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06-25-2001 09:50 AM
something to think about

(sorry... double post, hit refresh at wrong time...)
06-25-2001 08:50 AM
something to think about

Something to think about next time you are scraping the pegs through that long sweeper that you can ALMOST see through and know like the back of your hand.

It does you no good to have the latest yamazuki viperblade700gx that can stop on a dime and pull a full G through a corner if you have already taken the bike to the edge of it's performance limits BEFORE you see the hazzard. In that case, you have used your state of the art race bike simply to created a more interesting accident.

Know the limits of yourself and your bike, but don't ride there on the street under anything but HIGHLY controlled circumstances... the rest (99%) of the time, keep that performance margin in reserve for when you have to make that huge change to your line on that hard right hander because that pickup drifts across the yellow. Or to decellerate down to where you can thread your way between that car that just nosed out the parking lot and that oncoming traffic.

Can you drop 25 mph, release the brakes, swerve 10 feet out and 10 feet back, and keep it up and on the road, all within 30 yards and 3 seconds? Probably... if the bike and rider are not already at their performance limits....


06-25-2001 07:48 AM
vector4 If a cage had come around that corner the drunk guy would have probably hit it too. That driver could have been killed just as well. Anytime you move your body faster than you can run I think you risk serious injury, its just a game of odds.
06-24-2001 07:03 PM
GaBandit12 Ride like every one else on the road wants you dead. It's your job to keep them from doing it.
06-23-2001 07:49 PM
Blackbird I agree with Rosco on this one. There are not too many accidents that can't be avoided. I know that when I had my accident on my 250 even though it wasn't the least part my fault, I could have avoided it if I was paying more attention to what the vehicles around me were doing/intending to do.
Always leave yourself an out ...
06-23-2001 12:56 PM
HeckLer1979 Is sad for those riders who die because of others stupidities. However, a friend of mine (he used to live in ride in europe) told me that he used to get 50% off his car insurance because he had a motorcycle driver license over there. The reason being that motorcyclist are "more aware of the sorrounding, and are more capable to react faster than regular driver." It would be really nice to have that here in the US. I could used 50% off. Furthermore, I believe even when "we the rider" react fast, somehow the idiot making the mistake just keeps going your way when you are actually trying to prevent the accident.
06-23-2001 11:53 AM
Rossco929 The only thing you can do is focus on what is going on around you, and see the idiot coming before it is too late. Easier said than done, I know, but there are precious few motorcycle accidents that could not have been avoided if the rider had done something differently. The trick is to always know what the right thing to do is. That is not an easy trick by any means, but it is one that all of us should constantly be striving for. That is one of the reasons forums like this are so good. Here we can all learn from other people's mistakes, instead of just our own.
06-23-2001 05:25 AM
every day we get out of bed and ride or drive we.....

take the risk of dying.

I thought of a great idea while back, the idea was to have ALL student drivers take a course in motorcyles (just like the ones the DMV gives). This would give them a little more respect for bikers, heck we might even see more riders out on the streets. Also the U.S. should give out provisional licenses to all new drivers and riders.

New drivers should dirve economy cars i.e. Ford Echo *snickers* then after a year they could move up any vechical of choice. As for the motorcycle rider he/she should start out with a 250cc bike non-crotch rocket, no aprillas for you!!! Then also after a year they can move on to bigger and better bikes.
06-22-2001 05:04 PM
Re: Drunk Driver killed motorcyclist

Originally posted by Zimmer
do you really think that there's a place for us out there with all these idiots on the road.

Yeah. It is called a race track. But if going fast isn't your bag baby, then just try to ride safe. There are idiots everywhere.
06-22-2001 01:36 PM
mbnickel There have been a million close calls, and I know I've had my fair share, and yours, and yours and.............. Are you gonna keep riding or not, just depends on how deep riding is in your heart. I couldn't quit if I had to!
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