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    ***Survival Skills for the Street***

    I've decided to start a thread specifically dedicated to survival skills big and small. This is an opportunity for riders from all backgrounds to share tips ranging from simple decisions while riding (think I'll stay in the left lane in case this moron merges onto the road with me) to how motorcycle maintenance affects your chances of survival on the street.

    NO BULLSHIT IN THIS THREAD. I will delete any threads with nothing to say but wise-cracks. Lets keep this on-topic. We're coming up on two years since my friend Terence died, and I'd like to maybe help some fellow riders not make the same mistakes. Who knows, maybe we'll save some lives with this thread.

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    Re: ***Survival Skills for the Street***

    Keep your foot covering the rear break pedal when you wheelie.
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    Re: ***Survival Skills for the Street***

    Excellent idea kuhlka.

    One very simple rule: ABP (always be passing). Or at minimum, know your fellow motorist blind spots. If you cannot see their face in their mirrors, then they can't see you.
    pffft....

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    Re: ***Survival Skills for the Street***

    Excellent topic, we've had a bunch of wrecks posted about and the range of contributing factors is varied, but they fall into those you can manage/influence (skill sets, fatigue, condition/capabilities of vehicle, etc.) and those you must react/adjust to (dangerous driver, animals, debris, road condition/design, etc.). I've ridden a bunch of years and attended riding schools and competed in my younger years. I ride slow now and still attend schools (Reg Pridmore's CLASS) and learn as much as I can in both the good or tragic results from others ride stories. There should be no ego in assessment or suggestions, we've had very good and fast guys go down with "little" harm (kart and brian on the track) to stories like the ones that motivated this thread and many in between like those from the ECR medical ward chronicles. IMO, SMOOTH and all it takes to be that is most important and all encompassing for what it takes to be a good rider in "control". Anyone can land a plane at least once and a motorcycle isn't much more forgiving.

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    Re: ***Survival Skills for the Street***

    One of the hardest situations to control: Being rear-ended at a stop sign/light:

    angle your front wheel so it has an exit path - motorcycle sammichs suck. modulate your brake light. ALWAYS look in your rearview mirror when slowing down.

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    Re: ***Survival Skills for the Street***

    Quote Originally Posted by cwb4tx
    One of the hardest situations to control: Being rear-ended at a stop sign/light:

    angle your front wheel so it has an exit path - motorcycle sammichs suck. modulate your brake light. ALWAYS look in your rearview mirror when slowing down.
    To add to this, always keep your bike in first gear when at a red light/stop sign. If a car come up fast on you and looks like you might get rear ended, the amount of time that it would take to put the bike in gear and go may not be nearly enough.
    Ok, now I watched it with sound. My lawyer will soon send you a cease and desist order in the name of bikers everywhere. It's really cheesey and crap! Seriously, this is BS. No wonder.... never mind, just stop.

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    Re: ***Survival Skills for the Street***

    If your tired, hungover, sick or just in a bad mood take the cage. You can stop and get a coffee and crank up the tunes and then go for a ride when you can have your head in it.

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    Re: ***Survival Skills for the Street***

    ^ I can give no better advice than that.
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    Re: ***Survival Skills for the Street***

    While riding, do not think about K1973's avatar. You will center punch something.
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    Re: ***Survival Skills for the Street***

    When riding, consider yourself INVISIBLE. Why? Because you are!!
    "What are you looking at fuzz nuts!!??" - Winston Churchill

    For is not part of greatness the ability of a man to laugh, not only at himself, but, more importantly, at others?

 

 
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