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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    Lately here in So-Cal we have had quite a few wrong way drivers, yes, they enter the highways on the offramps and fly past the oncoming traffic, until, crash !

    This needs a special skill to be aware of and most riders can't process the speed at which the crazy wrong way driver is coming at you, 70 mph +70 mph= 140 !

    Also on undivided highways, just a painted line, be aware of oncoming drivers that drift into your lane, because a head on impact will mess you up. Texting ?

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  2. gone2seed

    gone2seed Been here awhile

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    Reminder of a bad joke. Senior Citizen calls her husband, “George are you on 81 North?”
    “Yes!”
    “Please be carefull!”
    “News says there is A Maniac driving the wrong way!.”
    “ Only one? There are hundred of the A$$ holes!”
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  3. Eric80

    Eric80 Been here awhile

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    Wouldn't the husband believe he was traveling on 81 South if the news is reporting someone going the wrong direction on 81 North?
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    ZoomerP Long timer Supporter

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    She thought she was driving on 81 South.
  5. gone2seed

    gone2seed Been here awhile

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    Sorry Guys,
    A joke? Maybe you’uns are over thinking it?
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  6. gone2seed

    gone2seed Been here awhile

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    Does anyone else…
    Wave to drivers that stop instead of turning left in front of them?
    I all ways try. “l am your buddy, please don’t kill me”
    Positive reinforcement , just don’t count on it working the next time!
  7. BikeMikeAZ

    BikeMikeAZ Been here awhile

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    I do this too.
  8. BJMoose

    BJMoose that trick never works Supporter

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    Yup - wave to drivers who don't pull out in front of me. But in Montana we tend to wave to each other as we pass on back roads - but not so much in the summer, cause you can't wave to the tourists. They don't get it.
  9. davenowherejones

    davenowherejones short old guy

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    I have been waving to the guys going to fight forest fires.
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  10. Right Turn Clyde

    Right Turn Clyde Pongo pygmaeus Supporter

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    BRIGHT LIGHTS SAVE LIVES.

    OEM lights on bikes are anemic, and cars have twice as many. Today the LED technology offers the single best "always on" means to make us visible to motorists (and maybe moose).

    Dimming tech from Clearwater Lights allows you to adjust the % of output on Low until the frequency that drivers flash you (with their lights, that is :lol3) is acceptable. For me, that's about 1 in 40 cars. But their "selective yellow" lenses are incredibly conspicuous. In addition to riding like I'm invisible, the Sevina/Darla light show has improved my odds of survival immensely.
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  11. ibafran

    ibafran villagidiot

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    Yep. Me too. There is a LOT more to learning to ride well and gain Roadcraft than many riders suspect. Takes time and effort to get good at most of it. It is a life-long effort.
    fran
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  12. PlainClothesHippy

    PlainClothesHippy It'll Shine When it Shines

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    On the lighter side...Always retrieve your keys from your pocket before you put on your gloves. You will make this mistake more than once.
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  13. davenowherejones

    davenowherejones short old guy

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    A friend of my mother did the wrong way on a highway one day. She died of dementia a few years later.

    My mother tried to drive across a huge Portland one way bridge also. A nice police officer got her turned around, she was still lost. She died about 40 years later.

    I ride a 2014 Honda Forza 280 on the highway often.

    A lot of dumb things happen on the highway.
  14. Sefto

    Sefto I think I'll just crash here.

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    The majority of the time you will be alone, away from most family and most friends, for decades and decades.
  15. ThirdUncle

    ThirdUncle More will than skill Supporter

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    When riding trails and not quite "feeling it", let Capt Enthusiasm go first.
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  16. hardhat

    hardhat Been here awhile Super Supporter

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    With me, it's the ear plugs (before the helmet AND the gloves).
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  17. monkeydad

    monkeydad Long timer

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    Look through the turns.
  18. petri oosthuizen

    petri oosthuizen n00b

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    Whatever you do, dont stiffen up. Keep those hands light on the bars, and get into "attack" position (bent your elbows) and get through the obstacle.

    The bike inherently wants to stay upright at speed, it US who makes it fall over.

    And take it easy, unless you're in a race with prize money to be won.

    Ride at YOUR pace, not the guy in front (I almost NEVER ride in a group, and my trips are all solo - no matter what).

    Relax, enjoy, let the bike do its thing under you, look up, and remember you're not racing the Roof of Africa or Dakar.

    And lastly - dont "over plan" your trip, get a rough idea where you want to end up and just take enough time getting there. Once again - its not a Dakar
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  19. DaveMS

    DaveMS n00b

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    It's corrolary: Look down and go down.
  20. davenowherejones

    davenowherejones short old guy

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    With all of our crappy roads you need to look EVERYWHERE.
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