Most common riding mistake?

What's your most common riding mistake?

Shifting related
14
19%
Throttle related
6
8%
Braking related
8
11%
Not-paying-attention related
47
63%
 
Total votes: 75

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Most common riding mistake?

#1 Unread post by Telesque » Thu May 12, 2005 1:49 am

So, what's everyone's most common mistake/problem/no-no?

Maybe new bikers can look back on this for some helpful pointers.
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#2 Unread post by Telesque » Thu May 12, 2005 1:54 am

My biggest problem is down-shifting too far for a slow(er) turn.

Being that my bike is a four-speed, I tend to downshift into second (when I should only be in third) just before making a turn. I usually catch it before I fully release the clutch, but sometimes I don't and I get thrown a bit because the bike wants to slow down so fast. Luckily it has never been anything serious.
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#3 Unread post by Toyuzu » Thu May 12, 2005 1:56 am

I was watching my mirrors too closely while being tailgated, and I crashed. :shock: So I voted for not paying attention. :oops:
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#4 Unread post by TechTMW » Thu May 12, 2005 2:02 am

I tend to be a little slower on the brakes ... which usually isn't a prob, but It sometimes means I have to e-stop where a simple slow down a little earlier could have helped ... needless to say, I've ridden out more than my fair share of lockups ... :confused:
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#5 Unread post by bennettoid » Thu May 12, 2005 10:29 am

I voted for not paying attention, cuz I tend to stare at the girls on the sidewalk instead of the road.
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#6 Unread post by Nibblet99 » Thu May 12, 2005 10:31 am

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#7 Unread post by shawnhpi » Thu May 12, 2005 11:41 am

I would have to say 2 of em.. Brakking and not paying attention

I have had a few skids on the bike my self..rear was fish taling a little bit. Was pretty scary. Thats from not paying attention in front of me and also cars stopping on there brakes hard also..
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#8 Unread post by JustJames » Thu May 12, 2005 2:17 pm

I believe the major is not paying attention enough.
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#9 Unread post by Mag7C » Thu May 12, 2005 6:42 pm

Sometimes my bike just pops into neutral from 2nd for no apparent reason. Then I appear as a squid gunning the engine for attention. This also happens sometimes shifting from 4th to 5th if I don't lift the shifter enough. So I guess most of my errors have to do with shifting. The few that have been not-paying-attention related were a lot scarier though.

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#10 Unread post by High_Side » Thu May 12, 2005 7:16 pm

Not keeping the rubber part on the ground..... :P

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#11 Unread post by Sev » Thu May 12, 2005 10:04 pm

Mine was braking related. I was braking as I went over a patch of ice the front wheel slowed down, and the back wheel kept going at speed because of the ice... so it caught up to the front and everything went downhill from there.
Of course I'm generalizing from a single example here, but everyone does that. At least I do.

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#12 Unread post by ubarw » Thu May 12, 2005 11:19 pm

Its been so long since I rode on a regular basis, I have been so distracted with so many things, I find myself not set up for slow speed turns very well. I seem not very coordinated.

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#13 Unread post by Sev » Fri May 13, 2005 12:12 am

Just stick with it, and be careful about what you do... everything should turn out okay.
Of course I'm generalizing from a single example here, but everyone does that. At least I do.

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#14 Unread post by Telesque » Sun May 15, 2005 5:14 am

High_Side wrote:Not keeping the rubber part on the ground..... :P
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#15 Unread post by chickenhawk » Sun May 15, 2005 8:35 pm

Shoot, missed the poll. I check the braking problem. Kept trying to keep up with faster bikes, then after I'd get there, they'd brake (much better braking than my bike), and I'd lock up the rear trying to not rear end em. Learned something there! :banging:

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#16 Unread post by BuzZz » Sun May 15, 2005 10:54 pm

High_Side wrote:Not keeping the rubber part on the ground..... :P
Wheelies are not a mistake :wink: ... most of the time. Unless you wheelied while trying not too.... or something wierd like that.
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#17 Unread post by Randy » Mon May 16, 2005 3:24 pm

While working law enforcement (Military Police) most of the accidents involving motorcycles had to do with the motorcycle rear-ending cars. We always called it following to close. I would guess the real reason would be failing to pay attention. Most of them seemed avoidable.

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#18 Unread post by lt2007 » Fri Jul 13, 2007 10:14 pm

Braking here....wet roads are a bad place to make that mistake...ouch

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#19 Unread post by avnxman » Sun Nov 23, 2008 8:48 pm

Of every rider i see it's gotta be looking 50 in front of them, instead of 12 seconds ahead, and not looking thru turns......i like in the mountains of upstate ny, and i see run offs and accidents due to not looking ahead or thru turns all the time.
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#20 Unread post by Grey Thumper » Mon Nov 24, 2008 3:46 am

I sometimes catch myself not scanning often enough and just fixating forward, so it's either "not paying attention" or "paying too much attention" :oops:
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