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Old 10-05-2007, 08:48 AM   #1
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Third major crashfest of the season is upon us. Ride Smart!

Third major crashfest of the season is upon us. Ride Smart!

quote:"Uh Oh" say the old-timers, "Not THIS post again!"

We are getting in to the 3rd major crashfest of the riding season.

The first one? Spring. people who haven't ridden (Sometimes for 6 months) are getting out for the first time, and think they are "all that"

Second? towards mid/late summer. The "i'm top o' my ride" attitude, complacency, or pride/vanity. Either way, it's all good, push that little extra, *boom*

and now, the third crashfest period of the season.

Fall. The entire summer is gone, and people ARE at their peak skill levels for the season. They are at 100%, and KNOW it. And forgot that the weather isn't quite as warm, not quite as much direct heating of the roads, and not quite the level of traction they are accustomed to.
It's also the last-ditch rush to get that one last ride in before the winter puts an end to the fun.

And it WILL bite back.

Remember, ride with an emergency buffer. Ride 5/10 instead of 9/10. Don't assume that just because you hit that corner last week at 55 that THIS week 55 will still be safe. To most people 95 t0 85 isn't much difference, but to the roads it can be a MAJOR temperature difference. (less efficient heating, more efficient air cooling)

Be safe people. we don't want any more threads in "Crash Reports"

Cross posting from the yzf forums. We've had a fatality in the last few weeks, and several nasty crashes. (ZenKnight for those that have ever posted/visited forums)

Ride safe everyone!

i think there have been 3 wrecks this morn w/ 2 deaths.
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Old 10-05-2007, 09:02 AM   #3
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werd. good post.

also dont forget to give your bike a good checking over, or take it somewhere to get looked at if you havnt in a while.

you may have had all your maintenance top notch a couple months ago, but it may be time allready to check things out.

-tire pressure / wear
-chain slack/sprocket wear
-check your brake pads!
-all bolts tight, none missing.
-all that kind of stuff...

while alot of accidents may be rider error, i think alot of things could be attributed to mechanical failures also. its almost impossible to be sure after a wreck because the whole bike takes damage.
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Old 10-05-2007, 09:07 AM   #4
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Sounds like what's been happening lately...
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Old 10-05-2007, 09:09 AM   #5
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I thought you were going to be slamming Ridesmart from the title.

Yea, ya'll be safe out there I hate reading about bad crashes and people getting hurt. Ya'll leave all the crazy stuff to me I have been doing it a while.
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Old 10-05-2007, 11:41 AM   #6
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yup, this is the time of year i put the street plastics back on and start going out on SMR.

im sure im not the only that enjoys this cooler weather that is coming so ride safe.
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Old 10-05-2007, 11:50 AM   #7
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Also, leaves and pine needles will be dropping on a lot of the roads every body likes around this area. Hitting a pile of these mid corner is not exactly fun.

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