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Old 02-05-2009, 02:41 PM   #151
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I'm a little late adding this, but never, ever, tap the front brake in the rain when riding the white stripes. Its amazing how fast you can become inverted.
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Old 03-05-2009, 08:58 PM   #152
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Asphalt is hard and hurts when you hit it at any speed.
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Old 03-05-2009, 09:03 PM   #153
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never ride without eye protection.....

and motorcycles attract the opposite sex.....

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What is a very important bit of wisdom or knowlege you think all motorcyclists should know?

I'll start:
Always keep the front wheel straight when coming to a stop.
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the above information in this post in my opinion only....I recomend you check my advise with an expert....use this info at your own risk
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Old 03-05-2009, 09:14 PM   #154
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never ride without PROPER eye protection.....
and motorcycles attract the opposite sex.....
your Gucci sunglasses might look good, but are those lenses shatter proof? Just because the label states that those are motorcycle glasses/goggles/eye protection, it does not mean that the lenses are shatter proof. Nothing worse than taking a stone to the lenses while riding just to have those lenses shatter.
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Old 02-06-2014, 03:42 PM   #155
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Most important thread in here!

It's been 5 years since this thread was bumped.

With multiple new riders checking in every week its time to tackle the question of how our new brothers are going to stay alive long enough to fully turbo/tinsel/bling and slam the coolest bikes on the road.

These things easily last 100K, lets try to keep a few from being totaled in the mean time.

With 45 years on the road I've run the gamut from leaky lash-ups to the engineering paragon that is the VRod.
50 weeks a year and 30+ bikes I've busted a few ribs but I've always ridden home.

I'll thump this drum some more but you could do worse than to partake of these 10 pages before you return to the examination of how to pry a bigger, tire/piston/chrome skull.... onto your sweet obsession.
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Old 02-07-2014, 12:34 AM   #156
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Good résurrection. My thinking is boots and gloves. Do wearing high boots save your leg? No, but it keeps it intact instead of paramedics looking for it it the ditch somewhere. Gloves. If for every ten kilometers of speed you lose a mm of your skin is true how would your palms look like after skidding through the payment at 40 or so mph?
Boots and gloves my friends. As far this particular setup drop it on the ground pipe side if you must , it can take it, stock zinger can handle it k

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Old 02-07-2014, 09:23 AM   #157
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Good résurrection. My thinking is boots and gloves. Do wearing high boots save your leg? No, but it keeps it intact instead of paramedics looking for it it the ditch somewhere. Gloves. If for every ten kilometers of speed you lose a mm of your skin is true how would your palms look like after skidding through the payment at 40 or so mph?
Boots and gloves my friends. As far this particular setup drop it on the ground pipe side if you must , it can take it, stock zinger can handle it k

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Excellent observations!
You don't need to be riding at the limit for the limit to find you. Your radius can change suddenly when crap appears on a curve or some drone in a box, talking on a cell phone, takes their half from the center.

I recall the sensation of a gravel road passing between my shoulder-blades at 40 mph while a horse hide jacket rode securely in my saddle bag. It had been a nice day.

The right gear will determine how soon or if you ride again.
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Old 02-07-2014, 09:42 PM   #158
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Old 02-13-2014, 04:43 AM   #159
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As soon as you spot a dead carcass of anything the size of a squirrel or larger... hold your breath until you're 5/6/7/8 seconds past the guts and crap splattered in the road. (It beats inhaling the stench of rotting flesh).
The odor of roadkill is one good warning of an increased danger of hitting deer in particular.
Dusk and dawn near bodies of water especially during the dark of the moon, slow down and watch for any visible deer. Where you see one there are others. If one has crossed another will likely follow. Don't rely on them to keep moving away, pivoting back across your path is one of their favorite tactics.
When a collision looks inevitable you don't have to go down. Straighten your course and brace, release your brakes before impact and coast to a stop to asses damage.

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Old 02-24-2014, 06:59 AM   #160
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Good info in this thread for me; even if just reminders, since I had been off a motorcycle for a few years
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Old 10-25-2014, 05:39 AM   #161
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The odor of roadkill is one good warning of an increased danger of hitting deer in particular.
Dusk and dawn near bodies of water especially during the dark of the moon, slow down and watch for any visible deer. Where you see one there are others. If one has crossed another will likely follow. Don't rely on them to keep moving away, pivoting back across your path is one of their favorite tactics.
When a collision looks inevitable you don't have to go down. Straighten your course and brace, release your brakes before impact and coast to a stop to asses damage.

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Release your brakes before impact? I never thought of such a thing. I once broadsided the neighbors yellow lab with a 2 stroke 250. Didn't much hurt the dog, I had a scab on about everything that stuck out. Shorts, tennis shoes, wife beater shirt. Almost got by with it, and have to wonder if I could have stayed up if I had released the brakes, and maybe blipped the throttle on the way over him.
Cowpieapex's description of the correct mindset for riding in deer country is spot on. Don't look at the friggin deer, look at where it came from. Ride slower at deer-thirty.
As for the cage drivers, don't assume that they are any smarter than a deer.
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Old 10-25-2014, 11:12 AM   #162
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Two rules for every motorcyclist:

1.) When you put your helmet on, you are invisible to cars.

2.) If they do see you, they want to kill you.

That is all.
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Old 01-09-2016, 03:30 PM   #163
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I just got my first bike and am going to the safety course this month. I really wanted to thank all of you for sharing your experiences and knowledge with those of us who are new to this.
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Old 08-26-2019, 03:30 AM   #164
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1. expect the unexpected

2. Aim high in steering....be aware of whats going on ahead of your immediate space.

3. Get the big picture. How deep is your space, how wide....back off from billboards( large trucks or anything that stops you from seeing far enuff ahead) WATCH FOR HEADS AT THE WHEELS OF PARKED CARS ie opening doors in your path.

4. leave yourself an out. never allow yourself to be totally boxed in, or trapped.

5. Make sure they see you. make eye contact...use brights, horn, whatever.....if they didnt look at you assume they don't know you are there.

6. when pulling onto a street look left, right, then left again. Left again, because that is the lane which will hit you first if someone sneaks up on you.
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Old 09-06-2019, 10:53 PM   #165
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When I ride with another rider or in a group, I always establish with the closest riders which area of the lane I want to ride (right or left stagger) and hold that position for the duration of the ride. It's frustrating and downright dangerous to be in a group and have the guys nearest you all over the lane.
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