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post #11 of 14 (permalink) Old 02-29-2016, 07:39 PM Thread Starter
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I ALWAYS leave myself an escape route and am very much aware of my surroundings, I usually anticipate things that other drivers will do before they even think about it, so I constantly evaluate everything.
I have been riding over 20+ years and have yet to have an accident, so I am confident in my abilities, and I stay with in them. I must be doing something right all these years.
And as Doc said....drive defensively as if everyone else is trying to kill you.....because in recent years with cell phones and road rage, that is very much true.
I completely comprehend where you are coming from. But being confident in my own skills is the very first thing that will get me killed.

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Luke, come to L.A.

If it were possible to describe this place, i would try.

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I completely comprehend where you are coming from. But being confident in my own skills is the very first thing that will get me killed.

( insert Dark Vader's voice here )

Luke, come to L.A.

If it were possible to describe this place, i would try.

If you are not confident in your own skills I wonder why you would ride a motorcycle on public streets and not reserve your riding time to empty parking lots to practice your skills. Doesn't make much sense to ride with out the confidence that you could be safe yourself. SOunds more like a death wish.

and always remember, "Ride until you rot!"
**Really not sure if the Big "C" is back right now
but having to face the fact that this is a lifetime routine
going forward. Five operations done and it still continues.

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If you are not confident in your own skills I wonder why you would ride a motorcycle on public streets and not reserve your riding time to empty parking lots to practice your skills. Doesn't make much sense to ride with out the confidence that you could be safe yourself. SOunds more like a death wish.
An old quote:

It is impossible to learn what one thinks they already know.

Per a direct reply: I'd have to ride perhaps, oh, hmm... guessing at least 100 miles before i could find a parking lot that is empty enough for your description. I just happen to live a few blocks south of Koreatown proper here in L.A. Per the 2008 statistics, "42,611 people per square mile".

Per safe. . . what's "safe"?

That is exactly the attitude i am talking about. Thinking one is safe is the fastest way to ignore reality.

Maybe a picture will save a thousand words. . .

At the 1:12 mark is some footage taken that's about 4 city blocks from my home. It will show you a typical parking lot here. It will also show you what sort of environment I practice in ( on a bad day rather than a good day like i described above ) and what i consider worthwhile to practice for. If you want to practice for your own environment, that's all fine with me, and if you have big empty parking lots, as i have said before, that's great too. I prefer reality though, as i stated above. And tell me that you would be thinking about lane-splitting laws during any of that ( the bad day ) and i will eat my shorts.

Hope this clarifies.
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The one thing you can rely on as a certainty in any accident event is that instead of having the luxury of being a cop with a calculator measuring skid marks on the pavement, or an arm-chair quarterback watching a YouTube video is that it's YOU that are riding on your machine and you just happen to be human. During any such event, from the simple skidding on oil or ice to the outright head-on logging truck that just popped over the other side of the hill in your lane, you will only have time to react if you intend to survive. This is beyond the ability of decision. This is the simple facts that occur. Within those one or two seconds of control that you have, you will only do what you have habitually trained yourself to do, or you will rely on your natural instincts.
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