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07-31-2018 09:52 AM
Knifemaker Never ridden a motorcycle without gloves. Or a helmet.

Gloves I learned from years of bicycle riding. If you take a spill, you instinctively put your hands out to break your fall.
07-31-2018 04:22 AM
readparse Yeah, I missed the part about the injured hands. I certainly agree with the sentiment on gloves. They're not hassle to use, either.

If I was in a game of Safety Gear strip poker, the gloves would be the second-to-last piece of gear to go. Last would be boots, because I cannot imagine riding barefoot.
07-30-2018 11:28 PM
Knifemaker ATGATT. I use my front brake 99% of the time. Rear is only brought in for specific situations and full Jesus Christ I gotta stop events.

Glad you weren't hurt badly. Gravel in turns can definitely mess up your ride.
07-30-2018 08:10 PM
Paulywog Glad you're ok,could have been worse for sure. I'm with Spockster,always wear some leather gloves.
07-30-2018 02:56 PM
readparse
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I tend to use rear brake only when on gravel ,about the only time I use it really.
I am so glad I have gotten comfortable with the rear brake. I almost never use the front brake, actually. Just when I'm at a light and put my right foot down. My comfort and stability in all situations has increased dramatically since becoming a rear brake convert.

I grabbed a bit of front brake today, actually. This morning I had my first dog encounter, which was pretty minor, but still a little scary. There were a couple of dogs taking turns going out into the road and chasing cars. A fairly small dog crossed right in front of me to go after the car in the other lane. I was less concerned about him coming after me than I was about running over him. I grabbed some front brake, of course, but I wasn't too jerky with it (thankfully), and I didn't even slow down that much. But I was ready. And my bars were nice and straight, so I never felt like I was at any risk.

After that happened, and especially on the way back through that area, I asked myself the degree to which I was willing to sacrifice myself or my bike to save a dog that comes out into the road to mess with cars or bikes. I like dogs as much as the next guy, but I decided I'm not the least bit interested in trying to avoid a dog in that case. Hopefully he has the sense to get out of the way. But my only goal will be getting through it alive, without injury, and with my bike on two wheels.
07-30-2018 01:57 PM
Spockster
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I'd end up falling flat on my face lol

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Some of the MotoGP guys end up doing flips, too much speed when they get their feet down. I was running hard at first and having a helluva time slowing down.

Road rash is an effective method for reducing freckles, but that first shower is murder.
07-30-2018 01:13 PM
OleDirtyDoc
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Best thing is to get your feet planted, pop up, and run the last 20yds.
I'd end up falling flat on my face lol

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07-30-2018 11:32 AM
Spockster
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I see what you mean about the gravel in your pic , one of many tricks and traps for bikers, glad to hear your ok, I tend to use rear brake only when on gravel ,about the only time I use it really , I know these come out of the blue so its hard to anticipate sometimes but like me you will remember this black spot when you come across it again and be ready next time.
That's what I was about to say, rear brake only... trail braking .. in turns where there's some sort of skitch on the road surface. You can correct a rear wheel slide, front not so much.

Gloves! I take some ribbing about wearing leather fingerless gloves, I guess they think it's cliche' to wear them, so they wear no gloves at all. Once you've had the skin on your palms bubbled up like an extra cheese pizza, you wear gloves. When you're sliding and spinning down the asphalt on your backside, hands are your only means of steering to avoid poles, cars, iron mailboxes, etc.

Best thing is to get your feet planted, pop up, and run the last 20yds.
07-30-2018 05:25 AM
JETHRO I see what you mean about the gravel in your pic , one of many tricks and traps for bikers, glad to hear your ok, I tend to use rear brake only when on gravel ,about the only time I use it really , I know these come out of the blue so its hard to anticipate sometimes but like me you will remember this black spot when you come across it again and be ready next time.
07-30-2018 12:17 AM
GDI I'm glad you're OK. I would also recommend a good pair of gloves for riding motorcycle.

Don't get me wrong--I'm not perfect by any means. We all have to determine our acceptable level of risk, and that is a personal decision--just depends on where you want to draw the line.

Wouldn't want to have someone wipe my @$$ for me, though!

GDI
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