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post #1 of 44 (permalink) Old 08-29-2013, 11:16 PM Thread Starter
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Default What is your best riding safety advice?

I'm a new rider (although I rode dirt bikes much of my childhood) and I thought this would be a good forum to get tips and discuss safety. Who better to ask then the veterans? What is the best advice you have for staying safe on a bike? What has your experience taught you?

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Ride like everyone is out to get you. Be aware... very aware.


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Get this book and read it twice:



In case my link doesn't work, the title is "Proficient Motorcycling". Also, practice in parking lots enough to make starting, stopping, swerving and emergency braking second nature to you.

Other than that, buy a bike with abs brakes if you can. And enjoy!!!!


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Always ride within your skill level. Ride often and know you weakness and constantly work on improving it. Always expect that car to come over in your lane. Ride with a contingency plan and have an escape route. Just a few things I have learned in the last 20 yrs of riding.
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EJ8 Welcome back to riding. I also returned to riding a few years back. Had ridden dirt bikes as a kid and had not ridden in 30 years. My friends told me to be very cautious at intersections as cars tend to pull out in front of bikes and they do. Get comfortable on your bike and that comes from practice. I bought the video Ride Like A Pro. There is a new one out. You can watch some of it on You Tube and order it on Amazon $30.00 if you like it. Remember where your head and eyes go your bike will go. IMHO a lot of good info and exercises in the videos. I also ordered New HID lights HI and LO from Victory HID.com a member on this forum. Great product, price, and service. Makes the bike much more visible to drivers and great for night riding as it lights up the roads. Hope some of this helps. Enjoy your bike and Ride Safe.

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Ride like every car is going to pull out in front of you. This has helped me and saved my life over the 20 years I have been riding.


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Plan ahead. Way ahead. Don't ride in a box 200' long. Focus on where you WILL BE, not where you are.

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Heres what I told my daughters boyfriend thats getting his motorcycle licenes. He ask to go for a ride with me on mine. (him in the back of course), and give him tips.

This is what I told him while riding, (We were in the city)

Me- "You see that car?
Him- "yes".
ME - you see that other car?
Him, "yes"
Me - "And that other car up ahead"
Him yet again "YES"
Me- "then I said they all want to kill you!"
Me- "They dont see you!"
Me- "They dont here you!"
Me- "They want to kill you again"
Him- "Ummm ok wow."

As you can expect after that I gave him pointers on turning, braking, and othere stuff. When stopped I explained more on the cars, trucks, vans, and everything else thats out to get us everytime we mount up. Told him about not only looking at the cars around you but the one in frount of them that can cause them to do something and get you.

Needless to say he thanked me and said he had alot of stuff to think about when he rides. I said yep, all this helps you to stay up, and the rubber down.

You down and the rubber up aint cool.

This is just some stuff I told him, maybe you can use it, maybe you already know it. Just keep it right side up.

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Constantly evaluate your position in traffic to makes sure drivers have the best opportunity to see you. Get the Ride Like A Pro DVD and practice it too.
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