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Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by MotoMusicMark, Mar 26, 2010.
taking my msf tomorrow and tuesday
Best advice you could possibly recieve:
Don't ride up to show off to your friends. You will stop, then you will drop it. 100% chance.
truth. last year, at euromoto, an acquaintance rode into the little hill parking lot at the euromoto bike show on his fancy new dorsoduro 1200, came in a little hot, and had to grab a handful to avoid a pedestrian. down he went, to much sympathy and the more than a few lols.
My daddy once said, "Son, don't put your face where you wouldn't put your fingers." Although, he put his face up against a fence post and some barbed wire riding an old Indian in 1940. Mostly, situational awareness was his motto. He always said ,"never forget what you're doing, and where you're doing it at."
TAT July- August 2014
06 KLX 250, 74 ts125 (still riding it)
Wrong. Better to look at the top of the front tire. You'll see it move easier than the bottom.
It sleighs me how this thread is titled "most important things to know for a motorcycling n00b", yet most respondents are in fact n00bs.
There are so many. But learning to put the sidestand up, not starting the engine in gear without the clutch in, and learning to use NON ABS brakes are three important ones. The rider should learn how to control their bike, and not the other way around. Seems to me if a rider cannot learn these simple things, they are not qualified to learn all the rest of the things necessary to ride a motorcycle with reasonable safety.
And so does arrogance. No need to be harsh.
Although you're certainly correct, you can really view any part of the car, even a door panel, and your peripherals will be able to tell if the car is moving. I think the main takeaway here is, "don't take eye contact with the driver to mean anything". Which is an extremely important lesson. Don't even look at the driver, they're probably ugly anyway.
Constantly being aware of your surroundings doesn't come from looking at specific points and judging their course/speed/etc. If you're constantly scanning your mirrors, you won't see the guy pulling out right in front of you. Just relax, use your peripherals and if you find yourself in a situation you don't like (like in someone's blind spot), don't be afraid to slow down and back out of it. Knowing your exit is essential, but pretty much impossible when you're completely surrounded.
Corners, Go in slow, come out faster.
Go in fast, come out Dead !!!
Didn't mean to come across as arrogant or harsh. My apologies.
I do, however, disagree with the rest of your post.
Ignorance sleighs (sic).
Pulled by stupid reindeer!
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No worries, the internet is the best place to have your words misunderstood.
When I was in driving school, my instructor said something along the lines of "I'm scared to drive with someone who never checks their mirrors, but I'm more scared to drive with someone who is constantly scanning them".
That kind of stuck with me because I realized that if you're just scanning your mirrors over and over, you really will be less aware of what's in front of you. That being said, I'm not saying that I don't scan my mirrors. In heavy traffic, I'm checking once about every 5 seconds, watching the car coming up behind me to make sure they're slowing down, etc. But the point of what I'm trying to say is, the human brain can only take in so much info at one time, so if you're overwhelming it nonstop, you're going to miss a lot.
The road is a place where fluidity and subconscious reactions will save your ass. When that moment comes, where you need to take action to avoid the guy turning left in front of you, you won't really have time to step back and think about his speed, direction, the car behind you, etc. And you CERTAINLY don't want to be looking in your mirrors when it happens. Just like any other task that takes mental concentration, you won't be at your A-game if you're stressed or overwhelmed.
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Word to n00bs...
wax your tank BUT DONT armor-all your seat.
I started reading this thread and went through the first couple of pages and very surprised no one here mentioned one of the most important rule:
Wear your HELMET and proper gear! I'm here typing this today because I wore my gear when a cager decided to turn into my lane and t boned him at 50 mph.
Just make sure and pass up the booths that are selling used helmets!!!
Why will you have to weave through lanes?
Well, at least put some knobbies on it if you're going to listen to your boyfriend...