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Title: Things I learned from biking
Post by: Blou Zebu on July 02, 2020, 11:18:03 am
Pay attention! If you're riding and thinking of something else an accident is on its way.
Also
Don't react instinctively. Evaluate and re-evaulate the situation. Often we instinctively want to break, yank to the opposite direction or.... Where that would be the worst thing you could do. Look. Look again, think and then do
Title: Re: Things I learned from biking
Post by: m0lt3n on July 02, 2020, 12:18:02 pm
Pay attention! If you're riding and thinking of something else an accident is on its way.
Also
Don't react instinctively. Evaluate and re-evaulate the situation. Often we instinctively want to break, yank to the opposite direction or.... Where that would be the worst thing you could do. Look. Look again, think and then do

Same applies in a car.
yank on a car and you will roll.


What I learned is to be a lot more observant. Looking ahead and being aware where a car or pedestrian may pop out at any time. also looking for slippery stuff on roads, spilled water or sand on the tar for example
Title: Re: Things I learned from biking
Post by: GhostSixFour on July 02, 2020, 12:24:19 pm
Don't ride angry. Either calm down first or take the car. That being said, if you're on a bike and you're still angry 2min later, you're riding wrong. :)
Title: Re: Things I learned from biking
Post by: subie on July 02, 2020, 01:27:15 pm
Riding a bike was like walking for me . I did not think about it,did not plan every step.
Learned to walk as a baby went through the same process with my small bikes as a youngster.
Yes like walking all my reactions are instinctively. I do not have to think about the road condition etc
My ass is connected to my rear wheel, I can hear and feel what my front end and bike is doing without thinking and planning about
it ever.  But first you must learn to crawl,then walk and then run.  :sip:
Title: Re: Things I learned from biking
Post by: roxenz on July 02, 2020, 01:38:13 pm
Most important thing I learned from biking is that you don't HAVE to sit and build up frustration in a cage in traffic. You can be free! Now I don't have a car anymore.
Title: Re: Things I learned from biking
Post by: windswept on July 02, 2020, 02:08:22 pm
Most important thing I learned from biking is that you don't HAVE to sit and build up frustration in a cage in traffic. You can be free! Now I don't have a car anymore.

Did you sell the Cruiser?
Title: Re: Things I learned from biking
Post by: Andre01 on July 02, 2020, 02:22:10 pm
When riding in traffic I work from the assumption that all the cage drivers are 70% blind in both eyes, drunk and will not obey any road signs/lights. Think for everyone! 

I am not scared of spietcops, but I am the first one to admit that alcohol reduces my driving ability. Never "drink and drive" with motorcycle. Not even one beer when doing tar roads. When doing gravel I will take one Windhoek light (2%) at the "padstal". 
Title: Re: Things I learned from biking
Post by: DouglasN on July 02, 2020, 02:25:12 pm
I learnt that my mother was right and that if I didn't change my ways, I was going to die.


I learnt that lesson after a solid weekend of Hillbrow pub crawling with the mates in the early 80's,  Friday night, sorry, very early saturday morning I crashed all by myself on my way home, a highside (that's a whole story on its own) , eventually got home, passed out, in the afternoon, woke up, ate, went back to hillbrow with multiple aches and pains as a result on the highside on friday but everything seemed to work ok, but now had to push start the bike as the kickstarter got damaged in the prang, sunday was a repeat of friday & saturday, just without the crash so pretty much blotto.

Woke up Monday to go to work and my left leg from the knee down to the tips of my toes looked like a chameleon on a smartie box, fat and every colour you can imagine.  The doctor at the hospital was somewhat un-sympathetic, it turned out I had 5 breaks in my left ankle...... 

After that I changed the way I rode and have now, contrary to all expectations in the family, including me, pretty much outlived them all.
Title: Re: Things I learned from biking
Post by: Dux on July 02, 2020, 02:26:32 pm
Don't ride angry. Either calm down first or take the car. That being said, if you're on a bike and you're still angry 2min later, you're riding wrong. :)

I have had some of my best race results when pissed off
Title: Re: Things I learned from biking
Post by: DouglasN on July 02, 2020, 02:38:41 pm
1. don't drink and ride, ever

2. understand your limitations, the bikes capabilities will usually exceed yours.

3. enjoy the ride, the destination is where you get to eat.

4. limit the mileage so you always have time to spare and have a relaxed ride

5. Complacency bites, hard.

6. learn from others mistakes, you will not live long enough to make them all yourself.

7. Situational awareness


8. the bike you want and the bike you should be riding are not necessarily the same one
Title: Re: Things I learned from biking
Post by: Boerbok on July 02, 2020, 02:55:24 pm
Motorcycling has made me quite an expert at weather forecasting...  :deal:

Also, it has taught me consistently that the only time I donít feel like riding is when Iím coming down with the flu or some kind of bug.
Title: Re: Things I learned from biking
Post by: punisher on July 02, 2020, 03:46:31 pm
dont forget to put yer feet down when u come to a stop
Title: Re: Things I learned from biking
Post by: GeelKameel on July 02, 2020, 04:01:18 pm
Use front brake with care & attention, especially in emergency situations.
Don't just grab a hand full.

Meeste van my valle was agv voorrem te skielik en te hard trek
Title: Re: Things I learned from biking
Post by: subie on July 02, 2020, 04:02:24 pm
dont forget to put yer feet down when u come to a stop

Been there done that  and was sober :ricky:
Title: Re: Things I learned from biking
Post by: skydiver on July 02, 2020, 04:05:20 pm
I've learned that ...... trying to wheelie is very difficult and will take a lot of patience and practise (and probably some injuries and damage to the bike along the way)
Title: Re: Things I learned from biking
Post by: punisher on July 02, 2020, 04:34:22 pm
dont forget to put yer feet down when u come to a stop

Been there done that  and was sober :ricky:

 :laughing4: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Things I learned from biking
Post by: peteb on July 02, 2020, 05:12:39 pm
dont forget to put yer feet down when u come to a stop

Been there done that  and was sober :ricky:

 :laughing4: :thumleft:
On a similar note, don't try and put your right foot down at a stop street if your kickstart has somehow got stuck up your jeans....
Title: Re: Things I learned from biking
Post by: >>ThumpįC on July 02, 2020, 08:12:09 pm
make sure the loops in the shoelaces are small.

I learned I don't bounce so good these days.

I learned that if you break ribs, they are sensitive years there after

I learned my balance isnt that good and my eyesight has got bad, but that doesn't affect you if you ride faster.

I learned that even us with limited skill can have really great adventure out there.

I learned that there are some great okes who ride bike.

I learned I have more money to spend than what the bank says

And most of all I learned that you laugh the most once you learn to laugh at yourself. Especially once you got a tad brain damaged
Title: Re: Things I learned from biking
Post by: Sheepman on July 02, 2020, 08:32:04 pm
When joining particularly a new group for a ride, mind to not be sucked into the testosterone battle which usually plays out.......occasionally with eina results  :( 
Title: Re: Things I learned from biking
Post by: Cracker on July 02, 2020, 08:42:11 pm
I learnt how to break legs
Title: Re: Things I learned from biking
Post by: Sheepman on July 02, 2020, 08:47:42 pm
I learnt how to break legs

 ;D Those happen  ;)
Title: Re: Things I learned from biking
Post by: 2StrokeDan on July 02, 2020, 09:58:27 pm
Pay attention! If you're riding and thinking of something else an accident is on its way.
Also
Don't react instinctively. Evaluate and re-evaulate the situation. Often we instinctively want to break, yank to the opposite direction or.... Where that would be the worst thing you could do. Look. Look again, think and then do

I have often crashed while thinking of Wayne Rainey or Kenny Roberts. :deal: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Things I learned from biking
Post by: roxenz on July 03, 2020, 06:49:02 am
Most important thing I learned from biking is that you don't HAVE to sit and build up frustration in a cage in traffic. You can be free! Now I don't have a car anymore.

Did you sell the Cruiser?
Yes. My wife has on of the new Jimnys, and that is enough. Kids are grown up (well, they think so - I'm not so sure).
Title: Re: Things I learned from biking
Post by: roxenz on July 03, 2020, 06:54:06 am
Oh, almost forgot. I learned that I should not try to keep up with @Ganjora on gravel after we both have had 4 long toms (and he has had a spliff)...
Title: Re: Things I learned from biking
Post by: Twinman on July 03, 2020, 09:10:34 am
Ek het ongelukig eers in my middel 40's geleer hoe lekker motorfietsry is. Ek is so spyt ek het nie al 20+ jaar begin motorfietsry nie. Ek het bgn met 'n 750 Africa Twin, wat my maar moes "leer ry". Wat ek die meeste geleer het, is hoe om die lewe te geniet op 'n verantwoordelike manier en om binne my vermoŽ te ry en myself nie met ander ryers te vergelyk nie. Tans ry ek 'n 1200 GS en elke sekonde daarop is fantasties!!
Title: Re: Things I learned from biking
Post by: Dwerg on July 03, 2020, 09:25:47 am
I learnt how to break legs

I am really good at breaking bones by now but I still can't do a proper wheelie
Title: Re: Things I learned from biking
Post by: Grunder on July 03, 2020, 09:29:56 am
Most important thing I learned from biking is that you don't HAVE to sit and build up frustration in a cage in traffic. You can be free! Now I don't have a car anymore.

Agreed.  Standing on a bike is fun even in traffic.

Captain Piles out
Title: Re: Things I learned from biking
Post by: punisher on July 03, 2020, 09:42:32 am
I learnt how to break legs

I am really good at breaking bones by now but I still can't do a proper wheelie

 :thumleft:
Title: Re: Things I learned from biking
Post by: 0012 on July 03, 2020, 12:17:23 pm
The vibration and smell of a thumper is food for my soul   O0
Title: Re: Things I learned from biking
Post by: Welsh on July 03, 2020, 12:21:57 pm
There is only a split second between, oh shit pants on, bugger it boots on, haul jacket on, bloody helmet...... and then you punch the starter.... :biggrin:
Title: Re: Things I learned from biking
Post by: Roxtar on July 03, 2020, 01:28:43 pm
No matter how crap the day was, the moment I fire the starter on the 990 for the ride home it always turns into the best day ever... ;) :thumleft:
Title: Re: Things I learned from biking
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on July 03, 2020, 01:37:14 pm
What I learned is to be a lot more observant. Looking ahead and being aware where a car or pedestrian may pop out at any time. also looking for slippery stuff on roads, spilled water or sand on the tar for example

+100 :thumleft:
Title: Re: Things I learned from biking
Post by: Grunder on July 03, 2020, 01:53:41 pm
Act as if everything and everyone is out to get you!!

In addition, constantly be on the lookout for any road surface changes, spills, sand, debris etc.!!

Tell me when is biking fun and relaxing?  :snorting:
Title: Re: Things I learned from biking
Post by: subie on July 03, 2020, 03:07:25 pm
The vibration and smell of a thumper is food for my soul   O0

Never had a thumper that smelled at all. Loved riding behind any 2 stroke bike though  :ricky:
Title: Re: Things I learned from biking
Post by: subie on July 03, 2020, 03:09:36 pm
Biking never taught me anything. Loved all my bikes dearly but they dropped me so many times on my head
that I came out of it dumber than when I started biking :sip:
Title: Re: Things I learned from biking
Post by: Elmer Fudd on July 03, 2020, 07:26:53 pm
The older I get, the worse I bounce off terra firma.
Title: Re: Things I learned from biking
Post by: BlueBull2007 on July 04, 2020, 06:05:27 pm
Remember when you stop or are going slow and the is a slope is left or right, DON'T put your foot out on the wrong side.

Also, if it looks like you are going to hit a car, let go and jump up. I remember reading that somewhere here before by someone who did it and did not break his thighs...Not sure if its practical but I have always believe it might make a life/death difference, so might as well add to the arsenal & practice it in your mind....but maybe not in practice. ;D
Title: Re: Things I learned from biking
Post by: blackbird on July 05, 2020, 10:55:00 am
A tattoo i saw yesterday made me think of this thread, Die with memories, not dreams!
Title: Re: Things I learned from biking
Post by: Welsh on July 05, 2020, 11:06:23 am
The vibration and smell of a thumper is food for my soul   O0

Never had a thumper that smelled at all. Loved riding behind any 2 stroke bike though  :ricky:

Don't ride behind a KLR with dodgy bore, its like an oil refinery.  ::)
Title: Re: Things I learned from biking
Post by: Dirty Des on July 05, 2020, 11:30:15 am
I dont drink and ride, not even one beer!
Ride like no one has seen you

Title: Re: Things I learned from biking
Post by: jaybiker on July 05, 2020, 01:26:32 pm
I learned how easy it is to remember wise advice, afterwards.
Title: Re: Things I learned from biking
Post by: ETS on July 06, 2020, 04:33:10 pm
I learnt how to break legs

I am really good at breaking bones by now but I still can't do a proper wheelie

Vaaak me too.  :thumleft: :imaposer: :imaposer:
Title: Re: Things I learned from biking
Post by: 2StrokeDan on July 06, 2020, 08:26:21 pm
Remember when you stop or are going slow and the is a slope is left or right, DON'T put your foot out on the wrong side.

Also, if it looks like you are going to hit a car, let go and jump up. I remember reading that somewhere here before by someone who did it and did not break his thighs...Not sure if its practical but I have always believe it might make a life/death difference, so might as well add to the arsenal & practice it in your mind....but maybe not in practice. ;D

With my last accident, when I broke my femurs, I wanted to jump up when I saw the bump oming, but just now someone sees me meerkatting. I chose two femurs before that shame. :ricky:
Title: Re: Things I learned from biking
Post by: Master Beerkie on July 07, 2020, 07:46:19 am
 :laughing4:
Title: Re: Things I learned from biking
Post by: Dwerg on July 07, 2020, 08:32:57 am
Remember when you stop or are going slow and the is a slope is left or right, DON'T put your foot out on the wrong side.

Also, if it looks like you are going to hit a car, let go and jump up. I remember reading that somewhere here before by someone who did it and did not break his thighs...Not sure if its practical but I have always believe it might make a life/death difference, so might as well add to the arsenal & practice it in your mind....but maybe not in practice. ;D

Having been in this situation recently, trust me, there isn't time for these kind of considerations, let alone getting the timing right. All I could do was swerve at the last split second to hit the bonnet instead of the b-pillar which I think saved my life
Title: Re: Things I learned from biking
Post by: Roadhawg on July 07, 2020, 08:55:53 am
Remember when you stop or are going slow and the is a slope is left or right, DON'T put your foot out on the wrong side.

Also, if it looks like you are going to hit a car, let go and jump up. I remember reading that somewhere here before by someone who did it and did not break his thighs...Not sure if its practical but I have always believe it might make a life/death difference, so might as well add to the arsenal & practice it in your mind....but maybe not in practice. ;D

Having been in this situation recently, trust me, there isn't time for these kind of considerations, let alone getting the timing right. All I could do was swerve at the last split second to hit the bonnet instead of the b-pillar which I think saved my life

I drive and ride past that spot quite often.
Am I right in assuming there was a U-turn of sorts that got you?  My SO remembers that traffic light just past there being out that morning.
Title: Re: Things I learned from biking
Post by: Dwerg on July 07, 2020, 08:58:55 am
Remember when you stop or are going slow and the is a slope is left or right, DON'T put your foot out on the wrong side.

Also, if it looks like you are going to hit a car, let go and jump up. I remember reading that somewhere here before by someone who did it and did not break his thighs...Not sure if its practical but I have always believe it might make a life/death difference, so might as well add to the arsenal & practice it in your mind....but maybe not in practice. ;D

Having been in this situation recently, trust me, there isn't time for these kind of considerations, let alone getting the timing right. All I could do was swerve at the last split second to hit the bonnet instead of the b-pillar which I think saved my life

I drive and ride past that spot quite often.
Am I right in assuming there was a U-turn of sorts that got you?  My SO remembers that traffic light just past there being out that morning.

Don't know what I can and can't say for insurance, 3rd party etc but your assumption is reasonable
Title: Re: Things I learned from biking
Post by: roxenz on July 07, 2020, 09:01:30 am
Remember when you stop or are going slow and the is a slope is left or right, DON'T put your foot out on the wrong side.

Also, if it looks like you are going to hit a car, let go and jump up. I remember reading that somewhere here before by someone who did it and did not break his thighs...Not sure if its practical but I have always believe it might make a life/death difference, so might as well add to the arsenal & practice it in your mind....but maybe not in practice. ;D

Having been in this situation recently, trust me, there isn't time for these kind of considerations, let alone getting the timing right. All I could do was swerve at the last split second to hit the bonnet instead of the b-pillar which I think saved my life
Given the lack of time to think, I think there is a lot of luck involved in a situation like this. My son (he was about 21 at the time), T-boned a Polo that ran a red light right in front of him. He instinctively got up and jumped. Did a somersault over the roof of the Polo, landed sort of on his feet, rolled with the momentum and got up, He had bruises just above his knees where his legs hit the car's roofline. Otherwise only some abrasions.. The impact of the bike with the car left pieces of blue plastic from the front end stuck in the car's door. The front wheel was almost half-way into the door. He was obviously extremely lucky - it could have been as bad as yours, Dwerg. I still get cold sweats when I think about how it could have turned out.
Title: Re: Things I learned from biking
Post by: Dwerg on July 07, 2020, 09:23:45 am
Roxenz seeing how it stressed my family out, I can only imagine what a scare it must be if your child goes through that.

Yeah I sometimes wonder if trying to program your default reaction will work? I say "I" made call to swerve but my calculator may have just given me a good option to react to and I am lucky to be able to talk about it.

Title: Re: Things I learned from biking
Post by: Roadhawg on July 07, 2020, 09:58:41 am
Remember when you stop or are going slow and the is a slope is left or right, DON'T put your foot out on the wrong side.

Also, if it looks like you are going to hit a car, let go and jump up. I remember reading that somewhere here before by someone who did it and did not break his thighs...Not sure if its practical but I have always believe it might make a life/death difference, so might as well add to the arsenal & practice it in your mind....but maybe not in practice. ;D

Having been in this situation recently, trust me, there isn't time for these kind of considerations, let alone getting the timing right. All I could do was swerve at the last split second to hit the bonnet instead of the b-pillar which I think saved my life

I drive and ride past that spot quite often.
Am I right in assuming there was a U-turn of sorts that got you?  My SO remembers that traffic light just past there being out that morning.

Don't know what I can and can't say for insurance, 3rd party etc but your assumption is reasonable

Got you :thumleft:
Title: Re: Things I learned from biking
Post by: Nimmo on July 07, 2020, 11:36:39 am
Where kit is concerned - COLD is painful, HEAT is uncomfortable - choose the latter  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Things I learned from biking
Post by: Master Beerkie on July 07, 2020, 11:58:23 am
never get rid of your used slings, crutches, back brace, knee braces or moon boot
Title: Re: Things I learned from biking
Post by: Oubones on July 07, 2020, 12:22:32 pm
The vibration and smell of a thumper is food for my soul   O0

Never had a thumper that smelled at all. Loved riding behind any 2 stroke bike though  :ricky:

Don't ride behind a KLR with dodgy bore, its like an oil refinery.  ::)
Hehe, poor Lance and Zanie on our Nam trip. :peepwall:
I want to experience the area that I drive through, so if in the cage I will stop and walk around in an interesting place.
As said earlier, I ride as if all the others on or next to the road want to take me out which has made me very aware of my surroundings.
I firmly believe that what I have learned due to riding bike has saved me many times, both on the bike and in the cage.
I learned to ride bike to come back, in usable condition! Me and the bike! :thumleft:
Title: Re: Things I learned from biking
Post by: Sheepman on July 07, 2020, 02:00:48 pm
Is to never ignore the red mist, when it descends  ;)
Title: Re: Things I learned from biking
Post by: DouglasN on July 07, 2020, 04:00:17 pm
my father taught me this one, very unsympathetically I might add, if you are conscious after the accident, you make the call to the family to tell them about it, don't let somebody else make the call if at all possible, I have had to make some of those calls and it never goes down well.
Title: Re: Things I learned from biking
Post by: Odd Dog on July 07, 2020, 04:16:08 pm
I learnt not to yawn while wearing an open face helmet.
Title: Re: Things I learned from biking
Post by: jaybiker on July 07, 2020, 04:59:10 pm
About helmets. I learned that the earliest Bell Star helmets were badly designed with a very small facial aperture, making it extremely difficult to cram sandwiches into your mouth with a freezing hand whilst trapped on the mountain in the Isle of Man in foul weather and unable to move out until the race is over and the road declared open.  :-\
Title: Re: Things I learned from biking
Post by: Welsh on July 07, 2020, 05:36:28 pm
About helmets. I learned that the earliest Bell Star helmets were badly designed with a very small facial aperture, making it extremely difficult to cram sandwiches into your mouth with a freezing hand whilst trapped on the mountain in the Isle of Man in foul weather and unable to move out until the race is over and the road declared open.  :-\

I has one of those, in white of course.  :biggrin:
Title: Re: Things I learned from biking
Post by: Sheepman on July 08, 2020, 09:15:48 am
To never over estimate one's riding talent  ;)
Title: Re: Things I learned from biking
Post by: Edgar on July 08, 2020, 09:22:29 am
To never over estimate one's riding talent  ;)

Very true :deal:
Title: Re: Things I learned from biking
Post by: dw1 on July 08, 2020, 09:51:52 pm
Dont ride through a swarm of bees while wearing an open face helmet
Title: Re: Things I learned from biking
Post by: manxkipper on July 09, 2020, 08:50:53 am
Or shorts. Well hung to well stung in seconds!
Title: Re: Things I learned from biking
Post by: Edgar on July 09, 2020, 08:55:02 am
 :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer:
Title: Re: Things I learned from biking
Post by: Blikkies1 on July 09, 2020, 08:59:09 am
Don't wheelie in front of the girls on the sport field.
Title: Re: Things I learned from biking
Post by: Lightrider on July 12, 2020, 06:33:09 pm
never get rid of your used slings, crutches, back brace, knee braces or moon boot
Good advice, will save you some money.
Title: Re: Things I learned from biking
Post by: BuRP on July 13, 2020, 12:46:49 pm
Don't wheelie in front of the girls on the sport field.

Interesting Blikkies, interesting..... you don't have perhaps some old photos of the furrows you plowed that way?  :P
Title: Re: Things I learned from biking
Post by: punisher on July 13, 2020, 03:38:10 pm
never show off on wet grass while the girlies from school are around (  on my 50 cc)