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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 06-26-2013, 09:45 PM Thread Starter
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Seems like there is more and more riders getting hit by cars. 3 this week one! C'mon people.


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All the more reason to be a trained rider who is aware of surroundings and all possible hazards. To dress for the crash, not the ride and dress in attention grabbing colors. I am constantly amazed and amused by riders who wear a matte black helmet, black jacket and ride a black bike and complain that divers don't see them. Duh!
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I just took a refresher course. Probably wouldn't help against most drivers but it does remind you to do everything you can to make yourself visible and a void the problem zones

So sorry o hear about the 3 riders

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cell.jpg This is what scares the hell out of me, I see it every day. They pull out of Starbucks with coffee in one hand talking on the cell phone in the other. Every thing on their left side they do not see. And they do not care..

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There are two kinds of riders;

1. Those that have been down.

2. Those that will go down.

Prepare yourself accordingly.

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It happened in Wolcott, CT. A girl texting while driving rear-ended a guy on a bike at a light . He's in critical condition, pray for him. A cop watched it happen, she didn't even notice the cop.

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It can happen anywhere, anytime. A guy here locally went down a few weeks ago when a drunk Mexican on a bicycle carrying a 12 pack of Coronas pulled out in front of him.

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I was recently invited to take a state troopers training course, we had a lot of fun driving the trooper cars on the obstacle course and skid pad but in the classroom it got serious and one of the big things was motorcycle safety and lack of respect for motorcycles most drivers show, I highly recommend taking a motorcycle specific defensive driving class, what you learn may save your life, I'll be the first to admit I was or of the riders that rode all in black but today I will be picking up some high visibility gear, I never saw anybody look cool in a casket


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Lets be realistic. First if you don't own a bike the average person does not notice them. You own one you see them everywhere, you look for them. Drivers don't. Easy fixes to be more noticeable, lights even during the day, bright colored clothes, flashing LED that can attach to the back of your helmet, LED turn signals, bright is better.

Always and I mean always keep it in first gear at stops. Enter intersection with an escape route, check those mirrors, listen for squealing brakes or loud motor speed from the car coming behind you. Position your bike out of blind spots. Ride within your ability and assume the drivers around you have no skills

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Lets be realistic. First if you don't own a bike the average person does not notice them. You own one you see them everywhere, you look for them. Drivers don't. Easy fixes to be more noticeable, lights even during the day, bright colored clothes, flashing LED that can attach to the back of your helmet, LED turn signals, bright is better.

Always and I mean always keep it in first gear at stops. Enter intersection with an escape route, check those mirrors, listen for squealing brakes or loud motor speed from the car coming behind you. Position your bike out of blind spots. Ride within your ability and assume the drivers around you have no skills
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