Category / risk management

  • Motorcycle safety and fun: Mutually Exclusive? What’s your opinion? How much fun can you have and still maintain a safety mindset? I think these two concepts go well together rather than being diametrically opposed. How can this be? I think some explanation of my concept of safety is warranted here. Motorcycle safety, I think, carries [...]

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  • As a motorcyclist, one of my most tense moments is peeking in my mirrors while waiting at a red light and noticing the approaching vehicle doesn’t appear to be slowing down. There is certainly an oh-shit factor when I see that. One has read on many occasions about motorcyclists who were severely injured or killed [...]

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  • What’s wrong with this picture? As motorcyclists we are adept at complaining about cagers who do things that make riding more dangerous. We complain about them texting while driving, blocking their side view mirror with their phone to their ear, cutting us off in traffic, tailgating … you name it, we motorcyclists have complained many [...]

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  • They are at the intersection often. Homeless folks, holding signs indicating their needs. It’s challenging to know if those folks are really in need and one wonders if given money, will they use it for drugs or alcohol or something that just perpetuates their dire situation. This motorcyclist chooses to feed the homeless – one [...]

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  • You’ve been there as a motorcyclist – riding along and everything is great, then someone violates your right of way and nearly crashes into you. In these situations, having the right of way is useless of someone crashes into you. So, here’s a technique we call Positional Situational Awareness. This is basically knowing where you [...]

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  • Road hazards and motorcycles do not mix. And when it’s a magic road debris it’s even a bigger challenge. Here some road debris seems to appear out of nowhere, but fortunately the rider has a safe following distance and was able to foil the magic bottle’s diabolical plans. Watch below – can you see where [...]

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  • Riding a motorcycle – for those of us that do – is exhilarating and exciting. Riding does come with its risks – and most motorcyclists understand that. The challenge we face is that some non-riders will want to remind us that it is so dangerous (and probably when we’re not around, will think we just [...]

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  • Two seconds Pyle, two seconds! Anyone who has ever attended even a basic motorcycle rider training course has heard this – keep a 2-second safe following distance. This will give you time to react to emergency situations. How do you maintain a 2-second following distance? Watch the vehicle in front of you and when they [...]

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  • Motorcycle Melee wants all riders to avoid motorcycle crashes and live to ride as long as possible. In this episode of Motorcycle Melee’s Collision Avoidance Tips to Live By we talk about stopping at stop signs, what to look for when cars enter your roadway, right turns on red, watching for erratic drivers, being aware [...]

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  • You’ve been there. Riding down a multi-lane road and a vehicle suddenly swerves into your lane. Their response is often, “Sorry, I didn’t see you.” Today’s Proactive Collision Avoidance Top of the Day is to use your situational awareness to Predict People’s Actions! While you’re riding, spend time looking trying to predict what other vehicles [...]

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