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I want to thank all the contributors for your sharing of experience and tips; it has certainly sharpened the safety aspects of the riding community; especially for newbie like me who whom have just acquired my 2B 2 weeks ago and started my riding in the real world.

 

The shared experience and tips have greatly enhanced my appreciation towards safer riding attitude and wearing protective gears despite I am riding a humble wave. The importance of HOV has even extended to my driving styles. Nowadays, I observe and study the road conditions more, anticipate and identify hazards early and respond accordingly.

 

Once again, thanks everyone for sharing and may everyone has a safe ride.

 

 

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There are endless theories...

Nothing beats practise...

 

In today's context especially with the traffic.

Do not drop ur senses..... Eyes open wide... look far....

Stay alive and ride safe

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Below are some thoughts about riding/driving, they are by no means the only view.

 

I am in the midst of my bike lessons, truth is, I'll eventually get the licence, it's only a question of riding time and when I get it, it only means I've mastered the circuit, nothing more. Do not forget that the traffic stays clear of learners like the plague, so whatever you've experienced, its is nothing like the real thing. Always remember that the real road and traffic is another beast altogether, a very unforgiving beast.

 

To be an experienced or road savvy rider, it is an accumulation of riding, road and traffic reading skills. All these skills must be honed to control the rider without him/her having to take his/her concentration off the road to think about it.

 

An example will be a beginner having to look out for traffic lights, an experienced rider/driver sees the light without taking his eyes off the road and the rider/driver does not lose sight of what's in front of him.

 

Same goes if the driver/rider is able to maintain a visual image of his/her surroundings, he/she 'sees' the best route and only needs to confirm it before making the move vs someone who needs to look all round to figure out the choices and need to reconfirm again that the situation has not changed.

 

Another example is one where you're aware of a bike/car behind you on your left. After a few seconds, the bike/car have disappeared and your left n rear looks clear; rather than concluding its ok to switch lanes, an alarm must go off in your head telling you that the bike/car is missing and you must not do anything till you've located it.

 

Advice is for beginners to take things slow, give yourself a chance to accumulate road time. Only with time, will you get to see enough to understand the beast called Traffic, in reality, we are talking about road user behaviour. Reading traffic is similar to reading body language, you learn to recognise signs that tell you that the driver is going to do something vs a beginner who will only realise when it is already occurring.

 

Everything comes from road time, there are no shortcuts. Rushing things only means short riding careers. I am not a biker yet, but my observations are based on many many road hours as a driver.

 

Please ride safely. There is nothing to prove while on the road.

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@swashylahs - Maybe to put you more at ease...

 

I wear a full face with a Riding Jacket with CE pads and back protection along with leather gloves with kevlar protection while riding on a TA200 Phantom... With a P Plate then...

 

Sure i get alot of "looks" from other riders and even driver... Not sure what all the looks were about. And yes when it rains the whole setup is hot... However, when you think about the road condition when you are going to and fro work... you will feel better that you are not exposed to the tarmac beneath you.

 

The only person you should answer to is yourself. Do you want to be protected? or follow the crowd? If you look carefully at our Johor friends, you can start to see most of them wearing some sort of protection here and there too... Long sleeves and pants. Some even have FF, although rare... and this is likely because of the super long and hot queue when going back to Johor in the evening... So there's a balance...

 

Yesterday a "cub" skidded in front of me... i think he depressed his rear brake a little too hard. He skidded, slammed into the floor. Minor ding and bruises because he was wearing jeans and a thick jacket.

 

Some protection is better than none... don't let people decide what you should do to protect yourself...

 

Be safe :) not Sorry.

 

Ride safe bro.

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