Strat - the Asian edition
I'll add the points when I get home, good points all
not surprising with all the cell phones. "hang on mom, ill call you back, I just ran over another one of them motorcycles"I don't leave first gear at lights and stay checking my mirrors until I observe at least the car behind me, if not the car behind it come to a stop. I always try to pass that one on to people since it seems more and more common for people to get mowed down at stoplights these days.
good one, forgot to add this to the listI don't leave first gear at lights and stay checking my mirrors until I observe at least the car behind me, if not the car behind it come to a stop. I always try to pass that one on to people since it seems more and more common for people to get mowed down at stoplights these days.
good one, this is exactly the types of tip I was looking forWhen I'm behind a vehicle, approaching an intersection which has cars in the opposite turning lane that are waiting to turn left, I make sure I veer out from behind the car in front of me so the turning cars know I'm there. Because of the small size of the bikes, you're likely completely blocked from view of oncoming traffic. Should minimize the likelihood of people turning into you or in front of you cuz they didn't see you.
yes. it will not damage anything. the gears are always engaged anyway.By bumping the starter do you mean trying to start the engine when it's already cranked?
- Start with most of the braking power on the front brakes. As your speed decreases to a stop, shift the braking power from the front to the rear brake. For the last 5-10 meters of braking, you should be on the rear brake only.
Reason: I've always done this just because I liked a smooth ride but there are safety benefits to this as well.
If you've ever driven on a low traction surface (aka winter and icy roads) in a car, you know that slowing down isn't the real problem; stopping completely is the big problem. With mild and controlled braking, your wheels will not lock up when slowing down from a high speed but are pretty much guaranteed to lock up with the same pressure on the brakes in the last 15mph of braking. Your experiences might be slightly different, maybe all the cars I've driven are the exception but this has been my experience for the par.
Carried over, expect that you will have low traction the last bit of braking. If you lose your traction on the front wheel, you're pretty much screwed. Lost rear wheel traction is fairly easy to recover from one.
Because if there happens to be some oil or whatever the last bit of stopping distance, you don't lose the front wheel traction but rather lose rear wheel traction which is easily recoverable.
Because as you slow below walking speed the weight transfer effect diminishes, so the load on the front tyre diminishes. At very slow speed the rear wheel actually has more load because that's more near where the rider's sitting.
Wow, never even thought of this and it does raise an interesting point. I think I will still stay in first gear at lights until at least 2 cars are stopped behind me but this is something to think about.The thing about gear or neutral at stop lights deserves a thread on its own. The book (Roadcraft) says neutral, because if you are hit from behind the jerk will cause you to release the clutch, open the throttle, and possibly wheely through a red light.
The place I work at held a study about cameras and red lights. Red light cameras DECREASED people running red lights and INCREASED accidents due to people stopping more suddenly than they would before to make sure they didnt get a ticket. The result was people slamming on brakes to prevent from getting a ticket when in reality they would have been fine, thus causing people behind them to rear end them because A) they thought they would go through the light and B) not expecting to having to slam on their brakes (which really relates to A). What they found DECREASES red light runners AND accidents is increasing the yellow light by ONE second. So what does the town I live in do? Install red light cameras. Idiots. Then they get taken down because they had so many complaints...and theyre still paying out the remainder of the contract they had with the red light camera company. GENIUS!Local authorities are responsible for setting the timing of traffic lights, and over the years they've all gradually set them with a pause at 'all red' simply because they've found that it reduces accidents on their 'patch'. To me that just seems like commonsense.
Lights where there's a record of accidents also tend to be fitted with automatic cameras that issue a ticket to any vehicle jumping the lights.
There's no central government mandate or regulation. Local authorities have just found that it saves them the cost and hassle of clearing up the mess.
Nothing stopping you from finding out which authority is responsible for the lights in your area and lobbying for a trial at any lights with a poor accident record.
I do the same. USUALLY I point at the direction I'm going. Raising my left hand at 90* isnt going to let people know I'm turning right, they're too stupid. But if I'm changing lanes and feel its safe to let my hand off the gas/front brake, I'll point right, otherwise, I just flash the brake lights if I'm turning...or just move over if I'm switching lanes (always with blinkers though). Left turns/lane changes is much easier, but again, I point. Hopefully people understand that. If anything, it gets peoples attention more so than not doing anything.not a bad idea though I don't even remember what the hand signals mean off the top of my head. I doubt most cagers would either
Same thing with pick up trucks. I've been hit in the knee with a coke can that flew out of a bed once. Hurt like hell. I try to avoid them like the plague. I also saw (while in the cage) someone carrying a kids play house and the roof (not strapped down) flew off the house at 70mph. Moral of the story, be aware of what people have in their beds and stay away from them when you can as you never know what could be about to fly at you.On road debris: I am sick of flying by latters, mountain bikes, bbc's, couches, palets, shovels, sheet rock, trees and elk.
I think if you're paying attention, you're better off in 1st. If you're lazy and feel like gambling and not watching behind you, neutral is the safer bet.The thing about gear or neutral at stop lights deserves a thread on its own. The book (Roadcraft) says neutral, because if you are hit from behind the jerk will cause you to release the clutch, open the throttle, and possibly wheely through a red light. A lot of instructors and police riders, including some who have input into the book, disagree and say keep it in first so that you can get out of the way.
I was hit from behind in my 2 week old 09 zx6. I looked behind me, car stopped. I was looking at traffic in front of me (I was at a stop sign) to see when I could go and got bumped. No damage done, but it scared me to say the least. The lady behind me was looking at someone walking and didnt realize she was rolling forward after she made a complete stop. So feel paranoid, it'll keep you safe.I guess I take the best of both worlds out of laziness and safety.
When I get to a stop light, I'll stay in gear until the car behind me comes to a complete stop, sometimes the car behind it if I'm feeling extra paranoid, and then I'll shift into neutral because I'm lazy.
If I'm feeling paranoid that day, I'll continue to check my mirrors every so often.
If you're slowing down for the last few feet at less than 10-15 mph, unless you're slamming your brakes down, its not going to matter what wheel has the most load as both wheels will have more than enough traction to pull you to a complete stop. The problem is if you hit a patch of sand/gravel/oil/grease, if your back tire locks up, its a lot less of a problem than your front tire locking up.