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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. dtysdalx2

    dtysdalx2 Just glad to be here.

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    Armor all. Only use on plastics!

    NO tires!!! Sidewalls MAYBE but be careful!!!
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  2. dtysdalx2

    dtysdalx2 Just glad to be here.

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  3. Dr. Beat

    Dr. Beat Rock steady

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    Are you still taking it, and in what doses? At this point I'll try anything. Iv'e found that sound therapy helps me, I listen to this almost every day for couple of 10min intervals:
  4. dtysdalx2

    dtysdalx2 Just glad to be here.

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    ^ not bad but crickets annoy me. :umph

    I keep a christian radio station on all night @ low volume.

    2 pills a day. I kinda quit though lately.
  5. basketcase

    basketcase lifelong reject fixer Supporter

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    Most important advice for a motorcycling noob?

    Don't hit anything, and don't let anything hit you! :brow
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  6. davenowherejones

    davenowherejones short old guy

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    Also good for some of the questionable ladies around here.
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  7. basketcase

    basketcase lifelong reject fixer Supporter

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    :lol3
  8. DKCJ

    DKCJ a life behind bars Supporter

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    Loud lights save lives!

    Assume everyone is trying to kill you, mostly you'll be wrong, but...
    Assume all drivers are incompetent, mostly you'll be correct.
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  9. wwace

    wwace Adventurer

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    Never hit an object in the road
    Rear brake only if you find yourself in loose gravel suddenly.

    Very first time I rode a bike, Honda 90 in Mexico, I was riding the sand dunes behind the beach and I came up on a paper bag and I had the bright idea to kick it as I went by. Well bag hid a heavy booze bottle that nearly broke my foot and yank me off the bike even though I was only going maybe 10 mph. I wasn't too bright at 11 yrs old.
  10. wwace

    wwace Adventurer

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    one more
    When riding double take the twisties 10mph slower than normal, or even more if tight corners.
  11. Huzband

    Huzband Team Dirt

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    :fpalm

    If you feel the need to go that slow, you have no business endangering the life of a passenger.
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  12. HuntWhenever

    HuntWhenever Motorcicle Commuter

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    I think slowing down is good advise for someone riding with a passenger for the first time. You can speed back up to normal after you get used to how the bike handles with the added weight.
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  13. Huzband

    Huzband Team Dirt

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    That is certainly a true statement.
  14. Maverich

    Maverich I'm not lost

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    I agree, but I'll add this: Extra weight is one thing, but a passenger who could potentially be moving around unpredictably is another. Its good to be extra cautious until you're confident your passenger knows how to be a passenger.
  15. Gone in 60

    Gone in 60 Been here awhile

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    One thing I would advise noobs is to study up on motorcycle hand signals. Not sure if that’s come up yet.

    On one of my earliest rides into a two lane road, oncoming riders were patting the tops of their helmets. I had no idea what it meant. I thought maybe it was a general greeting between riders. When someone did it to me, I would give the same signal back.

    Then I looked it up...
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  16. ZoomerP

    ZoomerP . Supporter

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  17. Gone in 60

    Gone in 60 Been here awhile

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    Would have been nice to have seen that chart during my basic rider course years ago.
  18. Strayarider

    Strayarider Been here awhile

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    Are you sure that's "comfort stop"? or another well known signal which may be extended when some twat nearly drives off the road whilst using the phone?
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  19. Hopin

    Hopin Been here awhile

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    I guess it depends on what culture it's used in?
  20. Gone in 60

    Gone in 60 Been here awhile

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    My hand signal for a twat that drives off the road whilst using the phone is to point at them with one hand, and pat my belly with the other, as if to indicate that I'm laughing at them as hard as I possibly can.
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