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. mminob

    mminob MotoHolic

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    You can save a few valuable milliseconds of reaction time by covering or resting a couple of your fingers on the front brake lever , and your foot on the rear brake pedal , when you sense or predict trouble ahead ... like every intersection !

    And you can even take this a step further by lightly squeezing the brake levers just enough to put the brake pads touching the brake rotors or disks... This will also reduce the weight shift on the front tire when you need to stop in a hurry .

    There is a lot of great information here in this thread and in various books out there , that has kept me accident free for many years ... Thanks to all of your helpful riding tips :thumb
  2. Phil.Ottawa

    Phil.Ottawa Adventurer

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    You mean they aren't? I could have sworn they are too!
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  3. 2StrokesForever

    2StrokesForever Adventurer

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    Reading and loving this thread. Subscribed.
  4. Satinhammer

    Satinhammer Adventurer

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    Get your endorsement , its important
  5. viajero

    viajero Too old to be a nOOb

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    Probably already been said, but the Face Plant sub-forum is a must read. Lots to be gleaned from these "accidents".
  6. Chibiabos

    Chibiabos Child of the Magenta Line

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    People who wave you on through an intersection are too stupid to direct traffic.
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  7. Chibiabos

    Chibiabos Child of the Magenta Line

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    You're not invisible. You're just very well camouflaged.
  8. Road Barnacle

    Road Barnacle Been here awhile

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    Be cautious when the sun is at a low angle, especially when it's to your back. It might not obscure your vision but it makes you extra invisible to traffic ahead.
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  9. Rider2

    Rider2 Been here awhile Supporter

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    A different way of saying the same thing is that if your long shadow is pointing at someone, that means the sun is in their eyes and they can't see you.
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  10. Vectored2adv

    Vectored2adv Been here awhile

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    Tip for new riders: Riding a motorcycle doesn't mean you can enforce traffic laws, break car mirrors, and generally overreact to situations cars cause. Source: YouTube vloggers
  11. Chibiabos

    Chibiabos Child of the Magenta Line

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    Norty01 RIDERCOACH (RETIRED!)

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    Yes, that's important.
    But realize this~ acquiring the endorsement is only the beginning. Think of a basic rider course as just what it is. BASIC. Consider it like kindergarten. There are many other courses that offer more training, more everything motorcycles.

    Now, where's that tagline I use? Oh yes, here it is!
  13. sharps5090

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    Try not to run into anything and don't fall off.
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  14. Chibiabos

    Chibiabos Child of the Magenta Line

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    If somebody refers to buying a motorcycle with a greater engine displacement as an "upgrade" then you probably should take any advice that they offer to you. In general, avoid anything that resembles a dick measuring contest.
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  15. Rippin209

    Rippin209 Long timer

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    Nah, I ride a NC700X it's really only a 670 and getting something 1000cc would defiantly be an upgrade
  16. Chibiabos

    Chibiabos Child of the Magenta Line

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  17. Tripped1

    Tripped1 Smoove, Smoove like velvet.

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    Covering the levers yes. Absolutely.

    Covering the rear brake.....is of dubious value at best, in a panic clamp, its more likely to cause more problems with an analogue bike, at best you have a modern ABS system so its just more unessessary inputs, as the rear does nothing meaningful in most cases under full braking.
  18. davenowherejones

    davenowherejones short old guy

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    A scooter has the rear brake attached to the engine so it does a lot more than a regular motorcycle does. The Honda Forza 300 geometry works the rear brakes harder than usual. The ABS keeps you under control. You better get your feet ready because you are going to stop quickly and might just plain fall over sideways. Use both brakes hard!
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  19. PlainClothesHippy

    PlainClothesHippy Only dimly aware of a certain unease in the air.

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    Be aware that not crashing does not equal skilled riding. Always try to identify the flaws in your riding and work on eliminating them.

    This morning I came through an S turn and there was a runner on the inside of the second half that surprised me. No evasive action was needed, but I should have seen her before I did. I failed to read the road ahead far enough, and I need to improve on that.
  20. MauiCowie

    MauiCowie Long timer

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    Rear braking does nothing meaningful?

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    Source: https://www.nathanarose.com/blog/2017/10/4/braking-capabilities-of-motorcyclists-a-literature-review

    If a car is 95 feet if front of you do you want to stop in 90 feet or 100?
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