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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 12-15-2010, 10:43 PM Thread Starter
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Lessons learned....?

As this Christmas approaches, I used some "alone" time to do a bit of soul searching.

While "searching", I realized that I have been riding street motorcycles for right at 5 years, as of this month.

During that time, I have done some things aboard a motorcycle that I am not proud of.... Nonetheless, I have otherwise tried to generally be a good rep for the rest of the motorcycling "family".

I have also been in 3 bike crashes....and (thank God!) was able to walk away from all of them. Obviously, it's been a very educational experience for me.

My biggest disappointment with the sport is of course the incredible amount of disrespect we still get from the non-riding public. Some of this disrespect certainly has been brought upon us by a "select few" (e.g., YouTube is full of examples of riders doing stupid things on motorcycles...). But I think the lion's share of this problem is that rookie (or other) cagers simply are not taught on any level how to look out for us or to be sure to give us the right of way when it is ours. Also: the legal penalties for wrongfully injuring or killing a motorcyclist certainly have no real teeth and thus there is no real deterrent for this offense. There are other factors at work here--but they are for another time and another thread (or even another forum).

Anyway....rather than sound like a know-it-all, or like I'm preaching a sermon (hey, too late, right?......), I thought others here might be willing to share with the rest of the forum what he/she thinks is the most important lesson (of late) to pass on to others from his/her own riding experiences.

Anyone? Anyone?.....

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My own is to simply recognize my own limitations, and mortality. I also discovered myself doing much more risk assessing than when I was a cager only.
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I've learned to never get complacent

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It's been said here before, you are invisible. Drive like everyone is out to get you...

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You have to be a legitimate Miss Cleo and be able to predict what everyone around you in traffic is going to do while at the same time forming a plan for what you're going to do if and when they do the unpredictable.

As far as riding goes, I still think that the best piece of wisdom that I ever got was from my MSF instructor. He said that when (not if) you find yourself going into a curve too fast, just lean the bike over harder rather than lock up the brakes and risk a slide either into oncoming traffic or off into the ditch. He said that he's continually amazed at how far motorcycles will lean over. While I'm a tad more experienced now and don't find myself misjudging curves much anymore, that piece of wisdom saved my bacon several times during the first year that I was riding regularly.


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Trust your instincts. If your gut is telling you something, don't dismiss it. Even if your bike is warming in the drive and you're all geared up about to throw a leg over. You get a bad feeling, put it back in the garage.

Same for on the road. If you sense something, see something, or feel something's about to happen - slow down, look around, and check your mirrors. Get your alertness up even more and be both clutch and break ready.
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All good advice, I think the biggest is to not become complacent. When you get comfortable and let your guard down. We all have those days when we think know what we are doing, it is not always what we are doing or not doing that can hurt you. You are at risk. What anyone around you does can hurt you. I say "hurt" to be kind.
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