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Riding across poor road surfaces

Published on January 7, 2019 under MSF
Riding across poor road surfaces
Riding a motorcycle across poor road surfaces and special handling situations. Here are a few simple rules you should follow when you anticipate coping with sand, mud, water or any loose surface or obstruction in the road: For more info, www.msf-usa.org
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Street Strategies at Work – THE SHARK

Published on December 21, 2018 under MSF
Street Strategies at Work – THE SHARK
THE SHARK Imagine a typical scene from a nature-network documentary, one that shows a fur seal frantically swimming with a great white shark in ruthless pursuit, the huge snout of the shark filling the television screen.In the corresponding street scene, you’re riding your motorcycle down a wide arterial street when a huge sedan closes in on you, its grille filling your mirrors. Just as you change lanes to get out of this car-shark’s path, the tailgater also changes lanes behind you. What are your best strategies for avoiding (or evading) this situation? Strategy: As soon as you notice a tailgater…
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Controlling Skids – Ride Safe Ride Smart

Published on December 19, 2018 under Motorcycle News
Controlling Skids – Ride Safe Ride Smart
Though the first time it happens it will no doubt be alarming, a skidding tire isn’t necessarily a hazardous situation, and certainly no reason for undue panic. Knowing what actions to take will help you avoid a panic response, and allow you to correct the skid with a minimum of drama. Rear-wheel skids are more common during sudden, maximum braking. In simplified terms, this is because during deceleration (due to braking force) much of the load on the rear wheel transfers to the front wheel, decreasing the amount of traction available to the rear tire, making it easier for the…
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How to Safely Pass Other Vehicles While Riding a Motorcycle

Published on May 25, 2018 under Born To Ride
How to Safely Pass Other Vehicles While Riding a Motorcycle
Traveling again along a two-lane state highway, you approach a slow-moving vehicle and make a decision to pass. Passing on a motorcycle is not substantially different than passing in a car, though (as is always the case on a motorcycle) taking steps to ensure your own visibility is more important when you are riding. Take every possible step to be sure the driver you are overtaking is aware of you. Evaluate: Make sure there is a good opportunity to pass. Check for oncoming traffic, and gauge whether or not there is sufficient clear roadway available to complete the passing maneuver…
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How to Ride A Motorcycle Safely on Poor Road Surfaces – Motorcycle Safety Foundation

Published on May 25, 2018 under Born To Ride
How to Ride A Motorcycle Safely on Poor Road Surfaces – Motorcycle Safety Foundation
  POOR ROAD SURFACES A public highway is an unpredictable place. Even familiar stretches can seem like a foreign land at times. Conditions can change from day to day, depending upon weather, road use, or other unpredictable factors. When it comes to surfaces on new or unfamiliar roads you must be prepared and ready for anything. You never know what surprises lurk around yonder bend. Sound knowledge combined with a good riding strategy is essential for handling some common poor roadway surface conditions that you should be prepared to encounter. Loose Surfaces/Debris: Reduce speed to create a margin of safety…
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PASSING OTHER VEHICLES – Motorcycle Safety Foundation

Published on January 3, 2018 under Born To Ride
PASSING OTHER VEHICLES  – Motorcycle Safety Foundation
Search: Traveling again along a two-lane state highway, you approach a slow-moving vehicle and make a decision to pass. Passing on a motorcycle is not substantially different than passing in a car, though (as is always the case on a motorcycle) taking steps to ensure your own visibility is more important when you are riding. Take every possible step to be sure the driver you are overtaking is aware of you. Evaluate: Make sure there is a good opportunity to pass. Check for oncoming traffic, and gauge whether or not there is sufficient clear roadway available to complete the passing…
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Maximum or Emergency Braking – MSF Motorcycle Safety Foundation

Published on December 26, 2017 under Blog
Maximum or Emergency Braking – MSF Motorcycle Safety Foundation
Stopping your motorcycle in the shortest possible distance is another valuable skill that street riders need. When an obstacle appears in front of you and swerving is not an option because there are no escape routes available (a piece of furniture falls off of the truck in front of you), then stopping becomes your only option to avoid a collision. The term “maximum braking” is used when both brakes are applied as firmly as possible without locking up either wheel, typically in an emergency situation. To achieve maximum braking, simultaneously squeeze the front brake and clutch levers, and press the…
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Motorcycle Safety Foundation RiderCoaches Enhance Skills Toward Achieving Positive Rider Outcomes at 2017 IRETS Workshop

Published on October 10, 2017 under Blog
Motorcycle Safety Foundation RiderCoaches Enhance Skills Toward Achieving Positive Rider Outcomes at 2017 IRETS Workshop
IRVINE, Calif., Oct. 10, 2017 – Hundreds of Motorcycle Safety Foundation RiderCoaches learned new tips and techniques to ensure MSF students get the best, most positive experience when they take any of the MSF’s more than 25 programs, whether it’s a Basic RiderCourse, Advanced RiderCourse, Military SportBike RiderCourse or a Street RiderCourse.   RiderCoaches from across the country described the 2017 MSF International Rider Education Training System Workshop in September as fun, energizing and motivating. RiderCoaches were also able to speak directly with MSF staff during the 2½-day workshop, sharing ideas and feedback. The insight the MSF staff gained from…
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ForCarDrivers.com Introduces its “Driver’s Commitment to Safety” Checklist for Use by Car and Truck Drivers

Published on May 1, 2017 under Blog
ForCarDrivers.com Introduces its “Driver’s Commitment to Safety” Checklist for Use by Car and Truck Drivers
ForCarDrivers.com Introduces its "Driver's Commitment to Safety" Checklist for Use by Car and Truck Drivers   New tool helps formalize driving practices that protect vulnerable roadway users  The Checklist encourages a serious commitment to driving safely and responsibly  The Checklist is available now for download from ForCarDrivers.com, a program of the Motorcycle Safety Foundation   IRVINE, CA. May 1, 2017 – ForCarDrivers.com, a program created by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, has introduced a new tool to help novice and experienced drivers stay safe behind the wheel: the ForCarDrivers.com "Driver's Commitment to Safety" checklist.   The MSF has previously published a…
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