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post #1 of 8 Old 05-06-2012, 11:55 PM Thread Starter
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Accidental steering input...

Well, learn from my stupidity. I always knew this would happen sooner or later which makes this even stupider. Was riding a decent clip and dropped my arms for a second to stretch em out. All good, smooth road. And then I went to put my hands back and the top of my right hand smacked the throttle. Done it a million times and I KNEW it was gonna happen someday. So dumb. Anyway, I didn't biff, but it wasn't fun. Something to think about. It could have been a real game changer.




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post #2 of 8 Old 05-07-2012, 09:49 AM
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Man, glad you didn't dump it.

I've seen you do that so many times. (looks kinda cool when you do it)

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Man, glad you didn't dump it.

I've seen you do that so many times. (looks kinda cool when you do it)

Stay sharp out there.
Yeah. I have to stretch on the bike, but if I take my hands off the grips for even a second, I will be real damn careful putting em back from now on.




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It's always better to stand on the pegs if you take both hands off the grips to stretch. That way they're higher than the bars and you don't risk clipping the bars by accident.

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I've never done this (take both hands off), but I've done the thing where you mis-estimate where your arm is going. I can relate to that feeling. I'm just afraid of a pot hole or a crack...perhaps a rodent or something.

I used to ride (even steer) without hands on my bicycle, but I was only going like 12 miles per hour. I don't remember ever crashing doing it.
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It's always better to stand on the pegs if you take both hands off the grips to stretch. That way they're higher than the bars and you don't risk clipping the bars by accident.
Interesting...




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I know I'm an idiot, but putting the throttle lock on and riding no hands is one of my favorite things to do so I can work on steering hands free. Using weight and lower body movement to control the bike is useful in turning. Someday I may pay for this activity.

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I know I'm an idiot, but putting the throttle lock on and riding no hands is one of my favorite things to do so I can work on steering hands free. Using weight and lower body movement to control the bike is useful in turning. Someday I may pay for this activity.
I about paid. The piper and all his friends.




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