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Old 05-07-2013, 10:00 AM   #61
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I wouldn't call what I do a superstition. I compulsively thumb my turn indicator cancel button. I've always done this. I just can't stop.
I do the exact same thing!
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Old 05-07-2013, 01:54 PM   #62
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I always make a decision about how aggressive my ride will be in the first 1/2 mile of the ride, which is a set of twisties leaving my neighborhood. If I don't nail the lines through the corners, it will be a relaxed ride.
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Old 05-07-2013, 06:49 PM   #63
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I always wear the same riding shorts at the start of a trip.... need all the luck I can get for a safe journey!
Dude, you change your shorts? That's just asking for it.
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Old 05-07-2013, 09:59 PM   #64
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I have had a insurance companies tell me i was a huge risk,
As i had never had a accindent in 50 yrs. and the odds were against me!
I told them to stuff it,and walked out.
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Old 05-10-2013, 05:03 PM   #65
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So, who is in denial? I just think its a bullshit statement, made out of fear, or of wanting everyone to crash so they'll be just like they guy that says everyone will crash.

I don't have a fatalistic view of things. Practice, training, and having a proper attitude and properly working bike will keep most people safe.

If you think that everyone has to, or is going to crash, well, you're defeated already, and should probably hang it up.
The more you engage in at risk behavior, statistically speaking you are more likely to have something happen.


Who is more likely to be in an accident, someone who drives 5k a year or 100k? More time on the road = more chances. You are naive if you think you see them all coming.

I had a girl swerve in my lane middle of the day, woke up 2 weeks later. Think about it, every time you pass oncoming triffic, all they have to do is swerve.

I had deer run out at night once, that I didn't see until I saw the legs sticking back, as it leaped. I have had them bolt middle of the day, when kicked up or in rut.

But being alert and trained you can lessen the risks, and you may never have an accident, but it is possible.

Plus you guy hate when guys drive the speed limit, so you are increasing your risk right there, by decreasing your braking distance.
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Old 05-10-2013, 05:05 PM   #66
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I have had a insurance companies tell me i was a huge risk,
As i had never had a accindent in 50 yrs. and the odds were against me!
I told them to stuff it,and walked out.
Nothing personnel. They are just running the numbers. Everything is a number to them.
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Old 05-10-2013, 10:46 PM   #67
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That's not superstition, that is mental preparation.
I like to pretend that's what I am doing...

Just take a bit of time to address the bike. Every time. Sometimes a little stroke or pat, but always address the bike. I address my VWs, too, but mostly using four-letter words.
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Old 05-11-2013, 05:52 PM   #68
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Old 05-12-2013, 08:00 AM   #69
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habits, yes
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Old 05-12-2013, 08:07 AM   #70
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I stay away from 4's and 8's when pumping gas.

The Numbers 4 and 8 - Fate and Destiny
These are known (especially when combined) as the "Numbers of Fate" and the "Numbers of Karma" and hard luck seems to pursue those whose lives are dominated by the 4 and the 8.

If I pump gas and it is $4.00 on pump 8, or vice-versa then I am extremely careful that day. I just stay away from using 4's and 8's.

Numerology:
4 -
Negative:
Clumsy, conventional, unadaptable, dull.
8 -
Negative:
Tactless, domineering, greedy, sneering, superior.

See: http://30geons.blogspot.com/2011/01/...d-destiny.html

Numbers that are often a bit of a challenge and require much compromise. - 4 and 8; See more at: http://astrology-numerology.com/num-....JcPZ0haY.dpuf
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Old 05-12-2013, 08:12 AM   #71
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I've forgotten my wallet twice, first time I got ticketed for 15 over while passing a car going 35 in a 45. Second time I crashed.
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Old 05-12-2013, 08:15 AM   #72
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Nothing personnel. They are just running the numbers. Everything is a number to them.
Then they don't understand numbers (or at least the agent doesn't). Your statistical chance of having an accident (all else being equal) is the same every time you ride. It doesn't go up every time you ride without an accident.

Now my superstition... Superstition is not quite the right word. This spring I just haven't had that urge to ride like I always have in the past. So I haven't been riding much and I don't plan to until that urge is back.

The one ride I did go on this spring (the slimy crud run), I met a group for breakfast. As we rode to the first meet-up spot, the leader signaled for a turn. A following rider didn't think he was going to turn right there and they collided and went down right in front of me. They were OK, but it didn't help that feeling I have so far this spring. My bike is staying parked till the urge comes back.
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Old 05-12-2013, 08:32 AM   #73
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Then they don't understand numbers (or at least the agent doesn't). Your statistical chance of having an accident (all else being equal) is the same every time you ride. It doesn't go up every time you ride without an accident...
Actually it goes DOWN every time you ride without an accident. A rider with ten years of no accidents is considerably less likely to have an accident in a year (or on any ride) than a rider with only one year since their last accident (or one year of insurance with no claim.)

Of course that doesn't mean that you can play with numbers and assume that you won't have a crash (or a claim) just because you have not done so for the last twenty years - but statistically, every time you ride and don't crash you have just improved your statistical profile.
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Old 05-12-2013, 08:34 AM   #74
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Fart before every ride...

It takes the power out of the "Oh Shit" moments and reduces the risk of a Shart.
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Old 05-12-2013, 10:03 AM   #75
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It takes to power out of the "Oh Shit" moments and reduces the risk of a Shart.
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