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Your top two odd improving behaviors?
« on: March 25, 2017, 09:04:49 pm »
Putting aside all aspects of stupidity and basic bike riding knowledge, what are the two things you try and always do to reduce your risks while riding?

Me?

1. Following distance

2. Lane positioning
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Re: Your top two odd improving behaviors?
« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2017, 09:17:53 pm »
1. speed

2. cross traffic awareness.
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Re: Your top two odd improving behaviors?
« Reply #2 on: March 25, 2017, 09:22:32 pm »
1.  Make sure I have it all together and I'm prepared to ride.  I.e, not distracted or messing with stuff early on when starting a ride.

2.  Look ahead at least 12 seconds and analyze the threats and my options to avoid them.
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Re: Your top two odd improving behaviors?
« Reply #3 on: March 25, 2017, 10:12:30 pm »
1. Be aware of all the traffic around you.

2. Don't believe that someone would do the same as you in any situation. That may be giving them too much credit.

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Re: Your top two odd improving behaviors?
« Reply #4 on: March 25, 2017, 10:13:45 pm »
I have two rules to ride by:
First, I don't like to follow, or be followed,
too closely by any vehicle.
Second, I don't ride if I'm running late,
like for work. I never try to make up
time on the bike.

I also have three rules for new riders:
1) Wear a helmet.
2) Get a MC license.
3) Don't drink and ride.
Sorry if that sounds preachy.

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Re: Your top two odd improving behaviors?
« Reply #6 on: March 25, 2017, 11:17:21 pm »
All of the above and I don't mind at all being preached to, I can use all I can get these days it seems.  Number one for me is speed and road/traffic conditions.  Friend of mine always said he did not need to take a class for motorcycle riding and in the past 2-3 years he has crashed and has earned couple speeding tickets.  No hope for this guy from my viewpoint and it's a good thing his wife is wealthy and can spend money to cover his mistakes, but someday that won't work out so good I fear. 

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Re: Your top two odd improving behaviors?
« Reply #7 on: March 25, 2017, 11:23:09 pm »
1 Never Tailgate

2 Always move through traffic at a pace faster than the flow looking for open real estate.

3 If people are passing you its time to park your bike and get a new hobby.
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Re: Your top two odd improving behaviors?
« Reply #8 on: March 25, 2017, 11:27:00 pm »
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2 Always move through traffic at a pace faster than the flow looking for open real estate.

3 If people are passing you its time to park your bike and get a new hobby.

?????????
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Re: Your top two odd improving behaviors?
« Reply #9 on: March 25, 2017, 11:33:52 pm »
T-CLOC's pre ride check. Never put yourself in others blind spot. Head check, awareness to others head checks (or lack there of).
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Re: Your top two odd improving behaviors?
« Reply #10 on: March 25, 2017, 11:48:19 pm »
1. Keep my focus where I am going to be not where I am.

2. dont out ride my brakes

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Re: Your top two odd improving behaviors?
« Reply #11 on: March 25, 2017, 11:50:48 pm »
1 Ride my own ride
2 Ride early in the day
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Re: Your top two odd improving behaviors?
« Reply #12 on: March 26, 2017, 01:42:43 am »
1 Never Tailgate

2 Always move through traffic at a pace faster than the flow looking for open real estate.

3 If people are passing you its time to park your bike and get a new hobby.




If I always rode faster than the flow here I'd be at triple digit speeds all the time...lol .
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Re: Your top two odd improving behaviors?
« Reply #13 on: March 26, 2017, 01:58:55 am »
1)  Stay on the motorcycle.
2)  Don't fall off the motorcycle

Then there's my golden rule:
Enjoy the ride.  Once I get aggravated or stressed out it's time to
Pull over and take a break...  Ridin' angry is bad juju.
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Re: Your top two odd improving behaviors?
« Reply #14 on: March 26, 2017, 02:16:41 am »
1)  Stay on the motorcycle.
2)  Don't fall off the motorcycle

Then there's my golden rule:
Enjoy the ride.  Once I get aggravated or stressed out it's time to
Pull over and take a break...  Ridin' angry is bad juju.
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Re: Your top two odd improving behaviors?
« Reply #15 on: March 26, 2017, 02:56:30 am »
Drive as if you are completely invisible to others, don't get angry.... and that doesn't mean 'get even'
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Re: Your top two odd improving behaviors?
« Reply #16 on: March 26, 2017, 09:43:44 am »
I try to leave my ego in the garage- especially if I have a pillion. Keeps me from thinking I'm invincible

Can't consistently look 12 seconds ahead but as far in front of me as possible.

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Re: Your top two odd improving behaviors?
« Reply #17 on: March 26, 2017, 01:17:50 pm »
1)  Stay on the motorcycle.
2)  Don't fall off the motorcycle

Then there's my golden rule:
Enjoy the ride.  Once I get aggravated or stressed out it's time to
Pull over and take a break...  Ridin' angry is bad juju.

+2  I'd add that if I'm not "feeling it" I don't ride. Whether physical (tired, sick, ?) or mental (angry, distracted, ?" 
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Re: Your top two odd improving behaviors?
« Reply #18 on: March 26, 2017, 01:27:11 pm »
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2 Always move through traffic at a pace faster than the flow looking for open real estate.

3 If people are passing you its time to park your bike and get a new hobby.

?????????

Everyone rides different. I get claustrophobic riding in a pack of cars and trucks. Some riders poke around in all lanes on a bike and get caught in blind spots, wind traps, frustrated drivers, drivers texting and eating. I have never had the patience for that. I am a pass on the left and merge back to the right rider. Constantly looking for the most open parts of the road.

I will adjust #3

3 If the flow of traffic is passing you IMO its time to park your bike and get a new hobby.

I will add a #4

4 If people are passing you on the right its time to park your bike and get a new hobby.

And keep in mind. These are my opinions and riding style, not necessarily yours. Always willing to hear the other side.
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Re: Your top two odd improving behaviors?
« Reply #19 on: March 26, 2017, 01:31:15 pm »
1 Never Tailgate

2 Always move through traffic at a pace faster than the flow looking for open real estate.

3 If people are passing you its time to park your bike and get a new hobby.




If I always rode faster than the flow here I'd be at triple digit speeds all the time...lol .

The great thing about a Concours is: Triple digits are only about 3/4 of an inch of throttle and a couple seconds away.
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Re: Your top two odd improving behaviors?
« Reply #20 on: March 26, 2017, 06:52:35 pm »
Interesting, fun and thought provoking replies. Glad to hear them. Sorry I hadn't originally posted this on the safety forum. One of the folks here said they advise their people not to drink and ride. I think that falls under the stupidity exemption! Hough points out that about 50% of all motorcycle fatalities involve drugs or alcohol. That's an easy one to put in your favor. Another 25% is dudes under 25, and for us codgers, we're safe on that one.

So putting that sort of stuff aside, it is genuinely interesting to hear what people do to skew the odds. I watch other riders and see what I like, or don't like, about what they are doing. Just yesterday I went for a pleasure ride and a guy on a 650 crotch rocket and full leathers came up behind me. Speed limit 40. Car in front of me doing about 42. Blind corners everywhere. The dude swerved hard in a low visibility area, gassed his bike, whined it out, and passed me and the car in front of me, not too quickly I will add. I laughed about the weak sauce power of his bike, but also said: He's dead in a year or two or today if he keeps that up. Low % move.

Curious what two things other people could identify as being their go to odd improvements?
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Re: Your top two odd improving behaviors?
« Reply #21 on: March 27, 2017, 09:35:21 am »
First two that come to mind are

1) Contently glancing in rear view while stopped until at least the first car behind me is stopped.
2) Never, under any circumstance do I follow a truck, or truck and trailer, of any kind. From a compact pick up to a dump truck.

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Re: Your top two odd improving behaviors?
« Reply #22 on: March 27, 2017, 03:00:47 pm »

1. watching for cager awareness; ie head turning, head dropping (looking at a cell phone, plate of food, reading a letter), checking        mirrors or lack their of.    :-[

2. Escape-route checks...so i can get out of a multitude of emergency situations.    :motonoises:
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Re: Your top two odd improving behaviors?
« Reply #23 on: March 27, 2017, 05:20:52 pm »
Ride in low population times and areas.  Both people(cage) and animal populations.

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Re: Your top two odd improving behaviors?
« Reply #24 on: March 27, 2017, 11:28:48 pm »
Never trust another drivers turn signal (if they even use one)  , and remember to turn your turn signal off (you better be using one ! ) .
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