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. Big Bamboo

    Big Bamboo Aircooled & Sunbaked

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    You need to extend your mirrors or buy ones with longer stalks.
  2. shu

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    This works for me with any mirrors:

    Aim your mirrors so that they reflect mostly from the lane next to you with only the inner 10-15% reflecting your arms. An overtaking car should be entering your peripheral vision just about the same time it disappears from your mirror.

    When your mirrors are set like this, you won't be able to see as well straight behind you. The trick is to use the correct mirror depending on your position in the lane. If you are riding in the left portion of the lane, tuck your right elbow in and look in your right side mirror. If you are in the right portion of the lane,tuck the left elbow and use the left side mirror.

    ..............shu
  3. Jimmyy

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    i'm brand new as well, but as far as mirrors go... after I bought my klr, a friend of mine stood behind me to the left and then to the right where a car would be in those lanes as I adjusted it to my liking, I often will adjust them at the stop light as well to make sure i got the best view of the other lanes.
  4. slide

    slide A nation in despair

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    Third party mirrors.
  5. braindigitalis

    braindigitalis Wet weather sucks!

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    You could always do the quadrophenia thing and have ten mirrors on each stalk :rofl
  6. cab591

    cab591 Been here awhile

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    KG6BWS Been here awhile

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    My method is to adjust the mirrors so that when Im sitting on the bike looking straight ahead (hold the bars as if youre riding), I can just see the edge of my shoulders in the mirrors. Ive found that that gives me a happy medium between seeing as much as possible but still having something in the mirror to try and give a little perspective.
  9. cab591

    cab591 Been here awhile

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    No idea. I think one of them is DOT approved. Haven't seen it in any stores, but it can be ordered online. I'm kind of wondering how well it works.
  10. slide

    slide A nation in despair

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    Terrific idea but won't work for we who wear corrective lenses because the close up mirror will be grossly out of focus. Still, it's neat to see such an idea implemented and in a manner which makes me think, "Why didn't I think of that?"
  11. Big Bamboo

    Big Bamboo Aircooled & Sunbaked

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    OOPS, sorry, I was referring to the 180 degree rear view mirror listed here. Check out the video: http://www.huntercreate.com/shop/riderscan
  12. Big Bamboo

    Big Bamboo Aircooled & Sunbaked

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    Not true, put your eye 1" away from a mirror and look behind you. Good enough for traffic safety...
  13. RFVC600R

    RFVC600R SAND EATER!

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    Don't buy 30 year old plastic gas tank, even if it is "new" and never mounted. The plastic will crack just from the vibrations. Fixed it with some Seal All thats curing right now.:D It was a nice brand new 5gal Acerbis tank from the 80's but now I'm wondering how long it will last

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  14. BCKRider

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    Mirrors vary a lot. Quote your original post, say you wrote it, then give the year, make and model of your bike. If possible, post a photo of it. Very likely that someone on this forum has/had the same bike and mirror problem and can steer you to an after-market solution. If you don't get a response in a couple days, start a post in this forum maybe titled "mirror question" to get more attention.

    For SURE, you need to be able to see what is behind or coming up along side of you. And remember even the best standard mirrors leave "blind spots." Lots of debate over whether head checks or "blind spot mirrors" are the best way to get around that problem. And know that probably most experienced riders don't (quickly) check their mirrors often enough.

    Getting mirrors that work, adjusting them for the best view, then checking them frequently is the best way to avoid the "where the hell did he come from" syndrome.
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    Unless you have some sort of death wish of ending your life as Inferno Man... LOSE THAT TANK!!! It is NOT worth the risk!!!

    Heed my advice... If not, make sure your friends post up on Youtube so we can watch. (but I would prefer you go visit a burn unit to learn that this is something you NEVER want to experience)
  16. billybumbler

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    More like life advice in general, but it can certainly be applied to biking.

    No matter who you are or what your situation in life is there are people whose emotional pain will equal your physical pain if something happens to you. Think about those people. Even if you do not know who they are. Think about them, every time you get on the bike, at every intersection, and every corner.

    Not so much that you don't pay attention to actually riding though.
  17. arbutus

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    Completely agree!
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    a good one by another inmate, can't remember who though.

    "if you think something is wonky, it probably is"

    meaning if you think something is not right in the bike department, chances are you're right. pull over. check it out.

    to put it into context, guy was riding and got a vibe that his brakes felt "funny". turned out dragging brakes where locking his front wheel and the resulting heat made it worse. pulled over and couldn't move the bike by hand anymore.

    to the quotee; feel free to take credit
    or sue me
  19. svs

    svs All Hands on Deck!

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    Don't crash into bicycles, especially if it's being filmed...
  20. LuciferMutt

    LuciferMutt Rides slow bike slow

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    :lol3

    Good advice.