BOTM Winner, October 2013
Been watching this forum and a thought came across my mind (now my brain itches lol) Some of us older riders that have seen everything and screwed up in about every way you could think of should post or antics here for the new riders to see, do's and don'ts, the things we just do naturally without thought at. Like seeing that EVERY car out there is after you at all times lol. One of the things I do that has saved my ass once is, when stopping at a traffic light, I never stop dead center of the car in front of me, always pull to the side of the lane and aimed to the side of the car, stay in 1st gear and WATCH your mirror, if the next car coming up don't look like even a little bit it's going to stop, GET THE HELL outta there, right up the side of the car you just aimed and set yourself to go around if needed, I don't start to lower my guard till at least 3 cars have stopped behind me. This saved my butt once, I was watching my mirror and the car coming didn't look right to me, I dumped the clutch and was outta there and SLAM he rear ended the car that WAS in front of me, the driver was texting and I would have been the special at The Waffle House. Another tip is, when coming to a side road with a car waiting for traffic, some say look at the driver to see if they are looking at you, well how many time have we heard, "I didn't see the motorcycle" ? Look at the front tire of the car, if it moves, take action. Always keep in the back of your mind a escape route if something goes sideways in front of you, like I said, in time you won't even think about what your doing, your just doing it.