Mark Weiss said:Now consider this, multi vehicle incidents account for only a bit over 1/2 of motorcycle crashes. This means that in about 1/2 of all wrecks, we did it all by ourselves.
great tips. just to expand on them. when you hit the gas on a motorcycle (with a chain or belt drive), it doesn't sqat like a car, it lifts. the throttle gives you ground clearance that you didn't have earlier. you see for yourself, by holding the front brake and easing out the clutch. or watch a motogp race and look at the how extended the suspensions are on the straights.DeathCannon said:1. You are leaning in too far, the bike wants to fall in on itself. What to do? Don't fight it. Hit the gas! Suddenly the bike regains its balance and an invisible string holds you up so you can now lean over as far as you like. Problem solved.
2. You are going wide, probably because you are taking it too fast. Don't fight it. If you are already in the turn, **Don't hit the brakes WHATEVER YOU DO***. Keep an even rpm and lean the bike over while prayin'. Then you will laugh at yourself when you find the bike did it easily and you didn't even get over far enough to drag a knee. Hahahha. But if you put on the brakes the bike stands up and runs wider, right off the ROAD. Once in the turn you are committed, and you don't have enough time to stop anyway. Better retrain your thinking.
a few comments, great story by the way.spyonu2007 said:My $2000 dollar first street bike is a little uglyer resulting in some nice scratches and gouges on the fairing, the bike was damged cosmetically only and after verifing everything mechanically was ok I continued to enjoy the ride.. Oh well better to dump it at lowspeed than 55 on the highway.
you may wanna get your friend reading this thread. there's a lot of good info and i'm glad you're enjoying. it wasn't my idea, but i thought it was important.97ws6 said:Dont have anything to add..But this is a great read. Keep them comming.
most people do avoid serious, life-threathening crashes. most people have minor accidents. however, the better your gear, the less likely you'll be to have a serious accident. i got more hurt crashing at 10 mph in t-shirt and jeans than i did at over 100 in leathers. neither were serious accidents. one i ripped my knee up a bit, the other my hand was a little sore, for about a day. the point of this thread isn't scare people away from bikes, but to let new riders learn tough lessons the easy way. pick up information to avoid these accidents that we have had.VaBeachguy said:I am about to get a bike for the first time and I have two questions. Has anyone ever avoided serious crashes all together?
check some of the posts below. good cheap bikes are out there, they really are. paper, auto-traders, etc. are a good place to start.Also how do you find a nice used bike for $2000?