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Old 06-26-2011, 04:27 PM   #11
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I really hate driving around bikers around here, especially at rush hour. Most obey the traffic rules fairly well, but enough of them drive with a total disregard to everybody not on two wheels that it frays at my already frayed nerves. When I'm stuck in traffic on a divided arterial street after a frustrating day in the office, the last thing I need is a biker acting unpredictably nearby- changing lanes without signaling (or even looking around first), tailgating, passing on the right, etc, etc. And apparently helmets are anathema in these parts, because a majority of bikers I see aren't wearing them.

This same rant can be applied to bicyclers too, btw.
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Road Trash - watch out for things in the road. What your F150 can run over without a problem will throw down your bike! You haven't learn the true meaning of 'pucker factor' til you are in a long sweeping turn and some dang fool threw a bunch of greasy burger trash on the road..... and somebody else's F150 is right on your tail....... My mind kept saying... "If I go down, I get PLOWED!"

Never look directly at the object - you will ride where you are looking.

I am always on the lookout for that stupid twit with the weird Cellphone growth in one ear coming out from a side street without looking - has happened to me more than once! When I am at road speed, I consider the brakes no longer are an option - quick glance to make sure my escape lane is clear then hit the gas and power around and past the offender. Use your brakes, and you will make a big impression on her.

ALWAYS watch the vehicles around you - "Situational Awareness". It saves lives!

Always ride as if you are invisible - you ARE! No matter how big you and the bike are, no matter how bright your colors - the FIRST thing they will tell the cop is "I never saw the motorcycle!"
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Old 06-26-2011, 05:02 PM   #13
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Always ride as if you are invisible - you ARE! No matter how big you and the bike are, no matter how bright your colors - the FIRST thing they will tell the cop is "I never saw the motorcycle!"
My point exactly. Never sit next to any vehicle while on a 4+ lane road. Not just the blind spot, nowhere next to a vehicle that could make contact if they move unexpectedly.
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Here in St.Louis we have the ST.LOUIS STREET FIGHTERS...You can see them on YOUTUBE.....They ride wheelies while standing up on their motorcycles...at 90 mph...in traffic.....They are chased by the police and that just turns things into a death game,but you can't just put another quarter in and play again....They cut people-off to get away from the cops chasing them...It's been on the local news every year but since people don't ride in the winter things die down till the next year and it starts all over again.....YOUTUBE....ST.LOUIS STREET FIGHTERS......Check this-out....Not the sharpest tools in the shed....that's no lie........
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Loud Pipes Save Lives
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Old 06-27-2011, 01:40 AM   #16
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In my experience you don't hear the loud pipes til the bike is on by you.
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I agree with the helmet part 100%.

Wrecked on the street only one time and one of the very few times I've riden without a lid. I was going three blocks up the road to get gas for the next mornings ride. Laid it down (still no memory as to how) about 20 yards from the driveway which would have put me at about 15mph. Fractured skulls hurt really damn bad and will f#ck up your memory for a long damn time






I do disagree with #8 as well. That's no fun at all.
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Advice to a biker from a guy who drives a car.

Just because you see me, doesn't mean I see you. You may have the right of way but having constant situation awareness can prevent you from being "dead right", your sub-1000 lb bike won't even slow down my 3000 lb SUV.

Lanesplitting, it's illegal in most states. It's dangerous in all states.
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DAMN...That looks like it hurt.....****......
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deadly wreck today in south east wis. boat puller stopped waiting to turn left suv brakes at a normal pace two riders tailgating suv slam into suv both dead. bikers not paying attention to what is going on. neither wearing helmets. they prolly woulda lived otherwise according to news reports.
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