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and again. Im getting my Ls soon and I want to know how often or easy is it to crash your bike? Is there any hints and tips anyone can give me to prevent me having a crash. How did it happen? Where? Why? also I live in a apartment with underground parking and one day it was raining and I went down this with my pushbike and I slid out of control and had a hard fall sliding 4 meters down. Would this happen with a motorbike? hope not :S thanks everyone.
 

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be prepared to drop or crash bike if you do.....it happens to most........

easy way to prevent crashing bike is dont ride.
 

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how easy is it to crash? its so easy, ANY fool can do it.

I think a better question for you to focus on is "how can you avoid crashing..."

Learn as much as you can at the riders course, practice, practice, practice. Get heaps of road/traffic experience and gear up.
 

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dont go thinking you'll never crash, although its possible its very unlikely though, if it really really bothered you ya wouldnt ride.

make sure your wearing your gear its there for a reason, and always assume everyone is out to kill you ;) oh and practice as much as you can.
 

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+1 Its really, REALLY easy to crash, the best bet is simply to get time on the road and start expecting that nobody has ever seen you at all... ever...

A couple of other small but good tips I can think of are take some riding courses, practice what they teach you and also watch peoples wheels, its easier to tell if a car is creeping forward or about to pull out in front of you if you see the wheels moving than watching to see if the car is creeping forward. Also, parked cars with their wheels pointed straight ahead can't pull out in front of you even if they've got their indicators on, whereas parked cars with their wheels moving and pointing into the road can run you over without indicators ;)
 

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Drew said:
Also, parked cars with their wheels pointed straight ahead can't pull out in front of you even if they've got their indicators on, whereas parked cars with their wheels moving and pointing into the road can run you over without indicators ;)
i like that, thats good.
 

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Saying that it's really REALLY easy to crash is a stretch. It's pretty hard to crash unless you're doing something you shouldn't be, imo.
 

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my advice is that understand you will crash! it will happen! just hope for a small one.

and when yr riding i like to basically assume everyone on the road is trying to kill you and that you should take every precaution you can. many people will complain about how someone changed lanes into them or pulled out on them, but in most cases, not all but most, the rider can avoid these instances by assuming it is going to happen every time.

just get some experience and dont act like a nut on a bike and you should be ok
 

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Drew said:
Also, parked cars with their wheels pointed straight ahead can't pull out in front of you even if they've got their indicators on, whereas parked cars with their wheels moving and pointing into the road can run you over without indicators ;)
+1 to that!
 

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There is a lot more to riding that just planting your bum on the seat and seeing what will happen. If you're scanning for hazards correctly, checking mirrors, doing headchecks and are being sensible on a bike, you really are limiting your oppurtunity to crash.

If you're doing all the above correctly and wearing gear as if you're planning on stacking it today, you'll probably be alright for a long time. They're called accidents. If they were called deliberates, there'd be no insurance :D

And riding a pushie is way different from riding a bike - others may disagree here but I hate riding pushbikes becuase they come across as being unsafe IMO.
 

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i wouldnt say "its easy to crash" but crashes to happen in silly straight forward ways. a lot will depend on how you ride. all my road crashes were self inflicted in one way or another and in all of them i should have known better but i just pushed the boundaries.. fingers crossed but in normal "commuting" mode i have not had any major close calls in over 100 000km of riding. the trick is to start slow but always be mindful of the other drivers and assume they dont see you. go practice emergency braking, be comfortable with cornering and dont avoid riding in the rain, its an important skill. observation and road positioning is key. dont sit in cars blind spots, when you see a car roll up to an intersection on the side, set up brakes in case they pull out.. essentially assume the worse case. how you ride on your L's and P's imo will shape what kind of a rider you will be. If you take the time to "learn" how to ride safe, all of those things will become habits for your riding career. if you learn well, there is no reason why you should have a crash. to be honest out of all of the guys i know riding in syd, its not like we expect to crash when we ride.. accidents can happen to anyone of course but its not like its an accomplishment not to if that makes sense..

track riding of course if different.. and dirt bikes dont count. if you dont crash on the dirt each ride.. you're not trying hard enough haha :p
 

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there are two types of riders.....
those that have crashed and those that are going to
yes it will hurt
yes it will fuck your bike
just try to go limp when it happens








:lol:
 

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I have only crashed one time on very unfamiliar road while riding a scooter, so I will try and give you as best advise as i can.

Dont get on a scooter while trippin balls in thailand, you may fall off.
 

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When you crash, don't use your hands to stop yourself from hitting the ground. It will fuck your hands up.
Try to hit the ground with your whole body so the impact is spread around more surface area, minimising major injure to any particular part of your body. You will however sustain minor injury to ALL of your body, but better to be bruised all over than have two broken wrists.
 

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shvlzz said:
When you crash, don't use your hands to stop yourself from hitting the ground. It will fuck your hands up.
Try to hit the ground with your whole body so the impact is spread around more surface area, minimising major injure to any particular part of your body. You will however sustain minor injury to ALL of your body, but better to be bruised all over than have two broken wrists.
I doubt you would actually do that. Its a natural reflex to put your hands out to try and break the fall. Its a nice theory but I think I would still rather hit the ground with my (if possible) forearms first out in front of me than to hit the ground with my arms tucked in.
 

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Real riders break a fall with their face.
Important to remember:
Helmets optional. despite what the coppers say.
 

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dayeve said:
Its a natural reflex to put your hands out to try and break the fall. Its a nice theory but I think I would still rather hit the ground with my (if possible) forearms first out in front of me than to hit the ground with my arms tucked in.
+1. If you get the opportunity to choose, land on your knees and elbows, that's why they're padded/armoured. If you're wearing proper gear, that is...

Justin.
 
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