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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-29-2008, 11:47 PM Thread Starter
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Past "Rules for Riding"?


I'm new, excitable and want to contribute. I like the "Rules for Riding" and would like to submit some of my favorite mnemonics that keep me "in-check" while exposed to everyday traffic.

I don't want to duplicate (plaigarize) someone else's wisdom, so I'm curious if there is a way to access "Rules for Riding" history. Not to mention that I'll find other's wisdom valuable.

Help a noob find his way around. Thanks.

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-30-2008, 01:17 AM
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I had posted the "Rules for riding over on the yahoo group and DMAG brought them over here.
The post is as follows

Came across this while reading about Yellow Wolf on the GL1800 Riders
(BTW.. Yellow Wolf, the guy that does the videos on The Dragon and
recently did 1001.7 miles in 24 hours on the Dragon is retiring)

Posted: Tue Nov 28, 2006 9:56 pm Post subject: Top 20 Rules for


20. The two most useless things to a rider are the braking distance
behind you, and nine-tenth of a second ago.

19. Remember... gravity and centrifugal force are not just good
ideas. They are laws and are not subject to appeal.

18. Keep looking around. There's always something you've missed.

17. Good judgment comes from experience. Unfortunately, the
experience usually comes from bad judgment.

16. In the ongoing battle between objects made of metal, rubber, and
fiberglass... going 100+ miles per hour, and the ground going zero
miles per hour, the ground has yet to lose. Same holds for cars,
large trucks, and animals taller than you. Draws don't count.

15. If all you can see in your mirrors is sparks and all you can hear
is screaming from your passenger, things may not be as they should

14. You start with a bag full of luck and an empty bag of experience.
The trick is to fill the bag of experience before you empty the bag
of luck.

13. There are two simple rules for riding smoothly and fast in snow
and on ice. Unfortunately no one knows what they are.

12. Always try to keep the number of times you put your sidestand
down equal to the number of times you put the sidestand up.

11. Never let a motorcycle take you somewhere your brain didn't get
to three seconds earlier.

10. You know you've left the sidestand down when all left turn are
bat-turns. You know you've left the centerstand down when your in 1st
gear at 4000 rpm going nowhere.

9. Learn from the mistakes of others. You won't live long enough to
make all of them yourself.

8. When in doubt slow down. No one has ever hit something too slow.

7. The rear wheel is just a big fan on back of the bike used to keep
the rider cool and his/her butt relaxed. If going into a corner too
fast, slamming on the rear brake causes the "fan" to abruptly stop.
When this happens you can actually see the rider start sweating and
his/her butt become tense.

6. The only time you have too much fuel is when you're on fire.

5. It's always better to be on the sidelines wishing you were on the
track, than on the track wishing you were on the sidelines.

4. Riding isn't dangerous! Crashing is dangerous!

3. If you push the bars left, the bike goes left. If you push the
bars right, the bike goes right. That is, unless you continue pushing
the bars all the way, then the bike will go down.

2. Every ride is optional.

1. A "good" ride is one from which you can walk away. A "great" ride
is one after which you can use the bike again.
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Thanks Dianna. History should never be ignored.

My favs from the list all revolve around personal responsibility, learning from those that have made the mistakes that you will make if you don't listen and the pure, simple rule for evolutionary progress - common sense and poor man's precognition (think ahead).

A few that I'd like to submit are:

Always have an "out" - Everyone else has an "in".

S.I.P.D.E. (sipdee)
Scan everything around you.
Identify potential hazards.
Predict that they're an unobservant *cough* idiot.
Decide what you least want them to do.
Execute defensive maneuvers.

(Same sentiment)
Everyone's a jerk - Ride accordingly.

Thanks again Dianna for the history lesson.
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My motto is "90% don't see me, the other 10% are trying to hit me"

Turns out, I'm playing surveyor this summer (intern) so I'm playing in the road both on my way to work and AT work...

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