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    10 habits of a good rider

    ** riding is always good riding. Riding safely is mostly a matter of knowledge and attitude, and riding safely doesn't have to be boring. In fact, riding safely could add years of enjoyment to your life. **



    1. Be ready in mind, body, and bike.

    There are three ways riders should ready themselves for a ride. First, there is mental readiness. Are you ready to concentrate on riding? If you are angry or preoccupied by something, taking your bike out may not be the best idea. In an aggravated or distracted state you are much more likely to be involved in a crash or do something foolish. A proper attitude will not only make you safer but your spouse and co-workers are less likely to plot against you when you're happy. Put your worries in your saddlebags and focus on riding the bike. Limbering up mentally, by taking time to focus on the task ahead, visualizing your route, and being ready for trouble spots is great way to prepare.

    It goes without saying that drugs and alcohol should be avoided at all costs, but I'm going to say it anyway. Alcohol affects your judgment, reaction time, and balance, among other things. Loss of control of these things can easily mean your bike will soon be lying on its side. You might even get to ride in the back of a squad car. Even simple cold and allergy medications can seriously impair your riding, making you sleepy or sluggish. Safe motorcycling is demanding--don't demand more of yourself than you're capable of supplying.

    Second, you must be physically prepared. Start with good protective gear. This means a helmet, gloves, eye protection, jacket, long pants and sturdy boots or shoes. Wear gear that is designed for use on a motorcycle, not a beach or a fancy nightclub. The people you see wearing a helmet, a smile and not much else are not well protected. Likewise, folks in eight layers of leather, kevlar and body armor but no helmet are not well protected. It is a whole package, and you need to wear it every time. If it's too hot to wear protective clothing, it's too hot to ride, period.

    Pretend your gear is a big helping of mashed potatoes and you are the gravy inside the little bowl you made with your potatoes. If you remove a bit of the potatoes, the gravy can leak out and mix with your Jell-O. (No, thanks.) That's what happens without all your gear, the unprotected bits could leak out.

    Try not to choose all black gear. Sure, it looks cool, but bright colors will help you stand out in traffic.

    On top of that, stay healthy. Well-balanced meals, plenty of water, and minimal amounts of fatty food and caffeine lend themselves to safe riding. Physical fitness will help your riding in countless ways--comfort on longer rides, better and sharper reflexes, plus, you look better in leather! Also try some stretching exercises before you ride. Limbering up physically before a ride helps you stay in the saddle longer.

    Third, you must make sure that your bike is up for the job. This includes not only fixing the parts that break, but doing all the preventive maintenance that is so easy to skip: regular oil changes, properly adjusted controls, a properly adjusted chain and suspension, good tires, working turn signals, you get the idea. A few dollars spent ahead of time will keep your bike going for years. Plus, the best way to keep the buzzards from circling when you break down in the desert is to simply not break down.

    With all that routine maintenance out of the way, do a quick walk around of your bike as you get ready for your ride. Look for leaks, loose bolts, tire problems, or any thing else out of place. And not to sound like your mother, but when was the last time you checked your tire's air pressure? If it has been more than a week it's been too long. And one more thing: no running with scissors!

    2. Be smooth.

    The sign of a really great rider is smoothness--and I don't mean Barry White, smooth-with-the-ladies kind of smooth. The smooth I am referring to is the kind which can balance a cup of coffee on the gas tank, take a 40-mile ride and never spill a drop. It takes plenty of concentration, but smooth control of your ride has plenty of specific benefits.

    You are less likely to lose traction due to an overzealous use of the throttle. Holding your throttle wide open takes no skill at all. If that was all it took to be fast, we would all be world-class riders. Look at racing: the fastest racers in the world are always described as being smooth, able to guide their bikes around a track without making abrupt control inputs. Good control inputs are simply rolling on the throttle gently as you accelerate and gently rolling off before you brake, not winding it out in first gear then chopping the throttle as you hit a corner.

    The same applies to your brakes. If you instantly grab a big handful of brake you may get a nasty surprise when your bike begins to travels sideways.

    This also includes matching the engine to the proper gear and road speed. Having your bike in the right gear keeps the power for accelerating or engine braking close at hand, while also keeping the bike running along smoothly.

    You maintain your best traction when your inputs are smooth, including your steering inputs. Harsh or abrupt pressure on the handlebars can upset the suspension. Smooth, firm countersteering keeps the bike on your desired line and creates little instability in the suspension.

    Your tires, brakes, suspension, and bearings will last longer, too. Smooth riding makes for less wear and tear on your bike. So remember, smooth is as smooth does, and it can be a beautiful thing to see.

    3. Know where you are.

    When it does come time to make an emergency maneuver, you need to know what's around you. In fact, this is good information to have at all times. Being aware of what is in your immediate area will always help you guide your ride safely. Failure to be aware of your position in relation to those around you can cause dire consequences when faced with the need to make a quick lane change. Other vehicles have a nasty habit of sneaking in to places you can't see them, like the blind spots over your shoulders. Sometimes it's hard to imagine a mini-van disappearing, but it can happen. Once in that blind spot, you can find that a vehicle is easy to forget until you try to turn and find yourself mere inches from a bumper and big tires. Pay special attention to what's in front of you, especially oncoming traffic. It's easy to disregard traffic traveling in the opposite direction but that is where your greatest threat lies. Be ready for the car that turns left in front of you.

    4. Use your head to look where you're going.

    This may sound slightly remedial but it is an under-appreciated habit of a skilled rider. It becomes even more important in corners where riders tend to be mesmerized by the patch of pavement directly in front of their bike. As you corner, keep your head and eyes up, looking through the corner as far as you safely can, at least three to four seconds ahead. (If you can't see that far ahead, you need to slow down.) You'll be surprised by what you may see. Couple this new-found vigilance with an escape route (should something wicked your way come) and your chances of getting intimately familiar with the pavement are cut dramatically. Often a good game to play is the "What if … ?" game. Try to anticipate that car turning left in front of you or a spaceship crash landing in your path. Hey, if it happens on TV, it could happen to you, right?
    5. When your line of sight or path of travel becomes restricted, reduce your speed and use great care.

    On the surface this seems to be a no-brainer, but think back to the last time a car you were following began to slow down. Did you slow and maintain a safe following distance or did you end up tailgating until the car turned or stopped? This is a very common mistake that many of us are guilty of committing. Unless "the force" is strong with you (there are not many Jedi Knights on this planet), it is tough to avoid what you cannot see. I bent two rims on a bike once because I was following so close to the vehicle in front of me that I was unable to avoid the gaping pothole that fell out from under the car at me. It was an expensive lesson that I will not forget. Simply put, if you can't see, slow down. Rain and fog are examples of situations where less speed equals more reaction time. Curvy forest or mountain roads are fun, but because their sightlines are shorter, you need to reduce your speed to be prepared for surprises like deer, big rocks, and enormous filthy vehicles straddling the centerline.

    6. Before proceeding through any intersection, check left, check front, check right, then check left again.

    This is a fine example of managing your priorities. As you enter an intersection, whether turning or proceeding through, you need to know what your hazards are and where they can come from. The highest priority is to check your left. Why left? The left is the highest priority because that is the lane of traffic you first cross and therefore would be the first to impact you. After the left you continue to check the intersection in a clockwise pattern. So next is the front because the vehicle coming toward you is a threat if it turns left in front of you. It is worthwhile to note the bulk (77%) of two-vehicle motorcycle crashes occur from impacts coming from this direction. Then you check to the right. If slowing or turning you check behind you (we'll look at this more in habit #7) then back around to the left again. You check the left twice since in the time it takes to check all other directions the situation could have changed to the left.

    7. Whenever you slow, first check your rearview mirror.

    Too often, what is out of sight is out of mind. As you slow down for any turn or a stop, you need to be aware of what is happening behind you. This is part of your general awareness of what is happening in your surroundings on the road. A quick look into your rearview mirrors will give you an idea of what traffic is doing behind you. The habit to get into is to check your mirrors every five to seven seconds, and also any time you roll off the throttle. Combine that with gentle application of both brakes and rarely will a stop be anything more than routine. A good reminder for this is that it is a proven fact flying insects do not check their rearview mirrors and you see what happens to them on your face shield.

    There is a big exception to this. When you have to do a quick or emergency stop your priority is in front of you, but once that is taken care of it is doubly important to check your backside in case the driver following you was caught off guard by your sudden stop. Some riders use a label maker to put a reminder on their speedometer to "check mirrors".

    8. Keep a 2-4 second following distance.

    Following too close to the vehicle in front of you is arguably one of the greatest sins committed by most riders on a regular basis. I find myself inching up on the bumper of the vehicle in front of me all the time. Usually it's only because I want to drive faster than the car in front of me allows, but I have paid the price both in money and nervous close calls because I gave myself little to no reaction time by following too closely.

    When traveling on a highway, the minimum distance to keep between you and the vehicle in front of you is 2 seconds, but that is the bare minimum. A 2-second following distance is like buying the cheapest bullet -proof vest you can find: sure, it's protection, but if you really want to be safe, you'll upgrade. That upgrade would be to a 4-second following distance. Keep in mind these distances are needed on clear sunny days. At night or during inclement weather you need to increase your safety margin. You should maintain these cushions as best as possible including the time you find yourself riding in traffic with a group of motorcycles.

    To figure your distance correctly pick a point on the road, like a sign or a seam in the pavement, watch the vehicle ahead of you pass it and count the seconds it takes you to reach that point. The number of seconds you count is your following distance.

    If you have trouble with this and just want to estimate the distance in feet use this formula: at 70 mph you travel approximately 105 feet a second, so 2 seconds times 105 feet would be 210 feet. But remember, that is the bare minimum. More is always better.

    9. Ride with a great attitude.

    This is one of the best ways to enjoy riding more and to effect a change in the general public's sometime dim view of motorcycling. A bad attitude will be reflected in your riding and a preoccupation with whatever made you grumpy will only distract you from the job at hand: safely riding your motorcycle.

    On anything other than wide open country roads, you have a choice while riding: ride with the flow of traffic, or fight it. There are often times when traffic is not moving at a speed you would choose. When this happens poor riders zig-zag through the slower traffic, tailgating, cutting people off and generally irritating everyone on the road, reinforcing the perception that all motorcyclists are daredevil speed demons with no respect for mom, apple pie or the law.

    Option two is you can try to be a courteous rider demonstrating what a responsible person you are, "Look ma, I'm all growed up now." It is my opinion that nothing harms the image of motorcycling more than a rider aggressively weaving through traffic on a motorcycle. It may impress 14-year-old boys being shuttled to little league, but they don't vote or call their elected representatives, although their parents sometimes do.

    10. Practice.

    The very best time to practice these habits is every time you go out for a ride. Spend at least a few minutes every ride concentrating on each of these habits and soon they will become second nature to you. Don't focus so hard on practicing that you lose sight of the job at hand. Instead integrate practice into your normal riding routine.

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    'things riders do wrong', and it went like this:

    1) Lack of concentration.

    This is simply a case of not paying enough attention. When you're riding a motorcycle you need to be 100% focused on riding. Don't be thinking about work, or your love life, or any other distraction. The Hurt Report, often quoted by the MSF, found that in the majority of motorcycle accidents, the rider didn't do anything to avoid the accident!

    2) Poor visual habits (not looking far enough ahead).

    Nick stressed the need to remember the formula: D = mph. By this he meant that as a rider increases speed, he/she needs to increase the distance ahead where they look. You should be constantly scanning the road ahead, looking for potential dangers (the 'Scan' part of the S.I.P.D.E. technique taught by the MSF). You should include checking your rear view mirrors too...

    3) Early turn-in points.

    Initiating your turn too soon means you'll be leaned over longer and therefore be spending more time in a state in which you don't have as much control � particularly over the brakes. You may also have to adjust your speed up or down since you probably can't see the exit and don't know if the corner has a decreasing radius or not. If you're rolling on the throttle (as you should) you may end up speeding up too much and exit the corner wide � potentially moving into the oncoming lane or onto the shoulder.

    4) Gorilla riding (i.e. non-smooth).

    This results from jerky control inputs: brakes, shifting, and turning. It can induce unnecessary reactions from the motorcycle, result in temporary loss of traction, or break your concentration. Don't do it.

    5) Panic attacks.

    These are most often caused by entering a corner too 'hot' and thinking you can't make it. In fact, a modern sportbike with good tires can almost always make it � it's the rider that can't. So if you get into this situation, first tell yourself you can make it. Really believe it. Then look through the corner where you want to go. Push on the inside handlebar to increase your lean angle. Do not use the brakes! If you can summon the courage, open the throttle � even just a little. It really will help.
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    well say

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    to both of the posts
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    Originally posted by d0n^@Mar 21 2004, 04:31 PM
    to both of the posts
    thanks
    hope that all rider to take good notice abt this

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    well written

    These r the things tat should be taught in Driving centres.

    In fact after i went for the defensive riding course, i only know wat proper turning in.

    To turn left, keep rite and cut in into apex of the corner.

    This wil increase ur field or vision.

    Coupled with slow in fast out.


    But i theory only

    Havent even got my bike yet tho i get the logic

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    From what you wrote, i can see that you r a great rider.
    Thanks, what you wrote will benifit a lot of people...

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    Originally posted by LongLifeBikers@Mar 22 2004, 05:16 PM
    From what you wrote, i can see that you r a great rider.
    Thanks, what you wrote will benifit a lot of people...
    talkin bout smth and practicin it are 2 different things.
    that is IF his the one who wrote it. (no offence mate)
    but the above statement, really
    alas... not all riders follow them all.

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    ya i agree with u
    Reminder to those newbie out there to take more notices

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    very detail but too lenghting... read already
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    important info have to be long and winded But if they care abt their hadits this few minute can even correct them WHY NOT dude

     

     
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    Very informative....well said! Really good for newbies and would be riders like me......not everything can be learnt from driving schools.....its the experience of fellow riders that help. It's also great that you guys are borthering to type all these out... Well Done
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    great,esp this:


    you must be physically prepared. Start with good protective gear
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    one more thing to add, though it may seem offensive and definitely not encouraged at all is for riders to ride on the divider line. If must, take extra care of the car's movement as you might be able to foresee their intended actions. AS for smaller cc bikes, pls give way to the bigger and faster ones instead of hogging the road. It'll save alot of misunderstanding if the bigger bikes need to overtake.
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    Originally posted by x_00_x@Apr 6 2004, 01:32 PM
    one more thing to add, though it may seem offensive and definitely not encouraged at all is for riders to ride on the divider line. If must, take extra care of the car's movement as you might be able to foresee their intended actions. AS for smaller cc bikes, pls give way to the bigger and faster ones instead of hogging the road. It'll save alot of misunderstanding if the bigger bikes need to overtake.

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    Thanks for the invaluable info brother!

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    Originally posted by x_00_x@Apr 6 2004, 12:32 PM
    one more thing to add, though it may seem offensive and definitely not encouraged at all is for riders to ride on the divider line. If must, take extra care of the car's movement as you might be able to foresee their intended actions. AS for smaller cc bikes, pls give way to the bigger and faster ones instead of hogging the road. It'll save alot of misunderstanding if the bigger bikes need to overtake.
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    but abit long~

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    Just trying to help. Hope the smaller cc bikes dont take offence though. One more to add, for those who like to test their cornering skills, beware of the following corners as they are rather uneven :

    1. BKE exit to PIE
    2. Exit from Thomson Road to Jln Toa Payoh


    will add more when I encouter them.

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    1. BKE exit to PIE
    2. Exit from Thomson Road to Jln Toa Payohland
    3. bt panjang exit to BKE (going to woodland)
    i skidd there once now no go there, still got pho beeer(don know to spell)

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    1. BKE exit to PIE
    2. Exit from Thomson Road to Jln Toa Payohland
    3. bt panjang exit to BKE (going to woodland)
    4. KJE exit to BKE dun play corner there

     

     
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    1. BKE exit to PIE
    2. Exit from Thomson Road to Jln Toa Payohland
    3. bt panjang exit to BKE (going to woodland)
    4. KJE exit to BKE dun play corner there
    5.Coporation Road to PIE (Changi) under the over-head bridge very sandy
    I dun ride FAST...
    I juz fly SLOW...

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    Can i add to the list??

    Rmb to caltivate good habits while riding i.e. fingers not at clutch/brake lever while riding, left foot not under the gear lever, etc. U will bring this kinda habits when u upgrade 2a, 2.
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    for u man for bring us so much info. Great job man
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    always look far ahead


    I like pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals. --- by Winston Churchill (1874 -1965)

    Always expect the unexpected!

    Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.

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    Well .... me not too experience ... but another thing to add based on my bad experience.

    1. Dont look at blind spot for too long - LOL ... I made this mistake when I am still a P-plate rider and guess what. The taxi in front suddenly stop and I brake, fall and bike crush onto my foot. Guess what? A PIG LEG - swollen for a month.

    2. When corner, just slow down to a speed that is controllable especially at sharp bend and u cant see far. U never know if there is a broken vehicle stop right after the bend. SSDC instructor teaches me this and I always remember.


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    Originally posted by LordDraco@May 25 2004, 03:40 PM
    Well .... me not too experience ... but another thing to add based on my bad experience.

    1. Dont look at blind spot for too long - LOL ... I made this mistake when I am still a P-plate rider and guess what. The taxi in front suddenly stop and I brake, fall and bike crush onto my foot. Guess what? A PIG LEG - swollen for a month.

    2. When corner, just slow down to a speed that is controllable especially at sharp bend and u cant see far. U never know if there is a broken vehicle stop right after the bend. SSDC instructor teaches me this and I always remember.


    yea but still, you will see crazy drivers or bikers taking those filter lanes with zebra crossings like a chicane in Sepang Circuit!

    so dangerous....i'm even afriad to be a pedestrain these days.
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    Originally posted by LordDraco@May 25 2004, 04:40 PM
    Well .... me not too experience ... but another thing to add based on my bad experience.

    1. Dont look at blind spot for too long - LOL ... I made this mistake when I am still a P-plate rider and guess what. The taxi in front suddenly stop and I brake, fall and bike crush onto my foot. Guess what? A PIG LEG - swollen for a month.

    2. When corner, just slow down to a speed that is controllable especially at sharp bend and u cant see far. U never know if there is a broken vehicle stop right after the bend. SSDC instructor teaches me this and I always remember.



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    Anyone try the turn along Clementi Ave 6 from Bt Batok.. I always move slow on that bend, worry might lost control.

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    Superb.. I'll take down & practice on-road.. THANKS!
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    the filter lane towards the AYE at the junction in front of Buona Vista MRT should be taken carefully as well.
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    guys u all say must smooth, can i ask a question..

    i am riding a sp. i am say in 5th gear, my speed is around 90km/h. then my speed drop slowly till 80km/h. at this point, i can hear a sound 'kaka' like not enough speed. so i thought so and gear down.. but then this causes a loud engine brake which tells me that i should not have gear down. so is this 'kaka' sound normal for sp or wat?

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    do u hear the sound after u close throttle? it means that there is not enough torque so u will need to drop gear.you should not get engine brake unless u close throttle, clutch in, drop gear and release clutch immediately while throttle is still at 0%. u have to rev immediately after u release your clutch to maintain the speed. anyways i don't need much advice on smooth riding as i AM a jedi knight *whips out lightsaber* "fwooosh!* *waves lightsaber around* "oom om.." hahahahar
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    ya one more to the list of danger coner, big big T juntion at old airport rd,going

    thru some construction work there,really cannot see turning point,even got hard

    time turning at the speed of 20-30k/h. it's btw National stadium and old airport rd

    market. when u come from ECP. Refering to the safety notice,it will be beta if it

    can be make known to all riders on the road and drivers as well.

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    i hate the whole area of kallang stadium and old airport road/dakota crescent. The roads very sandy. I work around there delivery.
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    one more dangerous place to corner is the slip rd from tampines rd into tpe...
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    very good threat!

    Learning and revising should not stop after we leave the driving centre

    Keep up the good work and may all ride safe.

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    May all riding safely

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    Originally posted by Avita@Jan 30 2005, 02:06 AM
    guys u all say must smooth, can i ask a question..

    i am riding a sp. i am say in 5th gear, my speed is around 90km/h. then my speed drop slowly till 80km/h. at this point, i can hear a sound 'kaka' like not enough speed. so i thought so and gear down.. but then this causes a loud engine brake which tells me that i should not have gear down. so is this 'kaka' sound normal for sp or wat?

    can help?
    'kaka' sound if heard at home is made by lizards...

    if heard at nite in a quiet spot outdoors is made by tree lizards..

    if heard from your bike.. ermmmm a lizard in ur bike?

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    AYE towards tuas Jurong town hall exit...

    once u exit.. if u wanna head towards science center.. gotta turn right under the expressway... that major junction there very dangerous... sometimes got those rubbish truck drip dirty water along the apex... and if u corner like a gp racer there.. u will hit the dirty water mid apex and fall even before u know it...

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    Originally posted by faris@Mar 22 2005, 07:09 PM
    i hate the whole area of kallang stadium and old airport road/dakota crescent. The roads very sandy. I work around there delivery.
    me too, the place lik riding a rollar coaster lik tat!

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    wah... ZoRoM... Fears huh...So, this Sat let show it
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    Was riding my dad's Vespa & my VRIGIN ride on the rd, alone....
    Self-skidded, unable to control d bike coz culture shock, not used 2 changing gears at d hand...hehe...scared 2 corner oso,dono d bike yet mah...at las, buang!
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    well said

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    Let's try out how the good habits work in real life.

    1. You're at a junction turning right. There are 3 such lanes, you're in the middle. When the light turns green, there's a cab on your right turning at the same time as you. You have a bad feeling. What should you do?

    2. You are in the middle of a 3 lane road and are approaching a traffic light junction. The traffic light is green. As you approach, you see 3 cars on the right lane, their left signal on. They are blocked by a right turning car in front. There is still a big gap between you and the cars, but even after you slow down, the cars show no sign of moving out. What should you do?
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    It seems I encounter some incidents everyday.

    1. You're in lane 3 of a 4 lane road. Lane 1 (the rightmost) lane is for turning right, so there are many cars queueing up. There are some cars in lane 2 trying to cut into lane 1.

    Looking ahead, you see 3 cars in lane 2. It is obvious the first (furthest from you) and third (nearest to you) are trying to cut into lane 1, because of their angle. Car 2, however, is straight. Its left signal is not on. As you approach, should you slow down? You are not able to turn into lane 4 at any time because there's a bus on your left.

    2. A car slows and stops down near the top of a slope. As it is a wide two-lane road (one lane per direction), you move to the right to avoid banging into the car door in case the driver opens his door without checking. How much to the right should you move? Onto the divider? Or even cross it? What is the likelihood that there's a car coming in the other direction (you can't see due to the slope)? And what's the likelihood he's on the divider himself?

    (Guess what did I encounter?)
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    |boom!|

    hi guys..

    good to see this sort of information going around.. i believe that the original writer of the '10 rules' is from the USA and therefore all the 'left' and 'right' should be swopped around..

    example.. when crossing an intersection (cross juntion), he states that we should check left - straight - right - left because vehicles coming from the left are the most immediate threat.. in singapore, it would be vehicles from your right.. just think back to your 2B lessons and how we check to the right first?

    think about it pls..

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    Originally posted by nhyone@Sep 27 2006, 03:59 PM
    It seems I encounter some incidents everyday.

    1. You're in lane 3 of a 4 lane road. Lane 1 (the rightmost) lane is for turning right, so there are many cars queueing up. There are some cars in lane 2 trying to cut into lane 1.

    Looking ahead, you see 3 cars in lane 2. It is obvious the first (furthest from you) and third (nearest to you) are trying to cut into lane 1, because of their angle. Car 2, however, is straight. Its left signal is not on. As you approach, should you slow down? You are not able to turn into lane 4 at any time because there's a bus on your left.

    2. A car slows and stops down near the top of a slope. As it is a wide two-lane road (one lane per direction), you move to the right to avoid banging into the car door in case the driver opens his door without checking. How much to the right should you move? Onto the divider? Or even cross it? What is the likelihood that there's a car coming in the other direction (you can't see due to the slope)? And what's the likelihood he's on the divider himself?

    (Guess what did I encounter?)
    A little late on ther reply. I hope this helps.

    You should slow down simply because you are approaching a junction. It is not just car two that may cut into your lane (lane 3), cars 1 and 3 may cut into your lane, even if they signal right. It also depends if lane 2 is a right turn or no right turn lane. Car 2 may swerve into your lane if car one forms up to turn and the driver of car 2 is impatient, fails to check blindspot etc. If car 2 or any of the cars signals left, its almost certain they will cut left at any time, best you sound your horn once and be prepared for e brake. If you have been religiously keeping yourself aware of your rear and side, you will have room to swerve a little within your lane if needed, or change lane, or e brake, depending on how much the offensive driver cuts into your path. When approaching the junction, you also need to be ready for right turning vehicles, the no 1 bike killer.

    As for situation 2, you may want to sound your horn (friendly beep) as you approach, while slowing down at the same time. How far you have to cross the centre line or not depends on whether you can check that there is oncoming. If you can't, you may have to go dead slow, especially at night, or in the rain. Be prepared for the car to simply roll backwards and severely limit he room you have to manovere.

    A lot really depends on the biker's skill and judgement, how good is he at controlling his bike. The average biker like you and me on the road is better off erroring on the side of caution. Its not the couple of years of riding gone by without an incident that matters in the end, its whether you have a couple years more to ride at the rate you are presently going that counts. More experience only means you've seen, heard and experienced more. But if it has no positive impact in your habits, it aren't no "experience". When in doubt, go slow. Trust your instincts, not your head.

    Have a safe ride over the festive season ahead. Merry Christmas

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    Great theory dude !!

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