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Old 10-07-2010, 04:54 PM   #61
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I've been riding for about 12 years and have never gone down...hopefully I'm not jinxing myself...but I have come close to having a few accidents. Even more impressive is that my dad is about 62 years old and he's never gone down and he still rides although not nearly as much as when he was a kid. Just be as careful and aware of your surroundings as you can, but sometimes you can't control what happens. Such is life, don't let it get in between you and your bike.

Edit: forgot to add that my dad's been riding for over 50 years.
I believe you can ride on the street and never go down ... I never have and never plan to but I do wear my gear just in case. I've gone down plenty on dirt bikes but that was always expected and never got more than some bruises and it was on soft dirt ... again wear your gear.
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Old 10-07-2010, 04:59 PM   #62
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you must be hanging out at pp1 if you are around people who wreck often.
actually it is a popular saying amongst the PP1 crowd but I try to steer clear of those guys
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Old 10-07-2010, 05:05 PM   #63
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Ditto what everybody has said about safety. Get the gear, don't ride out of your own limits, MSF course. I had my first accident and luckily walked away. (I did ride outside my limits) I'm back on the road. Working my way through it. Had a nice ride the other morning that helped me alot. Thanks to a member here who helped me out.
Be safe.
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Old 10-07-2010, 05:10 PM   #64
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Old 10-07-2010, 07:17 PM   #65
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I'm never riding without leather again. The last time I did go down, like 5 years ago, I had my leather. I was in phoenix the day after Christmas, like 30degrees outside, hit some very fine gravel in a fast left hand sweeper. It ground up my jacket pretty good. Tore Completely through the shoulder leather and into the kevlar under that. I can imagine my arm would have looked like yours....
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Old 10-07-2010, 10:52 PM   #66
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idk, what's postwhoring?
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Old 10-08-2010, 10:37 AM   #67
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I've ridden motorcycles since I was 7 yrs old. Well over 20 years experience. Crashing / wrecking is just a part of riding. Doesn't have to be because you aren't experienced, or riding like a douch-bag either.

My 1st "street" wreck was a simple lay-over. I was riding down main street in League City when a dumb woman pulled right out in front of me in an intersection. I had 2 choices...hit her car or lay it over. Couldn't stop in time and had a car on my left side so I couldn't get around her.

I laid the bike down as gently as I could. Wasn't going fast so I didn't get hurt. Couple scratches on the bike is all. Picked it up, dusted myself off, and rode on to the house.

Second time was MY fault. Riding one night right at dusk too fast in unfamiliar territory I came up on a 90* left hand turn...NO warning signs. Sun was in my face so I didn't see it until it was too late. RR tracks were the reason for the turn so I couldn't go straight. I turned best I could, got in the grass, and laid it down. Ripped off some shift linkage, broke a foot peg, and scratched my leg up a bit. Put it all back together and rode on home.

Will it happen again...probably.
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Old 10-08-2010, 05:40 PM   #68
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I just got my first bike last week and have a grand total of about 25 miles of experience.
7 days, 25 miles... on your first bike? I just can't understand that.
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Old 10-08-2010, 07:08 PM   #69
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at least on the freeways there's no cross streets. and cagers making a left in front of a bike is the cause of a great percentage of bad wrecks
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Old 10-08-2010, 07:16 PM   #70
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Everything comes down to how much you speed , your reaction time, and your own ability.

If you ride the same way you drive a car (with traffic, and staying very predictable, plus trying to stay as visible as possible) then people wont do stupid things around you..

I've never wrecked on the street, but have 2 times at the track now.. one low speed, and one high speed. Rode away from the first, and had to get my bike towed from the second, but walked away from both.
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Old 10-08-2010, 08:28 PM   #71
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If you ride the same way you drive a car (with traffic, and staying very predictable, plus trying to stay as visible as possible) then people wont do stupid things around you..
People will still do stupid things around you, but you have more time to react/compensate for them.
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