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Old 08-31-2006, 06:56 AM   #1
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Good riding tips.

From Motorcyclist Magazine, good stuff!


1. Assume youíre invisible.

2. Be considerate.

3. Dress for the crash, not the pool or the prom.

4. Hope for the best, prepare for the worst.

5. Leave your ego at home-The only people who really care if you were faster on the freeway will be the officer and the judge.

6. Pay Attention.

7. Mirrors only show you part of the picture.

8. Be patient

9. Watch your closing speed-Passing cars at twice their speed or changing lanes to shoot past a row of stopped cars is just asking for trouble.

10. Beware the verge and the merge.

11. Left-turning cars remain the leading killer of motorcyclists.

12. Beware of cars running traffic lights.

13. Check your mirrors

14. Mind the gap-One secondís worth of distance per 10 mph is the old rule of thumb. Better still; scan the next 12 seconds ahead for potential trouble.

15. Beware of tuner cars-Theyíre quick and their drivers tend to be aggressive.

16. Excessive entrance speed hurts.

17. Donít trust that deer whistle.

18. Learn to use both brakes.

19. Keep the front brake covered-always.-Save a single second of reaction time at 60 mph and you can stop 88 feet shorter. Think about that.

20. Look where you want to go.

21. Keep your eyes moving.

22. Think before you act.-Careful whipping around that Camry going 7 mph in a 25 mph zone or you could end up with your head in the driver's side door when he turns into the driveway right in front of you.

23. Raise your gaze-Itís too late to do anything about the 20 feet immediately in front of your fender, so scan the road far enough ahead to see trouble and change trajectory.

24. Get your mind right in the driveway-Most accidents happen during the first 15 minutes of a ride, below 40mph, near an intersection or driveway.

25. Come to a full stop at that next stop sign.

26. Never dive into a gap in stalled traffic.

27. Donít saddle up more than you can handle-If you weigh 95 pounds, avoid that 795-pound cruiser. If youíre 5-foot-5, forget those towering adventure-tourers.

28. Watch for car doors opening in traffic.

29. Donít get in an intersection rut-Watch for a two-way stop after a string of four-way intersections.

30. Stay in your comfort zone when youíre with a group-Riding over your head is a good way to end up in the ditch.

31. Give your eyes some time to adjust-A minute or two of low light heading from a well-lighted garage onto dark streets is a good thing.

32. Master the slow U-turn-practice.

33. Who put a stop sign at the top of this hill?-Donít panic. Use the rear brake to keep from rolling back down. Use Mr. Throttle and Mr. Clutch normally-and smoothly-to pull away.

34. If it looks slippery, assume it is.

35. Bang! A blowout! Now what?-No sudden moves. The motorcycle isnít happy, so be prepared to apply a little calming muscle to maintain course. Ease back the throttle, brake gingerly with the good wheel and pull over very smoothly to the shoulder. Big sigh.

36. Drops on the faceshield?-Lightly misted pavement can be slipperier than when itís been rinsed by a downpour. Apply maximum level concentration, caution and smoothness.

37. Emotions in check?-Take inventory every time you saddle up.

38. Wear good gear.

39. Leave the IPOD at home.

40. Learn to swerve.-Be able to do two tight turns in quick succession. Practice till it becomes a reflex.

41. Be smooth at low speeds.

42. Flashing is good for you-Easy taps on the pedal or lever before stopping makes your brake light more eye-catching to trailing traffic.

43. Intersections are scary, so hedge your bets.-Put another vehicle between your bike and the possibility of someone running the stop sign/light and you cut your chances of getting nailed in half.

44. Tune your peripheral vision.

45. All alone at a light that wont turn green?-Put as much of the bike directly above the sensor wire or try putting the kick stand down directly on the wire.

46. Everything is harder to see after dark.

47. Donít troll next to-or right behind-Mr. Peterbilt.

48. Take the panic out of panic stops. Develop an intimate relationship with your front brake. Seek out some safe open pavement. Starting slowly, find that fine line between maximum braking and a locked wheel, and then do it again, and again.

49. Make your tires right-Check them for spot on pressure and any wear and tear.

50. Take a deep breath-Count to 10. Forgetting some clownís 80-mph indiscretion beats running the risk of ruining your live, or ending it.
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Old 08-31-2006, 08:07 AM   #2
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3. Dress for the crash, not the pool or the prom.

Think thats what this means ......but good point! Gears gonna help save ur a**
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My head hurts. I am selling my bike. Where is the risks if you take these precaution? Risks is what pump up my adrenaline and make me feel good. What good is this forum or threads if you don't speed. Might as well, get a cruiser or drive a car, right?
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One more I've learned over the years.. when you see a car coming from a side road or driveway, watch the head. If they look at you then look back forward or away, start slowing down because you probably weren't seen. Try for the eye contact and watch that head! If they continue to look your way, odds are good but never assume anything. 'specially if they are on that cell!
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One more I've learned over the years.. when you see a car coming from a side road or driveway, watch the head. If they look at you then look back forward or away, start slowing down because you probably weren't seen. Try for the eye contact and watch that head! If they continue to look your way, odds are good but never assume anything. 'specially if they are on that cell!
I agree, I do this alot. Eye contact is a must.

I also avoid drivers on cell phones.
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i don't even trust eye contact.......i watch the vehicle.....and if it starts movin..........wheel turning........rolling fwd........i start hovering over the clutch/brake.
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When you're riding next to cars on the road, watch the front tire. You can see it move toward you sooner than the car itself will be moving at you.
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almost all the wrecked bikes i see come into the shop have bald or almost bald tires, or they are cupped really bad. if they are bald or cupped and you go to grab those front brakes hard. good luck cuz its a good chance your front brakes are gonna lock and throw your to the ground. so CHANGE YOUR TIRES.
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Good advice! About #15...what is a tuner car? A little rice burner with exhaust that sounds like you are humming in a coffee can?
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My head hurts. I am selling my bike. Where is the risks if you take these precaution? Risks is what pump up my adrenaline and make me feel good. What good is this forum or threads if you don't speed. Might as well, get a cruiser or drive a car, right?

So you like the idea that oyu might die a horrible death on a bike, therefore you take less precaution? :confused1

BTW, if you get a cruiser... There is a section Within MH for you as well
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good advice! helps a new rider like myself.
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when you fall in behind another motorcyclist that you don't know. don't follow right behind them. ride staggered so the ft rider can see you in the mirrors.

some red duc 750/900SS tucked in behind me this morn. but DIRECTLY behind me and i couldn't see him in my mirrors.
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And if you are riding a cruiser/Harley, and someone comes up behind you on a curvy road, show a little courtesy and move to the right so we can get around your slow !!

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Sorry... last two rides we got stuck behind some no gear, no riding fat bobs, and had to troll along for miles until a passing zone came up.
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