Serious, Safe Riding Tips (from experience)

Discussion in 'Road Trips/Touring' started by Mickster, Feb 26, 2009.

  1. Mickster

    Mickster Active Member

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    Besides a prayer and common sense, what ridin' tips will you share as we approach this '09 season? As a ret. LEO, I know from the tragic experiences of others to "expect the unexpected" like: bales of hay in roadway over crest of hill; joggers running in front; deer jumping across road from wooded area; failure to Yield idots, etc. What others can you share?:small3d036:
     
  2. Butch

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    Watch the tar snakes on a hot day.
    They grab your front wheel and make for a decidedly scary few seconds if you aren't expecting it. Akin to the feeling of going over a grated bridge, but way more extreme!
     
  3. STEVE07

    STEVE07 Well-Known Member Staff Member Super Moderators

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    On those first rides of the spring,watch the corners,even after a couple rains the salt and sand build up still lingers
     
  4. glider

    glider Veteran Member

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    Only problem is the bike doesn't go that fast!:newsmile100:
     
  5. fin_676

    fin_676 Experienced Member Staff Member Moderator Contributor

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    always wear appropriate clothing both for the weather conditions and also for self protection should you need it
    in my 33 years of riding have kissed the road a few times most of the time picked self and bike up and got going again (one time couldnt walk for 6 months) the long hot summer of 76
    dosent matter how good you are there is always the unexpected just be ready for it

    Brian
     
  6. jd4300

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    stay focused, day dreaming can lead to problems
     
  7. STEVE07

    STEVE07 Well-Known Member Staff Member Super Moderators

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    That one is hard to do.How many times have you just gotten wrapped up in the ride only to realize that you have gone miles past the road you were supposed to take?
     
  8. SledDog

    SledDog Senior Member Staff Member Moderator

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    Practice your emergency procedures...

    Emergency lane change
    Emergency stops
    Tight turns
    Learn to maximize your lean angles.
    Do your best to scrub the chicken strips off your tires.

    Take an advanced riders course.

    And most of all, practice, practice your emergency procedures. Then practice some more..

    And wear the proper protective equipment. Because walking away in disgust, beats riding away in an ambulance.
     
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  9. Davidw2415

    Davidw2415 Senior Member

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    Watch your alcohol intake.
     
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  10. tima

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    All the gear, all the time. Leather overpants, not chaps, leather jacket, gloves, boots, helmet, eyewear. And try and act like you're invisible to everyone.