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I'm really getting tired of posting these, but it's necessary.


From what I hear from the tail end of a news story on 95.5, a rider was killed somewhere in PG last night when his bike slammed into the rear end of a tractor trailer. If I can locate the news story, I'll post it up.

RIP to the rider, condolences to his friends/family.


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On a sidenote, DC area riders (and everywhere else).... this is 4 people killed on bikes in this area in the last 4 days.

Let's get it together, boys and girls. There are so many of these crashes that, unfortunately, could have been easily avoided by the rider, or were caused by the rider. I'm not blaming the riders for all of them, but SO many could be avoided. It's sad. The youngest of this 4 was a 20 y/o woman.

Learn from these crashes and unnecessary fatalities.

  • Don't ride beyond your skill.
  • Don't ride with riders who encourage (or seemingly force) you to do so.
  • Don't pressure a newer, less experienced rider.
  • To the total noobs, don't buy a bike that's not very forgiving.
  • Watch where you're going.
  • Dress for the crash.
  • Know that no one sees you.
There's a million more. Please feel free to contribute. I'm stickying this for a while.

Everyone, ride safe.
 

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very good post, and there have been many many killed and crippled in my area. i stopped posting them :headshake all so young, and all so tragic.

a few things i would add to keep us alive.

watch the cagers head when your passing. alot of cagers will not use blinkers to indicate a lane change. and watching the cagers body launguage could save your life.

do not ride in on others blind spot "as M_Easy said..they cant see you".

keep your safety cushion, do not ever ever tailgate. this will also help to see if there is debris in the road way.

most important..constantly check your six "you have mirrors, use the damn things".
 

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watch the cagers head when your passing. alot of cagers will not use blinkers to indicate a lane change. and watching the cagers body launguage could save your life.
x1000. Head-turning, twitchy turn-signal fingers, favoring one side of a lane suddenly, leaning in a particular direction, looking at a cell, not watching where they are going, a relaxed posture suddenly changes to an anxious posture- all telltale signs that something's about to go down. Great add.
 

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i could not agree more on all the above....so very true and i hope that not only that the DMV riders take note of this thread but to all riders on this forum.....

Im no motorcycle god but please guys/girls....use what your helmet is protecting...when riding at nite...and you think that your invincible...your not, if your riding 2 up, keep in mind the person on the back has or is a mother/father also...they are trusting you with there life but not only that...he/she's family is trusting you to bring them home that night/day ALIVE!!!!

take your time
keep your distance
loook around your self (as JPG stated CHECK YOUR SIX)
at night....look for drunk drivers....they cant see you...and you cant see them at 110mph!!!!

lets get it together people....its not that hard...lets enjoy what god gave us as hobby as a way to relieve the stress of the work week, as away to express our selfs....ride safe family!!!!
 

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R.I.P. to fellow rider..

Definition of "check your six"?

I don't understand how you run into a tractor trailer.. maybe he passed it to close???
 

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+1 on everything said so far. Another big thing that people tend to not do is look through turns to see what they are coming up on. I know I've done it but I've learned from it. If you are coming fast through a curve and you don't look through it then you could miss the stopped car at the exit of the turn or the patch of gravel that could have been avoided. By the time you see it, its too late to stand it up and hit the brakes and suddenly you and the guard rail are best friends. Keep your head up and pay attention!!!!
 

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I know that people don't like reading about fallen bikers, but unfortunately it's something that we all face every time that we go out for a ride. it's kind of like crosses on the side of the road, every time I ride past 1 where a friend died it reminds me to perhaps take it a little easier... also well said on the fact that we should all learn from these unfortunate accidents. RIP brothers!
 

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Im DC born and spent all my life (til i joined) in PG and Charles Co. Hell when I was home in Feb the 210 massacre happened with that streetrace where the guy ran over a bunch of the spectators (did they ever name an official "what happened" to that anyway??)

Honestly I would not be shocked to find out this accident occoured in the PG side of 210. Everyone and their mother hits that road like a 4 mile straight dragstrip (which it practically is give or take a few miles lol)
 

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Don't listen to music in town! I see alot of new riders make this mistake. You bought the bike for freedom, listen to the engine reving, and the wind going by, don't block your hearing with loud music. Also, if it helps, treat riding like a game. Be on the offensive, don't just sit back and cruise with your mind on that hot chick that wanted you to wheelie. Just my .02:thumbup:
 

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When traffic is flowing, I never let a car/truck/whatever stay directly next to me. You never know when they might swerve to avoid something and either forget you were there or never knew you were there. Either speed up (A LITTLE) or slow down so they are not right next to you. Just some ideas. The more I keep reading about these crashes the more gear I keep saving up for. We have to shape up! I'm also worried that "they" are going to start passing some harsh restrictions on us sport bikes real soon if this keeps up. If it's harsher penalties then all well. Live and learn. But I would be extremely upset if they decided to stop bikes from lane splitting. This is a HUGE thing in CA. RIDE SAFE!
 

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Basically everything has been said already but the only way to teach the kids is repition.

* Don't ride beyond your skill.
* Don't ride with riders who encourage (or seemingly force) you to do so.
* Don't pressure a newer, less experienced rider.
* To the total noobs, don't buy a bike that's not very forgiving.
* Watch where you're going.
* Dress for the crash.
* Know that no one sees you.
(totally copied M_Easy's post but he said it the best)

Take it easy out there. We all have to be alive for the legendary GSXR.com group ride that will probably never happen but still. :]

Stay safe kids.
 

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Don't listen to music in town! I see alot of new riders make this mistake. You bought the bike for freedom, listen to the engine reving, and the wind going by, don't block your hearing with loud music. Also, if it helps, treat riding like a game. Be on the offensive, don't just sit back and cruise with your mind on that hot chick that wanted you to wheelie. Just my .02:thumbup:
:wtf: dont fucking ever listen to music your not in a fucking tin can your on a bike everyone is out to kill you and you shuold ride like that .make sure people can see you .ive been ridin since i was six and have never listened to music on a bike my life keep that shit for work or down the night club.learn to ride before you ride fast.
 
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