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Be The Bunny! Safe riding and motorcycle survival thread

Discussion in 'Hangout Lounge' started by bigfitz52, Jul 25, 2008.

  1. Liferefugee

    Liferefugee New Member

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    Luckily I have been used to riding a bicycle down county highway and on city streets. The positioning, lane control, and not being seen applies there as well. At least now I can keep up with traffic.
     
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    Value of maintenance... was on a group ride this morning and the guy a few people in front of me in a sharp corner went over the side into the woods. It was the Blue Ridge Parkway and the woods is also down an embankment.

    15-20 min later after getting his bike back up to the road again, found he had lost his back brake completely. And in testing the front brakes I noticed his forks bottom out just testing on a roll. Never should have had that bike there...

    Writing this makes me look it up.... here is the corner followed by how nasty it would have been just 3-4 corners before that...

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    make your self bigger
     
  4. Tim O

    Tim O Active Member

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    Weird one today... starting out from stop light in line.... crappy 18 wheeler three cars ahead leaking oil.

    Went to lean into a right turn at intersection and the rear wheel just slid out 90+ degrees from my front due to oil on road. Saved it with the inside leg and some throttle but holy crap. First time that ever happened.
    Pulled over to check tires and nothing there so maybe just on road. Took every corner back to work like a grandma just waiting to see if it would let go again but seemed OK....
     
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    Scary dude. I don’t blame you for getting the granny pants on.
     
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    Nice save mate! This is why I refuse to ride behind a Harley!
     
  7. hogfiddles

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    Give it some time to scrub off, for sure
     
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    MattiThundrrr Not a guru

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    @Tim O were you riding in the middle of the lane, or the wheel tracks? Always seems to be oil in the middle, which is why the wheel tracks are the recommended lane position. However, intersections can get messy everywhere!
    Glad you weren't seriously hurt!
     
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    Just finished reading this thread from start to finish. I figured all this useful info deserves a bump.

    My wife recently saw something on Facebook that I really liked and will be implementing in our family. When on car trips with small children, make a game of who can spot the most motorcycles. Train the next generation to see them.
     
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    MattiThundrrr Not a guru

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    My kids are so annoyed at me pointing out motorcycles that they don't even look anymore.
    "Hey kids, did you see that?"
    "Was it another motorcycle Dad?"
    They're less tired of Dad Jokes.
     
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    play punch buggy instead except use motorcycles.
    for every bike they see with a headlight on they get to punch their sibling they wont miss another one
     
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    And remember kids, if you're the bunny you gotta look out for the bulls:

     
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    Dang....
     
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    Bull-
     
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    he's a vegetarian now
     
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    MCrider go to his web site or youtube videos



     
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    In the UK the Fire Service run free courses on emergency first aid. Course is called Biker Down. Did it two years ago.
     
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    Franz Well-Known Member

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    When I approach a junction with a potential SMIDSY situation I always look for the back of the drivers head, and never assume he can see me if appearing to look in my direction. This is obviously in good visibility conditions. When I was young my father used to say speed kills reaction time. Never assume any vehicle user can see you that is the way I think. With one eye shut standing on the kerb it is possible to block out a motorcyclist holding a pencil in your line of vision. I think as far as possible motorcyclists especially have to expect the unexpected.

    I watch hunting videos in the United States and hunters wear orange high visibility vests. I don't know if this is a legal requirement and I used to do a lot of shooting when I was younger. I suppose it depends how many guns are out on the same shoot.
     
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