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. Gil Favor

    Gil Favor Been here awhile

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    Realize that to on-coming and turning traffic, you are a single point of reference for their depth perception, and they cannot easily judge your speed (if they actually SEE you). This is really important if you like to push the speed limit. For example, if you're doing 75mph in a 45mph zone, you will arrive at the scene of the accident 67% faster than the left-turning driver expects you.

    I saw the aftermath of a left-turning car/MC accident on TV last week where a young guy and his girlfriend on the MC were injured. The cage driver said yes he saw the bike, but thought he had plenty of time to make the turn.
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  2. Motorius

    Motorius Road trippin' Supporter

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    This should be a must-watch for every rider.

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  3. BywayMan

    BywayMan Been here awhile

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    I relied only on the MSF course which did not really get into: 1) The more modern metrics (over the DR, KLR etc.) provide insufficient room to work easily and no extra length to wires and cables to manuever parts, even during basic maintenance. The adulation media hardly gets into it; never saw a review mentioning how to get to the V_strom's air cleaner. The service manual is NOT a substitute for motorcycle mechanic training. 2) Assume every intersection has loose gravel. 3) See https://advrider.com/f/threads/centerstand-getting-it-up.1345186/page-2#post-38393683
  4. HuntWhenever

    HuntWhenever Motorcicle Commuter

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    I would suggest this be modified to include "Assume every turn has loose gravel". At least out where I live. Not to mention road kill, pile of wet hay that fell off someone's wagon, horse crap, sticks 'n such.
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  5. davenowherejones

    davenowherejones short old guy

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    bull shit
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  6. HuntWhenever

    HuntWhenever Motorcicle Commuter

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    Maybe you should re-read..."At least where I live".
    There is gravel in turns on the way home that wasn't there in the morning when I went to work. Usually from someone dragging their trailer axles down into the ditch. Its not uncommon to come around a turn and find a pile of wet hay (wet from morning dew) that fell off someone's wagon. When the corn is up, every turn is a blind turn. I could go on, but that would just be a meaningless task of proving to you that I know my own roads where I live.
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  7. davenowherejones

    davenowherejones short old guy

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    And where I live there is sometimes bull shit on the road. The last bull that crossed the road in front of me was a giant of an animal, that thing was huge.
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  8. HuntWhenever

    HuntWhenever Motorcicle Commuter

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    Ah...used in that context...LOL! I've been lucky enough to not run into any bulls while on the bike. I did pass one up on the road a few years ago that made my Subaru look like a wind-up toy.
  9. PlainClothesHippy

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

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    As someone who commutes daily through Amish farm country, yes sometimes there's actual bull shit on the road. You owe the man an apology.
  10. PlainClothesHippy

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

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    Edit: or I owe you one...I just saw the clarification on the intended humor. I tip my hat.
  11. OzCr0w

    OzCr0w She'll be right mate!

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    Work on your bike out of your bumbag and until your comfortable you've got what you'll need in the bush, then close the bumbag and only open it in the bush.
    Shed tools stay in the shed and vise versa.
    Oh and get a good bumbag.
    I like these https://www.kellyenduroproducts.com.au/
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  12. davenowherejones

    davenowherejones short old guy

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    I like that, I guess I need to buy some more shed only tools.

    I have a scooter so I use a shaving kit zippered bag for under the seat.
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  13. Hopin

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    Now that the corn harvest has began in earnest here, there are actually piles of corn in most corners and intersections! Semi trucks spill it over the sides hauling it out to market, soy beans are next up!
  14. HuntWhenever

    HuntWhenever Motorcicle Commuter

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    Soy beans and solid fertilizer are the worst.
  15. PlainClothesHippy

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

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    I would submit that liquid pig shit must be included on that list.

    Ask me how I know.
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  16. Huzband

    Huzband Team Dirt

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  17. davenowherejones

    davenowherejones short old guy

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    Not all liquid spraying from a huge sprinkler onto the road is water.

    I got the liquid manure spray full blast on my motorcycle.
  18. viajero

    viajero Too old to be a nOOb

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    If you've ever played team sports, you probably have heard to term "keep your head in the game".

    It definitely applies to motorcycle riding.
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  19. cajunrph

    cajunrph Adventurer Supporter

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    If behind a horse trailer and the horses tail raises, get the he'll put of dodge.

    All jokes aside, get training, start with a smaller bike, start slow and build up your confidence. If your buddies like to Bar hop, either drink coffee at the stops or find new buddies. Have great respect for the bike, almost fear but not quite. Know you can kill or maim yourself or others by your neglect. But above all, enjoy the ride and represent what is good about motorcycling to others on the road.
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  20. davenowherejones

    davenowherejones short old guy

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    Forget bar hopping.
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