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Old 08-01-2007, 01:14 PM   #21
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Old 08-01-2007, 02:55 PM   #22
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Originally Posted by Faylaricia View Post
I ride as if I am playing Dodgeball. Checking out my opponents (cagers) and trying to anticipate their moves and try to avoid them.

If a car is sitting at a driveway fixin' to exit, I immediately put my finger on the brake and come off the throttle a bit just to be ready in case they pull out in front of me. I also always keep my eyes on what's going on behind me. Things like that. Riding in traffic really stresses me out because you have to be so frigging alert on the bike.
I like to use the freeway as a moving slolam course, but that is another subject..

Some good habits I have developed over the years, and a lot are mentioned in the tacked thread..

When I am on city streets or in traffic, I always have one or two fingers on the brake and clutch. That second of time to move off the grip could save your life. And most any bike but a cruiser will do a stoppie with two fingers. You may have better feel with 4 fingers like they teach in MSF, but after 30+ years 1 or 2 is second nature.

Any time you are around cages, watch the front wheel. That is your first indicator of what is going to happen next.

Don't ride in blind spots or alongside cages. Speed up or slow down, just get away if you can.

Don't worry over trying to anticipate their moves, just assume/know they don't see you and plan YOUR moves.

Learn to "scan" and look down the road, not 10 feet but a couple blocks.

Scanning is the habit of always keeping your eyes moving, and "tagging" things as to whether they are something important. I run a little circle constantly with my eyes.. down the road, up and down from the road right in front to as far as I can see.. then right mirror and side.. down to gauges.. left mirror and side.. back to front and repeat.

You learn to take notes of road surface, car down there in the drive way.. truck I just cleared on the right.. speed is good.. oh, cop on the left.. back to front that wasn't a pot hole after all.. ok that car down there is gone.. over and over. See something? Focus for a sec, then move on.

See what I mean? I do it as an unconscious habit now and people riding with are amazed that I am seeing stuff 1/4 mile ahead, long before we ever get to it.

And once you start doing this, you'll start seeing everyone else that ISN'T, the ones I call hood drivers because they don't see anything past the end of their hood..

woo.. that was long winded.. sorry! :confused2
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Old 08-01-2007, 03:09 PM   #23
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Old 08-01-2007, 03:25 PM   #24
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Originally Posted by jimmy"zx6 View Post
i notice that when you are riding your bike if you expect the worse from the people around you ,you will be better, point being is if you going to an intersection have your mind ready that the guy on the car is not going to stop or is going to come out in front of you,also while driving between cars expect the car in front of you to cut you off or just brake suddenly, if you expect the worse from the rest you will be safer and wont be surprice by their stupid moves that people pull on a daily basis .just my 2 cents and own experience
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