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Old 03-29-2012, 08:29 AM   #841
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If you think about what your asking the bike to do, it makes sense why slow turning while braking is more difficult than it looks. You have the front wheel turned, and the momentum of the bike is going sideways. You put on the front brake (the one your used to relying on), and the handlebars want to rotate around the fron axle. Down you go.
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Old 03-29-2012, 08:10 PM   #842
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If you think about what your asking the bike to do, it makes sense why slow turning while braking is more difficult than it looks. You have the front wheel turned, and the momentum of the bike is going sideways. You put on the front brake (the one your used to relying on), and the handlebars want to rotate around the fron axle. Down you go.
You also don't have enough angular momentum (a.k.a. gyroscope effect) of the wheels to keep the bike upright. The faster you go the more angular momentum the wheels have.
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Old 03-30-2012, 05:01 PM   #843
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I'm a noob.

I learn something today. I was trying to "GO FAYST" and the bike slipped out of 2nd into neutral.

Lazy shift. Scared me though.

I told my buddy about it, he told me to preload the shifter when trying to go quickly. That helped.
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Old 04-01-2012, 04:09 PM   #844
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Tips for a noob. And everyone else.

1. When you see an oncoming bike run wide in their corner and cross into your lane, assume they'll be followed by an equally unskilled riding buddy.

And hearty Fuck You to the dickface and his jackoff pal that demonstrated this for me today...

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Old 04-04-2012, 04:28 PM   #845
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Once you pack for a long touring trip, through half of it away.

Learn to read a map, your gps may fail.

Leave your phone in the tankbag or topbox, you ride to get away from the world, screw bluetooth!

Listen to that little voice in your head that says "Look arround shit is about to happen"

Today is the best time for a ride, go for it.
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Old 04-04-2012, 07:27 PM   #846
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Once you pack for a long touring trip, through half of it away.

Learn to read a map, your gps may fail.

Leave your phone in the tankbag or topbox, you ride to get away from the world, screw bluetooth!

Listen to that little voice in your head that says "Look arround shit is about to happen"

Today is the best time for a ride, go for it.
Budman I don't agree with your comment about the phone.........
My Policy: If I'm riding alone that phone stays with me. Safely tucked away in a secure pocket ( NOT in a pocket where it might break a rib if I crash). But if I've got a buddy with me, then yes, that phone can go somewhere else on the bike.



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Old 04-04-2012, 08:02 PM   #847
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Once you pack for a long touring trip, through half of it away.
Take a short 2-3 day trip first. Anything you don't use (except for the emergency TP) leave behind. You can always buy stuff on the road if you REALLY need it.
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Old 04-06-2012, 06:56 AM   #848
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Hi, i've been riding only for 3 years, so i'm no veteran, but here are some tips i gathered so far:

1) Not slow either fast speeds are safe, most important thing is to ride fluently regardless to actual speed. It takes some time to learn how to ride smoothly, but its quite simple - try to use your bike as much as possible. Go that fast til you can mostly slow down to desired speed by downshifting and releasing throttle and use your acceleration to get out of curves.

2) Never trust anybody on the same road, anticipate worst situations and try to adjust your ride like if you were invisible.

3) Learn where your bike (or yours) limits are and always keep some reserve for situations when you really need to go that far.

4) Do not follow every advice others gave you, rely on yourself, follow your own mind and do not push things too hard.

5) Love your bike and treat her like she's living being.

Good luck on your journeys.
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Old 04-08-2012, 04:03 PM   #849
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5) Love your bike and treat her like she's living being.
Naw, then your heart will get broken if ever have a getoff.

Treat it like it's your favorite toy - 'cuz it is!
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Old 04-16-2012, 10:47 PM   #850
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Laugh bikes have feelings too

if you ever have a self contained getoff its probably because your being stupid or shes mad at you, whenever you have random breakdowns like say your clutch snaps, its because shes mad at you then you gotta push her all the way back to the barn. then you learn to take care of her so she doesn't fuck you over all the time........ or maybe just don't ride a 36 year old harley that likes to "protest" at the least convenient time...
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Old 04-17-2012, 01:59 PM   #851
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My son started riding recently. I wrote up something along the lines of this thread for him.

http://caferacer99.blogspot.com/2011...otorcycle.html
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Old 04-17-2012, 03:20 PM   #852
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Many have spoken to almost all the things I could say so allow me to just reflect on two thoughts.
The first was a comment by my driving teacher in High school, I think it was '68 when he said "always look in the direction you are about to go." That has served me well on many occasions for many situations.
The second is something I learned on my own: Stay away from other vehicles. On a bike it can be difficult because people pull up behind you and it can become a game of tag with the idiots but so far I have managed to get away from everyone that has tried to box me in. One time I was in the middle lane passing a truck-trailer combo when a semi changed lanes from my left. I was able to white line it and get by the truck on my right but the drivers jaw was in his lap. People on the road travel in packs, try to stay between the pack.

just my two cents.
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Old 04-17-2012, 07:50 PM   #853
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My son started riding recently. I wrote up something along the lines of this thread for him.

http://caferacer99.blogspot.com/2011...otorcycle.html
That's good stuff right there
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Old 04-18-2012, 08:29 AM   #854
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When the going gets tight, - Look where you want to go, not at the stuff you want to miss.
When the riding surface offers lower traction - A tire slowing down will grab traction quicker than a tire speeding up.
In general - Quoting 38 Special here - "Hold on loosely, but don't let go!"
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Old 04-18-2012, 08:44 AM   #855
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That's good stuff right there
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