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« on: December 26, 2006, 11:46:59 am »


       TWENTY-FIVE THINGS I WISH I HAD KNOWN WHEN I STARTED (1978)


1.    Never park your bike downhill into a parking space.
2.    Never park your bike downhill without being in gear.
3.    Never leave your bike running and unattended downhill.
4.    Never stop your bike with the front wheel turned.
5.    Use your rear brake as the control brake at slow speeds.
6.    Turn your head and look over your shoulder during U-turns.
7.    Look where you want to go.
8.    Don't always believe the neutral light.
9.    Always downshift to first gear before coming to stop.
10.   Check your tire pressure regularly.
11.   Keep your eyes level with the horizon when coming to a stop.
12.   Practice your starts and stops on different inclines.
13.   Practice stopping with only your left foot down.
14.   Change your tires when the minimum tread depth is 1.5mm f & 2.0mm r.
15.   Be prepared for wet weather; invest in top quality raingear.
16.   You will drop your bike no matter how new or old it may be.
17.   Unless your leather is lined, the black dye will run when it is wet.
18.   You can be cold at speed on a 70 degree day.
19.   Dress in layers with adequate air space in between.
20.   Two full seasons on an “Un-Tendered Battery” is reasonable, any more will tempt fate.
21.   Take the time to winterize your bike properly for storage.
22.   Buy the best helmet you can afford and one that fits. It's your brain.
23.   There is only one thing worse than wet…..its cold and wet.
24.   Cornering is the reason we ride in the first place. Become a master of the turns.
25.   Countersteering is the only way to turn your bike quickly!

This is a very unforgiving sport, if you or someone else makes a mistake, you
can pay for it dearly. You need to be an eternal student and minimize your risks. This
is especially important as we get older and our physical abilities deteriorate.

Please feel free to add to this post and number your tips accordingly. Let's keep
the new riders out of harms way and prevent them from becoming a statistic.
Remember, we were all rookies once.

Thanks,

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« Reply #1 on: December 26, 2006, 12:43:44 pm »

Good list!

I'll add one...

When you're leading a ride, and looking for a restaurant, turn off, service staion, whatever. DO NOT panic stop when it suddenly appears. Point, give the turn around signal, and turn around safely.
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« Reply #2 on: December 26, 2006, 02:02:19 pm »

NEVER linger in a car's blind spot...ever.
NEVER get boxed in next to a semi-trailer.  If you do, slow down so you are behind the trailer until you can pass.
Trying to determine if that car is going to creep out in front of you?  Keep an eye on it's front wheel, not the driver, or the bumper, or the entire car...watch its front wheels.
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« Reply #3 on: December 26, 2006, 02:09:36 pm »


Trying to determine if that car is going to creep out in front of you?  Keep an eye on it's front wheel, not the driver, or the bumper, or the entire car...watch its front wheels.


Dang I hate those "spinner" type wheels.  I'll never get used to that.   Mad2
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« Reply #4 on: December 26, 2006, 02:14:31 pm »

If you see a car with spinner wheels you can safely assume they will pull out in front of you anyway. Lol
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« Reply #5 on: December 26, 2006, 02:42:16 pm »

26. When riding in traffic always have an escape route planned.
27. Take charge of your space when in traffic.
28. Car = moron inside
29. SUV = double moron inside
30. Mini-van = probable soccer mom moron inside
31. All those morons ARE out to get you.
32. stay clear of trucks of any kind - a tire explosion is impressive from a distance, a definite hazard up close.
33. keep a clear space at your six.
34. know the status of your six.
35. keep a space in front for visibility as much as you can. It takes a couple of hours for your testicles to descend from your abdomen, where they crawl just before ride over the piece of 4 x 4 (or other debris) that materializes from under the car/truck in front of you. It isn't rim friendly, either.

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« Reply #6 on: December 26, 2006, 03:05:16 pm »

I dont know about the curriculum where you did your course, but they taught every single thing listed in here at my MSF BRC.
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« Reply #7 on: December 26, 2006, 06:22:13 pm »




Dang I hate those "spinner" type wheels.  I'll never get used to that.   Mad2


Came across my first set of those the other day (been out of riding for a decade) - scared the crap out of me  EEK!
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35) Don't leave your bike on its kickstand on asphalt on a nice hot summer day.
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« Reply #8 on: December 26, 2006, 06:27:06 pm »

Is that list yours? I think it might be useful in rider training.
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« Reply #9 on: December 27, 2006, 11:02:36 am »

Remember that you can change your lane position to make yourself more visible to drivers.  I know it is taught in the MSF course, but in practice, it is easily forgotten.  Especially important when approaching an intersection when a truck in the left turn lane is blocking the opposing left turner's view.  

Always use lane position to allow you the deepest possible view into blind corners or intersections.
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« Reply #10 on: December 27, 2006, 12:04:29 pm »

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If you like to ride at 80 mph, you have to practice your emergency braking from 80 mph.
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« Reply #11 on: December 27, 2006, 12:12:51 pm »

+1 on the moron list and escape route plan.

add..In traffic, always look at least one car ahead of the one thats directly in front of you and don't ride in the center of the lane. Debris always gets caught there.
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« Reply #12 on: December 28, 2006, 03:35:25 am »

36. No matter how Bright your clothing or bike, YOU ARE STILL INVISIBLE, so expect them not to see you
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« Reply #13 on: December 28, 2006, 08:43:50 am »

37. You NEVER, EVER have the right of way on a motorcycle...the first time you think you do, maybe be your last!

38. Never sport tour with either Vivid1 or Jammin....they will stop every 26 feet (yes i measured it!) to either take pictures or change play lists on their [email protected]@#$$% iPods Bigsmile

39. Never have a severe allergic reaction, pop 3 benadryl and two aleve, cram your helmet on over your balloon sized face and ride for 10 hours, bad things happen!

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« Reply #14 on: December 28, 2006, 11:00:48 am »

When riding in traffic on a 2 or more lane road approaching vehicles that are traveling the same direction as you, ride on the side of the lane closest to the vehicle you're approaching. They tend to see you better. ( as read in Stayin' Safe, by Larry Grodski).
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« Reply #15 on: December 28, 2006, 11:04:58 am »

If temps are above 90F ...Never ... ever ... leave the loo without a thorough inspection for hitch hiking Klingons ... ever ... never ... er .... nevermind.
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« Reply #16 on: December 28, 2006, 11:29:14 am »

40. Soccer moms dig guys in leather at grocery stores!
Especially if your hanging out in the produce department or the fish department trying to figure out what to make for dinner!
41. Riding is addictive as kinky sex! Once you start you really can't stop! And its all downhill from there and one day you will find yourself in the living room trying to figure out how the hell are you going to hide that deluxe Liberator love sofa you bought, so your parents don't think you and your wife are some sort of kinky pervert!
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« Reply #17 on: December 28, 2006, 12:39:25 pm »

Don't pump gas into your bike while seated...a spill onto hot engine parts can get too warm fast.

When in doubt maintaing throttle is usually safer than chopping it.
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« Reply #18 on: December 29, 2006, 12:57:05 am »

#44. Sand happens!

#45. Fear of all of the above keeps the senses hightened... a good thing.
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« Reply #19 on: December 29, 2006, 10:06:10 am »

Knock on wood...

But 7 years, 4 bikes(many friends and family rides also) roughly 50,000+ miles and I haven't dropped a bike.  Crashed yes, but dropped no.

Just adding that you don't have to assume you will drop one.  Smile
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« Reply #20 on: December 29, 2006, 01:52:03 pm »

#46...Beware of fellas called "DOC" giving real advise Bigsmile
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« Reply #21 on: December 29, 2006, 02:03:07 pm »

chain drive is really annoying to clean,
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« Reply #22 on: December 29, 2006, 06:41:37 pm »

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Never ever...um...ride anything without a designer label on. (I really didn't mean that)
ALWAYS Be happy. Honest.
NEVER Park bike downhill, unless it's a Cossack and it's aimed at your neighbour's Suzuki. We all know which will win.
NEVER Vote for a mainstream party.
NEVER Go to war. I REALLY mean that. Unless you're old and don't have to do it in person.
NEVER Buy anything Japanese.

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« Reply #23 on: December 29, 2006, 10:36:41 pm »

If a cager makes eye contact with you just remember, they still don’t see you.
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« Reply #24 on: December 29, 2006, 11:37:59 pm »


If you get a bad feeling about a driver on the interstate, trust it.
That untethered chair WILL tumble out of the back of the pickup.
If you don't feel like you should go for a ride today, don't.
Heated grips are essential below 50 degrees.
NEVER park two bikes in one space rear tire to rear tire.
BMW car drivers are always late to something important and will tailgate or cut you off. Even if you're riding a BMW.
It is better to go round on your morning commute than drive past a Starbucks drive-thru to shorten the distance.
Don't follow a car with snow on the roof too close up hills.
Adjust your rear suspension when you add loaded sidecases or a sucker passenger.
When in doubt, take your helmet with you.
When in doubt, take your Givi topcase with you.
Invest in earplugs, a baclava, and a Turtle Fur.
It is always better to arrive late in one piece.
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« Reply #25 on: December 29, 2006, 11:46:48 pm »

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Invest in earplugs, a baclava, and a Turtle Fur.


Hey, I like baklava as much as the next guy, but what does a flaky Greek pastry have to do with anything???

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« Reply #26 on: December 30, 2006, 03:15:09 pm »

Live by these, young grasshopper...

  • The vehicle with the most lugnuts wins.
  • There is a 99.8743% probability that you WILL drop your new bike within the first year of riding.  Just be sure you can deal with that.
  • Never, ever believe a bike ad that reads "Adult owned, never dropped...."   Bigsmile
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« Reply #27 on: December 30, 2006, 05:21:27 pm »

Wear a helmet even when you are riding in shorts and t-shirt and don't ride in shorts and t-shirt unless it's real hot.

Watch your riding posture when riding in shorts to keep your tan evened out.

Harley dealers and BMW dealers usually have really nice toilets.
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« Reply #28 on: December 30, 2006, 05:56:24 pm »

There are more women, of all ages, hanging around Harley shops than all other brands combined.  And they're NOT all crack ho's.
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There are more women, of all ages, hanging around Harley shops than all other brands combined.  And they're NOT all crack ho's.
(yeah, well, I'd still do a tooth-count if I were you...)
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« Reply #30 on: December 31, 2006, 05:58:33 pm »


(yeah, well, I'd still do a tooth-count if I were you...)
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  • Always remember that a motorcycle's natural state is horizontal.
    Roundabouts near petrol stations often have spilled diesel on them.
    When it's cold, insert a catheter.
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« Reply #31 on: January 02, 2007, 11:19:29 am »

Good write up  Thumbsup I have so seen this happen many times When you're leading a ride, and looking for a restaurant, turn off, service staion, whatever. DO NOT panic stop when it suddenly appears. Point, give the turn around signal, and turn around safely.
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« Reply #32 on: January 02, 2007, 12:01:28 pm »

1. do not use your front OR rear brakes, acelerate, or turn, while riding a street bike in the snow... or maybe just don't ride in the snow...

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« Reply #33 on: January 02, 2007, 05:37:05 pm »

Already stated but needs repeated:

If YOU'VE made eye contact with the cager ... ALWAYS and I mean ALWAYS assume that they have NOT seen you!!!

Never, ever, EVER trust the turn signals on a cage.  Wait for the cage to begin it's turn or lane change before you initiate your move.

Always remember ... drivers in big huge honkin SUV's (like Excursions) will crash into other big huge honkin SUV's (like Excursions) and the first thing they're gonna say is "I didn't see you!" ... so given that, what the hell makes you think they're EVER gonna see you on your bike???
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« Reply #34 on: January 02, 2007, 06:57:16 pm »

At an intersection,that shiney looking goo in the middle of your lane that you just put your foot down in, has the friction coefficient of Astro-glide on Teflon......... Lol
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« Reply #35 on: January 03, 2007, 10:57:03 am »

Here is a good one
Do not Black Magic / Armorall your tires! Ever!
But feel free to tell others that its a great idea!
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« Reply #36 on: January 03, 2007, 11:19:35 am »


Here is a good one
Do not Black Magic / Armorall your tires! Ever!
But feel free to tell others that its a great idea!


Or your seat!
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« Reply #37 on: January 03, 2007, 11:33:08 am »


Or your seat!

See now your showing your age! I was just at the bike shop the other day and noticed that most of the new Honda's have neoprene (wet suit material) seats. Apparently the idea is to improve ass to bike grip!
I want to know how the hell did they measure that one!
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« Reply #38 on: January 04, 2007, 12:51:39 pm »

If you see a fast food bag in the middle of the road don't kick it. It may contain a half eaten bowl of chili  Hurl

Boy was my wife pissed. She was pillion and somehow most of it wound up on her Lol
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« Reply #39 on: January 04, 2007, 01:16:08 pm »


Boy was my wife pissed. She was pillion and somehow most of it wound up on her Lol




I mean... that's no good!  Mine would have been upset too.  
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If you see a fast food bag in the middle of the road don't kick it. It may contain a half eaten bowl of chili  Hurl

Boy was my wife pissed. She was pillion and somehow most of it wound up on her Lol

I done that...just wasn't a bag but rotting wabit.
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« Reply #41 on: January 04, 2007, 10:02:57 pm »


Here we go round the Lemon Tree...
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As my teenage son just said...nearly..all right

Never ever...um...ride anything without a designer label on. (I really didn't mean that)
ALWAYS Be happy. Honest.
NEVER Park bike downhill, unless it's a Cossack and it's aimed at your neighbour's Suzuki. We all know which will win.
NEVER Vote for a mainstream party.
NEVER Go to war. I REALLY mean that. Unless you're old and don't have to do it in person.
NEVER Buy anything Japanese
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« Reply #42 on: January 05, 2007, 06:10:49 pm »


NEVER linger in a car's blind spot...ever..

Work out where the car's blind spot is-they have these pillars holding the roof up.
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« Reply #43 on: January 05, 2007, 06:13:19 pm »

Most cars seem to have sat nav systems these days. These block their front view and can block out something as small as a bike. Be careful-even when it's your right of way.
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« Reply #44 on: January 05, 2007, 06:27:17 pm »


If you see a car with spinner wheels you can safely assume they will pull out in front of you anyway. Lol


... especially if it's a small-displacement, front-wheel-drive, 4-cylinder import with a whistle tip, coffe can, unpainted ground effects, and a spoiler the size of Montana over the rear wheels. Wink

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* In sand or mud at low speed, the front brake is your enemy.
* Listen to the reported GVWR on your motorcycle; the engineers who designed it know more about motorcycle design than you.
* There is no technological substitute for practicing emergency tactics.
* If you drop your bike on its right side, put the sidestand down before righting it.
* When you pick your bike up, grab the handlebar and the frame.  Put your ass against the seat and use your legs, not your arms, to right the bike.
* Appreciate jersey barriers and guard rails; for they do not cut you off or try to run into you.
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« Reply #45 on: January 05, 2007, 06:29:30 pm »


Or your seat!


Or your footpegs or handlebar Wink
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« Reply #46 on: January 12, 2007, 01:11:10 am »


33. keep a clear space at your six.
34. know the status of your six.

and

If YOU'VE made eye contact with the cager

Now I'll ask a real beginners question:
what is "your six?"

Is a "cager" someone driving a car?
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« Reply #47 on: January 12, 2007, 01:37:44 am »



Now I'll ask a real beginners question:
what is "your six?"

Is a "cager" someone driving a car?


"Your six" refers to behind you.  Think dial clock.  12 o'clock would be in front of you.  Really old phrase probably originally used in the military for direction of enemy targets.

And yes, cagers are people driving "cages" (cars).
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« Reply #48 on: January 17, 2007, 11:04:06 pm »


Watch out for trucks with duallies, if the rock between the tires come out and hits you at speed its a S.O.B.! Crazy

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« Reply #49 on: January 20, 2007, 04:17:45 pm »

Cow shit is slippery.

Don't shave your dog whilst its awake.
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« Reply #50 on: February 07, 2007, 05:01:30 pm »


Now I'll ask a real beginners question:
what is "your six?"


I must be old...

Clock positions were used by flyers to communicate the position of things in the sky. So think of a horizontal 360 degree plane, with 12:00 ahead, 6:00 behind, 3:00 to the right and 9:00 to the left, and "high" and low" representing above or below you. Your "six" on the horizontal plane would be directly behind you; 12:00 high would be directly ahead and above you.

Go watch some old WWII air battle movies...
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« Reply #51 on: February 07, 2007, 06:00:43 pm »

It's all about situational awareness, SA.  Not just what's at your six but at your 12 and everywhere in between.  And it's not just what's on that horizontal clock, it's what's above you (weather, flocks of birds, snowball dropping idiots on overpasses) and what's below you (water, ice, oil, sand, sand on oil, grates, steel plates, "edge traps").  In dealing with traffic, "be where they ain't".  If you don't have SA, you won't know where to go to "be where they ain't".  If you can't maintain your SA, think about taking a break.  If a car passes you and you didn't even see it coming up from behind, you don't have SA.  Time to get it back.  

Three quotes stick with me: "Assume all cagers are either about to have a heart attack or are on crack", "Motorcycles aren't the only thing that can be recalled by their Maker", and my sig line below, lifted from David L. Hough.  "Proficient Motorcycling" and "More Proficient Motorcycling"... read and heed!  

"Countersteering is the only way to turn your bike quickly!"  There is no choice here!  Once the bike is moving at speed, there is no other way to steer, short of lassoing a fire hydrant and hanging one for dear life.  There is no "well, golly gee, I think I'll countersteer this turn".  If you're moving at somewhere between a walking pace and a fast run, the bars turn with or into the turn, but above that speed, unless you're on a dirt track, wearing a steel shoe, and steering with the throttle, it's countersteering all the way.  See Hough for more on this.  

Mirrors... if you can see much more of your bars than the weights at the ends of the bars, they're pointed in too far.  With the mirrors looking out, your blind spot from your helmet will be filled in with what the mirror has to say.  The stuff that you can't see will be climbing over your back tire and you won't need a mirror to tell you that.  
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« Reply #52 on: February 11, 2007, 12:41:16 am »

I have learned the following:

**deer suck - can't be predicted, can't be seen - they are the embodiment of fate.

**horse shit is really slippery. (lancaster, PA  - Amish country)

**riding at night is more risk than it's worth - can't see stuff in the road, can't see animals, can't see ****

**car drivers won't just "understand" the truths of power-to-weight ratios - you will teach them.

**the size of the fart can exhaust is inversely proportional to the driver's brain size.

**travelling by motorcycle is far better than you imagine - even in rain and other adverse conditions.

**Motorcyclists are a family - you can rely on them and they should be able to rely on you when the time comes.
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« Reply #53 on: February 14, 2007, 02:49:41 am »

If you don't have centerstand and you're not gymnast, Doggystyle is the safest positon! Luckily, I have a centerstand and she was a gymnast! Lol
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« Reply #54 on: February 15, 2007, 11:03:44 am »

+1 on 919Maniac's comment on deer.  During mating season Jane Doe is being chased by "What's Up" Buck and they're thinking sex, not "look both ways when crossing streets" or "cross on the green, and not in between".  While they tend to move most around dusk (when visibility is at its worst), they will move any time they please.  Do not assume that deer go away when you hit the 'burbs.  I dodged one coming out of a garden center in the middle of divided US 202 outside of Wilmington, DE and was almost run over, while sitting in my front yard, by one coming from the Philadelphia side of my yard in Drexel Hill, PA.  

Deer "only" weigh 100 - 250 lbs for the most part.  Think about tagging one at even 35-45 MPH.  Yep, deer suck.   Thumbsdown
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« Reply #55 on: February 20, 2007, 01:48:42 am »

- Never let your bike (or anything mechanical) know you're in a hurry.
- Put the key in the ignition before putting on all your gear.
- You will have to sneeze moments after buckling on the full-face helmet.
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« Reply #56 on: February 20, 2007, 03:17:00 pm »

Anything with wheels and an engine will go wrong-some day. Bit like my wife really.

i have since discovered-well, since owning a bike, anyway-that syphoning off all the petrol from the tank-whilst leaving the ignition keys in the lock-and carrying the petrol around in a plastic bucket, whilst you go shopping or whatever, deters thieves.
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« Reply #57 on: February 20, 2007, 10:19:26 pm »

I'll add these: When stopped at a light be in gear; ready to move if the cage coming up behind you looks like it's going to hit you.  Don't keep disc locks, or anything hard in your bike jacket. If you fall, it can bust up your ribs. Lock up  your helmet through the chin bar- take it with you if you'll be gone a long time, or don't trust the locals.
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« Reply #58 on: February 20, 2007, 10:34:21 pm »

+1!

I was rear-ended in a Saturn rental car (whew!) when the driver of an SUV (Toyota Land Cruiser!), intent on yakking with her passenger, totally missed the stopped line of cars in the middle of a block.  The good news was I saw her coming.  The bad news was there wasn't a snowball's chance in hell of moving out of the way.  At least she hit the brakes and "only" stuffed the car's trunk lid up to the rear window.  Oddly, I walked away with only a slightly sore neck that cleared up in a couple of days.  AFAIK, the other driver got a ticket.   Twofinger

One of life's little strange coincidences: the Saturn ("my" car) was rented from Enterprise.  The accident happened in front of a Saturn dealer who was also an Enterprise rental office.  They replaced the car on the spot.  Silly them.   Bigsmile
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« Reply #59 on: February 21, 2007, 06:08:32 pm »

Not huge thing, but things I've learned along the way.

- Keep a towel/shirt/rag large enough to cover the seat when riding in hot weather.  Drape this over your seat when stopping for a break.  Otherwise, 1/2 mile down the road your balls will feel like they are roasting on an open fire.

- Look for gloves with a "Squeegee" built into one of the fingers.  These can make the difference between seeing color blobs in front of you, or actually seeing where you are going.

- Check your tire pressure often, and keep a gauge with you at all times.

- I have not had to use mine yet, but I recommend keeping a tire repair kit with your bike.  You can buy one for about $50 from www.stopngo.com.  

- Relax, and have fun!  I am much less stressed riding the bike then driving the cage, but at times I can feel my stress rising.  Try to step back and keep your emotions and pride in check!  Your not going to teach anyone anything, and a bad situation can get worse very quick.

- Ride your own ride.  Don't try to keep up with or impress your buddies you are riding with.  When I'm in a group, I like to have a pre-determined meeting place, like where we will eat, etc.  That way you don't feel pressured to keep up, run the red light, etc.

- when it's very hot out, I'll drench my t-shirt.  With just the mesh shell of my jacket, it's like having air conditioning, but with the protection of the jacket.  When it's hot, on your bike, in traffic, it's easy to get overheated and miserable.  

Sometimes it's the little things that is the difference between a very enjoyable, and miserable ride!
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« Reply #60 on: February 21, 2007, 06:22:29 pm »


Anything with wheels and an engine will go wrong-some day. Bit like my wife really.



Saw this patch on a biker dude's vest: "If it's got TITS or WHEELS it will give you problems."
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« Reply #61 on: February 21, 2007, 08:13:03 pm »



Saw this patch on a biker dude's vest: "If it's got TITS or WHEELS it will give you problems."


The Calgary re-statement of the above law is

  If it's got Tits or Tires, It's gonna give you Trouble
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« Reply #62 on: February 22, 2007, 01:06:58 am »

#1 thing that I didn't know.....





No, you can't just quit anytime!
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« Reply #63 on: March 04, 2007, 01:46:46 pm »

DO learn how to fall off. You may wish to practice this particular skill at times when you are bored or are riding a friend's bike. Better, still, get your friend to experiment at falling off and watch closely.

1 Ist rule is-try and make sure you slide, peferably on your back
2 Don't hit anything (like a wall) whilst sliding. it will hurt.
4 DO kick your bike away from you (see above)
10 Low speed spills can hurt more than high speed ones, cause you don't slide
22 Keep you head off the floor if you can
17 Never kneel on the road, if you can help it. I lost 1/3 of both knee caps that way.
17.3 Don't worry about damage to clothing or bike whjile you're sliding down the road.
F) Leather slides best. I'm told that Rukka's Armortec jacket is nearly as good but it costs £800 (over here, anyway)
> Wear suitable gear. Buy the best you can.
IX Don't ever wear shorts or trainers. Even when riding a bike. Unless you want to shave as few ponds of flesh off.
Z) There is no Z.
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« Reply #64 on: March 05, 2007, 09:36:40 pm »

Here's one to watch out for... hard braking on the ripples that can form on some macadam-topped roads.  As cars and trucks hit the brakes coming up to a stoplight, the road can develop a near-washboard appearance.  Leave the braking on the bike a little too late, get on the binders hard, and the hit the washboard... hope you have ABS!   EEK!

Instead, back off the throttle a bit if you see this surface coming up, and do the hard braking while the road's still flat.  Follow up by easing up on the brakes slightly (to avoid locking them up).  The problem shows up most often if the road is descending and where there's lots of truck traffic.  
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« Reply #65 on: March 06, 2007, 07:19:38 pm »

Don't ride if you are distracted, preoccupied, upset or in any way unable to focus completely on the ride.  

Corollary:  don't ride to relax; ride when you already are relaxed.
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« Reply #66 on: March 08, 2007, 03:12:21 pm »

You may wish to become a liquor loving, hairy, ride in all weathers (I do, I do) biker-a 1%er-but this kind of lifestyle leads to one thing. Haemmorhoids.  Bigsmile
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« Reply #67 on: March 09, 2007, 04:09:26 pm »

**A big oil spot on the roadway means there's a big dip or bump in the road there.

**roads acquire a LOT of new hazards after a storm passes through.  Lots of downed tree limbs, gravelo on the roadway, mud on the roadway, etc...

**on and off ramps may have diesel spilled on them.  Diesel is like ice.

**in the fall, wet leaves are death.

**don't try to keep up with the faster guy, you'll "lose" that race.

**don't lead someone at a speed you know is too fast for them - they will "lose" trying to keep up w/you.

**don't ride with other people  - they're always going too fast or too slow  Wink

**have an escape route - ALWAYS!  

**never pull right up to the car in front of you at a light - see above rule.

**never drink & ride - it's just not worth it (and I LOVE to drink!)

**never stare at a hot chicks azz too long - you may hit the guy in front of you (don't ask).
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« Reply #68 on: May 05, 2007, 05:02:24 pm »

Before urinating, I have found that undoing one's fly makes the process simpler.
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« Reply #69 on: May 08, 2007, 08:13:39 am »

Chains need to be adjusted periodically.
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« Reply #70 on: May 11, 2007, 05:51:42 pm »


Chains need to be adjusted periodically.


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« Reply #71 on: May 11, 2007, 10:35:46 pm »

If something seems odd or wrong, don't ride. I've had this happen: About to commute on the bike, to work and my "spidey sense" tells me to take the truck. I drove the truck.

Daydreaming will get you killed.

Riding a bike is like being in an intense firefight...keep your eyes and ears open and stay alert...bullets will come from all directions.

Tar snakes are very slippery in warm weather.

Not familiar with this road, slow down! You do not know what's around the next bend.
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« Reply #72 on: May 11, 2007, 11:22:27 pm »

The absolutely BEST riding advice I've ever heard/read is RBEmerson's sig line..
Never let your motorcycle take you where your brain wasn't at least five seconds before.
Riders live and die everyday by situational awareness/escape routes, or the lack thereof.

My wife/pillion is learning to ride and asked me through the chatterbox what was going on in my head when I ride... all she got back was "see that car backing out of the driveway? does he see me?  do i have an escape route if he doesn't?  what's that int he road ahead?  is my lane position good? am i in that cars blindspot? what's around me? speed up or backoff?  how long has that light been green? any cars potentially gonna run a red? (I'm paranoid and convinced that I'll meet my maker as a hood ornament from a red light runner)
I think she was a little taken aback by the amount of stuff I monitor on the roadway. I think it left an impression though.  hope so, I like her, wanna keep her around a l'il bit. Lol
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« Reply #73 on: May 11, 2007, 11:28:54 pm »

That's pretty good Wanderer. My mind is almost constantly calculating, observing, etc while I ride, and a lot of times while I drive. I'm not perfect though. But this is the very reason I would never let my wife ride a motorcycle....not that she has the slightest desire. But we can be tooling along in her car, and she'll be on a 55mph road, and entering a small town where the speed limit drops to 45, then 35 then 25 as you pass the main street area. She's been known to motor right on through these towns without slowing down. I'll ask her by the 35mph speed limit sign, "did you see that sign back there?". Her response is something along the lines of "what sign?". I then tell her she's now doing almost 60mph is a 35mph zone and she slams on brakes. She'll drive past her exit, miss "lane closed" signs, etc. She pays no attention at all while she's driving. I tell her she's gonna kill someone one day, maybe me on my bike. Honestly, I think radios, phones, etc all should be banned from cars. More people die from driving distactions than any other reason involving cars!
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« Reply #74 on: May 12, 2007, 09:16:16 am »

Thanks, Wanderer!  Credit where credit's due: the quote is abstracted from David L. Hough's Proficient Motorcycling, which I highly recommend.   Beyond that, "it's all about SA" (situational awareness).  You and BHW very much nailed the interior monologue on the head.  And, finally, "be where they ain't".  If you're not where they are, they can't hit you.   More than once my wife has heard me mutter, "Step away from the crazy people.  Step away from the crazy people now."   Smile
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« Reply #75 on: May 12, 2007, 04:38:58 pm »

Like the moustache, RB.  Bigsmile
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« Reply #76 on: May 30, 2007, 05:51:44 pm »

Having started to ride in the pre-Internet era, and having read, on several boards, the answers to questions like "should I cover the front break while riding" and "should I trail break" turn into flame wars and religious rants, one might rationally add

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« Reply #77 on: May 30, 2007, 10:18:28 pm »

Up yours!!!  

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« Reply #78 on: May 31, 2007, 10:21:02 am »

zactly as expected!

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« Reply #79 on: May 31, 2007, 12:24:20 pm »

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« Reply #80 on: November 29, 2008, 02:06:23 pm »

This thread used to be full of fun and useful tips. Can we do some work here, folks?
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« Reply #81 on: November 29, 2008, 07:18:54 pm »

92.   If you buy a motorcycle as a teenager, you will have bike disease the rest of your life.
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« Reply #82 on: November 29, 2008, 08:19:49 pm »

Ride on either side of the lane you;re in, not in the middle...
a) the middle is where the grease,oil, crud collects and
b) cagers can straddle obstacles in the road that you may not be able to see until it's too late to
avoid them(because you're following too close)

A pair of thin rubber(surgical type) gloves will keep your hands warmer, in winter, if you are not using
  heated gloves.

NEVER ride next to an 18 wheeler, the highways are strewn with re-tread offal that MIGHT be your undoing, pass the truck, pass the truck.

Never head into a parking space that inclines INTO the curb,,, you'll eventually have to back your bike out and pushing a heavy bike backwards is no fun.



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« Reply #83 on: November 29, 2008, 09:18:49 pm »

The bee that just hit you in the chest did not die and will soon be crawling up inside your helmet. Pull over now and make sure it's gone to avoid looking like a deranged lunatic when it's 2 inches from your eye on the inside of your face shield.
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« Reply #84 on: November 29, 2008, 09:59:16 pm »

1.   Day one, new bike: wash it, polish it, park it in the sun, look at it sparkle and take a picture to remember it by.

Then kick the fucker over.

Now you can quit worrying about scratching it and just ride it.

2.   Yes, a whole damn strapped-down freezer CAN fall off the back of a truck at 75 miles per hour.

3.   Hail hurts even through Held gloves at 70+ MPH.

4.   Know what an “Air Biscuit” is and how to reduce their numbers.

5.   Know your bike. Every sound, it’s harmonics, it’s smell, it fluid volumes, it’s tolerances, it’s needs, it’s run-out-of-gas mileage at a given speed and how to service it.

6.   When working on your bike, if you use a tool, write it down.  This will be the list of tools you should carry on the bike.
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« Reply #85 on: November 30, 2008, 09:38:40 am »

Be extra vigilant near Buick's! There is no car more dangerous than a white Buick. I believe that the Buick dealers supply a free pair of those post Glaucoma surgery sunglasses with every car sold! Here is more proof, General Motors in a cost cutting move severed ties with Buick pitchman Tiger Woods.

"Another factor? Woods, arguably the most popular athlete in the world, couldn't sell Buicks to younger people. The median age of Buick retail buyers is 68 -- the same as in 1997, Bloomberg reports. Less than half of 1% of Buicks sold last year went to buyers younger than 35."

That's right, the Median age is 68! If 68 is the Meadian age it means they are selling Buicks to people in there 70s and 80s! Crazy
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« Reply #86 on: November 30, 2008, 10:32:28 am »

Ride like EVERYONE is out to kill you!

Never stop learning.

Read "Proficent Motorcycling"! It's winter- No excuses! This is an easy read & EVERYBODY can learn something from this book...
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« Reply #87 on: November 30, 2008, 02:04:40 pm »

101. Assume that driver is going to do something stupid and prepare accordingly. You will rarely be disappointed!

102. Deer are more dangerous than people. Deer appear out of no where runnning full speed and can change directions in an instant. Unfortunately, you can't truly appreciate this until it happens.
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« Reply #88 on: November 30, 2008, 02:28:51 pm »


The bee that just hit you in the chest did not die and will soon be crawling up inside your helmet. Pull over now and make sure it's gone to avoid looking like a deranged lunatic when it's 2 inches from your eye on the inside of your face shield.


I had a yellow jacket hit me in the throat and thought that he just bounced off. That is until I got to work and started unzipping my jacket and - ouch ouch ouch ouch.
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« Reply #89 on: December 01, 2008, 02:04:46 am »

Ride as if you are invisible, because even when they do see you, it is because they are aiming.
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Be aware of your lane position at all times. Don't take the inside line tighter turns, the guy in the other lane WILL come into yours looking to go bumper to bumper with your helmet.

Be ready for change. Change happens, you might not know when it's going to happen, or how much will be needed, but it happens. Whether it's changing your lane position for an unexpected obstruction or emergency braking  because a tiny dog decides he wants to eat your entire bike. You have to constantly be in a state ready to change.

Because of this I probably like riding the more technical roads or just back roads in general because changes in speed direction and lane position happen regularly whereas on a highway it might be easier to get complacent.
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« Reply #91 on: December 07, 2008, 01:21:28 am »

103. Just because your friends all ride Harleys and your friends think that ONLY Harleys are cool. Don't go right out and buy a Harley, ST bikes are much more fun to "RIDE".
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« Reply #92 on: December 07, 2008, 04:12:17 am »

Outside-inside-outside is for racing. Outside-inside-outside will get you killed on the street. Cornering with your head over the grease strip in the center of the lane keeps you away from oncoming cars and provides better visibility around the corner.
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« Reply #93 on: December 07, 2008, 07:56:28 pm »

(keep in mind I'm 5 foot 1, 125 pounds)

Buy the lightest, cheapest bike you can afford starting out.  Dropping a 500+ pound cruiser MULTIPLE times at no speed sucks ass (damn front brake)

When you do trade out for a lightweight sports bike..   fill 'er up while sitting on her, bike upright or you'll never get the maximum amount of gas in the tank (duh....  but not mentioned in the owner's manual

You can try to go the cheap route that first winter-- but you're still going to end up with the heated gear, eventually.  Just go ahead and buy it first..  it's actually more cost effective.


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« Reply #94 on: December 08, 2008, 01:43:22 am »

105.)  When you get that little voice telling you that something is going to happen do whatever it says.  Immediately.  Be it the cage next to you is going to come into your lane, or "that idiot cage is pulling into the driveway next to me at this stop light is going to back up into me thinking they can turn around".  Ask me how I know that one...  Mad2  I didn't listen...   Bash
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« Reply #95 on: December 09, 2008, 02:36:21 pm »

Don't panic. Especially in tight turns-trust your bike, you'll make it round. NO, DON'T TOUCH THAT FRONT BRAKE!!!!!!! EEK!
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« Reply #96 on: December 14, 2008, 02:53:11 am »

Establish a "routine" when new to riding right away, something like this:

- Gear up, except for gloves, helmet, and zipper.
- Keep the bike key in the right breast pocket.
- Push bike, out, check tires.
- Always have your helmet on before getting on the bike
- Always start the bike before putting on your gloves

Another one:

- Always park so you can ride out, not duck-walk back out.
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« Reply #97 on: December 14, 2008, 09:48:36 am »


- Always start the bike before putting on your gloves



is this just a function to let the bike warm up a bit?
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« Reply #98 on: December 14, 2008, 11:38:01 am »




- Always park so you can ride out, not duck-walk back out.


I still get that wrong...
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« Reply #99 on: December 15, 2008, 12:07:34 pm »


+1 on 919Maniac's comment on deer.  During mating season Jane Doe is being chased by "What's Up" Buck and they're thinking sex, not "look both ways when crossing streets" or "cross on the green, and not in between".  While they tend to move most around dusk (when visibility is at its worst), they will move any time they please.  Do not assume that deer go away when you hit the 'burbs.  I dodged one coming out of a garden center in the middle of divided US 202 outside of Wilmington, DE and was almost run over, while sitting in my front yard, by one coming from the Philadelphia side of my yard in Drexel Hill, PA.  

Deer "only" weigh 100 - 250 lbs for the most part.  Think about tagging one at even 35-45 MPH.  Yep, deer suck.   Thumbsdown


This man speaks the truth!! My '04 VFR can attest to that! A doe jumped off an embankment right on top of me as I was laid over, depp in a corner at over 50mph. Bike was a total loss, gear saved my arse aside from some twisting and bruising, and the damn deer ran away. Grrr.


x) When the rear tire starts to slide, and it will, stay steady on the inputs. Do NOT let go of the throttle!! Weight the outside peg, and stay steady!
x) High sides SUCK BALLS!!
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« Reply #100 on: December 15, 2008, 12:56:09 pm »

Stoplights do NOT mean stop to the oncoming traffic. it means, go faster.

having traffic all stopped at a stoplight that is "about" to change for the other traffic does not mean STOP for the old traffic that has been sitting there waiting for the other traffic to do it's thing. it actually means..."hey, why am i the only moving thru this intersection, talking on my phone, and traffic is coming at me from the side?"

had that happen right in front of me as i was ABOUT to pull out and go left. guy on his cell phone blew the steady red,,that had been red for a while since my traffic had a solid green (for a while) and had just given me the Green arrow to go. that guy was tooooo lucky.  and me for paying attention and not trusting the dimwit, especially when they are goin 40mph thru the  red light. i sooo wish i had my bike camera mounted.
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« Reply #101 on: March 29, 2009, 08:10:06 am »



**don't lead someone at a speed you know is too fast for them - they will "lose" trying to keep up w/you.

**never drink & ride - it's just not worth it (and I LOVE to drink!)


adding,,
stay in your spot/order on group ride.

AMEN.

adding;
Stay in 1st when stopped, you can escape  quicker when you need to, god forbid you have to move or get hit. seconds do count, & you  are more alert to everything around you.

adding;
Practice playing in rush hour traffic..slow crawling along bearly moving gets your ca stop down pat & your clutch bcomes your best friend.
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« Reply #102 on: March 29, 2009, 10:06:49 am »

Thanks for the thread resurrection there Sharkette.

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« Reply #103 on: March 31, 2009, 09:20:46 am »

Trust the lean. The bike can lean over a lot further than you might think. If you go a little hot into a turn, lean,lean,lean do not panic!
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« Reply #104 on: March 31, 2009, 11:30:57 am »

Side car pilots should not try the above.  Wink
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« Reply #105 on: February 26, 2010, 03:08:15 pm »

Why this thread isn't a stickie, I shall never know.

Here's todays contribution:

1) Don't park up and leave your handle bar heaters on, when they are wired into the battery. Your bike won't start.

2) When jump starting your bike, see above, ensure that the kill switch is off before taking three panels off and charging the battery. Duh.
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« Reply #106 on: February 26, 2010, 04:47:10 pm »

Know when the last time your oil was changed and check it regularly.  This actually goes for all maintenance.  Don't count on someone else.  Get a white board, hang it in the garage and keep it up to date.

The best roads are nowhere near where you live.  Go to National or other trips.  3 day weekends at a bed and breakfast are best.  Pick a locations and ask for things to see, places to ride, where to stay in a new thread if you have never been to an area before.  

Just because you have friends who ride, does not mean you need to ride together.  Plan your next meeting location (gas, lunch, dinner, hotel, camp, etc) ahead of time.  That way if you want to take a different route you can meet up again.

Dog tags with personal information just in case.  If something happens will people know how to get a hold of your loved ones?  

If you ride often by yourself consider getting a SPOT device.  

Riding is very addictive and costly.  But so is your sanity.  Winter is the hardest time for me so I shop for gear and stuff online.  

Read ride reports you never know what gem of information they my contain.

Track days.  Try it at least once.

Take a Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) class every few years.  Yea you may have done that before, but you can't remember what you have forgotten.

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... Region 4 riders are the best!  
No offence to everyone else though, you guys are great too.
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« Reply #107 on: February 26, 2010, 04:57:31 pm »

Forgot a big one.  

When riding many miles all day, Drink lots of water!  

When riding we need to be 100% and dehydration can make it much less enjoyable.

Some effects of dehydration include poor concentration, headaches, joint problems, and eye irritation.  
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« Reply #108 on: February 27, 2010, 12:23:21 pm »


Why this thread isn't a stickie, I shall never know.

Here's todays contribution:

1) Don't park up and leave your handle bar heaters on, when they are wired into the battery. Your bike won't start.

2) When jump starting your bike, see above, ensure that the kill switch is off before taking three panels off and charging the battery. Duh.


Thanks for the resurrection Papa.

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« Reply #109 on: February 27, 2010, 02:40:27 pm »




Thanks for the resurrection Papa.

Doc


It IS the best thread here. Plus it's funny at times.

Today's tip:

When your battery won't charge don't expect it to hold a charge after doing 30 miles or so (to charge it up-I jump started the bike). All it takes is for your bike to stop just once and you will be stranded miles from home. Ie, don't be an idjut-like me, today.
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« Reply #110 on: February 28, 2010, 09:28:10 pm »

The more you ride

The more different bikes you ride

The more different people you ride with.

The better rider you will become.


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« Reply #111 on: March 08, 2010, 01:56:30 pm »



33. keep a clear space at your six.
34. know the status of your six.

and

If YOU'VE made eye contact with the cager

Now I'll ask a real beginners question:
what is "your six?"

Is a "cager" someone driving a car?



35. DON'T ASSume!! Passing a mall, on a 3 lane turnpike, I was in the right lane, (right turn only), about to make a right, passing stopped cars on my left at a red light when a woman (cager) from the approaching traffic made a left THROUGH the stopped cars and stopped right in front of me doing about 25mph in front of her front fender. OUCH!!
The woman cop said I was as wrong and called it 60/40 in my favor and then changed it to 50/50. We have no right of way!
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« Reply #112 on: March 08, 2010, 02:14:22 pm »

Don't ride with someone who thinks he's invincible.  He probably is, and will get you killed proving it.  WBill
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« Reply #113 on: March 14, 2010, 11:14:20 am »

Tip 239:

This is the best bike in the world:

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« Reply #114 on: March 25, 2010, 07:02:38 pm »


Tip 239:

This is the best bike in the world:

http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g57/GeneralPig/mopelex_vert.jpg


BUT, how do you keep an 'eye on your six' when it ain't got no mirrors?    Lol

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« Reply #115 on: April 02, 2010, 08:46:38 pm »

Don't know if I missed this one but...

-Know your brakes and their threshold.  Practice, practice and more practice with them.  
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« Reply #116 on: April 03, 2010, 02:06:33 pm »

Check your tyre pressures and do it weekly.
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« Reply #117 on: August 22, 2010, 09:58:30 am »

Birds and deer are suicidal, and some squirrels.

YOU WILL CRASH! probably several times and may pay a visit to the hospital.  The EMT folks really don't have a sense of humor.
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« Reply #118 on: February 17, 2011, 09:20:13 pm »

When you get a new or first bike, it's not a bad idea to go to an empty parking lot (local high school, etc) and practice everything from low speed maneuvers to emergency braking (obviously not from high speeds- how big is this parking lot?). I've found this to be valuable in getting used to the dynamics of a new machine or just for resharpening my skills after the long Minnesota winter.
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« Reply #119 on: March 15, 2011, 07:47:13 am »

Some of the good ones I've picked up over the years:

The four noble truths of motorcycles:
  • You will get hot
  • You will get cold
  • You will get wet
  • You may get hurt


"You will be first one to know if you really are in neutral" - MSF Instructor

And my favorite:

"Your hand controls are like a nice pair of breasts.  Work them with a firm, loving, and confident hand.  Do not be rough, jerky, or over-excited because she will throw you off."
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« Reply #120 on: March 19, 2011, 11:41:58 am »

-Never overlap another vehicle.
-Stay away from vehicles that have pieces bent, burnt or missing.
-Cover the brakes when you see someone wanting to pull out from from a parking lot/sidestreet into your lane.
-Stay mentally ahead of the bike 7-9 seconds. More as your speed increases. It's about anticipation, not reaction. Look where you want to go, not where you are.
-Ride like you're invisible.
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« Reply #121 on: June 19, 2011, 01:39:53 pm »

First post here, but some good advise...
- Try to avoid zig-zagging the cones in a construction zone: though it may be fun, your idiot buddy following you will not like a cone bouncing infront of him that you just caught off your toe when you got too close to one.  (Experience speaking here)
- Upon riding the first time with a new rider, take them to the nearest hospital emergency room entrance and say" this is the only time I plan on coming here while we're riding together"  You both will have a sombering laugh together and ride a little more safely with that thought in mind.
Hope these help, reading through this thread has woken me up to a few I have forgotten over the years.  Thanks.

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« Reply #122 on: June 24, 2012, 10:52:55 pm »

That cruisers are boring.
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« Reply #123 on: July 01, 2012, 10:04:32 pm »

Weirdest things happen on the days when you feel the best. Always assume everyone is out to kill you, your about to shread a brand new tire on the piece of angle iron that just fell off a pickup truck....If you like the weather wait 5 minutes, it WILL change and YES, YOU CAN OUTRUN THE RAIN if your lucky.


   
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« Reply #124 on: July 07, 2012, 04:45:04 pm »

Never filter if the car in front can move into another lane.
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« Reply #125 on: August 06, 2012, 08:57:56 pm »


Weirdest things happen on the days when you feel the best. Always assume everyone is out to kill you, your about to shread a brand new tire on the piece of angle iron that just fell off a pickup truck....If you like the weather wait 5 minutes, it WILL change and YES, YOU CAN OUTRUN THE RAIN if your lucky.


  


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« Reply #126 on: November 15, 2012, 08:06:57 pm »

That pile of leaves? The ones on top may be dry, but the ones on the bottom certainly aren't.
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« Reply #127 on: November 16, 2012, 09:44:52 pm »

Wished I knew about the "vibranator" when I was 16.

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« Reply #128 on: December 10, 2012, 01:29:22 pm »

This bit-o-wisdom if for the rest stops and not the ride itself:

There is no sex in the Champagne Room regardless of what the dancer leads you to believe.

Seriously, this is a great topic full of great advice.
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« Reply #129 on: May 22, 2013, 06:33:04 pm »

Don't let others tell you what would be a good bike for you, figure out what you like. Test ride it, research it, and make sure it fits YOUR needs!
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« Reply #130 on: May 23, 2013, 02:30:09 am »


Don't let others tell you what would be a good bike for you, figure out what you like. Test ride it, research it, and make sure it fits YOUR needs!


that's most of the discussions on STN fecked then.....
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« Reply #131 on: May 23, 2013, 03:10:33 am »

Earplugs.
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« Reply #132 on: May 23, 2013, 04:57:41 pm »




that's most of the discussions on STN fecked then.....


True, touche`
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« Reply #133 on: December 19, 2013, 10:41:01 pm »

Nice list you have here.  Thumbsup

Another thing, if you plan to participate in a sports tour, this is a good website to check. http://www.thesportingtraveller.com/
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« Reply #134 on: December 26, 2013, 09:10:28 pm »

Learned this from rear-visioning a one-second miss of a 140 mph closing speed head-on with a passing car:  

When you are on a two-lane and have clear road ahead of you, especially if there is also clear road behind you, ride to the outside as a string of cars approaches.  It makes it easier for the idiot one or two cars back to see you when he decides to pull out to pass.  You also see it beginning to happed a half-second sooner, and that half-second can mean the difference between life and death.
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« Reply #135 on: December 26, 2013, 09:35:24 pm »




Or your seat!

I know a guy that coats his seat before every ride. He's the fastest rider I've ever seen. I'm not some moron with no idea what a fast guy is. He swears by it.
Also, use spot mirrors. The wedge shaped ones work best.
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« Reply #136 on: September 07, 2015, 05:57:12 pm »


+1 on the moron list and escape route plan.

add..In traffic, always look at least one car ahead of the one thats directly in front of you and don't ride in the center of the lane. Debris always gets caught there.


....like the AXE in the middle of the high speed lane, Rt 3 Chelmsford last Monday afternoon...aye-yi-yi! It got clipped by the rear tire of the car in front of me, jumped about a foot in the air behind it. Thankfully I had lots of space in front of me and was out in the right of the lane, not in the center. Kinda startles to see something like that tho...
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« Reply #137 on: February 03, 2016, 01:15:15 pm »



Work out where the car's blind spot is-they have these pillars holding the roof up.


Blind spot for most drivers? Anywhere they point their head, if they have a cell phone in hand.
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