Motorcycle Misconceptions

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by CCitis, Aug 26, 2019.

  1. MauiCowie

    MauiCowie Long timer

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    Nope. This guy just pulled this stunt completely out of the blue. As I stated there was ZERO indication of what this guy was about to do.

    I've got a few hundred thousand street miles under my belt but I still make mistakes and by no means do I claim to be the world's best rider. (My riding skills are probably somewhere between Rossi and his grandmother.) I've made plenty of mistakes while riding that my guardian angel has helped me out on but I'm always cognizant of the fact that even if I'm riding perfectly that something (like a deer or a bolt of lightning) can take me out in a heartbeat. But I love riding and am willing to take the risk.
  2. MauiCowie

    MauiCowie Long timer

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    Randomly weaving across your lane has more benefits than SMIDSY. I do it all of the time to get tailgaters to back off. To start with, it wakes them up to the fact that you're in front of them. Secondly, they start to wonder if you're drunk or high and it makes them want to stay the hell away from you. The more erratic your weaving is the better the results. It's not pretty but it works.
  3. Khantahr

    Khantahr Been here awhile

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    I sometimes swerve in my lane just because I'm bored and it's fun.
  4. davenowherejones

    davenowherejones short old guy

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    My invisible friend said to go around him so I did.
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  5. Patch

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    I weave around in my lane because its my lane and I'll use every damn bit of it
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  6. davenowherejones

    davenowherejones short old guy

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    I agree and you better stay way behind me because I am dangerous. My road, get your own!
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  7. Knapper-UK

    Knapper-UK Been here awhile

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    I'm constantly flitting to and fro across my lane. It's called road positioning and it's absolutely crucial to fast, safe riding.
    Bikes give you the opportunity no other type of vehicle can match to use every inch of the road to your advantage. It's got to be done.
  8. ddavidv

    ddavidv The reason we can't have nice things

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    What we teach on the track: Use the whole track; you paid for it!
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    mr72 Been here awhile

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    IDK about fast but this is basically what I said earlier. Lane repositioning and surface adjustment may be interpreted as "weaving" by other drivers.
  10. Knapper-UK

    Knapper-UK Been here awhile

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    Optimum road positioning means better visibility into and through the bend, which means less braking, later turning, shorter lines and more corner speed.
    Police pursuit riders are masters at it. Try shaking one off.
    Actually, don't. You will get busted..
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  11. anotherguy

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    Used to set up the new Metro DC police and maintain some Maryland State Police bikes. We were offered an abbreviated version of the course they take and I took them up on it. Made a huge difference in my riding. Even after 40 years of racing I still learned new skills. Trust me those guy can ride.
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  12. slartidbartfast

    slartidbartfast Life is for good friends and great adventures Supporter

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  13. Knapper-UK

    Knapper-UK Been here awhile

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    I did an advanced course in the UK with police riders. Made a radical difference to the speed and smoothness of my riding. Completely different discipline to track riding.
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  14. Andyvh1959

    Andyvh1959 Cheesehead Klompen Supporter

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    I agree. Though to me there are very few accidents. Only crashes. I feel the word "accident" relieves the rider of his/her cause to the results. To me, only crashes, no accidents.
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  15. anotherguy

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    I cannot find any corroborating evidence for that. Can you tell me where to find it?
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    I think it has been posted here on ADV a couple of times. CDC has some stuff on it as well.
  17. Eatmore Mudd

    Eatmore Mudd Mischief on wheels.

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  18. Knapper-UK

    Knapper-UK Been here awhile

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    The police rider I did my training course with said he'd attended many fatal single bike RTAs and in his opinion most riders died because they gave up. His point being most riders are nowhere near as capable as the bikes they're riding and if they only knew, they could have ridden out of the situation instead of dying in it.
    Target fixation being the big one. FUUUUUCKK I'm gonna die! And so you do.
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    WindBlast Jesus and Tequila

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    Here's another good one - there are no accidents, only crashes. "Only crashes" gives the false impression that highly skilled riders will never have an accident, when in fact, they might.