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I've noticed there are lots of very experienced motorcyclists on this forum, and willing to share great advice.

What's the best riding tip that you can share that can help newer bikers stay safe on the road?
For example, if I'm riding in heavy traffic (North America), and there's a car on my right, I avoid being on his back corner, or alongside the car. And if I can't see the driver's face through his door mirror when I'm behind the car, I assume he can't see me. Either stay behind, or pass with safety, but don't hang on the back corner of the car!

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I've noticed there are lots of very experienced motorcyclists on this forum, and willing to share great advice.

What's the best riding tip that you can share that can help newer bikers stay safe on the road?
For example, if I'm riding in heavy traffic (North America), and there's a car on my right, I avoid being on his back corner, or alongside the car. And if I can't see the driver's face through his door mirror when I'm behind the car, I assume he can't see me. Either stay behind, or pass with safety, but don't hang on the back corner of the car!
Oh boy... this is going to be a long thread! Have you taken a motorcycle safety course?

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ride like every cager is out there to kill you
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ride like every cager is out there to kill you
In that case, you pull over, and crawl into a manhole.
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Having been on the receiving end of several direct attacks from cagers, and also being an MSF Ridercoach for years, I can tell you the safest way to ride is to ride as if you're invisible. Never assume that you're seen, and always play the "What if?" game, e.g., "What if that car makes a left in front of me?" or, "What if that kid runs out in the street?" Always have an exit strategy just in case. And do whatever you can to be seen. More lights, bright reflective clothing, etc. And last but not least, know you and your bikes limitations. Learn from other's mistakes and take as many safety/riding courses as you can. Good luck!

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Having been on the receiving end of several direct attacks from cagers, and also being an MSF Ridercoach for years, I can tell you the safest way to ride is to ride as if you're invisible. Never assume that you're seen, and always play the "What if?" game, e.g., "What if that car makes a left in front of me?" or, "What if that kid runs out in the street?" Always have an exit strategy just in case. And do whatever you can to be seen. More lights, bright reflective clothing, etc. And last but not least, know you and your bikes limitations. Learn from other's mistakes and take as many safety/riding courses as you can. Good luck!


also, ride within your limits, keep your ride in tip top condition, meaning engine, brakes, tires, belt or chain , do not drink and ride, give yourself a couple of yrs worth of experience before considering riding with any group of riders, [if that interest you. ]

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Yes I agree with keeping the bike in top condition and being visible to other vehicles on the road. That being said I guess you have to know your limits. Ride it like you stole it doesn't always apply! I guess my case in point would be braking in a turn. Don't go into a turn with speed on that you can't control, and expect the brakes or shifting to save ya. It can send you into a skidding that you may or may not recover from. I remember riding my vic the first spring I got it at the speeds around the neighborhood ya know 30 or so and trying to get around a turn and hitting rear brake hard in a turn that caused the bike to fishtail an I ended up standing on the thing riding it out with my heart racing, eyes popping out holy crap moment. And this was at a slower speed relative to riding on the open road . so...... there ya go newbies braking or downshifting in a turn could put a hurting on ya. I know I am learning and getting more experience. every year I ride i thought this might be worth mentioning. Keep the shiny side up and the rubber down . ml

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I ride with my high beam on during the day time. I am thinking the brighter the light the more they will see you. Beside at dusk when you get behind some one the lights being so bright they movie over cause it bugs them.
The one thing that gives me more life is I keep two fingers on the front brake lever and three on the grip.
When I have to my finger are all ready pulling on the brake and maybe that gives me a 20 second head start on stopping. Road racers do this cause they have to brake so quick why don't we too.
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I ride with my high beam on during the day time. I am thinking the brighter the light the more they will see you. Beside at dusk when you get behind some one the lights being so bright they movie over cause it bugs them.
Yes, I ride with my high beam on at all times, except at night. But I hardly ever ride at night. So if it's too dark for high beam, it's likely too dark for others to see you. That's how I look at it.

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The one thing that gives me more life is I keep two fingers on the front brake lever and three on the grip.
When I have to my finger are all ready pulling on the brake and maybe that gives me a 20 second head start on stopping. Road racers do this cause they have to brake so quick why don't we too.
I use a different approach. Instead of having my foot/hand over the brakes, ready to squeeze at any moment, I give myself an extra 2 seconds of riding space to the car in front. This gives me more time to react, and I do believe they teach in the MSF course against your approach.

As far as it giving you a 20 second head start on stopping, are you saying it takes you 20 seconds to move four fingers from throttle to hand break? Or was that a typo?
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