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Motorcycles are not for people with a lack of self control. --whittlebeast

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Originally Posted by BonRu
I'm a brand new rider, and so every hint, tip, suggestion, etc. that y'all give out,
I will use, so keep all the good stuff coming.
Ditto.

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  • Take the MSF course. (1)
  • Do not daydream while riding.
  • Look where you want to go.
    • Sounds weird, but you have a tendancy to go where you look when you're in a panic.
    • It's called object fixation. (2)
  • Keep your head up and eyes moving. (3)
  • Pull away from tailgaters, or just pull over.
    My riding rule #1 is don't let anyone too close behind me. --Bob F
    • change lanes if possible, speed up, anything to get the moron off my butt... (4)
    • pulling over really gets their attention and wakes them up from being an . (5)
    • wave em around and then follow them real nice like. (6)
    • more...
  • Assume slow drivers are yakkin on cell phones... (7)
  • Do not ride in the blind spot of another driver.
  • Look both ways before entering an intersection, even when you have the green light. (8)
  • Wear boots. Added protection, should I ever need it. (9)
  • Practice a slow slalom and tight circles in grass.
    • At least dirt is softer than pavement. (12)
    • So much can be learned on a dirt bike. (10)
    • Do not be in the grass in the morning or evening when there"s dew on it! --debster
    • Do figure eights with your eyes up, looking ahead. (11)
    • Stay away from that front brake in the grass and dirt. (13)
  • Make yourself seen. This all black might not be as safe as red and white; they"re the most visible colors on the road. That"s why firetrucks are red.
  • Watch out for oil at intersections and after a light rain.
  • Stay off the highway until you are ready.
    • Confidence determines when its safe to head er down the highway. (14)
    • Stay right so you have more shoulder to go to.
    • Give large vehicals a wide berth 'cause they hide a lot of hazards. (15)
    • Don't do anything you are not comfortable with. Take your time. Learn your bike. (16)
  • Always, always watch your mirrors. (17)
  • Waiting at a light Leave it in gear.
  • Anticipate left-turning oncoming drivers who dont signal.
  • Make eye contact with anyone on a side road/street. If you don't see their eyes you should be thinking they haven't seen you either! (20)

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Brake, Clutch, Throttle
link: I slid my rear tire today

Go for the front brake and feed in some rear. Never stomp on that rear brake first. If you got the rear close to locking before you grab the front, it will lock the instant you do apply front brake and shift more weight forward. (21)
  • practice getting on both at once in balance and quickly. (22)
  • I have always blinked my brake lights before stopping. (23)
  • Have your hand on the front brake when you stop, you may need your foot to plant it.
  • In grass or gravel remember not to use the front brake for slow speed turns. That will lay you down right away. (24)
  • In a sudden stop hit everything at once:
    • front brake
    • rear brake
    • clutch
    • shifter, all at once.
    • Be in first so you are ready to proceed. (25)
  • If the front tire chirps release the brake immediately for a split second and re-apply with less.
  • If your rear wheel locks up at high speed hold it! and balance. Do not release quickly.
    • The MSF course teaches you to hold the rear if it locks. At high speeds that is right on the money. You let off and that bike is not perfectly straight, and your going a$$ over tea kettle. At lower speeds its not a great idea, but if you going straight you will be good. (26, 28)
    • Leave it locked or it can "high side you", throwing the bike over to the other side. --MSF
    • (descenting opinion) If you keep a rear tire locked up you can cause a high side! --whispanic
    • Never crash a bike. Ride that thing all the way into the ground. (27)
  • Never abruptly let off the gas mid corner or that can high-side you. (29)
  • Clutch control gets you through very slow and tight maneuvers.
  • I"m totally off the clutch as quickly as possible, 1,200 to 1,500 rpm... --whosaidthat?

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Three ways to start up a hill (30)
  • Hold the front brake and twist the throttle; let out the clutch until you feel it grabbing against the brake.
  • Hold the REAR brake and twist the throttle; let out the clutch until you feel it grabbing against the brake.
  • With no brakes applied and the clutch in the friction zone apply the throttle and let out the clutch.

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Countersteering
You don't need to really know the physics for counter steering. Whatever side of the handlebars you're pushing, the bike will go. Lean left, push with your left hand (so bars go to the right) and the bike turns left... and again, make sure you look where you want to go. [That"s] what allows you to swerve when that car comes into your lane. You might even be doing a little counter steering at slow speed to initiate turns without even noticing it. I do. (31)

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Use your intuition.
  • BE CAUTIOUS NEAR FAST FOOD JOINTS. People always check their bags... --SoCal-Cruisin
  • ...a little voice told me to get out from behind him. --sportsterrific
  • Great advice, and never ignore that little voice. --willprevale
  • Keep yer eyes open and be aware all around ya... --Broncodog
  • Stay away from vehicles that have more than one dent. --sportsterrific

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Sources

176 things they never told you.
Riding Tips and Safety thread
Ride Like A Pro video by Jerry Palladino

1) --Baphomet, rottenralph, jharback, khaskins, chickenhawk, mjbogrand, polaris0352, robert, Sabrina, 74FeHeadXLH, RedRider...
2) --willprevale
3) --TonyC
4) --CraZee A
5) --Chuck
6) --wriggly
7) --sportsterrific
8) --sportsterrific
9) --chipdog4
10) --dabronco
11) --Fourcats
12) --72Iron
13) --mk2wilson
14) --flathead45
15) --Mountainrun
16) --blusideupp
17) --SoCal-Cruisin
18) --dave
19) --MSF; ForensicSgt; willprevale
20) --BWP_5p
21) --dabronco
22) --dabronco
23) --Chip
24) --Weo
25) --JWCoe, MSF
26) --dabronco; upirons
27) --dr.feltersnatch
28) --Grizzly
29) --wickedsprint
30) --Jerry Palladino, RideLikeAPro.com
31) --Weo

ALWAYS shut the engine down using the run/stop switch before turning the key off. --Muttley
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Another rescource for safety info can be found at www.msgroup.org
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The engine start ritual.

At MSF they taught us to get on from the left with your hand on the brake.

Then the incantation is FINE-C:
  • Fuel (petcock)
  • Ignition switch
  • Neutral (roll test, dont trust the light)
  • Engine on (kill switch)
  • Clutch

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If you assume that everyone on the road is trying to kill you and are prepared for that, you will do ok.
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Please add 2 things to road conditions...

1. white pavement markers for pedestrians are slicker than pig snot in the rain

2. Man hole covers are also slicker than pig snot in the rain
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did anyone mention dont take train tracks at an angle if you can help it?
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If you're following a car, follow directly behind the tire tracks, not behind the center of the car.
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Quote:
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Please add 2 things to road conditions...

1. white pavement markers for pedestrians are slicker than pig snot in the rain

2. Man hole covers are also slicker than pig snot in the rain
I cant edit the front page anymore, Big. Wish I could because
I see a couple of blunders...

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Would a mod kindly fix this list to read...

In a sudden stop hit everything at once:
  • front brake ["right brake" xxx]
  • rear brake ["left brake" xxx]
  • clutch
  • shifter, all at once.
  • Be in first so you are ready to proceed.

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