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Old 07-08-2003, 10:36 AM   #31
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Maybe JB's sabotaging poor dorothy, since he has to validate his hatred of the poor lowly SV650. If nothing else this should keep him on his toes.

Don't let them get ya down Tim, and take the MSF courses (maybe MO could scrape the funds up).

And to everyone who rags on him, you did it yourself once! I know I did
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Old 07-08-2003, 10:48 AM   #32
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This one time, when I was in fifth grade, there was extra credit on the big science test. I got like 110% on the test. If anybody has any questions about anything having to do with anything science, I'm the man to ask! I am a "Science Expert". Go ahead, ask me!!! One time I also got a really good math test score, so I'm pretty much an expert there too!
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Old 07-08-2003, 11:37 AM   #33
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Tim, just a couple of positive words to counter all of the *****-taking (not that I didn't have a chuckle when I read the story - seeing as you're OK and all). Don't fret it too much. LA is some killer traffic. I commute 30 miles each way in the SF Bay Area, lane splitting the whole way, and I'm a very comfortable and confident rider. On a trip through the LA basin over the weekend, on my way home from San Diego, I had 4 separate cars try to move into my lane on me without looking, signaling, or otherwise telegraphing the move. I was ready for it, and came out unscathed, but it made it clear that LA drivers are unf*cking believably bad drivers. 3 of the 4 culprits were on cellphones, of course.



Getting back to my point... You've been thrown in at the deep end, lad, and don't forget it. Take it easy and work your way into more aggressive riding on the freeways and streets of LA slowly. You'll only need a couple of weeks, but until then, I'd suggest you only lane split in stopped or barely moving traffic, and keep your speeds low to begin with and increase them gradually. As you get used to the mayhem, it will be harder and harder for things to surprise you.



One last thing, and this one bites a lot of newbies, I suspect. You are far safer lanesplitting BETWEEN two cars than you are with an empty space on one side. No one in CA signals a move into an empty spot in traffic, since anyone who did would immediately suffer the loss of the spot as the driver behind speeds up to fill it. Practiced drivers make a point of not telegraphing their moves, watching the gap move into position next to them in a mirror before slamming the wheel to the side and gunning it. Slow down and cover your brake whenever you are lanesplittting past a gap. In fact, I prefer to use a throttle rocker type device (plastic doohickey that lets you activate the throttle with the base of your hand) in order to allow me to keep the brake covered at all times.



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Old 07-08-2003, 12:32 PM   #34
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Save the poor kids life and make him official pillion tester. Just don't pop too many wheelies, he would probably fall off the back.
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Old 07-08-2003, 01:29 PM   #35
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My score = 39 years on the road.



Kook's score = 1 year max.



I win.
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Old 07-08-2003, 02:13 PM   #36
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On a trip through the LA basin over the weekend, on my way home from San Diego, I had 4 separate cars try to move into my lane on me without looking, signaling, or otherwise telegraphing the move.



This is SOP in LA traffic. I haul a boat through LA a couple of times a year, and I've had LA "drivers" try to merge _between_ my truck and my boat! If they can't recognize that a 20-foot-long, brightly-colored boat on a trailer is attached to the truck ahead of it, what are the odds of them even recognizing the existence of a motorcycle?



And for a real challenge, try to maintain a safe following distance on an LA freeway, while still traveling somewhere near the average traffic speed. Angelenos fill the gaps so fast it'll make your head spin.



Poor Timmy. A boy from Kansas hasn't got a chance. He ought to come and train in San Diego for a year or so before he tackles LA.
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Old 07-08-2003, 05:54 PM   #37
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I absolutely agree. Any empty space on a freeway is an invitation for someone to switch lanes and fill it. I get more nervous when I see some empty space than if I have to go between two cars, since my experience is that there is a better chance for the cars to recognize that the lane next to them is taken. In defense of the drivers, I must say that when a bike is lanesplitting it comes by quite quickly. Unless you are constantly checking your side mirror for bikers, you will not see them. I check, BTW, when I am in cage, but most drivers are totally unaware of bikes.

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Old 07-08-2003, 07:42 PM   #38
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Two accidents in a few days...one from racing the green without looking for cagers running a red, and now one from overcooking the front brake while lanesplitting.



It's got nothing to do with bad luck or riding in LA...it's got everything to do with being careless and clueless.



Sorry Timmy, but stupid is as stupid does.



A bunch of well-meaning people above have told you that you're good enough, you're smart enough and doggonit, people like you. But the truth is that you obviously don't have the necessary coordination/reaction time/situational awareness to ride a motorbike. You're in over your head just sitting on the seat.



Forget about getting back on the horse; stay off and sell the horse. Some people aren't meant to ride motorbikes, no matter how much they want to.
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Old 07-08-2003, 10:56 PM   #39
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Yeah Betamax, you, on the other hand, showed perfect skill and coordination the first time you set @$$ upon a motorcycle. Not to mention your completely crash-free, mistake-free motorcycling history. Oh and did I mention your five MotoGP World Championships?????
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Old 07-09-2003, 12:44 AM   #40
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