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Old 09-14-2010, 07:23 PM   #21
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Also, for those of you who have taken MSF.. SCAN!!! Don't be sight seeing in the city... if you see a hot girl.. stop and talk to her, don't rev your engine and burn off and run into a car that just turned into your lane.

Also, Practice your braking.. i think that's key to any situation.. if you can apply your brakes perfectly in a bad situation you will have a better chance of slowing down and possibly avoiding the accident.
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Old 09-14-2010, 09:04 PM   #22
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My own "rules" that I learned years ago-ride like your invisible. That is, ride like no car is looking out for you, no one can see you in their mirrors, etc. that way you're always on the lookout for them (although w/the drivers in this town they're probably busy texting anyway).

Second, when coming up on intersections with cars waiting to turn give the bike a little swerve (safely), make sure they see you.
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Old 09-14-2010, 09:19 PM   #23
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80% of my ability is usually about 20% of the bikes ability.

That being said, know your bike's capabilities. Stopping distances on cruisers/motards is not what they are on a SS. If you are riding in a group, know the distance you and your bike need. Dont rely on what the guy in front of you is doing.

Also remember, be smooth. Smooth on the throttle, smooth on the brake. You will get more of the bike's abilities out of it. Jerky movements can overwhelm the traction threshold of our tires. We work with a VERY limited contact patch to begin with.

And properly inflate tires. Just because Hopkins, Spies, etc air down for traction doesnt mean it's a good thing for you OR the street.
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Old 09-14-2010, 10:19 PM   #24
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Wow, Tim, I have a whole new level of respect for you. I'm glad I got to shake your hand.
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Old 09-14-2010, 10:29 PM   #25
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Old 09-14-2010, 10:30 PM   #26
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Great information but I don't wholly agree with your comments about wearing black. Black gear has a slimming effect and goes with everything so I can accessorize! Let's not knock black <3
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Also, for those of you who have taken MSF.. SCAN!!! Don't be sight seeing in the city... if you see a hot girl.. stop and talk to her, don't rev your engine and burn off and run into a car that just turned into your lane.

Also, Practice your braking.. i think that's key to any situation.. if you can apply your brakes perfectly in a bad situation you will have a better chance of slowing down and possibly avoiding the accident.
+1000 on the braking! within 24 hrs of getting my bike, i was in a nearby lot, practicing different pressure on my front/ rear brakes. i now know the best combination to use in case of an emergency stop.

Accelerating is fun, braking will keep u alive.
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Old 09-14-2010, 11:13 PM   #28
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Nevermind Tim please. I'd like to keep getting cheap salvage bikes in the future, so keep squiding it up.
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Old 09-15-2010, 12:54 AM   #29
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+1000 on the braking! within 24 hrs of getting my bike, i was in a nearby lot, practicing different pressure on my front/ rear brakes. i now know the best combination to use in case of an emergency stop.

Accelerating is fun, braking will keep u alive.

practicing in general is fun! Braking, and traction knowledge is key, especially during inclimate weather.
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Old 09-15-2010, 01:18 AM   #30
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Amazing how this same basic thread re-occurs every couple years.

SMR starts small, just a few friends having fun with no issues. Then it gets public, and starts growing. Then you get people going down trying to keep up with the regulars. Next the cops start cracking down, and finally the general forum jumps on the bandwagon and starts ranting about all the "racers" riding the roads like they stole it.

No matter how many examples you post of people getting arrested, hurt or killed, there will always be that core group of "it won't happen to me, not my fault, we aren't doing anything wrong, etc".

Another good point is learning your brakes and how to use them as a habit, not a thought. It never ceases to amaze me how many experienced and seasoned riders don't know how to use both brakes, trail brake and brake in corners. It can and will save your bike and maybe your life one day.
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Old 09-15-2010, 02:19 AM   #31
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Well said! That's how I have been able to stay in one piece riding since 1975.
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Old 09-15-2010, 12:00 PM   #33
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Old 09-15-2010, 12:19 PM   #34
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Baylor, come on out to GrandSport Speedway this Sunday and practice that braking a little more on the track. You will be amazed at how much your ability to brake will increase just from one trackday. It's a lot of fun and Godsuki runs a great day. There is no substitute for track time and what it does for your riding skills.
Thanks for the invite, I actually wanna get out there soon! i can't do this sunday, will be driving back from Ft. worth after seeing us get our handed to us by TCU :( But think the schedule said oct. 3rd and 24th are open?

It's about $125 for the day right? and are full track leathers required to ride? i've got a jacket and gloves, but no boots or pants.
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Old 09-15-2010, 12:21 PM   #35
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Awesome!...

This could be a sequel to "Don't forget the sunscreen" Maybe I should work on some music to go with it Truly great words to live by, and GREAT advise to those new to riding! Kudos
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Old 09-17-2010, 03:40 AM   #38
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Old 09-17-2010, 04:21 AM   #39
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Here is some etiquette...

If I'm cruzing along by myself or sitting at a light by myself it probably means
I want to be by myself.

Don't pull up next to me at a light and start making conversation over the noise of
traffic and the bikes while I am trying to pay attention to the light so I can burn off.

It's like walking into a resturant and sitting at my table.

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