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. scmopar

    scmopar Been here awhile

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    Treat a bike as you would a plane preflight/preride check no matter if its been parked 15 months or 15 min . Bikes can be finicky bastards :evil
  2. CosmoKorny

    CosmoKorny Been here awhile

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    Seriously? Wow.
  3. KG6BWS

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    LOL!! Im kind of bad about that. If the tires have air and the bike starts.....its good to go. :lol3
  4. LittleRedToyota

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    yeah, the pre-flight inspection idea is a good one. but, if you ride your bike every day, it becomes a bit burdensome.

    i'd say it's a good idea if you only ride once a weekend or something, but my DRZ (daily commuter) only gets a thorough pre-flight every month or so.

    no oil on the ground under it? check.
    tires are not completely flat? check.
    brakes work OK as i' getting on it? check.
    starts up? check

    i'm good to go...

    (it's obvious if the head light is not working and i do check to make sure the tail light is working every now and then.)
  5. KG6BWS

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  6. keiPHadventure

    keiPHadventure Adventurer

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    Cool! Great info! Thanks!
  7. Greg MacD

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  8. Eladbern

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    First 50 miles on your new tires the mold release is insanely slick treat them like your riding on ice....

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  9. Obi

    Obi 2013 Multistrada GT

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    When you overtake a car: a)look inside the car:whats the driver doing ( paying attention on the road/mirrors or texting/talking/putting on makeup....), b) watch the left hand of the driver: finger reaching for the blinker indicator to turn left while you overtake?could give you the extra second to brake or floor it to avoid an accident ( saved me already a few times)
  10. Blader54

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    Don't assume other vehicles are going to behave in a way that is intelligent, predictable, or which takes you into account.

    It is not possible to overestimate how bad a car driver can be. What follows are things I have personally experienced riding with one young woman (who I refuse to ride with any more) On every trip she takes, she:

    a) runs all stop signs [claims she does not see them];

    b) pulls out right in front of oncoming traffic when leaving a parking lot [believes she always has the right of way];

    c) speeds....she drives a BMW 335xi coupe at crazy speeds: 60-65 through a small town downtown, 60 on residential streets with 30-35mph speed limits;

    d) believes that "right on red" means that you don't have to stop and look before you turn, that you can just zoom through it and other drivers have to make way for you;

    e) refuses to wear glasses even though she is supposed to wear them when driving [purely vanity...and is willing to risk her own and everyone else's life because of it].

    She has been ticketed, and had one accident so far but nothing's changed. The cops were unfair. The accident was the other guy's fault, etc etc. She will never change.....unless, maybe, she kills someone.

    She is the worst driver I've ever been with, and I'm sure she is not alone. I've ridden with two others who were pretty good but who had a bad habit of looking at you when talking....and so we would veer into the right hand lane or onto the shoulder. At speed. Anywhere. From the left lane of the freeway to the shoulder in a couple of seconds...I would be lunging for the wheel.

    These people are out there. They are a menace and they will kill you without even trying, given half a chance. I recommend training yourself to never assume a car driver is a good driver or to use your own driving skill as the basis for your estimate of others' driving skill....unless you are an horrific driver...then go right ahead.
  11. Rango

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    Shoot, that just sounds like the standard BMW driver in the US.
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    Bad BAD idea! ALWAYS watch their wheels. :deal Wheels never tell anything but what actually IS.

    NEVER count on the eye contact myth. They will look right at you and right through you. :nod
  14. KG6BWS

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    x1000!!
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    Why take the risk?

    I can't think of a single time when making eye contact has been a benefit to my safety while riding.

    I can think of many when they looked right at me and pulled out or turned in front of me anyway.

    There is NOTHING about SIPDE (not "SPIDE") that ever includes eye contact with other road users. :nah

    SIPDE simply means to Scan, Identify, Predict, Decide and Execute. :deal

    There is NEVER a mention of making eye contact.
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    This is a valuable reference thread for new riders, please don't dilute it with petty bickering. :puke1
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    Yeh time for some
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