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Old 11-01-2012, 05:44 PM
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All great points for sure.

As an escort rider with Kawasaki demo rides we visit with the least & most experienced riders of all ages and abilities.

A few things I've learned over the years, besides the excellent ideas already posted, is follow the tires of the vehicle in front of you. Riding between the tires invites you to ride over mufflers, firewood, etc.
Leave enough space between yourself and the vehicle in front of you at stop signs and redlights, constantly check your mirrors, leave your bike in first gear and be ready to move out if needed.
At redlights & stop signs stay to the right or left of the middle to avoid oil & antifreeze on the pavement.
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Old 11-01-2012, 09:41 PM
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At redlights & stop signs stay to the right or left of the middle to avoid oil & antifreeze on the pavement.
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Also a good place to be for shorter guys like me. Some of the intersections I deal with around here have pretty deep areas where most tires hit the lane. I make sure I'm in one of the valleys so I can more easily reach the pavement with a foot or sometimes two. When I screw up by not paying attention and come to a halt on the high part... Between the tire grooves, it's a rude awakening I get when I have to put a foot down in one or both of those tire grooves.
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Old 11-02-2012, 08:25 AM
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"Ride it like you stole it"! DOH!!! Just kidding.

"Trust your tires and keep it leaned into the corner". Something I have seen new riders do when they begin to scrape pegs or floorboards is instinctively stand the bike up. Not a good idea at all.
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Old 11-02-2012, 11:23 AM
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An excellent threat - many very good ideas. Now, if I can only keep them in my pathetic 2K onboard hard drive I'll be in pretty good shape.
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Old 11-02-2012, 11:39 AM
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One thing I always do. When riding in traffic always assume the other drivers are not going to use their blinkers. They see an open spot while you are in their blind spot and they dart over. Which I guess gives me something else. Avoid being in another vehicle's blind spot. I would usually rather be way behind or way in front of the other drivers around me. I try to avoid being along side them even if we could make eye contact. They might only use their mirrors at a glance and turn right onto you.
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Don't ride a racing line on the street.
A "late apex" line gives you the best chance to see and be seen.
An early turn-in makes assumptions about radius, traffic, and surface hazards that can trip you up. This can be particularly true in right-handers.
Set up for the corner while you have all your options; brake, throttle, or tip it in earlier, depending on what you see. Once you commit to the corner you only have one option, and that is to complete it.
If you feel like you're in too hot and you're gonna go wide, drop your inside shoulder and give it a little gas; you'll be amazed at what your bike can do if you let it.
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If your head is in the clouds or up your butt; you are in line to leave the gene pool.
I think this applies to just about any activity.
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Avoid being in another vehicle's blind spot. I would usually rather be way behind or way in front of the other drivers around me.
True. On multi-lane highways, I will speed up or slow down to get out of a vehicle's blind spot.

OK, OK, I admit it. I speed up far more often than I slow down.

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Don't ride a racing line on the street.
A "late apex" line gives you the best chance to see and be seen.
An early turn-in makes assumptions about radius, traffic, and surface hazards that can trip you up.
This is one of the things the Stayin' Safe training really drills into you. Late apex. It's something I have to consciously force myself to remember and enact all the time.


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If your head is in the clouds or up your butt; you are in line to leave the gene pool.
I think this applies to just about any activity.
Indeed, just about all activities.
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Nice responses; thought-provoking and worthy of consideration. Best advice I ever got was: "Never allow the altitude of your butt to exceed the altitude of your head." So far, so good.
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The only additional topic that may be worthy of inclusion is "Ride As If You're Invisible" It may be the best, perhaps only, way to compensate for vast differences in driving skills of everyone else using the roads.
I have to second this one. For far too many distracted drivers, you are invisible. Never assume that they see you...too often, they don't.

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How about buy good quality gear and wear it all the time. Helmet, gloves, boots, jacket and pants.
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