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Good info on riding "The Pace" , all new riders should read!

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yooblonder:
Excellent advice, especially for those of us with less experience than most.

Thanks.

mrcyclesken:
excellent advice, remember if we don't regulate ourselves at some point someone will step in and do it for us!

on2Wh33lz:
Valuable info ...  Most of this is covered in the MSF Class now

bill14224:
"Plenty of roadracers have sworn off street riding. "Too dangerous, too many variables and too easy to get carried away with too much speed," track specialists claim. Adrenaline-addled racers find themselves treating the street like the track, and not surprisingly, they get burned by the police, the laws of physics and the cold, harsh realities of an environment not groomed for ten-tenths riding."

This is yet another reason why I ride a bike like the GS 500 and don't go all-out on the street.  I know myself, and it's important to know yourself if you want to ride a motorcycle and stay alive.  The sooner you dump your ego the better your survival chances get.  If I had a bike that went 160, I would want to crank it up to 160 at times, or near it, and that's never safe on the road.  Where I live the roads are rarely in good enough condition for riding or cornering very fast.  Too many ruts, cracks, potholes, bumps, gravel, mud, generally deteriorated road surfaces, roadkill, you name it.  There is also thick growth near the shoulders so you won't see an animal until he's in the road.

So I ride bikes that won't go much over 100, won't pull wheelies just by twisting the throttle in 2nd or 3rd gear, and I won't dive into corners like an asshat.  I play the "what if" game while I ride, trying to anticipate whatever may come along so I am prepared as much as possible to deal with it if it rears its ugly head.  When you do this, you find yourself reluctant to ride very fast unless your visibility is outstanding, which is almost never where I live.

I am not a great rider, never was.  I am a careful rider who is always thinking of those uncontrolled variables mentioned above.  I respect my bike, I respect physics, and I would love someday to be the oldest biker in the country.  Wouldn't that be a hoot?  I never allow traffic to stay near me.  I either fall back, or go by.  Never allow a cage to hang around next to you.  Only asshats who don't respect bikes will do that.  Get away from him ASAP.  If he screws-up, you're in the oncoming lane or off the road.

Despite my general aversion to riding with abandon, I've had dozens of emergency situations over the years with people turning or pulling-out in front of me, not to mention deer and rabbits.  This is where riding a dirt bike prior to taking to the streets to develop braking and handling skills pays-off.  This is the reason I will never own a bike that doesn't handle and brake quickly.  No 700 lb. cruisers for me, goodbye emergency handling ability.  Heck, one time I almost got knocked-off my bike when I got hit square in the forehead by a crow at 60 mph!  To this day I have no idea where he came from, other than out of the air.  Took the bars right out of my hands and I found myself balancing on my tail bone with my feet in the air!  If I was going 5 mph faster there's no way I would have stayed on the bike.

My attitude, experience, and some luck is why this 46-year-old is still in one piece.  :cheers:

SCCAndBikes:
A joy to read and a blessing to new  and newer riders...
I've been riding two years now and my brothers-in-law are learning right now...

Brian has an ST1300 with a full performance package on it and James has a 400 bandit...

Brian just passed his road test and James just dragged his peg for the first time...

Brian is now on a lovely ride through the country with his girlfriend...

James is nursing his twisted ankle and bent bars...Who should have learned the pace???

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