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how do you ride?

First off I apologize if this is in the wrong forum, please redirect this thread if needed or if there is already one like this please redirect me. So, as most riders we all want to live to ride another day. So how do you do it? what techniques do you use? what precautionary measures do you take? I feel like our riding technique, although very important, is less than half the battle. Avoiding distracted or drunk drivers is the real challenge. First off, I ALWAYS ride in full fear, ALWAYS!! From head to toe, im all leathered up. I also have my hi viz safety vest on top of all of that. when im riding, I always try to keep my distance from the cars in front of me in case they slam on their brakes or anything like that. i like to keep a low speed as well, in case i need to brake quickly, especially since im on a heavy wing. At stop lights I like to check my mirrors constantly in case there is anyone who is heading to rear end me. that's about all I got. What am I missing? please Let me know your ways!!!
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First, I choose ATGATT also.

then I try to keep my mind clear and focused on what is ahead of me...

and of late, meaning the last year or two, I have dropped the Kamikaze hell bent for leather attitude, and stay with the speed limit

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I ride with a bandana, the radio and a smile! While I try to be aware of everything around me I'm a firm believer in not letting worry stop you from having fun. Of course I also scuba dive, sky dive and often work fairly high above the ground so maybe I'm not the best source of advice !
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Lights on, hi-viz apparel & helmet, vigilance...I don't know what else there could be.

Riding motorcycles is risky compared to driving a car. Driving a tiny car is risky compared to driving an F350. Driving an F350 is risky compared to sitting in your living room. Where do you draw the line?

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being the youngest rider here, it wasn't too long ago when I went through motorcycle driver's ed, and I was taught to keep your fingers on the grip unless you are braking/pulling in the clutch. After riding for a bit and getting tips for big big riders, I have learned to keep your fingers ON the levers as the default, since it helps with reaction times and such. On top of that, I follow two rules without question, and they are 1) never be in a rush, and 2) never drive tired.

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post #7 of 38 (permalink) Old 02-11-2017, 04:48 PM Thread Starter
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these are pretty good guys, lets keep them coming though!
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Originally Posted by crimsonwing View Post
First off, I ALWAYS ride in full fear, ALWAYS!!
That is a given as "THEY" are out to get you!

Advise given here is free and comes with no warranty "Caveat emptor"

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Originally Posted by Ken Bergen View Post
That is a given as "THEY" are out to get you!
Yes, yes they are.

I ride with the mindset of "What are the idiots going to do next?"

I always watch 5-10 seconds ahead of me, anticipating what to do when someone pulls out in front of me or does a brake check or sudden all stop (crash stop? swerve left? swerve right? duck behind this truck? etc)

ATGATT is criticial, as the road has to eat the gear before it eats you... Ride high in a turn, maximizes your visibility through the curve, act like you're invisible *all* the time, because you are. Never become complacent about your ride, riding is a high adrenaline constant brain process activity... you can't turn your brain off like the people in the cars (with coffee, radio, facebook, texting, mapping, napping - it's a wonder any of them get where they are going. Based on the number of accidents I see on the road going to work every morning, some do get weeded out)

Never ride tired. Never ride on stimulants (energy drinks etc) - if you need one, you need to stop - stay hydrated - the camel back is a blessing - know where you're going so you don't have to check your map/gps - they are navigation *aids* not navigators.

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I ride in the country a lot and when coming to an intersection and a car is waiting, I always watch there wheels as I approach. if they start moving I can take action. You really never know if they see you or if they don't give a ****. I did take that safety course and I learned a lot of good stuff. I really thought it would be a waste of time but it was informative and riding the little Honda'a was a lot of fun. I see a lot of motorcycle riders split lanes here but I don't do it on the wing. I think it is crazy in heavy traffic to do that. I really try to be safe and if my old lady is on the back she helps me by poking me in the ribs or a wrap on the helmet. LOL
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