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post #1 of 57 (permalink) Old 06-08-2010, 10:26 AM Thread Starter
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Safety

I'm fairly new to the road, 6 months and counting.

So my question is, what's your best safety tip? What helped you out when you first started riding?

I feel like I've learned a lot just from the experience but I'm sure I've got a long way to go before I know more than the average bear! I did take the MSF course, if that counts for anything. :P
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post #2 of 57 (permalink) Old 06-08-2010, 10:38 AM
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Basics! Take a safety course.

And of course, stay alert, like Joe said...ALWAYS pay attention.


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Before I got my bike I took the safety course, Florida law.
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Get David Hough's book, Proficient Motorcycling. Read it before every riding season. Go online and search for motorcycle safety tips, there are hundreds of very good ones, like this site: http://www.motorcyclecruiser.com/str...ety/index.html

The single best tip I have to offer is one I picked up online for tailgaters. Extend your left arm down and slowly "wave" the tailgater back a couple of times. If they back off, give them a thumbs up to thank them. If they don't, when it is safe to do so, pull over and let them by. Do not give them the "alternate biker's wave" as they pass, no matter how much you feel they deserve it!

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1) Expect the vehicles around you to not see you, and think about what you'll do if they do their worst.

2) Don't ride faster than you feel is safe. Lots of new riders get involved with group rides or have friends that have much more experience riding. New riders go out and ride with others and feel like they need to ride faster or closer together to keep up.

3) And everything else that people have said
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Best one I've found: when watching a car stopped on a side street, watch their front wheel, not the car. You'll see the wheel start to turn before you ever notice the car moving. Gives you that extra partial second to make a move.

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When I ride I always ride by 3 simple rules:

1. This Bike can & Will turn on Me either Hurt Me or Kill Me -- So Don't Let it.
2. Don't start too or Put Myself into any Dangerous Situations -- Like Weaving through Traffic.
3. All other Drivers are Idiots, They're Not Watching Out for You -- So Watch out for Them....

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I'm fairly new to the road, 6 months and counting.

So my question is, what's your best safety tip? What helped you out when you first started riding?

I feel like I've learned a lot just from the experience but I'm sure I've got a long way to go before I know more than the average bear! I did take the MSF course, if that counts for anything. :P

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respect your machine and know its and your limits.


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Keep the shiny side up
coastered
de-goat and baffles removed
jetted 42-150 2 shims
Earshaved with unifilters
inside of tank coated
spline lube
long Beach Blue Pearl Paint 4/07
Shindengen FH012AA r/r
TPE stator
Exide sc30lfa Battery 28ah 445cca
Saddlemen saddlebags
2001 HD fatboy solo seat
Custom taillight & rear turn signals
Fergy's coil relay mod
Fiamm El-Grande high/low tone horns
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