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post #1 of 13 Old 05-18-2009, 06:44 AM Thread Starter
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**Ride safe**

Too many accidents taking place. This usually happens at beginning of a riding season.
Rusty skills + cagers not in tune to seeing 2 wheels = Recipe for disaster.

Be careful out there, ride safe.

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post #2 of 13 Old 05-18-2009, 07:34 AM
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What was bare trees a few weeks ago are now full of leaves. Lotsa rain here makes for tall grass and general growth on the sides of highways. Corner sightlines are down, washed out gravel from driveways is up, and you need to late apex if you can. Be safe.

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Good Call,
And see if you can find a rider course to take, Took the experienced rider course yesterday, enjoyed it and it was a nice confidence boost practicing those skills.

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And if you are in a part of the country that has snow, watch out for the SAND!

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Some sand and gravel on the country roads yesterday. Figured it would be worse because southern Indiana has been drenched with heavy rains, but not too bad.

Still, excellent advice by all!

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Good call Mike! The roads by me are still pretty iffy this year so have to take it easy.....almost low sided it yesterday when I came around a curve and hit some wet pavement covered with that yellow pollen sh#t from oak trees, did a nice dirt track power slide that almost left a track in my shorts.....quite the wake-up call.




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Don't forget to watch for wildlife. This is the time of year that I generally work slowly into riding. I let all the other folks get out there to prime the cage drivers and hope to have an uneventful season. Be safe everyone! WT got pretty lucky this weekend.

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Too many accidents taking place. This usually happens at beginning of a riding season.
Rusty skills + cagers not in tune to seeing 2 wheels = Recipe for disaster.

Be careful out there, ride safe.

Thanks MM for the excellent PSA first step! After a few close calls, I decided to take an active roll in my safety, by leveraging technology to raise opposing vehicle's awareness including: Bright PIAA Headlight Bulb+Modulator, Clear Alternatives Rear LED panel+Modulator and AirHorn. Since none of these are documented on "how to..", are you waiting for the Tube based designs?

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post #9 of 13 Old 05-18-2009, 03:52 PM
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Amen! Keep the shiny side up and the rubber side down.

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Saw a bike mirror my situation (of 5 years ago) today. Lady on cell phone turned left in front of him, no signal, no sense. Bike hit the front quarter panel and rider, 40-45 years old, I'm guessing, flew over the hood and landed on his ass. Looked like he may have broken his ankle, but otherwise ok. Very lucky guy.

Everyone here, PLEASE treat every vehicle like a threat. There is no end to the stupidity of other people, even others on bikes, but there is a certain definite end to the capabilities of reflex and handling. Treat everything like something that could kill you and you'll be far better off.

If I'm going to die on a bike, it's going to be on my own terms and with a big damned grin on my face, not because of some soccer mom discussing a sale at Old Navy with her bff Jill.

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I have a hi-viz jacket and I may look funny but cages can see me!! I have noticed a drastic difference in city riding. Intersections are dangerous, so before I approach them, I am scanning for cars that might turn in front of me. If i wear my black gear it never fails, they slow, look and turn as if they don't see me. Since I've worn the hi-viz jacket these sort of situations have been greatly reduced. I feel like on the highway cars keep give me more space too! Just sayin...its good to be seen.

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post #12 of 13 Old 05-20-2009, 08:22 AM
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Headlight modulators work wonders, highly recommended, and should be a standard feature on ALL bikes.

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post #13 of 13 Old 05-20-2009, 10:49 AM
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Be careful with the headlight modulators. Where I live, flicking your high beams means 'go ahead, turn left in front of me, I see you.' I saw my first headlight modulator a couple of weeks ago and, at first, I thought the other rider was telling me go ahead and turn left.

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