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Was over on another forum and spotted this.....
http://www.soundrider.com/current/1210/Good_Rider-13.htm

Had never heard of soundrider.com

A whole bunch of previous articles by him there also. Good reading.
Interesting and informative article. Thanks for posting it, flash. Maybe just because I've only ever owned one motorcycle at a time but, to me, hopping on a different motorcycle and riding it is completely different from getting into a different car and driving it, even if the two vehicles are of completely different sizes and models.

If somebody wants me to ride their motorcycle, I always refuse. Yet, I'm always telling other riders to hop on my KLR and take it for a ride if they want. Not saying there's anything wrong with it, but I never feel comfortable on somebody else's motorcycle.

Is anybody else like this or am I just weird?

The last motorcycle I rode that wasn't mine was a Ninja that belonged to a kid who worked for me in the Army who got a DWI and got it impounded and I had to go get it and ride it back on post. That was in 1995.
 

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Actually, come to think of it, the story is eerily similar.

About a month ago, I was riding to work and came to an intersection where my road makes a sweeping turn to the right and is intersected on the left by another highway that continues straight. The traffic coming the other way goes into the left lane, the road I was on goes into the right lane. It's no problem unless a car coming the other way veers into the right lane just after the Yield sign they have.

I was following a pickup pulling one of those car trailers piled up with old appliances and scrap metal. I was quite aways behind him, but saw a car approaching that Yield sign on the left. What did I do? I started looking over to my left at the merging car and forgot all about the pickup and trailer in front of me.

By the time I looked back straight ahead and saw it, the pickup and trailer were also concerned about the car merging from the left and had almost stopped, even though they had no reason to. They were doing the same thing I was, so I can't fault them.

I had to pretty much lock up the brakes and stopped about three feet behind the back of the trailer. The worst part was, even if the car approaching from the left had run the Yield sign and we entered the intersection at the same time, they would have been in the left lane and I would have been in the right: no problem.

Really no reference to Hough's article other than the circumstances, but it reminded me that now matter how much experience I have and no matter how much I continually try to learn, I do stupid shit sometimes.

I also almost ran off the road one night when I became fixated on a train that was passing by on tracks not 50 feet from the road I was riding.

About all I can do is try to remember these incidents and also remember that it just takes a few seconds of inattention to get your ass in a bind.
 

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Hough is honest and aware. Impressed.

I don't like riding other people's bikes. Not like that. I had to jump on a CBR when I was used to my 73 Honda one time. Bad idea that turned out OK, but it was a bad idea.
 

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We've probably all done that thing in a car, when you are used to a stick and you get in someone's automatic with a wide brake pedal: you invariably jam on the brake at some point while trying to put in the "clutch".

I've ridden two other bikes on the street. I swapped my KLR for a BMW for a few miles... but that didn't seem so bad. It rode about the same. (Not as nice as the KLR, of course... ;) ;) ;) ) The other was a DR-Z400SM I rode around the block to see if it felt like the new clutch cable was well-adjusted. That was a bigger change, but the short ride was pretty safe. I'd be way more wary switching to a sport bike... especially since I've never ridden one!

If I were going to crash someone else's bike, I'll bet anything it would be on the front brake like happened to Mr. Hough. Like he says, that lever is a fine combination of muscle memory and power.

Glad he came out of it largely intact!
 

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IMHO....This is the exact reason you don't ride or lend your bike to anyone to ride. UNLESS......you know full well that this person will ride it sanely and more importantly pay to repair it to the condition it was when they swung a leg over it. I have lost friends over a 3/4" wrench, an inner tube and a few other small stupid things.....so if someone were to wreck my bike for whatever reason......I wouldn't be too impressed. I think I can count easily the amount of people who have actually swung a leg over my bike , let alone ridden it.
Yes I'm wierd....but I also wouldn't want to pay to fix someone else's bike IF I had an accident. I would without question of course just out of respect for the owner etc, it's the right thing to do. Without calling his ins. company either...lol.....But that's just me....:13:
 

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At one time, we had 5 autos, 3 bikes in the family. I drove them all from time to time, and was completely comfortable operating any of them. However, I would ALWAYS be uncomfortable and reluctant to drive anyone else's vehicle or bike. Just doesn't seem right somehow.
 

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I'm always stunned by the dillholes on youtube who put their newb friends on and just explain how the controls work, but get all shocked when they launch the thing.
 

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I'm always stunned by the dillholes on youtube who put their newb friends on and just explain how the controls work, but get all shocked when they launch the thing.
But God bless 'em for filming the thing! ;-)

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I currently have 3 bikes. 2002 Gold Wing, 2011 KLR650, and a 1990 NX250.
All are quite different from one another. Different seat heights, weight and horse power.

I have to say that, the KLR is the only one I have to pay more attention to for the first few minutes I'm riding it. Must be the seat height?

I've only ridden someone else’s bike once. My son hurt his back at work, and I drove his Honda 650 dual sport home for him. I found the seat real high and I guess that's why I didn't feel comfortable riding it in traffic.

I think to be somewhat safe riding any bike, we have to maintain a little paranoia and expect the worse while riding. I know it sounds like that would take the fun out of riding, but being in a cast or worse is much more "no-fun". Besides there’s the challenge of that happy balance of pushing it and being successful at not getting into trouble.
 

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Yeah, I know that feeling of riding an unfamiliar bike. A workmate of mine was out of town and wanted me to pick up his bike from the repair shop he had it at. No problem, but.... This is a custom chopper, some kind of one off frame, S&S motor, straight pipes, and these ridiculously high ape hanger bars. Now, get this picture. I forgot to bring along my dew rag, wrap around sunglasses, earrings, eye patch, wife beater shirt, vest, fingerless gloves, assless chaps, and combat boots for the ride to his place. All I had was my D/S ATGATT. Talk about sticking out like a whore in church !!! I played it up though revving the shit out of it at every stoplight and doing that low two finger wave to every other bike I met. It was worth it for all the WTF looks I got.
 

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When I rode that kid's Ninja (I think it was a 750?) from the impound lot back to base, I wasn't as fat as I was now; I was a little over 200 pounds and in good shape. I was all hunched over on the thing and by the time I got back, my arms were hurting. I remember thinking, "Why the hell would somebody want to ride one of these things?"

Speed and agility, I guess. 120's the fastest I've ever gone on a motorcycle and it was on that Ninja. Guess i got it out of my system. While it wasn't that big of a deal on that bike, I've never had the urge to travel at high speeds on any other motorcycle since then. Before then and since then, I've never even owned a motorcycle that will go over 85mph so I had to take advantage of the opportunity......
 

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...If somebody wants me to ride their motorcycle, I always refuse. Yet, I'm always telling other riders to hop on my KLR and take it for a ride if they want. Not saying there's anything wrong with it, but I never feel comfortable on somebody else's motorcycle.

Is anybody else like this or am I just weird?
I'm the same way, we know there are differences and I'm not willing 'need' or 'desire' to take the risk.

I was living in Germany in 1999-2000 and had to get my German Drivers License. I had to take a driving course/test, but because of Insurance reasons I couldn't use my own BMW 1100GS for the training and test.

I had to use the schools' Kawasaki 500 ninja. I told the instructor, that I had never rode a sport bike, that I was afraid of potentially laying it down (pretty impressive training I might add). He said, don't worry, its not yours...:) Needless to say it was quite the joy to push it to the limits.
 
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