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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.

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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.

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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.

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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:

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