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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-04-2018, 11:23 PM Thread Starter
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I keep getting in wrecks...

During high school I had a motorcycle. I rode for about 2 years and had a lot of fun. Then I sold my bikes for extra money to go to college. I then graduated and wanted to get another bike. Never did. Waited about 5 years and finally did it. Bought a 2004 Volusia and had a GREAT time - even signed up here years back. One day while driving down the road. A car coming towards me in the opposite direction decided to pull in front of me - well they didn't quite make it. Instead they hit me head on and destroyed my bike and I broke a few bones. I was wearing a helmet and good thing too because my face caught my fall. Fast forward a few years. I go on vacation and rent a 50cc moped with some friends. We had a great time riding to national parks and through the lesser-than-busy side streets in the city. As I was going around a corner I hit some gravel, wiped out, and banged up my leg. That happened a week ago.

Now I am here and I am asking for advice from more experienced riders. I am a very conscientious driver and I would like to believe I am one of the safest out there. I am currently signed up for the basic riders course for the second time. The first time I was going to do it never happened because it was the week after I got hit. This time, I got into my moped wreck a week before the BRC. It almost seems coincidental.

I am not afraid of riding. I don't want to stop riding. I want to be safe. Most importantly I want to stop damaging bikes and myself. I start the BRC next weekend. Please help me.

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The BRC is your best bet. After that course, practice in parking lots, then in light traffic before getting into the heavy stuff. Practice practice practice. Always wear your ATGATT.

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Ok..I was NOT home-schooled, but that is neither hear nor their.
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+ 1. What he said.

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Pay attention in class.
Good luck!

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I have to concur with the people above, take that MSF course and after that never stop trying to sharpen your skills and your road strategies.

Always remember Time and Distance are your friends.
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Welcome from Kennesaw GA!

Another vote for the BRC, and keep working on reading road conditions and anticipating what other drivers are going to do.

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And quit riding drunk Dammit!

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It's tough when you start questioning your abilities. Been doing that myself a lot lately Best advice, take the course & never stop learning.

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Well since your asking... And it's my opinion, only.

I think most if not all motorcyle accidents can be avoided. It's up to the rider to identify possible dangers. Situational awareness. At all times. What about that car waiting to turn left in front of the rider? Could there have been something rider could have done to make it nearly impossible to turn in front of the rider? Most likely. Flashing headlight, wearing bright clothing, slowdown to put bike closer to the vehicle behind them, speed up to tuck in behind the vehicle in front of them. Change the distance, spacing. As for that loose gravel issue, well, we can't see around the corner, but we can think about the possibility of danger of what we can't see. Slow down, take some of the curve out of the turn, use the apex to straighten the turn slightly so if there is a road surface issue, we mitigate the danger.

Yes, it takes some of the fun out of riding while thinking of the danger, but the more we understand the situational awareness while riding it becomes muscle memory. Yes, the brain is a muscle.

I've been down on the ground twice in 40 years of riding. Once with broken bones and months of recovery and the other with road rash. Both times the bike was totaled. Both were my fault. Following too close and the other was coming into a back roads, farm road turn, I was unfamiliar with way too fast. Learned from both that I don't ever want that to happen again. Ever... I use my horn, lights, signals, hand motions, head motions, loud pipes, other vehicles to shield me in intersections, always looking for options, what it, what if, what if. Challenging and fun. The scenarios I come up with are interesting.

Have fun. Ride safe.

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