people from the situation.


    Learn from your mistakes & don't blame other people for things you get yourself into.
  8. Schmeds

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    One I've learned: unless you're on wide open highway, stay one gear lower than you think you should be in.
  9. TurboCharger

    TurboCharger Been here awhile

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    Lose your ego.

    There is no place for it on the road especially not on a bike!

    Too bad all those chopper and harley riders aren't on this forum, they might learn a thing or two!

    Oh and for me, it's always been true that if you ride to match the conditions (and I don't mean just road but traffic, weather, your own mental/emotional state) then you stand a better chance of staying on two wheels.
  10. hellfire76

    hellfire76 haphazard adventurer

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    Someone should have told me how much more fun riding is when you have a modern bike that, handles well, doesn't rattle your teeth, spew oil, loosen its own bolt, and make your ears ring. It took me almost six years of riding on the road to figure that out. :huh
  11. *Gravy*

    *Gravy* Jedi Loser

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    +1 - but I wouldn't have it any other way. When I'm bench racing I always hear over and over about vibration this, vibration that; other various complaints. I've got nothing to add :lol3

    Try riding an '83 XL600R 1000 miles in 24 hours then we'll talk. Vibration - I don't feel anything?!?:rofl
  12. Brooklyn Rob

    Brooklyn Rob Do'h!

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    Don't let bmw roadside ASS istance haul your bike on it's thin sidestand, because it will bend and the bike will lean over even more than it used to.
  13. Roadrunner

    Roadrunner (Negativus Supersonicus)

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    That - beer cans flying out of pickup beds, and rocks being spewed at you - plus the occassional garbage can or piece of furniture flying out of nowhere, or someone losing their muffler.

    Try not to be behind pickup trucks.
    Sometimes even the driver of them is unaware of what they are carrying. :thumb
  14. BLU HWY

    BLU HWY Guilty By-Stander

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    This must go back to my MSF intro...?

    Yield to Tonnage.

    They can't hit you if you aren't there...

    Everyone is trying to kill you.
  15. zuti

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    If you're on the road, assume everyone is an idiot, because many of them are, be aware of everything around you and be prepared to react. Off-road, get good protective equipment, I have many injured parts because I did not follow my own advice in my early days of racing. Also, as the great Roger DeCoster always says, don't worry so much about bike modifications, focus on basic bike maintenance and learn how to ride your stocker to it's capacity before you modify it. You can go very fast on a stock bike and not have issues with reliability. Have fun! Zuti
  16. Commanderkewl

    Commanderkewl Been here awhile

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    Great thread.. Many wise sayings.... And in case I did Nissan it with my target fixation, did anyone say... The fire fighters and emergency responders mantra.. Well at least those that I know..

    in a panic situation you don't rise to the occasion,,,, you default to you
    Your level of training ....


    Isn't that the truth..
    I've lost some really good friends over the past few years that did the "I don't need the pick atgatt piece here... Or I will get my training as soon as I can..
    Lost two friends because of these silly .. I am going..to do...
    Be safe as .these guys are saying
  17. B.Curvin

    B.Curvin Feral Chia tamer

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    If you are a noob, and in this thread, please ignore this. He is wrong.




  18. DAKEZ

    DAKEZ Long timer

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    Quote:
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    countersteering is not where it's at.

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    That was Partly Dave's first and only post on ADVrider. He stated that he sets up for the corner buy hugging the tank with his knees and steering with his feet. Then stated what is quoted above.

    What he fails to realize is that counter-steering is still taking place. If you do what he says you are indeed counter-steering.
  19. B.Curvin

    B.Curvin Feral Chia tamer

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    Misleading for a noobster either way.

    You run him off? :lol3
  20. rbrsddn

    rbrsddn 3banger

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    Must have been, to say something incendiary like that. I was waiting for his explanation.:deal