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Offline anycleavers

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Not sure where to post this. Interesting article I came across, from Motorcycle Cruiser online (no affiliation).
Is it OK to post links like this? If not please edit and delete. Thanks

 http://www.motorcyclecruiser.com/streetsurvival/dangerous_motorcycle_safety_myths/index.html#ixzz1Q3d7Jz1K
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Re: The Deadly Dozen: 12 Motorcycle Safety Myths and Misconceptions
« Reply #1 on: June 22, 2011, 08:08:04 pm »
Great collection. Almost everyone of them is on my pet peeves list.

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Re: The Deadly Dozen: 12 Motorcycle Safety Myths and Misconceptions
« Reply #2 on: June 23, 2011, 05:39:02 am »
Nice!

I've never read it explained better than this.


Myth 2: Loud Pipes Save Lives
Yeah, there are a few situations—like where you are right next to a driver with his window down who is about the to change lanes—where full-time noise-makers might help a driver notice you, but all that noise directed rearward doesn't do much in the most common and much more dangerous conflict where a car turns in front of you. Maybe it's the fatigue caused by the noise, maybe it's the attitudes of riders who insist on making annoying noise, or perhaps loud bikes annoy enough drivers to make them aggressive. Whatever the reason, the research shows that bikes with modified exhaust systems crash more frequently than those with stock pipes. If you really want to save lives, turn to a loud jacket or a bright helmet color, which have been proven to do the job. Or install a louder horn. Otherwise, just shut up.
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Re: The Deadly Dozen: 12 Motorcycle Safety Myths and Misconceptions
« Reply #3 on: June 23, 2011, 11:17:40 am »
Excellent and couldn't agree more. Printed out extra copies for my daughter and her boyfriend, both of whom are newbie street riders.

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Re: The Deadly Dozen: 12 Motorcycle Safety Myths and Misconceptions
« Reply #4 on: June 23, 2011, 07:10:39 pm »
I've been sending stuff like this to my older sis who is about to become a first time rider. 
She's in her low 50's and "dammit" really wants to ride a motorcycle. If you have ever met her, once her mind is made, that's it, all in. She went and bought a 750 Shadow and is planning on a MSF class to get her on the road. That wouldn't be my choice for a first time rider but it's her rodeo, she will not be dissuaded.  I sure wish I were closer, to help and advise, but I'm 800 miles away. 

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Re: The Deadly Dozen: 12 Motorcycle Safety Myths and Misconceptions
« Reply #5 on: June 24, 2011, 05:52:18 am »
I've been sending stuff like this to my older sis who is about to become a first time rider. 
She's in her low 50's and "dammit" really wants to ride a motorcycle. If you have ever met her, once her mind is made, that's it, all in. She went and bought a 750 Shadow and is planning on a MSF class to get her on the road. That wouldn't be my choice for a first time rider but it's her rodeo, she will not be dissuaded.  I sure wish I were closer, to help and advise, but I'm 800 miles away.

Good luck to her! Too bad she didn't take the MSF class before she got the bike.
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Re: The Deadly Dozen: 12 Motorcycle Safety Myths and Misconceptions
« Reply #6 on: June 24, 2011, 03:04:39 pm »
I agree and told her as much. But she hasn't ridden her bike and won't until after the class is over.
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Re: The Deadly Dozen: 12 Motorcycle Safety Myths and Misconceptions
« Reply #7 on: June 24, 2011, 03:23:36 pm »
Question on lane splitting. Do any of you do it on a Connie with those hanging out that far?
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Re: The Deadly Dozen: 12 Motorcycle Safety Myths and Misconceptions
« Reply #8 on: June 24, 2011, 10:20:02 pm »
I really like Number 8: Lay it Down.

I think this one got started by people riding 50's and 60's era Triumphs (sort of the zenith of the demise of British manufacturing). This myth was gospel with these bikes. These bikes were my introduction to riding and I think in this case there was some truth to the myth -- the bikes had such abominable brakes that I think you really could stop faster by using friction with the asphalt to stop instead of the brakes.

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Re: The Deadly Dozen: 12 Motorcycle Safety Myths and Misconceptions
« Reply #9 on: June 25, 2011, 07:11:36 am »
Question on lane splitting. Do any of you do it on a Connie with those hanging out that far?

Not in Illinois we don't.
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Re: The Deadly Dozen: 12 Motorcycle Safety Myths and Misconceptions
« Reply #10 on: June 25, 2011, 06:32:04 pm »
sounds logical
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Re: The Deadly Dozen: 12 Motorcycle Safety Myths and Misconceptions
« Reply #11 on: June 26, 2011, 04:07:37 pm »
Question on lane splitting. Do any of you do it on a Connie with those hanging out that far?
Yes.  Every day.
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Re: The Deadly Dozen: 12 Motorcycle Safety Myths and Misconceptions
« Reply #12 on: June 26, 2011, 04:10:38 pm »
Lane splitting would scare the hell out of me.....no way.

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Re: The Deadly Dozen: 12 Motorcycle Safety Myths and Misconceptions
« Reply #13 on: June 26, 2011, 09:19:53 pm »
The amazing thing is that this comes from "Cruiser" magazine.  Aren't their readers the ones who disagree with this the most?  Maybe this will help convince some of the cruiser types.  Unfortunately, probably will fall on deaf ears.  :o

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Re: The Deadly Dozen: 12 Motorcycle Safety Myths and Misconceptions
« Reply #14 on: June 27, 2011, 05:42:31 pm »
Look around their site, there are some other well written pieces. Just goes to show, the 'cruiser' stereotype is a myth.
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