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Spring is just around the corner and that mean beautiful weather for people to go out and enjoy a ride on our bikes. But we also got to stay focus on safety while we drive and look out for other people on the road and/or any other hazard that you may encounter.

I live in Texas and we been having some awesome weather and I see lots of bike riders on the street lately but we had also two fatal accident in the past week alone. :'( About 3 weeks ago, a motorcycle cop got side swipe by a minivan !! :eek: Police officer was ok, he got release from the hospital a day later and credited is safety gear for only getting minor cuts and bruises.

Here a related story in my local newspaper

http://www.amarillo.com/stories/030409/new_12385290.shtml
 

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Good advice, littlemike. It's the beginning of riding season here too, and just last weekend an experienced local rider was killed in a traffic accident by colliding with an SUV. News reports suggest the SUV crossed the center line. Just shows that even with experience on your side, you can't take safety for granted. It feels great to be out there on a bike, but you always need to respect the road and understand the are dangers out there. Some of those dangers are things you can control, and some aren't.

Stay safe out there!
 

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Yeah, heads up out there. I try to ride like everyone is out to kill me.

Thanks for the reminder and be safe!
 

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Remember . ALL GEAR ALL THE TIME.
not only will it save your life in a big crash. But it will keep you from small injuries if you just fall down . It is hard to go riding with a busted up knee or elbow. So remember to always where the gear and look out for crazies.
 

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Remember . ALL GEAR ALL THE TIME.
not only will it save your life in a big crash. But it will keep you from small injuries if you just fall down . It is hard to go riding with a busted up knee or elbow. So remember to always where the gear and look out for crazies.
We have the exact same saying here in Colorado and on the advrider.com forum. Some people are so persistent with it, they will post rides with others as just ATGATT rides, meaning, if you don't rock the gear, you aint coming along.... I stick to those rides.

ATGATT = All The Gear All The Time
 

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I have broken my leg in three places . MY wrist and my arm on two different occasions. I have had three bouts with broken ribs . I have fractured my r4 vertebrae . I have broken a couple tows and a finger not to mention loosing most of my fingernails at one time or another. And my left knee is junk .Most from riding bicycles . Let me tell you it all happens to fast to do anything but remember it . All you can do is where your gear and pay attention .
 

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Im in texas to. about a month ago 3 people died on bikes within 2 weeks where i live and none of the wrecks were the bikers fault. Its all because of other people not paying attention and clipping the bikes. be careful
 

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I agree, motorcycling is dangerous and as riders we need to be on top of our game all the time. Having ridden bikes and driven cars in other countries, I noticed that they drive way worse than we (the US) do. The one thing they do quite often is BLOW THE DAMN HORN!! all the time. It can be annoying but it gets peoples attention. So, if you havent already done it, change the stock horn to something alot louder. Let them know your out there. Believe me it works!
 

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Have to give you credids for that.Loud horn works great.A short burst when passing a car will turn there attention.Flashing head lights when nearing a junktion with cars waiting to cross or turn is another good insurence.
 

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t1gawa,
Here is the horn mod I did on mine. (this was my first mod) It was very simple. I used the bracket that came with it. Bolted it up in the same spot as the OEM horn. A slight bend and twist of the bracket and extension of the original wires. (they are pinned down) Plug on either connector. (non polarity conscious horn) Beep! Beep! No relay or fuse to install. Requires 10a fuse already on the bike. About $14.00.
 

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