a reply to: JinMI
I apologize for my post being so long, but I always enjoy what you have to say and I would like for you to stick around for awhile. Really, it's very
good information and I promise that I am not trying to be negative on your bike fun, I hate to see anyone not start out without some of this
information, maybe someone else might have more helpful tips.
Just because you are an adult doesn't mean that you can't make a mistake or 'not know' what to do. I rode like a crazy person when I was a teenager,
up until my early 30's, I did some crap that I am not proud of too, but I did learn from my mistakes. There was no internet to learn from back then
either, I had to learn how to do it by myself, for the most part.
I have a Road Star that I have had since 1992, I have had several bikes since I was 16, back in the 60's. I started out on a Yamaha 125 Enduro and it
was a good size to learn on, although I did have a Sears 106 before that, it was a large bike though in comparison to the 125.
Anyway, I say this from not just experience, but rather from reading horror stories throughout the years, and from actual people that I know/knew,
it's definitely a smart move to start out on a smaller bike at least the first year or so.
I cannot tell you how many people I know that have had major accidents because they didn't know how to handle a large bike. I know one guy that lost
his leg when he slid into the underneath of a car, he was around 55 years old when that happened. I know another that had to be Care-Flighted after he
laid down his bike sliding into a car, he was 38.
On and on with that kind of story.
Personally, I have been hit twice by a car, both times I was lucky, both times it wasn't my fault, but the first one could have been avoided had I
known a few things.
Ride like you are invisible!
That means ride like nobody can see you at all, that is important because they usually don't see you, or, they might not care. That also means that if
you were invisible you need to take extra precaution because they can't see you, so they 'may' just pull into your lane. Since you are being so
vigilant you are ready though because you are invisible.
Ride like everyone out there is trying to kill you, that is a better description.
Most bike 'street related' accidents (just going down a street minding your own business) are from a vehicle that pulls in front of you making a
Imagine that you are going down a street and someone is facing you on your left and they want to turn left in front of you, they may, or may not see
you, act as though they can't, because you will definitely one day run into this scenario as least once, if not multiple times.
If you are going down a street and someone is stopped on you right waiting to either cross the road or travel in your same lane, watch their wheels,
not their faces. They will usually roll forward slightly
before jumping out in front of you, this happens so many times that you will not
believe it. Act as though they are definitely going to try and run in front of you, that can save you.
Wear a helmet
, I know it's more fun to not, but I wouldn't have a chin if I didn't wear one in my first accident, my full-face helmet literally
saved my chin, literally! I don't think that if I had not worn a helmet in that accident I would be dead, but I would've been disfigured for sure, my
helmet's chin area was ground down where I went skidding across the road after I landed.
Always look in your mirrors
, always! They will save you more than once, I can guarantee you that. I am always scanning my right rear, my left
rear, in front of me, both sides, all of the time. It sounds like I wouldn't be enjoying myself, but after awhile it becomes second nature.
Do it though, learn to do it.
Be aware of people behind you
, twice in around 2 hours I was almost rear-ended by someone because I stopped at a stop sign, where they were
from they probably never stop for them, so even though you are doing your part, they may not be. I was being as aware as I could, but had I not heard
the screeching and knew to always look I may not have been here now.
I might always look, but things can happen so quick it's unreal, so even though you may be paying a lot of attention you can still get smooshed.
If someone is tail-gating you, don't think that you have to be manly and do something about it, let them win! They weight several thousand pounds, you
don't. They will win every time.
I saw a video of a biker at red light taken from a cop's video camera. That video showed the biker just sitting there, then out of nowhere comes a
pick-up that slams right into the back of him! He was paying attention to the cop rather than looking in front of him. The biker survived, but he had
a cast on each arm, a broken shoulder, (I thin) a broken hip, and several other non-life threatening injuries. He had a video of his own that showed
I am not saying to be paranoid, but being vigilant just doesn't begin to describe how bad it is out there, the second car that hit me came out of my
lane and hit me as I was changing into the right-hand lane. I looked, nobody at all was in the right lane, then, I veer into it, then BAM! I wasn't
knocked down, but I was lucky, this was right after I bought that 2002 bike, 3 days after. It wasn't me, I have done some stupid stuff and I will
admit it, but these two accidents were not my fault. I could've avoided the first accident because I saw the guy, he came from a bar, I was in a 3
lane street in the far right-hand lane, he just drove right across all the lanes and WHAM! I hit him so had that I knocked his car's bumper off.
My bike was a heavy bike (1982 Yamaha 1100 Special) and it went over my head doing cartwheels, I was also doing cartwheels underneath it, luckily it
was a few feet from me. The bike was so high it hit the top of a city street sign down, it flew in the air around 35 feet. I flew the same amount, but
somehow I was only slightly injured. My bike was totaled, I was not.
I have been riding for years though, but back then it wasn't anywhere as crowded out there like it is now. People would wave at you because it wasn't
the norm for people to be on motorcycles, it was weird back then.
One day not long before my second accident I was riding to work (2nd shift) on a normal day, with normal traffic, I had cars all around me and I knew
where they all were. I was watching the car on my immediate right, I could see his eyes in the outside rear view mirror. He saw me too, I watched his
eyes when he deliberately pulled over into my lane, not caring one bit that I was there. Why? I don't know, but he did. Since I was aware because I
rode like I was invisible and I was as prepared for anything to happen at any time, I took evasive action and was O.K.
I say all of that because you need to be so hyper-vigilant out there because not only do the drivers might not care, but they might not see you.
Here's a really good guy that you can learn things from, he has videos that he sells, but he also has some free stuff on YouTube that can be
Look through this and then watch other's videos that have the topics that I mention, that will probably be more helpful than me just telling you.
Good luck on whatever it is that you end up doing!
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