What are your concerns when out on your Motorcycle.

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What are your concerns when out on your Motorcycle.

#1 Unread post by Buelligan » Thu Jun 09, 2005 10:45 am

Just kind of curious, but I live in fear of tipping my MC over in a crowded parking lot and looking like a complete idiot! I have no idea why this is such a concern, but it is. Most of my riding friends just laugh and say, "hey it's going to happen so don't worry about it!" :shock:
Far as bikes go, I have a Buell XB9S, my feet reach the ground, and it's not a particularly heavy bike, and to date I have kept it rubber side down without any problem. :D
I'm a very defensive driver and always try to ensure that I stay in one piece, but that issue doesn't have nearly the impact of the parking lot thing. (and obviously the only thing likely to be damaged is my ego).
Anyone else out there feel the same, or is it just me! :oops:


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#2 Unread post by High_Side » Thu Jun 09, 2005 3:19 pm

Seriously nice bike(the XB9). As for concerns: my kids. Nothing else is more of an overriding factor to my former squidliness. It keeps me focused on the big picture.

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#3 Unread post by Digginit » Thu Jun 09, 2005 3:43 pm

High_Side wrote:Seriously nice bike(the XB9). As for concerns: my kids. Nothing else is more of an overriding factor to my former squidliness. It keeps me focused on the big picture.
That's EXACTLY what I thought when I read the question. Well....my kid (singular).

As far as riding....I worry about deer and dogs around here 'cause there are a helluva lot of both of them. What's around the curve.... What's that car gonna do?.... I don't worry about embarassing myself, because I've done that so many times that it's easy to brush off.

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#4 Unread post by Gadjet » Thu Jun 09, 2005 7:23 pm

what nastiness (four legged or otherwise) is lurking just over the crest of that hill or around that blind corner.

Other than that, I pretty much toss my cares to the wind when I hop on the bike.
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#5 Unread post by Sev » Thu Jun 09, 2005 9:33 pm

That jerk in the minivan who won't stop pacing me. Sticks right beside me if I speed up, slow down... doesn't matter. Keeps trying to put me into his bloody blind spot. Scares me like nothing other. *clutch in, REV HIGH, drop from 6th to 5th, dump the clutch* TAA TAA

Actually the thought of doubling up with someone scares the crap out of me. I hurt one of my best friends when I wrecked and putting anyone on the back just makes me think about how I could hurt someone else. What happens to me is my own concern, but I don't want to have someone elses life in my hand.
Of course I'm generalizing from a single example here, but everyone does that. At least I do.

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#6 Unread post by blues2cruise » Fri Jun 10, 2005 11:20 pm

My biggest concern is that when I stop for a red light the person behind me won't stop in time.
So, I try to make sure I leave plenty of room in front of me when I stop, I pulse the brake light hoping it will catch the attention of the car coming up behind me and I look in the mirror to see if the vehicle behind me is indeed slowing down.
I met a fellow in my local Starbucks who got injured because of getting smacked from behind and although he is recovering, it has been very slow.
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#7 Unread post by Buelligan » Sat Jun 11, 2005 12:14 pm

Being rear-ended is something I always think about too, try to always make sure I have an out, preferably to the right onto a paved shoulder. Always leave myself enough room to be able to pull straight over if I see the car behind looking like it might be coming too fast.
I think riding a bike, makes you a better car driver too, you get in the habit of really looking all around you, all the time.
I think it's a pity we can't lane split here in Canada, studies have consistently shown for a bike it's much safer than just sitting behind stopped vehicles.


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#8 Unread post by Ladymx » Sat Jun 11, 2005 1:57 pm

Four legged critters crossing my path unexpectedly, is a concern, as well as the being rear ended or backed into.

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#9 Unread post by mswarrior » Sat Jun 11, 2005 2:28 pm

Enjoying the ride. If ya can't enjoy it why bother.
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#10 Unread post by rnr262 » Sun Jun 12, 2005 4:08 pm

It was dropping my bike, but I got that over with. In a parking lot. At a stop sign when I was completely stopped. Have NO idea what I did! Found myself holding the bike up and realized I wasn't going to be able to get it upright so I gently laid it down, then picked it back up.

Now that that fear is out of the way it's gravel. Hopefully I won't have to hit a bad patch to get over this one.
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#11 Unread post by Buelligan » Mon Jun 13, 2005 11:04 am

I've done the gravel thing already, I was only 1/2 block from home and was doing a rolling stop from a sign to hang a left at a T intersection. I had only been riding about 2 months (amazing how quickly you can form those bad habits). It was pouring with rain, and there was gravel on the road at the junction, I realized there was a car, hit the brakes quick (I was barely moving) next thing I knew bike was on its side, and I was there with it!!!
The people in the car asked if I wanted help, I said' "no thank-you;" from my comfortable reclined position. I got my bike up very quickly (didn't want anyone local to see me), then it wouldn't start. The car came by again, offered help, again declined but this time from a more upright position.
No damage to the bike or me, but I have a lot of respect now for gravel or anything which resembles it!
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#12 Unread post by amstaffmom » Tue Jun 14, 2005 3:13 pm

Yes it is amazing how that rolling stop because a very bad habbit. lol!

I think other driver's scare me the most. It was toss up between that and 4 legged critters.

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#13 Unread post by chickenhawk » Mon Jun 27, 2005 3:34 pm

[quote="blues2cruise"]My biggest concern is that when I stop for a red light the person behind me won't stop in time.
So, I try to make sure I leave plenty of room in front of me quote]

I leave a lot of room in front when I'm last in line at a stop light, too. Just in case I need to do the quick hop to the side if the driver approaching isn't paying attention.

Otherwise, parking lots make me a little nervous. Too much going on to keep track of.

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#14 Unread post by scan » Mon Jun 27, 2005 3:40 pm

My biggest concern. Everyone else is out to kill me.

Other than that I just enjoy the ride. :twisted:
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#15 Unread post by Rebeccaatthewell » Tue Jun 28, 2005 10:31 pm

blues2cruise wrote:My biggest concern is that when I stop for a red light the person behind me won't stop in time.
That's it for me. But I am also afraid of getting too comfortable riding. Most wrecks that I know of have been in situations where the bike being faster and more manoverable could have possibly avoided the wreck, but the riders have all been ones who have been riding for many many years and they just became what I would call too comfortable with the ride. All of them were excellent riders and very possibly could have avoided the accident had they been more aware of their surroundings. Since I have a tendancy to "zone" when I drive a car, I really have to watch myself now that I am getting comfortable with riding and constantly remind myself to pay attention to the guy in front and the guy comming up behind and the person to the side and the person at the stop light that does not have the right away but might not see me... etc...etc...etc...

I don't have to worry about droping the bike because I did that during the MSF course in front of the entire class. :oops:

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#16 Unread post by Buelligan » Wed Jun 29, 2005 9:46 am

Me too!!!!

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Better to do it there with their motorcycle and learn how to pick it up, than later on your own bike!!!!!!! So think of it as a good learning experience. :mrgreen:
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#17 Unread post by Rebeccaatthewell » Wed Jun 29, 2005 1:53 pm

Well :oops: to be honest, I did let my bike slide down in some soft sand infrount of my gate one night, but it was late and no one saw me do it. :whistling: :whistling: Picking up a 250 at MSF class and picking up an 800 is a BIGGGGGG differance. In fact I think I could pretty much guarantee that is the most heavy thing that I am capable of picking up, I didn't think I was going to be able to manage it, but I am very persesistant. :D
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#18 Unread post by amstaffmom » Wed Jun 29, 2005 4:01 pm

It is soo embarrassing to lay the bike down. The 3rd time I was on my bike I took it to the end of our road and went to turn around. I screwed up. Wasn't looking where I was suppose to be looking, cut back totally on the throttle (big no no) and the bike stalled and started tipping. I just layed it down easy. I couldn't get that thing up fast enough! lol! Then running down their back yard are two young guys, about 22 years old. Saying are you ok, do you need help! I'm think "No, just get me the hell out of here" Of course they wanted to check the bike out, I told them I'm just learning and we talked for about 5 mins. Then I took off. That was so embarrassing! lol! Oh well!

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#19 Unread post by ZooTech » Wed Jun 29, 2005 4:15 pm

Most of the deaths I hear about involve cars going left of center on blind curves and hitting unsuspecting bikers in the process. I suppose that's always in the back of my mind, as well as hitting loose gravel during heavy banking. But, for the most part, I ride to get away from my worries, not add to them...so I just try to relax and enjoy the wind in my hair and the torque at my wrist.

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#20 Unread post by Blexcroid » Sat Jul 02, 2005 6:04 am

My biggest fear is being rear-ended at a stop and a driver (who is too busy talking on their cell phone) moves into my lane. For the former, I always leave LOTS of space in front of me and watch until there are two cars stopped behind me, then I'll start scanning between the light, looking R&L, & checking my mirrors. (Funny how those MSF habits stick!)
For the latter, I watch the front wheels of vehicles around me. I find I notice the front wheel turn before I notice the vehicle move. I'm glad my MSF instructors taught us these habits-- they've already saved my skin. :wink:

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