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    Exclamation What Tips Do You Use To Keep Yourself Safe On The Road?

    FIRST WATCH THIS VIDEO

    Look at 2 minutes, 45 seconds or so. If you want to see the gory stuff, it's towards the end.

    This is a must see video and a must read thread for all bike riders everywhere.

    Here are mine, that I follow every time I am riding my bike. I also follow these rules driving my car.

    Number 1.
    Never ride faster than you can stop within the distance you can see, ever, period.

    Number 2.
    Constantly watch for changing road conditions.

    Number 3.
    At a stop, when getting ready to pull out into traffic, look once, look twice, look even three times, and then as you are executing your entrance into traffic, look ONE MORE TIME, before it's too late to stop if needed.

    I Can Say That These Three Things Have Definitely Saved My Life Before.


    What tips do you have that have helped you?? Please add those comments to this thread. You could save not only your life, but hopefully someone who reads your tips here as well...

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    When approaching a car that may potentially pull out in front of you, do a couple 2-3 short weaves. It grabs their attention and they actually see you.
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    I have to remember all the techniques mentioned above. I ride mostly mountain logging roads which have little or no traffic but many blind corners. It's tempting to want to ride aggressively but I've come face to face with fully loaded logging trucks more than once.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TWROG View Post
    When approaching a car that may potentially pull out in front of you, do a couple 2-3 short weaves. It grabs their attention and they actually see you.
    Classic SMIDSY manoeuvre ( http://www.google.ca/url?sa=t&rct=j&...96782255,d.eXY) and part of my riding style.

    Standing up on the bike really seems to get the attention of those at intersections that look like they may pull out in front you.
    I also have a habit of "covering" the horn in situations like that. I have a Stebel air horn on my V-Strom that is 139 decibels loud that has saved my bacon more than once. It's amazing how quickly an inattentive car driver will come to an immediate stop when they think a tractor trailer is bearing down on them!!
    And I'm serious the horn has without a doubt saved me from serious injury or worse.
    I would install one on the dirt bikes but water is their enemy and I don't think it would last long off-roading around here. Too much water on the trails.

    Also I never ever ride outside my comfort zone no matter what.
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    I ride like I'm invisible. Expect people to change lanes without signals, slam their brakes on , pull out in front of me, run a light .

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    Sadly standing on your pegs in BC can get you a ticket and fine for stunting.

    I try to ride where I am most visible and make Eye contact with drivers at intersections.

    On those nice twisty roads, I stay on my side of the road on blind corners.
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    Micro- phones. No kidding. Communication between riders is crucial. My riding partner has saved my body parts on several occasions. I allow the wife to take the lead and she warns me of approaching logging trucks. Over the microphone I will hear things as " wow the logging truck just missed me" or " that pot hole just knocked my ass between my ears" I know to proceed with caution. It's like having another set of eyes and a early warning system for one of us. Dirts a Flyen SanDue
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    Quote Originally Posted by ejfranz View Post
    Sadly standing on your pegs in BC can get you a ticket and fine for stunting.
    Some laws just need to be challenged, changed or broken. What a stupid law. I know stunting here in Nova Scotia carries very stiff fines and penalties. But as far as I know on a motorcycle it only applies to very excessive speed or wheelies. Gonna have to look into the standing on the pegs thing because I do that all the time to stretch the old bones while out riding.
    Has anyone ever challenged this law?
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    Standing on your pegs is considered stunting in Ontario too. Some times its the only way I can get a fart out.

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    Wow didn't know about standing on the pegs in Ontario. I live here too and I do that all the time. Don't think I'll stop though.
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