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Old 10-22-2019, 10:17 PM   #1
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Hey!

I'm Poppy and I'm new to riding motorcycles. It's only been 2 years since I got my license and weeks ago I almost got into an accident so now I'm here for tips and tricks to avoid that from happening again.

Thanks and have a good one!
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Old 10-22-2019, 11:41 PM   #2
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Welcome! I've only been riding for few months but logged (7k miles).

Ive found that videos (motojitsu, etc) on YouTube to be a good resource, and always a bit of practice
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Old 10-23-2019, 12:21 AM   #3
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Hi Poppy! Glad you're okay. Practice, practice, practice is the key.
I ride with the thought that "I'm invisible to everyone". This keeps me pretty safe as I'm always looking in my mirrors, always paying attention to other drivers...watching where they are looking and what they are doing.

I also never ride in anyone's blind spot...if I see that I am, I'll give it a bit more throttle and ride alongside their front passenger or driver-side door and I always look over at them when I pass to make sure they see me.

I also took a bit more training/riding than most people after i got my license. I rode around in a parking lot for about 10hrs... 58miles on my bike and I practiced with abrupt braking, and slow tight curves and turns. This way I was able to feel the weight of my bike and it became familiar to me. Then I was ready for the streets and then it became about defensive riding.

I didn't wanna practice on the streets trying to learn my bike and watch out for crazy folks as well. So I took it in steps. There were many transitions/steps that I took before I started riding in traffic on major freeways. I rode on a lot of surface/back roads before I got on the freeways. And tbh most of my close calls were on the backstreets, so that type of riding prepared me for people that drove crazehh !

Take it in steps. Don't rush it. It's a process like everything else. I also kept a diary of all of my rides in which i would detail my practice..what I didn't like, what I did like..what I needed drastic improvement on and what I excelled in. It really helped put things in perspective for me (I still write in it). I also watched Keith Code's "Twist of the Wrist" on Youtube. This helped me tremendously with my curves and with consistent throttle control. Most importantly, try to relax yourself before riding and keep focused but enjoy the ride.
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Old 10-23-2019, 08:29 AM   #4
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Hey!

I'm Poppy and I'm new to riding motorcycles. It's only been 2 years since I got my license and weeks ago I almost got into an accident so now I'm here for tips and tricks to avoid that from happening again.

Thanks and have a good one!
Welcome Poppy!

First things first, What area of town are you in and what bike do you ride? Photos of your bike are encouraged!

As long as you are riding public roads you will have close calls. Hopefully that's all you will have. I have had so many that I don't even get an adrenaline rush from them anymore.
For me, riding with the traffic ( rather than aggressively through it), and creating space between myself and the cars around me helps.

Someone said to keep in mind that 90% of the people in cars never see you and the other 10% are purposely trying to kill you.

People will tell you different things but at the end of the day you have to ride in a manner that you are comfortable with.

Be safe and stay alert.
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...For me, riding with the traffic ( rather than aggressively through it), and creating space between myself and the cars around me helps...
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Old 11-08-2019, 11:26 AM   #6
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I’m available to ride anytime during the week. I would be happy to give you some tips.
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Old 11-08-2019, 08:55 PM   #7
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I suggest riding with the Morganator!! Not sure what part of town your in, but he helps newer riders all the time..... I was a complete noob when I started riding with his group almost 2 years ago. Now those curves are NOWHERE near as terrifying, and my skills and abilities have improved drastically!! On the curvy backroads, side streets, highways, wherever I happen to find myself at that day, I'm confident in my ability to react to whatever comes my way. I also am a commuter on mine, so ride 7 days a week, unless there's flooding in the forecast!! Lol Check out his posts, we always meet at the Buccees in Waller and ride every weekend!! Good luck!!
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Old 11-08-2019, 09:35 PM   #8
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Welcome. Safe riding.
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