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post #31 of 142 Old 08-11-2014, 03:37 AM
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I watched some of your videos. I got to say that those are not close calls...
Those are close calls

I don't know how you ride where you live but what you show on your videos is just an ordinary day here in Greece. Things like those are a usual thing here and we know how to ride with them. Learn to ride more defensive and never think that cause you have green light or priority over a cross you are safe. My approach when I ride is that I feel that all the other vehicles on the road are trying to knock me down so I am always focused on other vehicles and on possible threats like when I see a cross I always slow down and check even If I have priority on that cross. I even always check when I have green light.

As for your accident I think you should learn to use your brakes better. Do some practise on empty parking spots or something. You should learn how to brake close to the grip limit and develop a good feel of your front wheel.


Also when a bad moment happens to you on the road you should just let it go... You can't change it not you will gain something by having it in your mind... You chase people and ask them why did they cut you off or if they didn't see you etc... That is wrong... Cause your ability to ride safely is affected when you get nervous and mad while riding.

Revving your engine after someone cut you off is only a waste of gas.... If someone cuts me off and i brake down and avoid him I don't even bother with him... Just let go and keep focused on the road
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post #32 of 142 Old 08-11-2014, 04:49 AM Thread Starter
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As for your accident I think you should learn to use your brakes better. Do some practise on empty parking spots or something. You should learn how to brake close to the grip limit and develop a good feel of your front wheel.
I understand what you're saying, but... If you have to make an emergency brake, and you do it in a crosswalk,all your experience goes out the window.
One could argue "Well, don't brake in the crosswalk" but... When you're in a situation like that you don't have time to see if there's a crosswalk there or not.

The real lesson I've learned is that in those kinds of places I should be riding a lot slower.

As for the close calls, well... Yes, so far aside from the crash, I haven't got EXTREME close calls. However, all of them were situations that with a little more of bad luck, or less attention, or more speed, could have resulted in a crash.

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post #33 of 142 Old 08-11-2014, 06:02 AM
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Yeah true but when you have better feel of your brakes and grip even in emergency you will handle the brakes better. I ride since 2007. I had one crash since then on a cbf250. I tried to overtake a lady on a car on a crosswalk and she remembered that she wanted to turn almost after the cross so without any indication light she fully braked and turned left... I started braking and turning left but there was no room. I ended up hitting on her left rear door and then dropped down but I didn't lock the front wheel and drop by my own. I am telling you this story to show you that even in emergency situation if you have developed a good control of the brakes you will be able to handle the bike a lot better because imho the crash you had was easily avoidable. It was just that you got scared of the car, and locked your wheel.

But the part that you mention about your speed is very important. I noticed on the videos that you drive way too fast in town roads with a lot of traffic. In areas like that you should ride a lot slower to have room for escape or evade. The way you ride in the town practically leaves you at the mercy of other drivers. If someone crosses a STOP sign or changes a lane without notice you will not have the ability to evade that.
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post #34 of 142 Old 08-11-2014, 11:47 AM
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Mmmmmm....cbf250 and cbr1000 are 2 different animals, the speed and momentum 1krr have makes stoping and manouvering harder.

Just want to say, cant really comparing between those two.
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post #35 of 142 Old 08-11-2014, 12:17 PM
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Yeah I know. I have a 05 1000RR for a year now. Day and night difference but when it comes to emergency braking if you just wrench the lever you will lock the front wheel on anything you ride. Even if it is a scooter
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Yup... That's the "funny" thing... I wasn't wrenching the lever when I crashed... I've had way harder emergency brakes than that... The difference is that in that occasion I happen to do it while passing on top of a crosswalk. There was absolutely no warning, one moment I was "in control", the next moment I was tumbling down the road...
However, I'm fully aware of how lucky I was.

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post #37 of 142 Old 08-11-2014, 12:31 PM
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Oh I just noticed the crosswalk. Those white stripes are slippery as hell.... Especially if they get wet. It feels like you are on ice.
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Yup... but that day they were as dry as it gets... warm tires... but still, I ended up on the ground...

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Be thankful that you didn't get hurt and wish that every crash you will have will be like this
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