Here are a few points to ponder from the NZMSC:
Ever noticed that many riders say that you should ride like car drivers are out to get you?
The trouble with that approach is that the rider tends to establish a "them and me" approach to riding which leads to the rider becoming aggressive. If you regard every other motorist as almost certainly incompetent you'll tend to trust no one, make allowances for their incompetence (thus giving you a bigger safety factor) and you'll also tend to treat other driver in an authorative manner - assertively.
And that has a big advantage, because aggressive riding is dangerous but assertive riding is not.
Skin abrasions suffered in a motorcycle crash usually result from the motorcyclist not using adequate protective clothing. And skin abrasions are nothing to scoff at. One of our pupils had to undergo painful skin grafts over a period of 18 months to repair skin ripped off his arm and leg in a motorcycle crash.
We all know about rules of thumb. They are generalisations you can base a rough decision on. For example, if you want to decide whether your daughter's old tennis racket is big enough to make you a pair of snow shoes - since skiing is not your favourite winter pastime thanks to the leg plaster you presently sport - you can hold the racket up to your arm and measure it. That's because a general rule of thumb is that the distance between your wrist and elbow is the length of your foot.
In driving there are some Rules of Thumb that we have established over our years of driving and motorcycle rider training. You may not agree with them all, and not all of them are meant to be taken too seriously. But, have a read of them and see if you agree.
I've always wondered whether the Harley Davidson model names such as Shovelheads, Knuckleheads, Flatheads, etc are the name of the H-D designer from which the model came.
How do you define a "hazard"? Basically, a hazard is anything that can move onto a collision course with you while riding or can collide with you while you are stopped. A hazard is also something that can hide an object/person etc that can collide with you or something that is in your line of travel and which you can impact with.
Performance Bikes, a delightfully irreverent English motorcycle magazine, reports that a woman, apparently British, planned to sell her ex-husband's turbo FireBlade in order to pay a hitman to bump off the aforementioned ex-husband. However, as Performance Bikes wryly noted, she would have been better off encouraging ex-hubbie to thrash the Blade a bit more.
A friend of a friend of Robert Morley, the urban English gentleman who appears, almost as a public service, in those delightful British Airways television commercials, told of an unusual encounter, even for English roads. He was driving in the country, approaching a bend, when a woman driving in the opposite direction appeared suddenly on his side of the road. He braked hard and stopped. She swerved, shouted "P-i-i-i-g!" through his open window and kept on going. Looking back in amazement at her, the other driver continued round the curve and drove into a herd of pigs, which explained why the woman was on the wrong side of the road.
All the talk about oil temperature recently made me curious as to how hot my Benelli was running. So I purchased a meat thermometer from my local hardware store and dipped it in the oil tank. The bike is operating between roast beef and turkey. I wonder if this is normal? My friend says meat loaf is ideal.
If your children say "Daddy, who taught you to drive before you married Mummy?", buy a motorcycle.