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post #11 of 27 Old 04-06-2010, 04:36 PM
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Here's some advice, miss the cars, do not expect them to miss you. They don't play that way.

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post #12 of 27 Old 04-06-2010, 09:03 PM Thread Starter
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I agree, I always think that a car sees me but don't trust them. In Dallas here, the traffic is horrible. I try to get out of town to avoid the cars. Out in the country, it is a much more enjoyable ride, but it is a good 20 miles just to get away from the intersections.

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post #13 of 27 Old 04-06-2010, 11:01 PM
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johnk8080 said" ]That is where I have trouble, drawing the line on weather I can recover or I have just lost it. Every situation is different of course, so it is a split second decision on weather you can recover or it is lost..."

I think this goes back to what Paper was saying....every situation really ISN'T different. You can scrape the pegs on a KLR on dry pavement.
Practice, practice practice...hard braking, leaning, standing on the pegs. I've taken the ERC a couple of times...and will take it again with the KLR, since it handles so much differently than my BMW. I'd love to take the Motor Officer training just for that experience. (On the soapbox mode) It's regrettable that my state of Illinois, and I'm sure a lot of others, makes it so easy to get a license without taking formal training. All of us would be better off -- especially the folks who later find they shouldn't be riding a bike in the first place. (soapbox mode off)
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post #14 of 27 Old 04-14-2010, 05:46 PM
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Yes

My 2cents:

I agree with taking the course. If at all possible get some track time. Although you ride a klr differently, many things still apply. In my opinion, the #1 thing that has saved me many times is simply looking THROUGH the corner. Not down at the pavement in front of you, not OFF the road (target fixation) where you think you might be headed...head should be turned - eyes fixed on the exit of the corner. Of course, proper trail braking and throttle control are also important and can save your ass as well.

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post #15 of 27 Old 04-14-2010, 06:52 PM Thread Starter
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No doubt, look where you might not always in a car. If you can see trouble way ahead of time, you can avoid a situation just by slowing down. Sometimes I find myself being offensive. For example, I hate when a car enters the left turn lane (coming across my direction), this is obviously an instant threat. Sometimes I accelerate to "beat" them from even making the turn. I know this sounds stupid but I only do it when they are just entering the turn "lane" not the actual turn. Anyone else use this practice?

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post #16 of 27 Old 04-14-2010, 07:16 PM
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Ahem, gentlemen, if you will direct your eyes to the second post.

Just kidding ya. I forgot about this one. I'll throw another one out there (probably already been said, I'm a hypocrite): Practice riding VERY slowly for a LONG time. You will learn far more doing that for a week than trying to go above 25. And practice countersteering. That was a bonus.




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post #17 of 27 Old 04-14-2010, 07:37 PM Thread Starter
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When I am off-road and on very uneven territory, I find it difficult to go very fast without feeling I am going to wipe out. The front end always feels like it is going to wash out, not like the old dirt bike days, this bike is so much heavier. I have found riding slower in some cases is more unstable so I have to accelerate to level out. It is a lot different on the street, though riding very slow is also hard because you start to wobble. I guess if you practice, that would help at all riding speeds.

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post #18 of 27 Old 04-19-2010, 12:08 AM
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John 8080,
You make a very valid point on the front end weight. It feels weird, but the front rarely
goes awry. It's just an uneasy feeling. You are right about bringing up the speed too.
You can gas it to kick the back around to straighten things up in a hurry when needed.
At low speeds, ie: first and 2nd gear, these bikes have incredible amounts of torque
and on demand power available. Use it.

Getting used to my XL 600R and DR650 back in the day was the same. Now with
the generation 2 KLR's they are even heavier up front. Time to learn all over again.
Practice practice practice.
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No doubt, look where you might not always in a car. If you can see trouble way ahead of time, you can avoid a situation just by slowing down. Sometimes I find myself being offensive. For example, I hate when a car enters the left turn lane (coming across my direction), this is obviously an instant threat. Sometimes I accelerate to "beat" them from even making the turn. I know this sounds stupid but I only do it when they are just entering the turn "lane" not the actual turn. Anyone else use this practice?
Yes. It's a fine line. The throttle can get you out of, as well as into trouble. Just don't fixate on the threat.

I won't dally around using the gas to get around semi's and trucks or trailers hauling loose or lightly secured materials (twine to hold a refrigerator say). Seen too much crap blow out. Get around, quick.

Gray-haired riders donít get that way from pure luck.

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post #20 of 27 Old 05-13-2010, 09:31 PM
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(On the soapbox mode) It's regrettable that my state of Illinois, and I'm sure a lot of others, makes it so easy to get a license without taking formal training. All of us would be better off -- especially the folks who later find they shouldn't be riding a bike in the first place. (soapbox mode off)

Not to skew this thread from topic (although it is about safety and riding better), but what you mean by what I have quoted?
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