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Ten helpful motorcycle safety tips to kick-start your 2013 riding season:

1. Make eye contact
Never assume that others see you. Always try to make eye contact with drivers who may be about to pull into your path.

2. Read “vehicle language”
Even when drivers, cyclists and pedestrians do see you approaching, they often misjudge your distance and speed. Don’t rely on them.

3. Watch out for left-turning vehicles at intersections
Getting hit by an oncoming vehicle that’s turning left is the most common type of motorcycle crash.

4. Check behind when turning left from a highway
Watch your mirrors and make sure you have plenty of space behind. The drivers behind might not slow down for you.

5. Look out for hazardous road conditions
Wet roads, fluid spills, sand, gravel, highway sealant, railroad tracks, potholes and other road-surface hazards reduce your traction. They cause many falls.

6. Take it easy on the curves
Many crashes happen there. You might overshoot the road or cross the center line and get hit by oncoming traffic. Watch the road ahead, slow down and choose the correct lane position, before entering a curve.

7. Wear a good helmet
Make sure your helmet has a sticker showing that it meets current safety standards. Avoid buying a used helmet. It may have been in a crash, and the damage may not be obvious.

8. Wear protective clothing designed for motorcycle riders
It can provide some protection during a crash, as well as shield you from the weather and flying debris. Keeping warm and dry will help you stay alert and maintain coordination. Wear your riding gear in layers so you can adjust to changing conditions. Jeans give little protection. Never ride in lightweight pants or shorts.

9. Protect your eyes and face
Constant wind can make your eyes water, preventing you from spotting hazards. Flying insects, dust and debris can hurt your eyes and face. The best protection is a full-face helmet with a built-in face shield.

10. Be visible
Wear bright, reflective clothing. Add extra reflective material to it or wear a reflective vest. Likewise, buy a bright-colored helmet and stick reflective tape to the back and sides. Always keep your headlight on. Ride in the lane position where other drivers can easily see you and you've got room to move. Avoid all other vehicles’ blind spots.
 

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All very good advise. Only thing I may add is to be extra careful at the very begining and end of the riding season, for those who live in seasonal areas. Its bad enough in the middle of riding season when cagers dont see you, on the rare days that it nice in early spring and late fall, they just dont exspect to be any bikes and tey really dont see you. I've had my closest calls during these times.
 

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All good tips.......

Also, remember that tar snakes (sealant on blacktop surfaces) and painted lines and all as slick as ice when they're wet, even damp.

And don't make the mistake to think that your bike will stop faster then a cage. You may weigh less, but you also have less contact patch then a cage. It all evens out in the end. (And as speed goes up you really aren't much more maneuverable.....simple physics.....an object in motion tends to stay in motion and it tends to move in straight lines.)
 

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another thing to keep an eye out for are the oil spots that develop around traffic lights and stop signs in the middle of the lane. keeping to one side or another keeps you from sliding when you need to brake suddenly.
 

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Be afraid, it keeps you alert.
it will make to crash easier

example:
you riding on the wet highway and is worried about the steep edge along the road... you are paying lots of attention to the steep edge and looking at it... what is a good possibility that you are going to run off the road into that steep edge and or crash.

don't be afraid, just be cautious, attentive, and know your bike and stay within your own riding abilities.
 

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:confused:At intersections, Instead of looking at the driver,
I've had better luck watching the front tire of that other vehicle.
It will start to roll or "steering pivot" turn and then I can be ready for anything but with a pretty good indication of what they are doing.:confused:

If they are focused on you, they may not realize their vehicle is moving your way.
 

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Bump, just because its time to get this party started again,
and I like all my friends here :beer:
 
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