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So I'm a pretty new rider in terms of owning (borrowing doesn't count I'm sure), but have been around riders much of my life and have always given bikes a wide berth for their safety and my conscience.
On that note, I've found I have developed many of the above ideas as habits, particularly mental games of what's that car driver going to do, how close are they going to get, etc.
1. I personally ride in the center, as way too many people can't drive a straight line in a car and with the narrow 2 lane roads where I mostly drive, I will not give anyone a chance to cross over and hit me.
2. I'm grateful to MSF's instructor's for this; over-emphasizing to ALWAYS keep my bike in gear at intersections watching behind and around with the intent in my mind to get the heck out of there!
3. I have a full face helmet, one of those new age riding jackets that has the armor, boots and overpants. I will admit I sometimes don't wear the pants as it gets so bloody hot in florida, but I wear the rest religiously. I always cringe when I see the idiots in "fool's gear" just street clothes, or less.
as an "idiot" in "fools" gear of 29 years riding experience..heres hoping you don't get a chance to find out how ineffective that safety gear can really be.. don't dress for the crash..ride to avoid it

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as an "idiot" in "fools" gear of 29 years riding experience..heres hoping you don't get a chance to find out how ineffective that safety gear can really be.. don't dress for the crash..ride to avoid it
OK so I didn't mean to offend, who I'm referring to was thinking of are the kids I see riding around in shorts, a t-shirt, and flip-flops.

But I stick to my guns on the helmet, don't care how many old bikers tell me they're useless. I'm gonna at least leave a pretty corpse for the family!

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OK so I didn't mean to offend, who I'm referring to was thinking of are the kids I see riding around in shorts, a t-shirt, and flip-flops.

But I stick to my guns on the helmet, don't care how many old bikers tell me they're useless. I'm gonna at least leave a pretty corpse for the family!

You have every right to.. and I respect that.. there sadly is often the difference between gear wearers and those of us who choose not to..respect of choice

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You have every right to.. and I respect that.. there sadly is often the difference between gear wearers and those of us who choose not to..respect of choice
Well said crazy Dave.

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Whenever I am behind a car, I like to be able to see the driver in one of their mirrors. This is because if I can see them, they can see me. I do this especially on the highway...
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Hi Guys,
This is what i have experience as a fairly new biker (a couple thousand miles only). Hope these points help you too. You are more then welcome to add to it or correct it.

1. On the road, I drive where a "Cager" expects to see a car drive. Being visible where expected.

2. I don't dart from corners or places where a cager least expects, such as "darting" from between two cars or side and suddenly appearing from nowhere, panicking a cager or fellowbiker.

3. I ride my bike exactly how i drive my car. Turn signals, speed limit, posted limit on bends (or even less).


4. I constantly watch other drives intentions, not just the car but where is he looking, down, left, right, talking etc.

5. I avoid staying in any blind spot. Most drivers only look at the mirror less the a second.

6. Motorcycle gets rigid as speed increases, so ride withing my ability.

I hope my little tips helps.

Thanks guys
Great thoughts. Keep riding like that and you'll do great. Ride on and ride safe.



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