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Old 11-05-2012, 05:17 AM
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I do try and pay attention to behind me, but I also never ever stop in the middle of the road. I'm always right up against the center line to the left, as far out of the way as I can be. I also flash by break lights when I see someone approaching from the rear.
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Old 11-05-2012, 08:09 AM
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Hey ockerstrom,
You have a list of safety tips you can share?
I've been riding 10+ years and have only had 2 accidents. Both were influenced by other drivers, but inexperience on my part played into the results. Luckily ATGATT and I walked away from both with only some minor bruises.

Here are some of my safety tips that I've learned over the years, in no particular order.

1. If I don't feel 100% (tired, not feeling well, etc...) I will not ride.
2. Do not ride in the center of the lane, this is where fluids land when dripping from a car
3. Use the outside/inside/outside method when entering a curve. Start on the outside drift to the inside (at the apex) and accelerate to the outside of the lane. By starting on the outside, this will also allow you to see further into the curve
4. Leave your bike in gear and watch your mirrors when stopped at an intersection. I also tap my brakes as cars are approaching from behind. The flashing brake light can get their attention.
5. As stated earlier, I stay in the left part of the lane when stopped at an intersection because the average driver will swerve right because oncoming traffic is on the left side
6. The first 30 minutes of rain are the worst because the dried fluids on the road turn back into a liquid state and can make the road slick
7. Watch where you put your foot down when stopping. Many bikers have wound up on the ground because they put their foot down in fluids and their foot slipped.
** 8. Don’t grab a handful of your front brakes in a curve; this can cause a major accident. You can apply light braking using the front or rear brake to slow if necessary.
9. Look where you want to go in a curve. If you look straight ahead or at an oncoming car, you will go that direction. It’s called target fixation.
10. Lean into the curve to be able to carry more speed. By getting your butt off the seat, you will be able to corner faster, while keeping the bike more upright. You can try this on a straight away. Slide your butt off the seat to the right and the bike will try and go right. You will have to apply counter pressure on the bars to keep the bike going straight. By doing this in a curve, the bike will go through the curve in a more upright position.
11. Practice, practice, practice! Take an advance riding course to help increase your skills. Once you have taken the course, you have to continue to practice those techniques or they will deteriorate.
12. The road is not a track! You can ride somewhat aggressive, but know there are hazards on the road that aren't on a track (cars, animals, gravel and tree limbs to name a few). If you want to ride aggressively, do a track day. They are fun and you will be amazed at what you learn about yourself and your bike.

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