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Thread: Top 5 lessons you have learned the hard way

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    Quote Originally Posted by Timolgra View Post
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    Bump starting your bike sidesaddle is best practiced in private.

    Ha Ha Yep..... been there .... very embarrassing!!!

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    Trust everyone....at least once.

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    change your tyres sooner rather than (too) later

    hi Viz works - my life is more important than my image

    An ounce of caution is worth two ounces of bravery, and 6 ounces of gambling.

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    Never ride down into something you cannot get out of, especially if you are on your own and without mobile phone reception.

    Never assume faster is better when filtering

    Trust no-one, not even your pillion.

    Never speed up on icy roads just because an idiot in an Audi is driving far too close.

    Never shag blondes if they are your (ex) wife’s best friend.

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    - No it wasn't the bike fault, the f'ing road surface, the old granny staring at you, the diesel fumes from a nearby garage, your trousers fault for being uncomfy, your tyres fault, the mechanics fault.... IT WAS YOUR FAULT! In other word the 1st bit of learning anything is admitting what you did (to yourself 1st!)...

    - "Ride your own ride!"

    - If you are scraping everything and feeling cool as.... the next step is falling off and making a twat of yourself

    - There is always someone better than you......

    - "It's the fear of dying that keeps me alive" Ogri cartoon, 1980's? Bit like the fear of Artics and Tractors and head on's....

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    Ride like a twat if you're new to biking.*

    If you're still alive after 5 years, you'll have found out all about the dodgey things to do on motorbikes.*

    Never listen to a MBw owner who is old and has a beard and smokes a pipe and wears slippers and is an IAM motorcyclist

    Never smoke a pipe

    Never wear slippers

    Try drink driving at least once*

    * Optional

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    Assume everyone on the road is trying to kill you

    Old people think that everyone knows they will U turn without signalling outside the Post Office every 2nd thursday because they have done it for the last 25 years

    The guy who starts reversing out of his driveway then stops hasnt actually seen you and will just keep on coming

    Pigeons really really feckin hurt at 110 mph even when wearing an Arai

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    1. learned.
    2. learnt.
    Lights, camera, traction

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    you never finish learning

    always remember that you are absolutely unique, just like everyone else.

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    Living life likes its your last day on earth is an admirable mantra except in the case of biking, when it becomes a prophecy of your immediate future...

    Go offroad on something moderately unsuitable. Like a GS.

    You cant look far enough ahead.

    Fast = Fun, however, fast is relative. Twisties on something moderately unsuitable, like a knobblie shod GS, is more fun than on an uber-sports-nutter-b'stard bike on thinly disguised racing slicks. Mostly.

    If you limit your biking experience by citing, weather, distance, traffic etc, as reasons not to ride, you're probably missing the point. Or a power-ranger.

    Here endeth....etc

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    Never assume anything, it will make an ASS out of U and ME.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smiler400 View Post
    Do an IAM course.

    Keep your distance.

    Never underestimate the amount of stupid people with a driving licence.

    I totally agree with a different interpretation of the above
    KEA

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    Skin is extemely underrated.

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    Top 5 lessons learnt the hard way:

    1. Don't bottle an overtake half way through
    2. Don't try to wheel a bike around that's in gear
    3. Make sure that sidestand is all the way down
    4. If it's "not too cold" when you start, it's hypothermia when you finish
    5. Never start an "OIL" thread

    They may have been harsh lessons, but I love the school where you get them!
    "Build a man a fire, and he'll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire, and he'll be warm for the rest of his life."

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    Whilst being followed by a police car in built up traffic for a couple of miles, don't try to put into practice 'reduced braking distance perception', that you learnt on your advanced riding course, when you notice that the amber lights are turning red at a pelican crossing (due to those awful multiple horizontal sunlight shades over the traffic lights)...

    and then try and blame it on the nice officer for making you feel nervous, as he picks you up off the tarmac..

    Oh how we larfed...

    I thank you, Sue

    I felt so much better when he explained I was riding very compitantly up to that point...
    Its just the drunker I sit here the longer I get...

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