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What's Your Safety Tip?

I thought we could all share any tips we might have in aiming for the most safest rides.

Mine is when I pull up to a stoplight, and I'm behind a car, I leave the bike in gear clutched while watching my rearview for someone coming up behind me and not stopping. If it looks like the car behind won't stop, I'm ready to shoot out on one side or the other.
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Taking from "Proficient Motorcycling" by David Hough;

Make it a practice to constantly scan for escape routes, and imagine scenarios where you might need them. Know what might come ahead before it happens. For example, if I see a car in a driveway or an intersection waiting to pull out; I take a look at the oncoming lane to see if there's traffic, look to see how wide the shoulder is, etc. In essence, if they pull out, what's my escape plan?

I also make it a habit to cover the brake in any sort of situation like that. Car in the oncoming lane that's stopped and/or has their left turn signal on, car at an intersection, etc.

Both sound complicated, but in fact it's more complicated to explain than it is to do. Put a couple of fingers over the front brake handle as a habit, be aware of what's going on around you, etc. Amazing what a second or two can do for you. When you're cruising at 60mph, you're covering a LOT of ground quickly until you actually hit that brake. Shaving the time it takes to make that happen is huge.
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My tip is "practice, practice,and more practice". I went down to the college where I got my endorsement last summer and was using the course in the parking lot to practice slow speed manuvers? , doing the small things right in heavy traffic has been crucial to my safety
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My biggy safety tip is " LEARN TO COUNTER-STEER A MOTORCYCLE ". I am absolutely amazed that there are still riders out there that think you have to "LEAN" the motorcycle into a curve.
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I look at the wheels.

When I see a car/truck wanting to pull out, or stopped at a light and I am crossing, I look at the wheels for movement. I think the first movement of the wheels are easier to see than the whole body against various backgrounds. Most wheels have a "spoked" look to them.

Just what I do.
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One that i can add, that is also good for Cage's, Look Left Last.

I am amazed at the amount of drivers that do now know this practice.
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I know this is cliche...but seeing so many on the roads without helmets still...hmmm...what word shall I use...concerns..yah that's appropriate... concerns me.

With the technology we have today in helmet design, comfort, and protection...it's just hard for me to understand why folks choose to not protect themselves when they're on their bikes.

I've experienced first hand a helmet's importance to saving a life...as well as visited hospital rooms and grave sites of those who've ignored its importance.
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Keep a space cushion and exit/escape route, I don't stare at the problem. Look for a safe spot & count on accelleration. Braking is a losing proposition. You can stop quick, but cages cant.

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Head on a constant swival

Be as defensive as you can be, never look at anything longer than 3 seconds!!
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My tip for us northern riders, slow down in the turns. This time of the year there is still plenty of gravel and other foreign material deposited in most cases right at the apex of turns. This due somewhat to melting snow banks and rain run off just slow down in those turns !
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