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Old 02-20-2003, 11:22 PM   #1
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Tips on How To be a more safe and cautious rider

I'd like to start a benificial constuctive thread for people to share their tips with the rest of the world.

Tips on how to be a more safe and cautious rider, tips that better your awareness to minimize the risks involved in motorcycling.

Please lets keep them fairly short so we don't lose peoples interest in this.


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Old 02-20-2003, 11:36 PM   #2
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Old 02-21-2003, 12:16 AM   #3
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Smell the roses along the way. Ya go too fast, you miss out on the scenery. Read=take your freakin' time. More mistakes happen when one gets rattled.
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Old 02-21-2003, 12:30 AM   #4
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Sorry, not to keep it short, I think it’s a great idea for a thread and I just got carried away typing. I take safe riding very seriously. I’ve ridden in San Francisco for 13-14 years with a few close calls but no major mishaps with cars. Knock on wood. Some tips, then:

Never follow tall vehicles too closely or ride next to them for very long.
Speed up or slow down to stay out of blind spots.
Have fun with a quick pace, but always take it easy and be cautious when the road/your path is blind.
Speed up or slow down to stay out of blind spots.
Don't let negative emotions take control of your riding.
Know that sometimes (ok, often) it IS safer to ride a bit more aggressively.
Know that same aggressive riding can still look "courteous" and not squidly.
Speed up or slow down to stay out of blind spots.
Scan always and predict what drivers will do:
see someone on a phone or, say, a couple engaged in a conversation or soccer mom taming kids, know they're driving distracted;
see someone come up fast in the lane next to you or tail-gating a car next to you, know that they're likely to cut you off if they can;
see someone driving funky, know that they'll DO something funky (unsure movements from scared, unsure drivers);
see one fast and furious wannabe fly by you on the highway, know that there may be others, perhaps an impromptu race in the middle of which you suddenly find yourself
Speed up or slow down to stay out of blind spots.
Always be cautious at intersections.
Always look ahead and don't panic at the unusual (in the last three months, I've avoided two spun out, perpendicular to the flow of traffic, vehicles by doing this).
Take it a little easy on roads you don't know well.
Try to keep space cushions.
In twisty mountain areas where joggers, hikers or bicyclists park—know that they’re naturally drugged, full of endorphins and will pull out without looking.
Know that truck drivers don’t always tie their shit down very well, avoid them.
On the freeway, I like to ride in the “fast lane” because I have to worry only about cars to one side of me and I know that there’s “run off” room to the other.
In the City know that: people will make U-turns in areas that are blind to you, cabs and busses often drive worse than anyone else and pedestrians will walk or jump out when they feel like it – if you can’t stop or slow down - honk and let ‘em know you’re coming.
Did I say "Speed up or slow down to stay out of blind spots"?

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Old 02-21-2003, 02:06 AM   #5
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An easy one- Remember that there is no such thing as going too slow (under normal conditions) but there is such a thing as going too fast. Keep things within your capabilities

And no I'm not talking about those doing 50 in the fast lane or something like that, that's what a slow lane is for .

Oh and Mort, on the thread, I hope to get countless more advice from all the knowledgeable riders we have on the board. I always find it useful to go over these threads every once and a while as a refresher. I always catch myself saying "oh yeah" when looking these over.
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Old 02-21-2003, 02:10 AM   #6
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Old 02-21-2003, 06:42 AM   #7
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Old 02-21-2003, 08:05 AM   #8
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Have fun with a quick pace, but always take it easy and be cautious when the road/your path is blind.

Scan always and predict what drivers will do:

Speed up or slow down to stay out of blind spots.

Always be cautious at intersections.

Try to keep space cushions.

Did I say "Speed up or slow down to stay out of blind spots"?
4 times, but keep sayin it, it's a very important tip.
Great tips!!!

I think not overdriving your stopping distance is the cause of most accidents. People going to fast and not being able to slow/stop for something they didn't predict was going to be there/happen.
-Like shit in the road
-A decreasing radious corner
-cars doing stupid stuff etc...

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Old 02-21-2003, 08:42 AM   #9
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S==scan for possible hazards

I==Identify these hazards

P==Predict what these "hazards" may do (car turning left in front of you)

D==Decide?? decide what your going to do

E==Execute the move you've decided on.

I'm going off of memory, frOng or whoever else is fresh out of MSF should be able to clarify.

You should be doing this constantly while riding.
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Old 02-21-2003, 10:54 AM   #10
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Try not to change lanes into a space that another vehicle may try to occupy.

In other words. If driving in the fast lane and changing lanes into the center lane, do not do it if you will end up with a vehicle next to you in the slow lane.

That vehicle may decide to try and move into the center lane at the same time you do.

Here is an example drawing:

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Old 02-21-2003, 12:38 PM   #11
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Look left, Look right, REPEAT before entering an intersection after your light turns green.
Always assume that someone is going to run a red and run into you. Intersections are dangerous dangerous dangerous!!!!!
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Old 02-21-2003, 12:48 PM   #12
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for someone who is fairly new to motorcycles, I find this very interesting. Thanks for the advice.....

when your looking ahead, do you keep you vision almost straight, meaning way infront of you, where your going....that is the one thing that I am slightly curious about. and do the grooves/tarred cracks/lines act like an acid trip in your periferal vision, or is that just me??
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Old 02-21-2003, 11:09 PM   #14
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Yeah, hmm, don't let anything you read on the web affect your riding! It's just you and the road out there.
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Old 02-22-2003, 08:18 AM   #15
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when your looking ahead, do you keep you vision almost straight, meaning way infront of you, where your going....that is the one thing that I am slightly curious about. and do the grooves/tarred cracks/lines act like an acid trip in your periferal vision, or is that just me??
I recommend getting used to scanning the whole "big picture". Try search out every possible risk, like cars turning in front of you, people crossing the street, etc...
To answer the question, I try my best to always keep my eyes scanning everywhere, sides, front, rear (to know if someone is going to pass you), not just directly in front of me. You never know when your gonna need to change your path because of some a-hole or something in the road, and you'll need to already know which way is clear and what new risks await you there.
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