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post #1 of 9 Old 08-23-2009, 08:44 PM Thread Starter
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Tricks/Wisdom I have learned...

Just curious what motorcycles have taught you. In no particular order:

- SeaFoam is magical
- Battery tenders are worth their weight in frustration
- Zip ties, a basic set of tools, and a bottle of water. Good stuff to pack.
- Always take a bandana (or three)
- Start simple and go from there
- Your motorcycle doesn't hate you when it won't start (and this is a bad mindset)
- David Hough was right. About pretty much everything.
- Always leave your bike in gear
- Never trust a neutral light
- There are times when it is better to let it fall (bikes are heavy)
- Motorcycles are invisible
- Women love motorcycles. Kids love motorcycles. Mean dogs love MC's.
- Deer are also invisible
- Never follow a loaded truck, a shitty car, or a SUPER nice car.
- Never follow close. Ever.
- Practice can be fun.
- Instinctual reaction is more about preparation than we think.
- Ride your ride (cliched, but good to remember).
- Skin may grow back, but you can buy new leather.
- ATGATT is tough to argue against.
- Ask. Ask. Ask. Then ask for clarification.
- You can lean more than you think you can.
- You can only push your luck so many times.
- Routine maintenance is important.
- Ride with your brain.
- If a Hell's Angel wants to buy you a beer, drink it. Even if it is 10 in the morning.




"In a car you're always in a compartment, and because you're used to it you don't realize that through that car window everything you see is just more TV." R. Pirsig

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post #2 of 9 Old 08-23-2009, 09:51 PM
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Well said

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post #4 of 9 Old 08-24-2009, 09:26 AM
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Most excellent. I'll add:

Along with the water and bandanas, carry a crushable hat of some kind. A break down in the summer time is tough with no cover.

Take the MSF course even if you've been riding 50 years.

Get a Clymer manual. You don't have to take it with you, but it'll teach you a lot about your bike.

As said before, ride like you're invisible.
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I'm sorry but I have got to ask...

Big Iron, you seem super cool and very knowledgeable and I really enjoy your posts, so please don't take this the wrong way, but i have absolutely got to ask... is that a picture of YOU or Pacman eating Sean Connery?

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Talk about super cool -- took me about a minute to get it. Good one!!!!!

That's just me on a whitewater float --- thinking of changing avatar to business suit and tie. Yeah, right.

Adding to the above posts --- keep some quarters and small bills stashed - I just use a baggie in the little tool bin. But you might want to take a couple of $100's in case the Hell's Angel wants YOU to buy the beer.
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But you might want to take a couple of $100's in case the Hell's Angel wants YOU to buy the beer.

Nice, but seriously, yeah. Forgot that one. Stash some money. And a spare key.




"In a car you're always in a compartment, and because you're used to it you don't realize that through that car window everything you see is just more TV." R. Pirsig

PPMC #1.
Soon, we ride.

AKA JD Mader or you can call me "Dan" just not early for dinner.

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Jeb, I'm still LMAO.
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