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Old 08-28-2013, 10:32 AM   #1
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10 Common Motorcycle Accidents

An excellent article, with fancy-pants multi-country videos:

http://rideapart.com/2013/08/10-comm...to-avoid-them/

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Riding a motorcycle is dangerous. Luckily, bikes also give you the best possible tools to avoid crashing — incredibly powerful brakes, obstruction-free vision, excellent handling and very gripy tires. Here’s how to use those tools, and your very own brain, to avoid an accident.
Motorcycle Safety:
Want to reduce your odds of dying in a crash? Get educated. New riders should complete a basic rider course from the MSF or similar while advanced tuition is available at race tracks. It can be cheaper than you fear.



Safety gear doesn’t just help prevent injury in a crash, but can make riding more comfortable, put you in better control of your bike and help you be seen by other drivers. Bright colors on your helmet and jacket/suit will help car drivers see you, potentially avoiding some of the common accidents detailed below.

Might be 205, but it bears repeating...


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Old 08-28-2013, 11:05 AM   #2
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Safety gear doesn’t just help prevent injury in a crash, but can make riding more comfortable, put you in better control of your bike and help you be seen by other drivers.
True and I'd like to add another advantage.


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There's nothing more dangerous, to me, than hopping on a bike "nonchalantly", unfocused, in a hurry.

You know what I mean, "I'm just going few blocks away", "It won't take long, I'm just going to buy a pack of cigarettes and I'm back anyway", "I don't have time to gear up", etc.

By doing this, your mind is not properly set for riding and that's when accidents happen.


By ATGATTing (or at least MOSTGATT), I tend to put myself in the right mindset for riding. It helps me to step back, put my mind to the task and be ready for the "battle". I guess it's like a goaltender putting is gear or a knight his armor or something.



Be careful to not switch to the dark side where the gear makes you feel indestructible though.
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Old 08-28-2013, 11:22 AM   #3
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It's why why a lot of accidents happen close to home, people just jumping on the bike (or in the car for that matter) to run an errand, get some cigarettes etc. Not too worried about the proper gear (what could possibly happen, they're only going to be out for a few minutes). When going on longer trips people tend to prepare better, have the proper mindset, concentrate on the actual trip and, dress up properly.
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Old 08-28-2013, 11:42 AM   #4
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Excellent article ... except for one thing........#10
The list seems to be in the order of importance, so it should be #1.
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Old 08-28-2013, 11:49 AM   #5
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Old 08-28-2013, 12:41 PM   #6
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It's why why a lot of accidents happen close to home, people just jumping on the bike (or in the car for that matter) to run an errand, get some cigarettes etc. Not too worried about the proper gear (what could possibly happen, they're only going to be out for a few minutes). When going on longer trips people tend to prepare better, have the proper mindset, concentrate on the actual trip and, dress up properly.
No...
You might think that is why but it's simply because most of our trips are in the general vicinity of our homes...

It would be pretty strange for most accidents to happen 1,000 miles away when you only go 1,000 miles away once a year. Of course then there would be threads here from all the do-gooders telling us how dangerous it is to take a vacation.

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Old 08-28-2013, 12:52 PM   #7
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True and I'd like to add another advantage.


Mindset


There's nothing more dangerous, to me, than hopping on a bike "nonchalantly", unfocused, in a hurry.

You know what I means, "I'm just going few blocks away", "It won't take long, I'm just going to buy a pack of cigarettes and I'm back anyway", "I don't have time to gear up", etc.

By doing this, your mind is not properly set for riding and that's when accidents happen.


By ATGATTing (or at least MOSTGATT), I tend to put myself in the right mindset for riding. It helps me to step back, put my mind to the task and be ready for the "battle". I guess it's like a goaltender putting is gear or a knight his armor or something.



Be careful to not switch to the dark side where the gear makes you feel indestructible though.

WTF....

Do you ever have any fun on a bike?
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Old 08-28-2013, 06:06 PM   #8
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WTF....

Do you ever have any fun on a bike?
Don't take it in an over serious way.

I have fun, don't worry, and the "process" described here is subtile in real life. I only tried to image it by using hyperbolic description to create emphasis. Yeah, I'm this kind of guy who likes to put effort into his writting.
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Old 08-28-2013, 06:39 PM   #9
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Don't take it in an over serious way.

I have fun, don't worry, and the "process" described here is subtile in real life. I only tried to image it by using hyperbolic description to create emphasis. Yeah, I'm this kind of guy who likes to put effort into his writting.

lol forget about it...
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Old 08-28-2013, 08:23 PM   #10
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Good article, I already knew most of this, but here is one little tidbit I haven't thought of,

Since you’re already on the brakes and the bike’s weight is distributed forward, compressing the front suspension and increasing the size of the front tire’s contact patch, you can easily tighten your line by applying a little more brake or widen it by letting off. Doing so should help you avoid obstacles such as gravel.
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Old 08-28-2013, 09:59 PM   #11
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Good article, I already knew most of this, but here is one little tidbit I haven't thought of,

Since you’re already on the brakes and the bike’s weight is distributed forward, compressing the front suspension and increasing the size of the front tire’s contact patch, you can easily tighten your line by applying a little more brake or widen it by letting off. Doing so should help you avoid obstacles such as gravel.
, braking the front widens the line not the other way round?

Why use brakes to steer anyway that is the most stupidist thing I have read. You steer using handlebar input.
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Old 08-29-2013, 01:07 AM   #12
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article must be fake. see hint:

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Under no circumstances should you “lay the bike down.”
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Old 08-29-2013, 02:36 AM   #13
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3rd vid in link is an lol

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Old 08-29-2013, 04:20 AM   #14
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True and I'd like to add another advantage.


Mindset


There's nothing more dangerous, to me, than hopping on a bike "nonchalantly", unfocused, in a hurry.

You know what I means, "I'm just going few blocks away", "It won't take long, I'm just going to buy a pack of cigarettes and I'm back anyway", "I don't have time to gear up", etc.

By doing this, your mind is not properly set for riding and that's when accidents happen.
Yup. I was genuinely surprised/angry at a friend I was riding with and he had been inattentive and fucked up a bend and nearly crashed (it wouldn't have affected me, I was intentionally hanging back far enough). I asked him when we stopped, "What the hell happened in that corner?" He replied, "I was distracted: I was thinking about [his girlfriend] and the row we had the other night...". Up until that point it had never occurred to me that you would think about stuff like that whilst riding, much less allow it to cause you to ride poorly. Isn't the very reason we ride to allow us to stop thinking about all that crap?!
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Old 08-29-2013, 06:06 AM   #15
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The "gravel on the road" video looked more like a locked up front wheel to me. You can see his brake light come on and stay on through the corner. Looks to me like he was coming in too hot and on the brakes. Grabbed a little too much and slid the front wheel.

Interesting read, though.
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