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post #11 of 60 (permalink) Old 08-16-2007, 09:23 PM
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What a great post!!! This post should be read by everyone that uses the road. I can't say Thankyou enough.

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post #12 of 60 (permalink) Old 09-17-2007, 01:58 PM
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You must develop a "sixth" sense that will warn you of dangerous drivers around you... It will come from experience.

Watch how the car tracks the road. Is it too fast or too slow. Is the driver "twitchy". Do they ride the breaks, speed up and slow down. Do they act nervous? Are they talking on cell or blasting a boom box?

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Washington state, Minnesota, and Wisconsin plates. Most are snow birds and well over 60 years of age and very poor drivers and assume half blind. Beware of Mexican plates, they probably don't have a license and are very dangerous...

Do not travel in a pack of cars. Blast around them or slow down. If someone rides your bumper and you can't get away from them, pull over to next gas station and take a break...

Pass well clear of stopped cars. A door in your face is not good... Never stop to aid anyone on the road,, very dangerous..

Stay away from large commercial vehicles. Stay aware of all around you and watch your mirrors. A car approaching at high speed is dangerous.. Watch out for cars with no plates, God knows what they are up too.

Always assume a blind curve is dangerous. Watch for leaves, ice, sand, objects, and road kill... Two lane country roads are dangerous, farmer Jones will pull out in front of you with his hay wagon without looking. After all it is his road.
If a car around you makes you nervous, get away from it..

NEVER NEVER, confront a nasty driver. In Arizona you can be shot for giving the finger... Happens all the time around Phoenix..

If you see two cars racing or fighting, pull off asap. Never try to pass them. They could be having a gun battle and you might catch a stray bullet..

A few tips I learned from years of driving 18 wheelers and Trailways busses plus many bike miles...

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50 Ways to Save Your Life

Thank you for taking the time to create this post. It is always good to remind ourselves how to ride safely and it made me think of things I need to do better.

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Good job.

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Great post. Stay safe!

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Re: 50 Ways to Save Your Life

I like to read this every once in while to see if I have strayed. Proficient Motorcycling has all this stuff and then some. We are always leaning.

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Re: 50 Ways to Save Your Life

A Very insightful and helpful article. I'm a brand new rider, just took delivery of my 400 last Friday and the did Motorcycle Safety Foundation class last weekend.

I took yesterday off and decided it was time to take my bike out for a 'fun ride' - I had only driven it to the MSF class and to my friend's house during the week for our car pool. I figured going on mid-morning on a weekday would provide for calmer riding (I live in the San Francisco Bay Area, on the peninsula just south of the city along the ocean). Sure enough, less than a minute from my house as I was heading out, an elderly lady came blowing out from the shopping center without stopping at the stop sign when I was right in front of her - she pushed me all the way over to the curb without even seeing me, and I was right along side. I didn't have time to think, just react. I was far enough forward that I felt it was safer to accelerate to get clear versus trying to brake and maybe get pinched off the street completely. I evidently was finally seen by her as she panicked stopped (glad I was forward of her by that point). Based on the way she then crawled through the next stop sign/intersection and up the street I caused her quite a scare. She obviously wasn't trying to harm me - she just never saw me. I figured at some point in my riding I'd experience what everyone talks about, but not so soon!

I have to credit the MSF program, first for reinforcing that this is a real risk and you need to be conscious of it occurring, and secondly giving me the foundation of bike handling skills to be able to react. Anyway, I had a very enjoyable ride down the coast and the rest of my ride was uneventful, although it will be a while before I get comfortable at highway (65mph) speeds. It was pretty windy and I think I'll need a lot more experience before I'll be comfortable with the gusts blowing the bike around (although I continue to be impressed with the handling of the Burgman!) I discovered on the ride that the posted speed limits really are correct (even if the cars behind me didn't appreciate it!) Anyone have any general wind gust riding tips for me?


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Re: 50 Ways to Save Your Life

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Anyone have any general wind gust riding tips for me?
Stay loose. Don't keep a "death grip" on the handlebars, you'll just tire quicker and and be uncomfortable.

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Re: 50 Ways to Save Your Life

One thing that I've been made aware from riding with others behind me is to be sure to apply the brakes even when engine braking is sufficient to make sure the brake lights come on to notify the traffic behind you that you are slowing down.

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18. Learn to use both brakes
The front does most of your stopping, but a little rear brake on corner entry can calm a nervous chassis.
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18. Learn to use both brakes (Remember that this causes you brake lights to come, informing traffic that you are slowing)
The front does most of your stopping, but a little rear brake on corner entry can calm a nervous chassis.
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Re: 50 Ways to Save Your Life

Great post! Thanks for putting it on here for everyone, hopefully will read and take heed.
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