Riding Superstitions?

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by bluegreen, May 3, 2013.

  1. bluegreen

    bluegreen Adventurer

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    Perhaps odd thread.

    I always have to put my right glove on first. If for some reason the left goes on first I will pull it off and then put on the right so the sequence is done in the correct order.
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  2. Gonzoso

    Gonzoso Been here awhile

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    That's weird.
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  3. txbear55

    txbear55 Been here awhile

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    I always wear the same riding shorts at the start of a trip.... need all the luck I can get for a safe journey!
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  4. Rango

    Rango Phaneropter

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    Keep a close look on your karma level.
    It's as important as your oil dip stick/looking glass.
    or more... :wink:
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  5. wvboy

    wvboy Been here awhile

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    I always start off in first gear :wink:
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  6. Contevita

    Contevita Cigar Adventurer

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    I imagine myself in a horrific accident.....how I would be ejected from the bike, how it would sound, how time would seem to slow down while in the air. Then I shake it off and go. I've been like that since I started riding in 1987 and so far I have not wrecked yet.

    I think I may have jinxed myself now, shit.
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  7. sunset_ryder

    sunset_ryder aka "toots"

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    That's funny!:rofl
    Not that, the one above that.
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  8. the_sandman_454

    the_sandman_454 Been here awhile

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    How did such superstitions come about? Bad experience when you tried the other way or what?
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  9. jearnshaw

    jearnshaw Adventurer

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    I am glad I am not the only one that has thought....

    But for my superstition I always put my left boot or shoe on first.
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  10. tokyoklahoma

    tokyoklahoma 75%has been 25%wanabe

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    I always mount from the left (kickstand) side of the bike.
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  11. k-moe

    k-moe Long timer

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    Pretty much that. Our brains like patterns; so much so that they will find ones where none exist.
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  12. Capt Crash

    Capt Crash Benevolent Despot

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    Talk to it like it's a horse. Pat the gas cap. Giddyup.
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  13. Crisis management

    Crisis management Latte riders FTW!

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    Sounds more OCD than superstitous, I just get on it and try and work out where the first corner is. :nod
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  14. SoSlow

    SoSlow Having fun

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    That's pretty much what I do - say good morning/afternoon, pat the seat or front cowl, thank it for starting, that sort of thing.
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  15. Zerk

    Zerk DILLIGAF

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    I am sure if they ask someone who is honest to them, they will find lots of weird shit they do.

    I think dumbasses shouldn't be given a pass, by calling it supersition.
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  16. toy4fun

    toy4fun GET out of the way

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    What....nobody has a damn cowbell hanging from the bars....jeez.
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  17. DR Donk

    DR Donk Been here awhile

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    I never, never touch that there front brake! I hear tell that if you do you'll go flying over the handlebars! :lol3 In reality, there are people that do believe that. My brother in law for instance. His front brake lever was literally rusted in place from lack of use. And he told me about the dangers of the front brake. :fpalm Nothing I ever said or did could convince him that the front brake was not going to do that to him especially on his XT250.
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  18. slartidbartfast

    slartidbartfast Love those blue pipes

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    Nobody has mentioned gremlin bells yet.

    Even if it only costs $5 and adds 10g of weight, it's a waste of any amount for something so completely and utterly pointless. Spotting one on a bike that also has Christian emblems is ironic for its profanity.

    There was a gremlin bell on my GTS when I bought it. Cut that thing off and threw it away as soon as I noticed it - might have been while I was tying it down on the trailer to bring it home.

    I suppose they are sort of ok if you consider them decorations, in which case they fit in the same category as fringes, conches, fake mohawks, etc. ...but then they're still as much of a sad statement as any pirate costume.
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  19. corndog67

    corndog67 Banned

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    How about, "There are 2 kinds of riders. Those that have crashed. And those that will crash." That is total bullshit. People either subliminally or blatantly wanting everyone to crash to validate their opinions on the subject.
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  20. Mountain Cruiser

    Mountain Cruiser Banned

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    The gremlin bell thing is an American motorcycle tradition. Some people overthink it. Someone close to me gave me mine, I put it on my bike. I ordered a few to give as gifts to people I ride with who I feel a close bond to. I like the tradition. YMMV...
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