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Old 09-02-2004, 09:31 AM   #21
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Default Re: Keith Code's Tips for a Safer Street Ride

I can think of nothing worse, than hitting a 300 lb, horned cloven hoofed animal, on a bike.



At least Buicks can't kick you, after you hit 'em.



Re the right-fender deal: If you think about it, if you're following the automobile's left track, and some squid on the right moves over, you loose.



Personally, I always use the line that has an "escape" route. Right, left, middle, it don't matter, just as long as I can see some clean air.











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Old 09-02-2004, 09:53 AM   #22
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Default Re: Keith Code's Tips for a Safer Street Ride

Try hitting a moose or an elk.
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Old 09-02-2004, 11:06 AM   #23
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It's been my experiance that used (and new) front sprockets make dandy crowd/traffic control devices, and fit nicely into most riding jacket pockets.

For those big jobs, or especialy slow learners a rear sprocket, if under 42 teeth will fit comfortably in a tank bag, and though not as user-friendly as a front, colored alloy rears make a much more visualy stunning display as they execute gentle parabolas into an errant motorists windshield.

Consult your local stockist for specific applications.
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Old 09-02-2004, 11:09 AM   #24
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Old 09-02-2004, 11:20 AM   #25
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Default Re: Agreeing with kpaul (ack)

You need an SUV in the city for that 1/16 of snow thats on the ground for 45 minutes every couple of years.

I think the ideal Seattle vehicale is a Subaru or something. Small, good on gas and AWD, I really wouldn't want anything bigger than a Freelander or Grand Vitara in town.

When I lived by Greenlake for a few months we had a Sunbird and a Ranger, I don't see how you could get around Fremont in an Expedition or Tahoe.

Most of the time we were on my R100RT which is really the only way to get around town.
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Old 09-02-2004, 11:23 AM   #26
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I imagine with a moose you could almost duck and ride underneath it.
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Old 09-02-2004, 11:31 AM   #27
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Sound advice all the way around, and another vote for nekkid's. What works on the freeway and in the twisties is not what works in town.

Always have an escape route, ride alittle faster than traffic, keep your head moving, ride sober, get a haircut, fer chri's buy a razor, and wear clean drawers in case you have to be taken to the hospital
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Old 09-02-2004, 11:40 AM   #28
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My ex and I almost got ran over by a rampaging buffalo in Yellowstone on my K100RS.
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Old 09-02-2004, 12:06 PM   #29
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"moving back and forth within a lane--to create visibility"



I use this technique religiously! It makes you look bigger and a bit unpredictable, which seems to attract attention. I think the vast majority of car drivers do not want to deal with the incovenience of having hit a motorcyclist no matter whose fault it was.
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Default Re: Agreeing with kpaul (ack)

More important than 4WD in snowy city driving IMHO is the right tires. I replaced the all weather tires that I used to use on my trucks with Pathfinders and have seldom needed to engage the transfer case in the city. The BF Goodrich All Terrain T/As are even better. If one wants a bit more help just get the limited slip differential. No need to waste the $ on 4WD.



Of course, 95% of the people who buy these Hummers would never risk any damage to their precious paint by actually driving the thing off road. Oh no, dear no.

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