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Hi Folks,

I think we all are aware of how dangerous riding a motorcycle can be and some recent threads have prompted me to start this thread.

I've been riding almost 40 years and in my youth had more than my fair share of spills, multiple car hits, oil, gravel, ice, you name it and I've dropped my bike on it. Lost both of my older brothers and countless friends and have screws/pins in my bones and many scars to go with them. And yet still I ride.

So lifting this thread up a little, I wanted to write and ask member to share their lessons. Let's pass on our knowledge and be proactive in helping each other out, who knows this thread and the lessons we learn may just save a life.

Cheerio and ride safe,

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I will start this off with a recent lessons and modification to my own riding.

I have now seen many drivers run red lights, one could have easily killed me a few weeks back. So even if I have a green light and the right of way, I ALWAYS slow down, look both ways and don't 'assume' everyone has stopped. This may annoy other drivers but I don't mind.

Think about this the next time you go whizzing through a green light and just give a thought to slowing down and keeping your eyes open.

Cheerio & safe riding,

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READ THIS.................

It's cheesy, daft and downright boring to work through but if you have ever tried keeping up with one you will realise, it really works.

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Ride like you are invisible at all times, Stay out of the blind spots, or passing until you can get by completely and as fast as is safe/possible. especially trucks.
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READ THIS.................

It's cheesy, daft and downright boring to work through but if you have ever tried keeping up with one you will realise, it really works.
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1) Advanced rider training

2) Advanced rider training !!
Iíve done countless courses and each time learned and applied a skill. The hardest part is getting rid of bad habits we donít even know we have, so itís vital an expert watches and corrects any serious mistakes.
It sounds silly, but many riders donít know how to properly modulate their brakes or control object fixation mid corner while evading an obstacle (while braking and leaned over!) - and if youíve never practiced these kind of maneuvers it wonít be possible to apply any technique in a time of need.

3) Organized Track Days are GREAT for learning in a safe environment or letting off steam if you are an ďexperiencedĒ rider.
Off-road schools will also teach a lot about grip and stability, plus they are soooo much fun.

4) Read the road, adjust your speed for the conditions and always keep your eyes up and in the distance.
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I learned there’s nowhere I need to be so quick that I can’t slow down. I enjoy a more leisurely pace when I’m surrounded by traffic. If I’m alone then the pace quickens.
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Think ahead, anticipate the next impossible eventualities, think them through again and donít rush anything. Stay seen and dominate your position !
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I will start this off with a recent lessons and modification to my own riding.

I have now seen many drivers run red lights, one could have easily killed me a few weeks back. So even if I have a green light and the right of way, I ALWAYS slow down, look both ways and don't 'assume' everyone has stopped. This may annoy other drivers but I don't mind.

Think about this the next time you go whizzing through a green light and just give a thought to slowing down and keeping your eyes open.

Cheerio & safe riding,

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Don't push it, particularly if you're on a multi-day adventure. I like to stop around mid-late afternoon, well before I'm really tired and in keeping with my desire to avoid dusk or night riding. Take some regular breaks even if only for 10 minutes or so, hydrate and you'll feel new energy. Usually between 60-80 miles and I'll get off and stretch. Better that than to be bothered by some body part annoying you and focusing on that rather than the road. Last week on a ride a was only about 25 miles from the hotel but, there was a rest stop that I just couldn't pass up (or my knees couldn't . So, I didn't. So what if I got there a little later. Felt all the better for it.
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