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Re: Things I learned from biking
« Reply #40 on: July 05, 2020, 01:26:32 pm »
I learned how easy it is to remember wise advice, afterwards.
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Re: Things I learned from biking
« Reply #41 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

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Re: Things I learned from biking
« Reply #42 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:
 

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Re: Things I learned from biking
« Reply #43 on: July 07, 2020, 07:46:19 am »
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A little nonsense now and then, is cherished by the wisest men.

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Re: Things I learned from biking
« Reply #44 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
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Re: Things I learned from biking
« Reply #45 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.
 

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Re: Things I learned from biking
« Reply #46 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
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Re: Things I learned from biking
« Reply #47 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.
 

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Re: Things I learned from biking
« Reply #48 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.

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Re: Things I learned from biking
« Reply #49 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

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Re: Things I learned from biking
« Reply #50 on: July 07, 2020, 11:36:39 am »
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Re: Things I learned from biking
« Reply #51 on: July 07, 2020, 11:58:23 am »
never get rid of your used slings, crutches, back brace, knee braces or moon boot
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Re: Things I learned from biking
« Reply #52 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.  ::)
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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:
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Re: Things I learned from biking
« Reply #53 on: July 07, 2020, 02:00:48 pm »
Is to never ignore the red mist, when it descends  ;)
 

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Re: Things I learned from biking
« Reply #54 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.
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Re: Things I learned from biking
« Reply #55 on: July 07, 2020, 04:16:08 pm »
I learnt not to yawn while wearing an open face helmet.
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Re: Things I learned from biking
« Reply #56 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.  :-\
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Re: Things I learned from biking
« Reply #57 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:
When is this "Old enough to know better" supposed to kick in?
 

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Re: Things I learned from biking
« Reply #58 on: July 08, 2020, 09:15:48 am »
To never over estimate one's riding talent  ;)
 

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Re: Things I learned from biking
« Reply #59 on: July 08, 2020, 09:22:29 am »
To never over estimate one's riding talent  ;)

Very true :deal: