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Old 01-05-2021, 06:20 AM
 
Location: Floribama
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Not all the time. The motorcycle riders aren't always innocent bystanders. I've seen some morons on them around here (SC)



I took the MSF course at a Harley dealership in Alabama about 2 months ago with my nephew. We both enjoyed it.. Both of us, it was the first time on a motorcycle whatsoever. Kinda a bucket list thing for me, might be more serious for him.



I don't think it's something I'll continue with, but I certainly understand the attraction and am glad I did it.



Share a story.. When we took the MSF course, one of the bikes was down. When they took us on the dealership tour.. There it was in pieces. I, of course, had to ask.. And got the whole story.


A week or two before our course.. A woman had come in. On exercise 13 or so.. She somehow took off to the point they thought she was going to crash into a fence some 400 feet away, pulled a 270 degree turn, jumped a curb and crashed into a building.


I don't remember the exact exercise.. But we all just sat there going "How?". If I remember, 13 might be the one where you start and have to take the sharp right at the start.. Anyway, that was the exercise where she crashed, whether it's 13 or not, and she wound up failing the class ('natch) and causing significant damage to the bike.
I stopped riding mine because several times I noticed people barreling down behind me while I was sitting there waiting to make a turn. The thought to being hit from behind by an inattentive driver in a F150 was enough to make me stop riding.
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Old 01-07-2021, 01:54 PM
 
Location: Sandy Eggo's North County
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EX. 13 is "Negotiating Curves. (Think of a large right triangle.)

2nd gear

"O-I-O" (Outside, inside, outside path of travel.)

135 degree turns, both left and right.

12 to 17 mph is the recommended speed.

There's a whole lot more but you get the gist.
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Old 01-11-2021, 06:20 AM
 
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With choices come consequences. The same way you can get into an accident in your vehicle regardless of how cautious a driver you are, is the same way you can/will eventually get into an accident on a motorcycle whether its your fault or not.

From an early age I knew that owning/riding a motorcycle comes with serious risk. Therefore I never purchased one.

Bikers can blame drivers all they want. Fact is, they know the risks yet choose to ride anyway.
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Old 01-11-2021, 11:00 AM
 
Location: Sandy Eggo's North County
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Ah yes, the old "Risk vs. Reward" conundrum.

Can I just leave this here?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3KosvUV6Px4
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Old 01-11-2021, 11:07 AM
 
Location: Sandy Eggo's North County
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Having a wide open parking lot is easy. A place like an alley, with walls might be a little different.

BTW~ I did both of these on "one take."


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3D_4N-sat2U

Last edited by NORTY FLATZ; 01-11-2021 at 11:07 AM.. Reason: added stuff, ya know?
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Old 01-14-2021, 09:14 AM
 
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Is riding dangerous. It depends a lot on the bike and where. I ride off-road mostly on the bike I post under on CD forum. I’ve crashed some, even ended up in an ICU ward for 5 days, not fun. But I’m still riding today. I’m more scared and hyper alert when I’m riding on the pavement around multiple distracted driving cagers. I’d say from riding in traffic, 10-20% are txting or looking at their cell phones. My bike weighs 250lbs, produces over 50hp, I can manage that. But crashing off road in soft dirt not to bad. But on a Harley in pavement, your permanently damaged if not dead.
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Old 01-14-2021, 09:19 PM
 
Location: Sandy Eggo's North County
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Is riding dangerous. It depends a lot on the bike and where. I ride off-road mostly on the bike I post under on CD forum. I’ve crashed some, even ended up in an ICU ward for 5 days, not fun. But I’m still riding today. I’m more scared and hyper alert when I’m riding on the pavement around multiple distracted driving cagers. I’d say from riding in traffic, 10-20% are txting or looking at their cell phones. My bike weighs 250lbs, produces over 50hp, I can manage that. But crashing off road in soft dirt not to bad. But on a Harley in pavement, your permanently damaged if not dead.
Now see? I asked you if you were/are a KaTooM driver. (I guess How could you NOT be?) Oh well. I ride a Husky...
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Old 03-04-2021, 08:26 PM
 
Location: Sandy Eggo's North County
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Or, get on a track and have some fun...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nm2DP8uAVQM
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Old 03-09-2021, 01:16 PM
 
Location: Orange County, CA USA
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Be realistic about what type/kind of bike you want and can handle. Take a class, keep your eyes up and your wits about you, ride within your experience and abilities.
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Old 03-10-2021, 11:01 AM
 
Location: Kirkland, WA (Metro Seattle)
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Be realistic about what type/kind of bike you want and can handle. Take a class, keep your eyes up and your wits about you, ride within your experience and abilities.
Good friend of mine bought a H-D on a genuinely good deal a year ago. I've looked at it and it's superlative, a correct customization for a shorter rider. Many women of course have shorter inseam. Not touching the ground from the saddle would make me nervous too.

She took the MSF New Riders Course (or equivalent these days) summer 2020 and flunked. Wasn't sure one could flunk, but she did give it her all. Fear and lack of experience sunk her on later drills. I watched some of them (her performance) from the sidelines on Day 2 and I'd have flunked her too. She was upset and hung up her spurs. The new season is slowly arriving to the PacNW and she seems to prefer pillion vs. rider. She's a good passenger btw.

Some should not street ride. Know thyself; this woman is mid-40s with a good idea of where she's strong vs. not. To the quoted: when experience = zero and abilities = demonstrably 'needs improvement,' either solve it or choose another path to enjoy the sport.

PS: I've been street riding since '87, road raced with AFM in northern CA three seasons in the 1990s, woods bikes a few years, adventure bikes in Africa 3K miles couple years ago on gravel and dodgy pavement. I now street ride a R1200RT just 'cause I hadn't owned a BMW before (quite civilized, I must say). No intention of stopping anytime soon.
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