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Why we crash

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Old 02-26-2011, 10:08 PM
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It's only February in Miand the local word is someone went down already. I thought I'd share this friends reminder as more of us are coming back into riding season by the day and a number of us are priviledged enough to ride year round.

Sorry it it's a re-post!

This was taken from tristatesportbikes.com and gixxer.com. Have fun and keep the shiny side up.

I found it on my local riders forum.

1. We crash on cold tires. Respect them by giving them a few miles to warm up, especially if they're brand new. After stopping to eat or something, remember you're not the only thing that has cooled down, allow your tires sufficient time to warm up again.

2. We crash on overloaded tires. If you are new to riding or rusty after a winter layoff, applying too much throttle or brake while leaned over could be very costly. Our tires can provide amazing levels of traction but they're not immune to "lead" hands. The instinct of grabbing a handful of front brake while leaned over will put you in the guardrail.

3. We crash trying to keep up. Ultimate speed on a back road has little to do with the bike and everything to do with the rider. Once you realize this, twisting the throttle WFO to keep your friends in sight on the straights while losing them in the corners becomes a non-option. Ride your own pace.

4. We crash because we want to go fast. Sometimes, even the posted speed limit is inappropriate. Coming over a blind crest at 45mph might be too fast if you can't stop the bike before hitting the hazard you only see when it's too late. Speed reduces time to react and adds distance to react in emergency situations.

5. We crash because we bail out. How many posts have there been about entering a corner too hot, standing the bike up and running out of road before getting the bike stopped? Too hot means your brain is probably freaked out but there is still plenty of tire traction available. LOOK through the corner, LEAN the bike until hard parts drag, BELIEVE in modern tire technology.

6. We crash because we lose our focus. The bike travels 88 feet per second at 60 mph. A moment's inattention puts you that much farther into a corner. Think about the next corner, not the one you just blew. That one is over, focus on getting the next one right.

7. We crash because we rush corner entrances. Slow in, fast out works for racers season after season. It works for road riders too. Slow down a bit on your corner entrances and see how much smoother you become.

8. We crash because we can't keep up with the motorcycle. Make sure your software is the equal of your bikes hardware. The bike has the ability to go 160mph, that doesn’t mean YOU do.

9. We crash trying to look cool. If it takes wheelies, stoppies and other stunts to impress your friends...you need new friends.

p.s. Alcohol dosen't help either. Use your head.
 
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Old 02-26-2011, 10:24 PM
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good call..... good timing.......

looks like about 45F here tomorrow. good day for me.

gotta shovel my driveway.
 
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Old 02-26-2011, 10:31 PM
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Glad I could post the reminder before you hit the street scorp
 
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Old 02-26-2011, 10:39 PM
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This... and things like this, is why we crash.

 
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Old 02-26-2011, 10:51 PM
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Nice one nate.. I am taking the msg course as a refresher before I go into this season.
 
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Old 02-26-2011, 10:59 PM
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Moved to Street Skills. Definitely an On Topic post
 
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Old 02-26-2011, 11:56 PM
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driveway cleared..good to go.....

well i will make sure i dont ride fast and im not going anywhere far.. around the block few times.
but reading through those points did make me think about a lot of things. this is why im here... to learn about the bike but most importantly about safety.

thank you.
 
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Old 02-27-2011, 01:47 AM
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Originally Posted by Kuroshio View Post
Moved to Street Skills. Definitely an On Topic post
****in a kuro. Zachs sights and sounds post is still there. You've moved my sh*t twice in 3 days man !
 
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Agree with Nate, those ones get ya, and then you turn around to catch this view lol

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Old 02-27-2011, 07:59 AM
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and, the other reason...

 

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