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Old 08-30-2006, 07:49 AM   #1
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2nd crashing season is drawing near

got this from another board, very spot on.

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Every season i try to put a set of reminders out about safety and riding. I have been a little delinquent in this task, and for that i apologize.


In the last 5-7 years I have observed three major crash periods in the riding season.

1. Spring startup. Everyone who winters their bikes is suddenly riding again. Conditions aren't the greatest, skills are WELL below normal due to atrophy, and the mind is ready to go anyway because it is TIME TO RIDE AGAIN YIPPEEEE!!!! This leads to overconfidence (I could take that turn at 75mph last fall!! Let's ROCK!) and with skills AND road conditions being poor, bike goes down. In many cases takes the rider out of a riding season before it even starts.

The first spate of crash reports goes for about a month of the spring season. (March through May, depending on how far north you live)


2. Late summer overconfidence: After riding all summer, peoples' skills are at peak. They are comfortable, they are relaxed, they are 100% sure they can do anything on that bike.

Except they are on an unpredictable environment (the street) and it is NOT forgiving. So our crash reports forum is getting another bit of extra activity. This period of time is also the time that we have lost 2 of the 3 (yzf600r.com) forum members involved in fatal crashes.

Your skills are peaking, but NOTHING on the street has changed. people are still driving like morons. There is still someone out there mowing their lawn leaving wet grass clippings on the road in a green grease-slick for motorcycles. The deer are out.

BE CAREFUL! Typically 2-4 weeks towards end of August, beginning of September

3. Mid to late fall. This is pretty close to #2 timewise, but the causality is different. Yes, riders are at peak performance, but after a few close calls in the late summer most have backed down a bit. However daytime temperatures are slightly lower. The sun is proceeding back towards the southern hemisphere and is not as high in the sky. The road surface temperatures don't get as high.

Suddenly traction is again a going concern. And the third spate of crah reports begins as traction runs out, those knackered tires that 'only need to last a few more weeks' give out, the cooler road with some moisture or leaves all conspire to foil the best laid plans for a nice fall afternoon ride.

September through december, depending on how far south you live.




Please folks keep it real, keep it safe. Real Safe. No fall fatalities this year.
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Old 08-30-2006, 09:19 AM   #2
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Yep...everytime the temps get down into the low 80s and high 70s
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Very good information...particularly...

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BE CAREFUL! Typically 2-4 weeks towards end of August, beginning of September

3. Mid to late fall. This is pretty close to #2 timewise, but the causality is different. Yes, riders are at peak performance, but after a few close calls in the late summer most have backed down a bit. However daytime temperatures are slightly lower. The sun is proceeding back towards the southern hemisphere and is not as high in the sky. The road surface temperatures don't get as high.

Suddenly traction is again a going concern. And the third spate of crah reports begins as traction runs out, those knackered tires that 'only need to last a few more weeks' give out, the cooler road with some moisture or leaves all conspire to foil the best laid plans for a nice fall afternoon ride.

September through december, depending on how far south you live.
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good info that we may be aware but don't really pay attention.
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Good info, X. Thanks for posting. I posted it on another forum too.
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The leaves and pine needles will soon be heavey in the roads again also. Pine needles do not make for a fun ride.
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I can't wait for the season to be over.
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so in the winter, if the tracks surface tempreture is cold, and your tires hot. you should still be getting pretty good traction right? how far apart from a hot track surface?
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so in the winter, if the tracks surface tempreture is cold, and your tires hot. you should still be getting pretty good traction right? how far apart from a hot track surface?
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Good info. I hate summer riding I would rather take my chance with cooler weather with softer compound tires and stay cool.
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I can't wait for the season to be over.
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so in the winter, if the tracks surface tempreture is cold, and your tires hot. you should still be getting pretty good traction right? how far apart from a hot track surface?
The track has to come in as well for things to work right. Although, a cold track will definetly separate the Pros from the Ams. Ask FZ1moto about his first race this year and his realization about Ty Howard being an alien.
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Old 09-14-2006, 01:35 PM   #15
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heard alot of bikes out last night, temps are dropping...... more bikes out during the day and night.
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heard alot of bikes out last night, temps are dropping...... more bikes out during the day and night.
yeah and with the temp drops, ppl need to remember that roads get slick and what not... I think that bit a couple ppl in the literally last night.

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esp. those w/ "race" tires.
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