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Old 03-16-2012, 11:58 AM   #61
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ride a comfortable bike and get comfortable gearknow the symptoms of heat exaustion and "stroke"

wear ear plugs, you can get enough to last you several years for about $22 to your door. just look for Howard Leight Max or Max Lite (box of 200 pairs) one pair will last weeks if you dont rub it in dirt...get the green Max Lite ones if you have small ear canal or are a pretty girl with nice pink toes.
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Commuting on a sport bike would be soooo suck. I know there are guys that do it but if you have a choice there are better ones.
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Old 03-16-2012, 02:16 PM   #62
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Agree with most posts so far, but don't think this is mentioned yet...

If in doubt... cage it in.

Have fun with your bike commute. If it becomes too much like a chore, then fergettaboutit. You should look forward to riding your bike, regardless of the purpose of the ride - be it commute or quick hop to the corner gas station. I found over this past Winter that I'm a 40/40 rider. Anything over 40% chance of rain or under 40degF, I think twice about rolling on 2wheels. This coming summer, I'll figure out what my limits are on the other end.

I wasted a TD at TWS (Texas World Speedway) a few weeks back, cus of rain. Others got some good wet track exercise out of it; more power to them. I just didn't feel like pushing my luck.

Do what you can to make your riding career a long and prosperous one. If it means riding less in the short term than you'd like otherwise, then so be it.
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Old 03-17-2012, 10:24 AM   #63
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Old 03-17-2012, 11:00 AM   #64
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Lots of good info. One thing that I keep in mind is if for some reason I can't make my exit off the freeway I'm totally prepared to go to the next exit and get off. A little inconveinient, but better than being a grease spot on the road. Some people think they absolutely have to make that exit and that could be a higher risk of an incident. It's all about minimizing risk.

I look at every single car and even other cyclist like they don't see me and will get over on me anyway. The biggest recurring thing I've experienced is cars getting over on me. They will do last second lane changes and won't even look over their shoulder for a lane check. I simply move over a little and hit the gas to get by them.

And don't race the fart can Honda's or anyone. It's simply not worth it. A lot of accidents happen in these situations. I had a guy on a Kawasaki 1200 pass me up and I watched his left foot shift down a couple of gears and then he looked at me and asked me if I wanted to go. I had to laugh at that one. My little 600 wouldn't have kept up with him anyway. It was a loose loose situation as far as I saw it.
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Old 03-17-2012, 11:04 AM   #65
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I don't know if it's been mentioned (I don't have time to read every post.) but I look at my mirrors when I come to a stop light and usually line my bike up with the side of the car in front of me so I can go between if someone looks like they are going to rear end me. I've heard of a lot of rear endings happening and most of them were dumb texting on their phones when it happened.
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Old 03-17-2012, 09:11 PM   #66
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a lot of good tips here, ill add one.

one thing that i would constantly do when riding on the street, whether it was freeways or 35mph streets, was make eye contact with people.

people always wanna see what the driver next to them looks like (so they can insult them properly when you do something stupid) so i usually wore a clear visor, and made eye contact. there's no better way to make sure they know you're there, than looking INTO THEIR SOUL.s
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also, some people think these are cheesy, but I put one of these on my bike for the visibility to cars behind me.

it spins nomally, and flashes when brakes are applied.

the one i had was a little slower, but you get the general idea.

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