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post #1 of 15 Old 09-25-2012, 01:00 AM Thread Starter
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When I was testing the new shock out the other day, I rode a road that is favored by bikers. Came around a corner to two crotch rockets going way too fast, gave them the wave...BOTH fixated on me and crossed into my lane...not a lot, but enough. Scared the crap out of me. You could see it in their eyes, too. Forgot about that part.

They were wearing full leathers.

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post #2 of 15 Old 09-25-2012, 02:20 AM
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Sport bikes and testosterone...= some hairy stuff if not careful... Don't ask me how I know.

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Yep. Been there done that. Thinkin I was superman.. I read a article on target fixation a few years back and it really woke me up.

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There's a spot in the road on my ride home from work where there are some train tracks about 20 yards from the road, right on a curve. The other night, just as I came around that curve, a train came barreling past. Coming into the curve, the tracks are so close it almost seems like the train is in the other lane of the road. I started looking at the locomotive and the lights and wound up over in the left lane before I turned my eyes away from it.

I wound up cussing myself and calling myself bad names as I continued on. I make it a point when riding to never let my left mirror get anywhere near that center line but I'd gone well over it without even realizing it and had spent way too many seconds looking at the train instead of the road. Lesson learned and hopefully remembered in the future.

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post #5 of 15 Old 09-25-2012, 08:20 AM
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I think we all are guilty of it happening at one time or other. I have done it more times than I care to admit to.....usually staring into people's backyards seeing what they have hidden away and just missing the gravel shoulder at speed. Maybe not as dangerous but the result would be the laying on my back or under my bike trying to move different parts of my body seeing if they still work or not! Been there ....don't want to be there again!

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If not we had better start looking for a ain't good being in a club with nothing but gents ya know....someone may start getting the wrong do we have any???

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For me the worst is female joggers in that tight workout gear. One of them is gonna cause me to wind up in the bed of a pick up one of these days.
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post #8 of 15 Old 09-25-2012, 08:39 AM
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That's what the KLR does to people. It's such a beautiful machine that guys can't take their eyes off of them.

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Guilty here also but with no mishaps. The bike goes where the eyes are looking.
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post #10 of 15 Old 09-25-2012, 02:09 PM
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For anyone that has ever taken a riding skills course this phrase should be something you remember, "Look where you want to go!"

We tell that to students for two days straight. It takes practice and concentration to be able to look in one direction and have the bike move in another direction.

And just to throw it in there, "Brake...<pause> then turn!"
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