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Old 12-01-2011, 12:44 AM   #781
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Especially over an engine with hot exhaust. I bike on fire would be bad. A crotch on fire might be good or be bad, but in this case, very bad.

A crotch on fire needs a quick shot of penicillin
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Old 12-01-2011, 02:30 AM   #782
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I prefer not risking spilling fuel all over my crotch to get an extra 0.08 gallons in the tank...

(yes I'm a klutz )

my bmw r100gs leans over loads so you i would miss out of about a 1/4 or a bit more or fuel. so its why i sit on the bike .
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Old 12-01-2011, 05:56 PM   #783
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^^^^^^^^^Is that English?
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Mrs. Phideaux to her octogenarian friend when the granny wants to know if she can sit on one of my bikes:

"It's Okay, they only fall over when HE'S on them."


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Old 12-02-2011, 06:00 AM   #784
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Oh I see.......it's Olde English
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Iron Butt Association No. 22913

Mrs. Phideaux to her octogenarian friend when the granny wants to know if she can sit on one of my bikes:

"It's Okay, they only fall over when HE'S on them."


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Old 12-10-2011, 10:42 AM   #785
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estimating grip

To determine how slippery the road is or how much grip it can afford you; carefully place the sole of one of your shoes on the road while moving. A slippery road will feel like your shoe is skiing, while a grippy road will try to kick your shoe back.

This method has helped me adjust my speed, lean angle, braking distance, et... to varying conditions.
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Old 12-10-2011, 05:30 PM   #786
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To determine how slippery the road is or how much grip it can afford you; carefully place the sole of one of your shoes on the road while moving. A slippery road will feel like your shoe is skiing, while a grippy road will try to kick your shoe back.

This method has helped me adjust my speed, lean angle, braking distance, et... to varying conditions.
I just stomp on the rear brake, and let the ABS tell me how slippery it is. I do use the foot method to check for loose gravel though, you can feel it roll under the sole.
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Old 12-11-2011, 04:17 PM   #787
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To determine how slippery the road is or how much grip it can afford you; carefully place the sole of one of your shoes on the road while moving. A slippery road will feel like your shoe is skiing, while a grippy road will try to kick your shoe back.

This method has helped me adjust my speed, lean angle, braking distance, et... to varying conditions.
You really think its a good idea to recommend that nOObs (see title of thread) slide their boot along the ground? You might want to warn them about what happens when the toe or heel (depending upon the boot) hits a crack when traveling at any decent speed.
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Old 12-14-2011, 06:15 PM   #788
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Practice doesn't make perfect- practice makes permanent. Make the effort to practice what you want to happen when it goes to shit, so you do the right thing automatically.

Anticipate. Most people call this "ride like you're invisible / they're out to get you". Google up Hanlon's Razor.
So true, Practice makes permanent!

Take a MFS course

Buy a small used bike to practice on (I started with a Yamaha 650 Star)

Know your limitations: I rode my "new" bike out of the dealership and within 2 blocks I new I was paying more attention to the bike than the traffic. I pulled over, walked back to the dealership and told them to deliver it for me. Then I spent every waking daylight minute running drills for a couple of weeks after work till I felt good enough to get on the street.

Don't drive like you're invisible, drive like you have a target on your back!

Put 5000 miles on your bike before you ride 2 up.

Buy a modulator and a very loud horn.

Follow the maintenance schedule.

Go on a tour!
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Old 12-14-2011, 11:13 PM   #789
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I've just graduated from total wannabe to "newbie". Bought the S40, and am quite pleased with it. My maiden voyage even included 30ish miles of slab.. I-5 between Medford and Grants Pass. Was a beautiful ride.
For superslab, that is indeed a beautiful ride!
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Old 12-15-2011, 06:19 AM   #790
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So true, Practice makes permanent!

Take a MFS course

Buy a small used bike to practice on (I started with a Yamaha 650 Star)

Know your limitations: I rode my "new" bike out of the dealership and within 2 blocks I new I was paying more attention to the bike than the traffic. I pulled over, walked back to the dealership and told them to deliver it for me. Then I spent every waking daylight minute running drills for a couple of weeks after work till I felt good enough to get on the street.

Don't drive like you're invisible, drive like you have a target on your back!

Put 5000 miles on your bike before you ride 2 up.

Buy a modulator and a very loud horn.

Follow the maintenance schedule.

Go on a tour!
Dont ever rely on horn or the modulator, stay alert, extra careful in the first few week's, ride at your own pace, if you go with mate's.
Good luck!
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Old 12-15-2011, 07:35 AM   #791
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+1

Not a fan of either so called safety tool.
it took me weeks to notices that my horn was broken as i never use it.
dont rely on hi vis gear as it dont not help much.
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Old 12-15-2011, 07:35 AM   #792
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Do not wear a steel banded watch.

There's a vid on YT, but do I really need to post it?

If you crash and wrench your hand, it can, and most likely will, cut your wrist.
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Old 12-15-2011, 07:55 AM   #793
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it took me weeks to notices that my horn was broken as i never use it.
mine hasn't worked for at least 5 months. not sure when exactly it stopped working. probably one of the several times i've half buried the bike in a mud hole.

i don't miss it on the street at all. i do miss it on trails every now and then. it's an easy way to get the attention of the rider in front of you when you are stopped in a line on the trail.
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Old 12-15-2011, 10:28 AM   #794
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Just last week, I was stopped in the right lane of a small street waiting for a car to turn left into my street crossing in front of me. The old lady was cutting the lane short and coming right at me. I don't think that she saw me because of her thick door post. My extremely loud air horn caused her to slam on her brakes. There was no way that I could get out of the way because I was stopped and she turned toward me from 10 feet away. Yeah, a loud horn can do a lot of good.
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Old 12-15-2011, 11:03 AM   #795
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I'm doing some research on what would be more helpful to know at a person’s start in motorcycling versus learning it over years in the "school of hard knocks".

Things like..."Don't transport a bike on the centerstand. It might break the frame". or "Standing up on the pegs or at least putting more pressure on them makes the bike less top heavy and better to control at low speed".

Could you help my research by answering the following question...”What did you wish someone told you about motorcycling when you first started out?”

Thanks. Mark Tillack
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