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Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by ElJefeATX, Apr 8, 2014.
This week I learned that my bike will lean farther than I am comfortable with.
Yesterday I learned that sometimes I either have a choice of panic braking or just going ahead and triggering the red light camera.
It will be interesting to see if I get a nice letter from Bastrop County soon.
I did that in Phoenix recently. Not a good choice I suppose because the surface streets are 45-50 mph and the lights are just short enough to pucker you.
Today I learned that, while riding in the rain, if you need to pull over to play with the GPS, don't do it in a driveway that's an exit for a closed car wash. That is all...
Today I learned that it sucks to be stuck at work on a Saturday when the temperature is in the mid 70's and EVERYBODY else is on their bikes.
I feel your pain. I shipped my seat pan off to Seat Concepts for a custom upgrade. No riding for 10 or so days.
i learned a bike can drop fast and with no apparent cause
rode lightweight scooters for a few years, i have been on a 450 pound bike for a few months. not a big bike, but certainly 200 pounds heavier then used to. i have dropped it twice now
the first time i did something foolish and n00b at low speed and sand got me. this time however i was simply coming to a stop. dry clear ground, lite breaking, and the bike just....slid out ever so gently from under me. i tried to catch it but it caught me so off guard and went down so nicely it was flat on its side before i had a chance to even think 'wtf!'
i also learned fellow riders are very kind, sometimes. as my bike lay there and i was about ready to employ the "walk the bike back up" technique i leaned on youtube a couple of gentlemen approached and asked if i needed a hand. i said 'sure.' just as i said that a guy in a mini cooper pulled over, got out of the car....and was wearing a Harley t-shirt!
he asked if i could use a hand, and i said 'yeah, i think so.' he proceeded to clear us newbs out of the way, grabbed the bars and frame, gave a good lift, and up the bike came. around 40ish he said he had rode and owned many a bike all his life. seemed a nice guy, told me not to worry about it cuz it happens, and to ride safe. nice
i also learned i should invest in some frame sliders. no damage to the bike so far save a few fine speck scratches on the engine casing, but thats enough for me. might not be so fortunate if there is a next time
I have learned,that if you drop your front wheel off the curb,and stop for traffic comming.
You can air peddle a second,before you flop over.
While it wasn't the graphic I was looking for - it still helps. This shows where to put your bicycle, and by extension - your motorcycle, over loops for detection.
Now THAT would be the video to see!
Today I learned that if you have the back wheel slide out on a wonderful mixture of sand, gravel, and oily wet pavement, and you just hold the throttle steady and try not to let anyone hear you screaming like a little girl, then yes, by golly, the DR will just nicely slide around the corner.
I've seen it on countless videos. A little different when it happens to me.
Wasnt a new lesson but was reminded to put down my visor before hitting the road after a muddy red clay trail .
A 6 ounce magnet, rare earth or just plain steel, works exactly as well as 6 ounces of scrap iron duct taped to the bike. It is the mass of metal, not its flux, that matters. The induction loop can be calibrated...call the highway department that has the jurisdiction for the light (state highway department for a state highway, city streets department for a city street intersection, etc.).
Time the yellow light. The contractor that supplies the camera pays the city for each violation, and they shorten the yellow light period to make more money. There are engineering standards for the duration of the yellow light, and if that is shortened, you might have a defense.