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Old March 30th, 2013, 08:00 AM   #1
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I'm posting this for every member who's coming back into riding post hibernation. Please assume that your skills HAVE become slightly rusty over the winter months, so don't try jumping back into riding like you're the best thing since sliced bread or Rossi... Take it easy and remember these 10 points for riding safely.

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10 Ways to Be Safe on a Motorcycle

1. Assume Drivers Can't See You: Ride assuming that you and your motorcycle are totally invisible to motorists. That means you must never assume that drivers can see you. The odds are, they can't so believe it yourself and always have an "out" for dangerous traffic situations. Motorcycle Safety depends on you.

2. Maintain Safe Spacing: Leave plenty of space in front and back and to the sides from all other vehicles. Be an island. Stay away from traffic as much as possible. This gives you more visibility and more time to react to situations.

3. Anticipate Trouble: Anticipate trouble situations and know what to do when you see them. Analyze what vehicles are doing and try to predict the outcome. Then make sure you're ready to avoid a bad traffic situation.

4. Beware of Oncoming Left Turners: Beware of oncoming motorists turning left in front of you at intersections. This is the leading cause of death of motorcycle riders. I'm deadly serious here. I have personally lost many friends to this accident. If you only remember one tip here, let it be this one. Slow down before you enter an intersection. Have an escape route planned. Stay visible. Don't travel too close to cars in front of you. Position your bike so it can be seen by the left turner. Eye contact is not enough.

5. Ride Your Own Ride: Don't try to keep up with your friends who may be more experienced. Know your personal limits. Ride your own ride.

6. Watch Out for Curves: Beware of taking curves that you can't see around. A parked truck or a patch of sand may be awaiting you.

7. Don't Give In to Road Rage: Do not give in to road rage and try to "get even" with another rider or motorist. If you follow these tips, most likely you won't fall victim to road rage. It's better to calm down, slow down, and collect your thoughts first. Then continue on and enjoy the ride. That's what we're all out there for in the first place.

8. Don't allow Tailgating: If someone is tailgating you, either speed up to open more space or pull over and let them pass. Life is too short. Remember that a bike can stop faster than a car so you don't want a truck on your tail when you find yourself trying to brake to avoid an accident. Also, don't tailgate the vehicle in front of you. Oncoming drivers can't see you.

9. Don't Be Blinded by Sunglare: Beware of riding your motorcycle into sun glare. All it takes is turning a corner and finding the sun either directly in your face or passing straight through your windshield. Some helmets have shields to block the sun. Face shields help somewhat. But sometimes you just find yourself blinded by the light. Slow down, pull over, shield your eyes and look for a way to change direction.

10. Avoid Riding at Night: Avoid riding at night, especially late Saturday night and early Sunday when drunken drivers may be on the road. It goes without saying that you shouldn't drink and ride. Going bar hopping? Leave the bike at home and find a designated driver.

What Am I Trying To Say About Motorcycle Safety?

The best way to be safe is to take a Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) course to learn the basic ways to control your motorcycle and to learn how to recognize traffic situations that you need to be ready to handle.

Always wear protective clothing and a helmet. A tiny beanie helmet held on by a thin strap and affixed with a fake DOT sticker is not enough.

Maintain your bike so it is safe too. Keep records of the intervals when you replace tires, chains, clutch cables, batteries, brakes, etc. You don't want an equipment malfunction to contribute to a motorcycle accident.

Practice riding under all kinds of traffic situations. Ride with a buddy if at all possible. Avoid riding long distances alone.

Become a member of one of the motorcycle forums recommended here and read what other experienced riders have to say about how to ride safely.

I want you to become an aged motorcyclist because you know how to survive on a motorcycle. I don't want to read about you in the newspaper or on a motorcycle forum or mailing list as yet another motorcycle statistic. Learn how to be safe and responsible on a motorcycle. That's why this Web site exists and that's why I'm writing these tips. The rest is up to you.
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Old March 30th, 2013, 08:01 AM   #2
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Old March 30th, 2013, 08:31 AM   #3
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Old March 30th, 2013, 11:37 AM   #5
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Old March 30th, 2013, 02:32 PM   #6
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number 10 is stupid... i often drive at night.. and there are just as much drunk people as by daylight
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Old March 30th, 2013, 02:43 PM   #7
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number 10 is stupid... i often drive at night.. and there are just as much drunk people as by daylight
Not so stupid: it is not only the alcohol/drugs in the air; for me, it is the impaired visibility to spot road hazards, such like Diesel spills.

It is also harder for drivers to judge how far or fast we are, since we have only one headlight.
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number 10 is stupid... i often drive at night.. and there are just as much drunk people as by daylight
Have to agree, it's like saying only ride if it's dry. Riding in less than ideal conditions makes you a better biker
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Also, check your bike functionality and tire pressures. If you don't know the answer, find out how old your tires are. Under duress (higher corner speeds) older tires WILL slide out sooner than when they would when new.
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number 10 is stupid... i often drive at night.. and there are just as much drunk people as by daylight
Yep number 10 is a stupid. Not just the backwards thinking on drunk drivers but also the fact that all he is saying is don't ride at night.
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Yep number 10 is a stupid. Not just the backwards thinking on drunk drivers but also the fact that all he is saying is don't ride at night.
#10 I think he is saying don't drink and ride.
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Good stuff! Thanks for posting ! Just about now is when a lot of people take their bikes out of hibernation! Also be sure to check your tires to make sure they're still good for use.
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