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glasshead
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A little lesson

Postby glasshead » Sun Apr 15, 2012 9:56 pm



I went for a ride down a 2 lane country road I had never been on last weekend. (It was a different way home from my brrother-in-law's house). It had some rather sharp turns in different spots and about 3 stop signs before it turned onto a main 4 lane road. Two things I would like to share that might help somebody vicariously.
It was late afternoon, but not yet dusk. I was stopped at one of the 2 way stop signs waiting for cars to clear my intersection. All clear on the right, but two cars were coming from my left. They both had their headlights on. As soon as the second car passed, a quick glance right again and a glance left, all clear. I pulled out across the intersection and to my surprise, a third car was behind the first two. It did NOT have its lights on and I realized that the first two had me conditioned for cars with their lights on. It was not a close call, but the car was close enough to make an impression. I may even have waited for it if I had seen it. I'll be extra vigilant for cars with their lights off from now on.

About half a mile up the road I went into a right turn that was tighter than I expected, faster than I should have. There WAS a car right in the turn as I came around. The motorcyle training course kicked in immediately. I didn't panic, only got a glimpse of the car, (maybe a truck, it was red) as I looked through the turn, stayed on the gas and leaned my 83 over so far I scrapped something all the way around the turn. At one point it even kicked my back tire to the left a little. I am amazed that a. I made it and b. I didn't feel any kind of panic or fright even after the fact.

If you haven't taken the riding course, DO. And always expect the unexpected.
Hope this helps someone.
Ride safe
Rich



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Re: A little lesson

Postby Mag » Sun Apr 15, 2012 10:21 pm

Two words....."Here here!!!" Enough said.

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Re: A little lesson

Postby seabee_ » Sun Apr 15, 2012 11:01 pm

I agree. The Motor Cycle course is time well spent. Everyone should attend one. Even if you've been riding for years. People will be amazed at what you can learn.
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Re: A little lesson

Postby cbx4evr » Mon Apr 16, 2012 12:35 am

Check my signature.
"It´s a friggen motorcycle, it´s not supposed to be comfortable, quiet or safe. The wind noise is supposed to hurt your ears, the seat should be hard and riding it should make you s**t your pants every now and then. "

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Re: A little lesson

Postby twostrokes48 » Mon Apr 16, 2012 10:23 pm

I also agree the course is a great refresher especially if like me. I rode for 30 years then due to many medical issues plus moving and lack of funds was without a bike for about 10 years. When I was able to start riding again, I took the Safety course. It wasn't exactly my decision, but it was required for me to ride on the Military base, so I took it. I am really glad I did. It is amazing what you forget or just get complacent about.

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Re: A little lesson

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Apr 17, 2012 9:01 am

I had a bit of a heart-stopper today, on my way into work. I travel on a four-lane highway, and was in the #3 lane, waiting for a chance to move into the #4 lane, so that I could take an upcoming exit. I had cars on either side of me, and in front of me. I saw something in the middle of the lane emerge from under the car in front of me, and instinctively pushed hard on my left handlebar, swerving hard around it. It was a hunk of exhaust pipe - and I just missed it.

I see lots of bikes on the road, tailgating cars, because they know they can stop faster than the car does - but they leave themselves no reaction time at all. I like to leave LOTS of space between me and cars in front of me, specifically for that reason.

I'm taking the MSF ERC course again this Sunday - this time, with my wife (who took the BRC course and got her license last year!). It will be my third time taking this course. I get something new out of it every year.

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Re: A little lesson

Postby thirdstorybase » Tue Apr 17, 2012 10:57 pm

sounds familiar, i was traveling down the interstate the other morning just before dawn and there were two semi trailers fighting for one lane just ahed of me. i saw it before it happened but the two semis got together for a brief second. it was enough to send me a flying side mirror complete with brackets. good thing i was paying attention or i would have been in trouble at 70mph

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Re: A little lesson

Postby littlebeaver » Fri Apr 20, 2012 10:10 pm

Way back in 1989 I made a trip from Chicago to San Antonio Texas and back, on my return route I was in the LittleRock Ark. area the moon was bright that night and it was a nice warm night, well I riding about 70mph's and I saw something ahead of me that was shiney, I leaned the bike to the right and my left side of my boot hit the side of some duct work that had fallen off a truck or something, 2'x2' piece of freakin duct work in the road my gosh that was close, if it wasn't for the moon that night, I would have crash but good..The moon has been my friend since.. :D




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