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    Newbie Poser Squid Array bafflebrain's Avatar
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    50 riding tips

    Something to start the riding season...

    Quote Originally Posted by Motophoria
    Passing these on from the HSTA...as riding season gets into full swing throughout the country, just a few reminders to think about before you ride...yes, some are pretty basic, but a good review all the same...

    1. Assume you're invisible.
    2. Be considerate.
    3. Dress for the crash, not the pool or [Starbucks].
    4. Hope for the best, prepare for the worst.
    5. Leave your ego at home-The only people who really care if you were
    faster on the freeway will be the officer and the judge.
    6. Pay Attention.
    7. Mirrors only show you part of the picture.
    8. Be patient
    9. Watch your closing speed-Passing cars at twice their speed or changing
    lanes to shoot past a row of stopped cars is just asking for trouble.
    10. Beware the verge and the merge.
    11. Left-turning cars remain the leading killer of motorcyclists.
    12. Beware of cars running traffic lights.
    13. Check your mirrors
    14. Mind the gap-One second's worth of distance per 10 mph is the old rule
    of thumb. Better still; scan the next 12 seconds ahead for potential
    15. Beware of tuner cars-They're quick and their drivers tend to be
    16. Excessive entrance speed hurts.
    17. Don't trust that deer whistle.
    18. Learn to use both brakes.
    19. Keep the front brake covered-always.-Save a single second of reaction
    time at 60 mph and you can stop 88 feet shorter. Think about that.
    20. Look where you want to go.
    21. Keep your eyes moving.
    22. Think before you act.-Careful whipping around that Camry going 7
    mph in a 25 mph zone or you could end up with your head in the driver's side door when he turns into the driveway right in front of you.
    23. Raise your gaze-It's too late to do anything about the 20 feet
    immediately in front of your fender, so scan the road far enough ahead to
    see trouble and change trajectory.
    24. Get your mind right in the driveway-Most accidents happen during the
    first 15 minutes of a ride, below 40mph, near an intersection or driveway.
    25. Come to a full stop at that next stop sign.
    26. Never dive into a gap in stalled traffic.
    27. Don't saddle up more than you can handle-If you weigh 95 pounds, avoid
    that 795-pound cruiser. If you're 5-foot-5, forget those towering
    28. Watch for car doors opening in traffic.
    29. Don't get in an intersection rut-Watch for a two-way stop after a
    string of four-way intersections.
    30. Stay in your comfort zone when you're with a group-Riding over
    your head is a good way to end up in the ditch.
    31. Give your eyes some time to adjust-A minute or two of low light
    heading from a well-lighted garage onto dark streets is a good thing.
    32. Master the slow U-turn-practice.
    33. Who put a stop sign at the top of this hill?-Don't panic. Use the rear
    brake to keep from rolling back down. Use Mr. Throttle and Mr. Clutch
    normally-and smoothly-to pull away.
    34. If it looks slippery, assume it is.
    35. Bang! A blowout! Now what?-No sudden moves. The motorcycle isn't
    happy, so be prepared to apply a little calming muscle to maintain course. Ease back the throttle, brake gingerly with the good wheel and pull over very
    smoothly to the shoulder. Big sigh.
    36. Drops on the faceshield?-Lightly misted pavement can be slipperier
    than when it's been rinsed by a downpour. Apply maximum level concentration, caution and smoothness.
    37. Emotions in check?-Take inventory every time you saddle up.
    38. Wear good gear.
    39. Leave the IPOD at home.
    40. Learn to swerve.-Be able to do two tight turns in quick succession.
    Practice till it becomes a reflex.
    41. Be smooth at low speeds.
    42. Flashing is good for you-Easy taps on the pedal or lever before
    stopping makes your brake light more eye-catching to trailing traffic.
    43. Intersections are scary, so hedge your bets.-Put another vehicle
    between your bike and the possibility of someone running the stop sign/light
    and you cut your chances of getting nailed in half.
    44. Tune your peripheral vision.
    45. All alone at a light that wont turn green?-Put as much of the bike
    directly above the sensor wire or try putting the kick stand down directly
    on the wire.
    46. Everything is harder to see after dark.
    47. Don't troll next to-or right behind-Mr. Peterbilt.
    48. Take the panic out of panic stops. Develop an intimate
    relationship with your front brake. Seek out some safe open pavement. Starting slowly, find that fine line between maximum braking and a locked wheel, and then do it again, and again.
    49. Make your tires right-Check them for spot on pressure and any wear and
    50. Take a deep breath-Count to 10. Forgetting some clown's 80-mph
    indiscretion beats running the risk of ruining your life, or ending it.
    "It's not my fault your slow!"

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    51. If it's daylight, put your full beams on (or better yet get HID's )
    52. reflective stripes around the wheel help side-on visibility
    If you wanna say something, speak into the mic. It's right above my balls.

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    53. If you don't do the above on every ride it's only a matter of time until you're fucked. It should be second nature.
    There ain't no replacement for displacement

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    54. Don't try and do an endo infront of a group of people when you've only been riding for 1 month

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    Quote Originally Posted by sonofsam View Post
    54. Don't try and do an endo infront of a group of people when you've only been riding for 1 month
    Especially in front of Starbucks cause that will blow your street cred all to hell.
    WMRC # 98

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    55. When you see a dented, dirty or neglected car, be especially paranoid. Dents are a rolling history of mistakes, and you don't want to be involved. Dirt and neglect show disinterest, and that disinterest probably bleeds into their driving as well.
    In the end, this argument falls into the vanity arena. Which is more important: Your safety and comfort on a bike or what your friends think?

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    56. Don't ride in Richmond
    57. Don't knee drag in the BP's
    Next time you're having a bad day think about this... You and your brother are conjoined twins, he is gay you are not. He has a date coming over in an hour and you share one ass.

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    Leave your bike in gear while stopped at a intersection and be ready to bolt as shit comes from everywhere . scanning mirrors , tapping brakes .

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    Quote Originally Posted by gsxr_45 View Post
    Leave your bike in gear while stopped at a intersection and be ready to bolt as shit comes from everywhere . scanning mirrors , tapping brakes .
    I've had to do that twice last summer and it saved my ass from getting rear ended by a god damn pickup!

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