NU Rider
Post Posted: Tue Mar 15, 2016 3:16 pm
 Subject: How to stay safe/alive on a 250?

Today I'm picking up an 06 Ninja 250 (Yellow flame colorway FTW!). My family is giving me crap about the dangers of a motorcycle, which I know comes from a good place. But this is something I've always wanted and look forward to. I'm an EXTREMELY defensive driver (sparkling clean record) and am not a kid (mid-late 20s). I believe that I can be just fine if I follow the safety standard that I regularly hold myself to in a car. I take the MSF course this weekend (plan on doing the ASF course right after when eligible). Any tips on staying safe and not getting hurt/seriously injured/killed? I don't plan on highway riding, really just summer cruising (if that makes a difference). Thanks!
Bokonon
Post Posted: Tue Mar 15, 2016 4:26 pm
 Subject: Some good places to start

http://faq.ninja250.org/wiki/New_Riders

especially

http://faq.ninja250.org/wiki/Protective_Gear
http://faq.ninja250.org/wiki/Riding_Techniques

Oh, and you'll find most of the information you'll need for maintenance and repair in there, too.

I do like the yellow. It's cool Agree
MIK
Post Posted: Tue Mar 15, 2016 8:01 pm
 Subject: What Bokonon said

read it all.

And, FWIW, the bike is plenty freeway capable. And freeways are generally safer than local roads - no left turning cars, no traffic lights, all traffic goes in one direction. Boring though Smile

Enjoy your new bike and keep rubber side down!
GeorgeRYoung
Post Posted: Tue Mar 15, 2016 10:34 pm
 Subject: Motorcycles are invisible

If you take all the reflectors off your bicycle, dress all in black, and go out for a ride at night, that's a pretty good approximation to motorcycle visibility all day long. You'll start to do things differently so that you don't rely on being seen.

For example, I've stopped on a green light when it looked like someone didn't see me and was going to run the red.

Being a safe car driver is not enough. Because other car drivers see your car, you don't need the same level of paranoia.
iliveforcurves
Post Posted: Sat Mar 19, 2016 10:52 am
 Subject: Get some high visibility gear and a headlight modulator.

maddevill
Post Posted: Thu Mar 16, 2017 4:34 pm
 Subject: safe

First YOU must be in control of the situation. If you ride like a victim you will be a victim. Don't let yourself sit in blind spots, don't assume a driver will do the right thing. ALWAYS assume that the WORST thing someone CAN do WILL be what they will do. When it happens you'll be prepared. I see too many riders who are tentative on the road. In my opinion that is leading to a problem. Be the shark among fishes. Dictate your environment as much as you can. That doesn't mean ride like an asshole. it means being aggressively proactive in your riding.

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