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Old 09-01-2004, 01:41 PM   #11
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Default Re: Keith Code's Tips for a Safer Street Ride

Cigarettes and cell phones and other odd items flinging randomly out of your unzipped, flailing jacket is a great way to be seen too!
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Old 09-01-2004, 01:44 PM   #12
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Default Careful with the hand signals.

I don't know about the hand signals. Most drivers don't know what they are anymore and you might just confuse them. Some might even think you are flipping them off.
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Old 09-01-2004, 01:56 PM   #14
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I have a quibble with Code's comment about "run off the rear right fender of the car in front of you." I was taught and agree with the idea of staying to the left at an intersection, so a potential left-turner will see you, instead of being eclipsed by the car as you would be off the left fender. I suppose this might work if you were right up on the fender of the car ahead, but that's also known as tailgating and involves its own set of problems.
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Old 09-01-2004, 02:23 PM   #15
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Default Re: Careful with the hand signals.

Lots of em think I'm waving and wave back!
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Old 09-01-2004, 03:07 PM   #16
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Default Re: Keith Code's Tips for a Safer Street Ride

To add to that... less than half of all motorcycle crashes are actually reported to authorities. The most common crash scenario, by far, involves a single rider freaking out and running wide in a turn, or applying too much brake in said turn and locking up a wheel (or both). Car drivers are the cause of less than a quarter of motorcycle crashes. We can pretend that we only have to watch out for car drivers, but the facts are that we are, more often than not, our own worst enemies.



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Old 09-01-2004, 09:12 PM   #17
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Without a doubt, everythings expendible for "the cause".
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Old 09-01-2004, 09:30 PM   #18
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I also try to travel slightly faster than the traffic flow because I would rather react to them than force them to react to me.
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Old 09-02-2004, 06:46 AM   #20
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Default Re: Careful with the hand signals.

Yeah, but at least they see you. In my experience (about 15 years of street riding) it's important to catch their attention. The hand movements and arm movements from signaling are so outside of drivers' norm that it probably catches their attention even more.



One more tip... avoid being anywhere within 2 car lengths of a Hummer H2. Have you sat in one of those things? I sat in one at a car show and was amazed at the poor visibility. The windows are short and bunker-like (I guess that was probably the feeling the marketing guys were going for) and you probably can't see anything smaller than a Suburban or another H2 if they are next to you or anywhere near the traditional blind spot.
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