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10 habits of good Riding

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Originally posted by toobez@October 25, 2006 03:00 pm



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..




any one can cut and paste..


i rest my case..


no offence but pls do check your sources and ensure that the guidelines are suitable for the country you are 'writing' about?




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10 habits of a good rider




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.


Wrong or rather not totally correct.


Do not follow a vehicle dead right in the centre of any lane. Pass any vehicles quickly upon knowing that you are closing in on the slower bugger and maintain a clear road ahead of yourself at most tiomes if possible.


9. Ride with a great attitude.


Wrong...ride with an attitude that everyone is out to KILL you. So you will apply all sorts of tactics to keep out of danger and let the other axx holes kill each other instead!


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.


You still need to practice?


Then you are still not in the league of GREAT riders but do keep learning and you might...I say might..just get there!:D


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.


Any way thanks for the input to the rest of the riders but like I say...many just would or rather can't learn much anyway...so the better option is for them NOT to ride!

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Why do a lot of bikers I see, when pulling away from a light or otherwise stop position, keep their right foot down instead of lifting it up and putting it on the foot peg?


Seems crazy to me; I've even seen guys turning and going over 40kph doing this ???

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Why do a lot of bikers I see, when pulling away from a light or otherwise stop position, keep their right foot down instead of lifting it up and putting it on the foot peg?


Seems crazy to me; I've even seen guys turning and going over 40kph doing this ???


That's because their priority is to shift gears and are not too concerned about emergency braking. Their right leg is dangling down just as a precaution in case they have to stop (using only the FRONT brakes), which is really silly. This is a very bad habit I agree.


I've even seen some guys in slippers with their foot nearly touching the ground. One false move and it's bye bye to your toes.

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Great Information to New Riders as well as Experienced Ricers !!! Most of us might know what is the right way but always find it hard to follow, thanks for the reminder and hope that we can really kick away the bad habits !!! :D

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New question.


Why do a lot of bikers I see, when pulling away from a light or otherwise stop position, keep their right foot down instead of lifting it up and putting it on the foot peg?


Seems crazy to me; I've even seen guys turning and going over 40kph doing this ???


Maybe they want to do 'scrambler-style' cornering...


I think the reason is that they put their leg on the footpeg too long, leg cramp already, need to stretch the leg more...

boring rider. with a boring bike.

too old to want to appear interesting anymore.

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There are so many habits are there but I know only one.


1.BIKE exit to PIE.


2. Exit from Thomson road to jim Toa Payohcal.


3. BT panjang exit to BIKE (going to woodland).


4.KJE exit to BKE dum plus corner there.


4. we have to take care while driving or any time it is good to ours.........


I really appreciate with this forum........



Thank you.



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:angel: I think we ought to pay compliment to all instructors in the Singapore Driving and Riding Centers for passing the proper 10 habits as stated.


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

Another aspect is the peaceful loving mind that we all shared - a peaceful, serene, lovely and considerate mind would bring forth the peaceful bliss on the forms of body and bike.

May all road users be blessed with a wonderful and blissful journey towards the intended destination

May you pardon me for the "niam-keng" reciting sutra..haha


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