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. Mambo Dave

    Mambo Dave Backyard Adventurer

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    I agree.

    The last time I went drinking and riding was to meet someone from ADVrider who was in town (about a month ago). I started to ride home slightly buzzed from the 'party' area that had a lot of cruisers / Harleys (before I left - they all headed home before I did), knowing it was a bad idea... I had about 15 miles of super-slab ahead of me. Within the first mile I came to a slow-down that I didn't expect (construction at almost 2 AM on the weekend?). As we filtered down from the four lanes into one lane, a road worker there at the forward edge of the cones gave me a stare like the grim reaper... yet it didn't register why (e.g. why stare at me vs. all these other drivers in cars and trucks out here?).

    Traffic got slower and slower in this single lane, even after being in it, to where we were down to like 4 MPH. Then I saw why as I passed the body and bike of who I was sure was a fellow partier who drank and rode (the news, later, was that he was coming from the same party road I was at, and his home / destination was the same place I live).

    I took the chance he did that night, and the odds caught up to him.
  2. Capt Crash

    Capt Crash Been here awhile

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  3. Capt Crash

    Capt Crash Been here awhile

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  4. KiwiExplorer

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    Watch out for a lot of camber in the road/track when you come to a stop, I have been caught out a couple of times, once the bike starts to go over, it is very hard to stop!

    As said on previous treads before, if there are any extra training courses out there, try and get yourself on them, even as a refresher. It's good to practice emergency braking, counter steering etc on a regular basis.


    Enjoy, learn and good luck!
  5. isanozz

    isanozz Total n00b

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    Haven't read through everything here yet but some great pearls of wisdom for sure.
    The best thing I learned so far with my limited riding experience(only about 15,000 km's where i'm living overseas & about half a dozen dirt bikes back home a long time ago) is never take your attention off everything around you & never relax until the key is out of the ignition. I did that once & nearly got taken out....never again, was a very timely wake up call.
  6. opticalmace

    opticalmace Been here awhile

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    Around here big trucks cause big undulations in the pavement at stoplights due to their weight. As in, there are literal dips in the tire tracks of the lane.

    Just something to be aware of, particularly if you come in a bit hot and are about to make (e.g.) a left turn, they can throw you off a bit.
  7. DAKEZ

    DAKEZ Long timer

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    This is the reason I steer people to buy the most fun and engaging bike that fits their riding style. Bigger is NOT better. Comfort can lead to complacency...
  8. tommysmothers

    tommysmothers Flamesuit equipped

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    Tips from a noob to other noobs:

    1. You are not as skilled as you might think.

    2. Stay hydrated. After 10 minutes of riding around at 20mph ATGATT in 75*F, I was sweating profusely.

    3. If you bought a used bike, put it through parking lot/side street trials before venturing out on the main roads. That rear tire might not be as sticky as it looks.

    4. You can have a lot of fun under 30mph.

    5. The MSF course is in a controlled environment. On the street there is no one watching out for you.
  9. AdMore Lighting

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  10. opticalmace

    opticalmace Been here awhile

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  11. KG6BWS

    KG6BWS Been here awhile

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    LOL! I saw that one on another thread. I guess the fact that I dont even use my rear brake half the time means I should have wrecked long ago. :norton
  12. orangebear

    orangebear Long timer

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    + 1 on that.

    Front brake is the high speed brake and the rear is the slow speed brake.

    Hit the rear at speed then the back wheel will slid or lock and you will go down.

    Get as much speed of with the front and you will ride for a long time.
  13. AdMore Lighting

    AdMore Lighting Adventurer

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    We tend to agree with both of you.
    The first article we posted makes several good points but #5 isn't one of them.

    Thanks for the feedback ...
  14. JDK111

    JDK111 Been here awhile

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    Texting drivers, drunks, overtired drivers on the highway, unsafely loaded trucks etc. .... It seems to me that pretending you're invisible is the really stupid advice. JMO of course.
  15. DAKEZ

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    What he likely means is: "Ride as if they can't see you"

    In other words: Take responsibility for your own safety so you are able to avoid them no matter what they do.
  16. Import

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    When pulling up for lights, don't take the center of your lane, it's definitely the smoothest pavement........ But it's where all the cages and trucks dump their dripping oil.....
  17. tommyvdv

    tommyvdv Been here awhile

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    never trust your low fuel light :) rely on the trip meter instead.

    ...don't ask ;)
  18. stucknarut

    stucknarut Uh oh...

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    I think the most important thing I learned is, your noggin is both your biggest asset and your own worst enemy, so you never quit learning and practicing. It amazes me how many riders have no flippin' clue what can lead to a crash and why. Gotta be able to pick up and assess risk correctly, and not get yourself in over your head. Then, when it hits the fan, your knee-jerk reactions are all hard-wired for a much slower world than bike speed. Fear and adrenaline hits, you'll clamp down on the bars, focus on the danger, cut the throttle, hit the brakes hard in a corner, panic when the rear wheel cuts loose, etc. etc. Takes a lot of rehearsing to overcome a natural fear response.
  19. Hohmie

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    If you're going to get off the bike stop first.
  20. KG6BWS

    KG6BWS Been here awhile

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    If youre going to get off the bike put the stand down first.
    :lol3