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Some of you may have already seen this, but for those that haven't, it's a decent read:
http://kiwi.dhs.org/nighthawk/hurt_study.html

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I read an interview with Mr. Hurt a few months ago in Motorcycle Consumer News. One of his recommendations to avoid accidents was to ALWAYS ride with a couple of fingers on the front brake.
I mentioned this suggestion in a different rider's forum and that created quite a stir. Apparently a lot of MSF instructors would NOT agree with that suggestion. There would appear to be a difference of opinion on that one. Some say keeping fingers on the brake saves a few nano-seconds, others say you should keep yer fingers on the grip. Don't know which is best personally.
In any case, Hurt knows his stuff. He's a biker too. The study is due for an update, as this one is almost twenty years old. Hopefully the funding will come along soon. Anything to help us stay alive a little longer is welcome.

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Thanks for posting this link. It re-enforces most of what I have thought all along about being a safe rider. I have been riding over 20 years on the street without injury or major damage to my bike. I think every new rider should read the Hurt study information and take the lessons learned to heart.

I work in manufacturing and it is amazing how accurate statistics prove to be. That is why I object to insurance companies charging me such high rates when the probility of my having an accident is quite low. Hense the reason I no longer carry collision of my bikes.

Ride safe

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