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Thread: Motorcycling safety tips

  1. #21
    mdole Guest


    Put at least one foot on the ground when you come to a stop.

  2. #22
    wrench Guest


    Surprised no one has said don't drink and ride 8O

    Also don't ride when taking any medications that make you feel drowsy or impair your motorcycle riding abilities.

  3. #23
    back_online Guest


    Before changing lanes(on the hwy etc), twist your neck and look with your eyes, don't rely on just your mirror! 8O

  4. #24
    Hoomgar Guest


    Quote Originally Posted by back_online
    Before changing lanes(on the hwy etc), twist your neck and look with your eyes, don't rely on just your mirror! 8O
    Excellent!!!!! I was going to say that so I will just reinforce it. There is no substitute for a direct look. Mirrors are just a mirage of blind spots. It also keeps your neck and spine young as it is a good exersize in more ways than one


    My contribution is hard to put in words but I feel is my largest single contributing factor to riding accident free.

    Try to be in control of your environment at all times as much as possible. This doesn’t mean that you can control what that cage driver is about to do but instead you can control how your going to react to it. You look, analyze and predict as much as you can and always move into a situation with as many outs as you can think of.

    Here is a small and only one example of what I am saying:

    - If they are going to come over on me I will:
    - hit the brakes and back off (you’ve already looked in your mirror so see who is behind you or who is in another lane behind you and may come over to follow you around old pokey)
    - Stomp it and make it past them quickly (you have already done your space judgment and can see that this is an option unless they are going to turn so quickly they roll over)
    - Your going onto the shoulder to roll down and get back on the road when clear to do so. This is a last ditch effort to avoid being killed. But it is an option if you know how to do it. Check in advance if it is an option.

    In the situation above if no two of the outs at least are available then it isn't a pass. That's control!

    Stay ahead of traffic when possible. If stuck behind it and there are people behind you don’t tailgate. Give yourself a buffer zone.

    Above all else, do whatever it takes for you to learn how to ride your bike and master it. Controlling your bike MUST be second nature if you are to put your mind to these other things. If you’re spending your time thinking about how to control the bike instead of how you’re going to react your time is limited. Get to an MSF course and also ask experienced riders for more advice and some rides.

  5. #25
    Join Date
    Jun 2004


    Make sure your throttle is properly adjusted, and SNAPS back to the stops. (as evidenced by katman)

    Make sure the bike starts, BEFORE you get your jacket, gloves, and gear strapped on.

    In a multiple lane intersection, let the SUV in the outside lane run blocker for you. And don't accelerate ahead of them. (this is the only possable excuse for riding in sync with another car... )

    Assume the guy coming up behind you at a light, isn't going to stop. I stay in gear with the clutch pulled untill I have at least one car behind me, stopped.

    Cover your brakes at slow speeds. Follow the msf otherwise.

    I know it's been said before. But imagine every car around you doing the most stupid thing at the same time. Keep yourself in a place where you can escape from said stupidity.

    if you have a smaller bike, keep the rpm up in town. So you have power instantly available.
    You'd have to be crazy to be sane in this world -Nero
    If you love it, let it go. If it comes back....... You probably highsided.
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  6. #26
    redliner1973 Guest


    When being 'tailgated', resist the urge to open the cap on the cardboard tube of Daisy Golden BB's allowing then to 'fall' out and ding up the paint and crack the windscreen of the offending vehicle behind you. :twisted:

    BTW: Don't ride when tired, upset, or late for something. You will possibly loose focus on what you really need to be doing....

  7. #27
    Wingnut Guest


    For those that insist on using tire dressing, do not get Armorall or any other type of tire dressing compound on the tread, as this will decreases traction greatly.
    Somebody told me this once.

  8. #28
    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Pittsburgh, PA


    I'm a big fan of keeping the bike in gear at a stop light for the aforementioned reasons. Nerobro pointed this out as well as others on the "video" thread

    When going down the road where there is an intersection and a car waiting to pull out, I always watch the waiting vehicle's wheel for rotation. First movement, cover the brakes. Second movement, off the throttle. Next movement, on the brakes. Sometimes you have to combine all three and just hit the brakes! You decide. Avoidance strategy may be different in your situation...

    Sometimes you're in a lane where the lane next to you has vehicles backed up waiting for someone to turn left or right. I always expect someone to shoot over into my lane and pass. As previously mentioned, know your exit strategy for this kind of situation.

    Make sure your turn signals work before you go out on your ride. Sucks trying to make hand signals with your hands let alone your clutch hand.

    Hope I did not repeat too much!

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  9. #29
    80gs1000e Guest


    If you must drink rootbeer while driving your motorcycle, get a cupholder. If you place it between your legs you may be distracted.

  10. #30
    Anonymous Guest


    Jethro....awesome thread!

    I have to add this for younger and/or more inexperienced riders (like me). Pay heed to advice given by more experienced riders. I learned almost as much riding with my "big brothers" from New England last year than I did on the MSF course (granted, Keith IS an MSF instructor!).

    After watching me ride, they were able to give me advice on how to better control my bike.

    I have also learned an extraordinary amount on information from this site.

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