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08-23-19 12:27
StpeteTriumph Great info!
09-27-17 12:47
Z3RO_shift Just to share my years of experience in riding. From 150cc to 1000cc, there's always a level of confidence that you will need to prepare yourself each day: the road conditions, the traffic, the culture and even navigating yourself around town, cities and countries. Every part has its own complexity and diversity that you will need to learn and understand. Even if you know you are faster than others, there's always comes to an amount of respect that you should do. If you want to race, trash it out on the track or a short circuit.

Religion and respect other religions is a first, then learn to respect the road. Why so? Because everyday every where there will always be a story of how people died in horrible accidents or even small tiny mishaps that will cost your life. You might never know how fruitful your life will be if you live in a short straw. Always be alert and give 110-120% attention to your riding. Had 2 major accidents before and luckily it didn't cost me any legs lost and other bodily harm.

Also, check whether everything is fine before riding your bike. If there's something amiss, just stop at the side or slow down on your way to your destination. No use panicking halfway through the traffic if some things are amiss. Importance is your safety and your pillion if there's any.

Never rely on GPS too much. Sometimes it's better you memorise the way to your destination on the map rather than rely on gadgets. You will know your way around and backtrack it.

Lane splitting. Always take a reference from your mirrors or handlebars to measure the gap in between cars and trucks. Take note of the direction of their front wheels. It helps alot for you to judge whether the driver is swerving to your direction or overtaking other vehicles.

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03-26-16 01:14
Chris Norton I just started riding. Good advice that I got from watching a youtube video is to always carry a small tool kit of the basic tools that fit your bike, two CO2 cartridges, an inflator, a tire patch kit, and hose to siphon fuel from another bike if you run out.

I carry this, and just today, after only three weeks riding I saw two motorcyclists pulled over on a narrow shoulder. I stopped and asked what was wrong and one had run out of gas. Good thing I had the hose. He siphoned some out of my tank and I assume made it home.
12-27-15 10:25
zbosson Great advice here- thank you!
11-23-14 13:05
Mark2204 Best advice I've ever had is to learn to observe the near distance, middle distance, and far distance in front of you. At first it takes some effort, to scan through the three, but when it becomes instinct it's amazing how much easier everything becomes, especially in the city. Less stuff surprises you, and you have so much more time to act accordingly with regard to so many things. The less stuff that surprises you the better...

I guess a good starting point is make yourself look way ahead, often. Don't just stare at whatever is right in front of you...
08-27-14 05:25
alle-lkw Thanks to all for the good advice. They were helpful for me as the beginners
11-25-13 15:06
dangerwilson26
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Excellent, excellent, excellent! Good on ya, Sarchi for startin' this.

It is important to keep in mind that street riding is 80% traffic survival, 15% fun, and 5% machine performance. If you try to increase your 5% or 15%, you're going to cut into that 80%!

Inexperienced riders, like inexperienced drivers... have empty traffic reference databases. They haven't experienced enough yet to be able to link the warning signs of a bad situation.

Line-of-sight is everything on a motorcycle. If you're following traffic too closely, there is no way that opposing traffic or traffic waiting to enter the roadway will be able to see you. They will try to enter or cross traffic between the vehicle you're following and the vehicle behind you. The problem is: THAT'S WHERE YOU ARE!! You have to hang back... give yourself plenty of room to be seen. The very, very short version is: If you can't see their head, they can't see you. Bushes, telephone poles, realator and election signs... all block view. (All block you!)

Traffic is all about expectations. When vehicles w/in traffic do as society expects, everything works smoothly. When expectations are exceeded, that's when trouble starts. Nobody is expecting a motorcycle to be accelerating at twice the rate of normal traffic. If you're going WOT away from a stop sign or a traffic light, you could very easily be setting yourself up for trouble with a vehicle entering the roadway who looked, SAW you, but never expected you to be accelerating at a rate at which a sportbike is capable. If you want to explore the limits of the performance envelope of both (wo)man and machine, there's venues for that. The street, however, is not one of them.

Stuff happens. Luck favors the prepared. If you're prepared to meet the tarmac, your chances of surviving it increase.

I love the idea of the line of sight- very thoughtful point. Also, the 80% is also creative. I'm looking forward to finish reading up on the other points from fellow riders.
06-27-13 17:15
WhiteWi I went to Daytona from Kawasaki Vulcan 900 a cruiser and for me Daytona feels easier to handle and overall more safe (technology wise, better breaks, ABS and etc). But it is a different machine that I will have to learn all over again how to manage. And I know better not to push it hard right out off dealership. Break in first, learn the bike second, and build up knowledge and skills. And it's my second bike kind off. But I am married, got 1 year old I love to death and just turned 30. I know better not to be speedy racer on public roads.
06-27-13 02:59
MagicMike Hi all, first post here. Was a slow day at work so I just spent the last couple hrs reading this thread start to finish.

Being a new rider and new to motorcycle forums, I have read a few of these kinds of threads, none of them in full before this one.

About me... I am 33. I grew up in a rural area with land and offroad bikes. Worked on dairys rounding cattle on bikes and 4wheelers.

I always loved going fast. I got my bike learners at the same time I got my car learners. My first car was (still have) a z32 twin turbo (well modified). In my 20's, I loved nothing better than mountain running with mates.

Even from when I first got my licence, I knew that I would kill myself on a big sports bike. Fast. Knowing this, I avoided getting a bike until a few months ago.

Being married now, with responsibilities and stuff, I see myself as much more mature, with much more self control and awareness, and more specifically, responsible enough to trust myself to ride a bike and not pin it into the first tree I (don't) see.

In Aus, the first 12 months must be on a learner approved bike (<150kw/t and max 660cc). My ride is a '12 ninja 250.

I commute 1+hr each way to work every day, mix of peak hr traffic, subburbia, and highway. When I first started, I was not very confident, always riding well within my skill level and well within the conditions. The first few weeks, far too much time was spent thinking about what I was doing as far as operating the bike was concerned, not enough time spent observing other motorists and hazzards.

Now I am at the stage where skill and confidence has increased, muscle memory has improoved and I spend much more time scanning surroundings and less time thinking about my next move.

I feel like I am in a danger zone tho, where confidence gives me false security which could outweigh my skill.

I am very happy in having the ninjette to learn with. It has definately been good for me. It is not fast. You have to be committed to a good clean pass. Everything happens so slowly you have to plan everything well in advance.

Touchwood, my only near miss was when I was caught in the rain going home. First time in the rain, off camber, downhill turn, traffic stopped around the bend. Both brakes, locked rear, heading straight for a lady on a scooter. Released rear, less front, little steering input, re-apply brakes, re-locked rear, more straight ahead, just brushed the lady's elbow with my mirror and came to a stop about 4m directly in front of her.

Scared the shite out of me (and her), but had it not have been for my understanding of physics and handling, knowing I had to release to get steering input, I would have smashed her in the rear.

Anyhow, I could go buy a 675 tomorrow, but I have lost to learn before I step up to my big boy bike.

Very much looking forward to it tho, because I still want to go fast, but there is a time and a place for that.

Edit: probably should mention that I am an all the gear, all the time type guy. Sure it may not save me, but I'd rather take my chances with quality gear than not at all. Boots, gauntlets, kevlar pants, jacket with CE elbows/shoulders and spine protection. Of course a good lid.
04-10-12 22:22
[email protected] Yeah I agree with a lot of what you mentioned. I came off a Honda car 250r after 3 months and this Daytona is like 100x that bike. Everything you do it turns braking accelerating is magnified. The thing I do like about the bike is that I felt really stable on it...lol if you think winds are scary on this bike at 80mph try it on a 250 that's 50# lighter. Lol. It's definitely a great bike and I'm definitely going to baby this thing for a while.
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