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Motorcycle fatalities in the Sacramento Area

18626 Views 102 Replies 33 Participants Last post by  eddyline
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Seriously though, I guess I'd have to agree with Sean. Even the new rider on the Harley may have been taking risks that were a little too high in general - I don't know how fast he happened to be going, but I know I routinely see guys going down two-lane rural roads at night as fast as they would during the day. Now maybe some guys have much better night perception than I do, but I'll say that for me I tend to back off some at night, finding my ability to judge exact distances and speeds not as precise in darkness than in the light of day, not to mention making reading the road ahead of you from a long way off that much harder. I believe it's called "out-riding your headlights".
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Re: now to wax philisophic

Reminds me of the mice and moles that live in my backyard and how they must feel when I let the cat out.
I like the idea of rider education. Some knowledge is better than none. I taught in a graduate school for 10 years (MBA program) and found out that the classroom left the students sorely lacking in management ability. Their real education took place on the job. Same goes for motorcycle riding. I don't want to denigrate MSF training. But, to learn how to ride on the street, you need to get that type of experience. Track days and racing are ok too but they don't throw deer, cars, trucks, cow poop, birds, etc. at you. I think you need to get out there and ride a lot, but don't be too bold. Ride with more experienced riders and watch what they do. Just don't follow them blindly. Be cautious. Something to do with no old-bold soldiers left after a war. Most of all, be lucky. You can’t beat that.
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