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Posted by: spectrum Jan 24 2006, 11:08 AM

GLAD U Drop By...

Take a Few Minutes to Read
'Cos U really have less than 2 Sec
To React to a Situation on the Road...

But the KEY is not Getting Into The Situation...


Note: Just Read One "Tip of the Day"
Every time u logged in...
Don't Read thru the thread in one go...
Feel free to quote which ever point as u
share your own experience with us.

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Copy "Address (URL)" and paste on "IMG".
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Posted by: spectrum Jan 24 2006, 11:12 AM

Street Smart

Tip of the Day #1

Most motorcycles accidents involve a short trip associated
with shopping, work, friends or entertainment.
50% of Crashes happen within the first six minutes.
So be extra careful when starting off.
The Factors are Attention & Concentration.
Transition from House to Bike, Office to Bike is High risk.
How focuses are u on the traffic hazards or is your mind somewhere else?

Every time U swing your leg over the Bike.
Take time to direct your Mind to the Task.
To focus on the road & traffic ahead.
Wipe things of your mind & tune in to the bike & ride.

A Transition is Needed Take a little time to concentrate on what lies ahead!

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Hi All,

Above is a Statistic.
But U need not be One. :smile:

Although the figures were compiled in another country...
I feel It is also relevant here in Spore.

Please contribute your views & experience.
As conditions here at Home are different.
And whatever U contribute will beneficial to ALL.

Thank You for Tuning In...

Posted by: spectrum Jan 24 2006, 11:13 AM

CONTENTS For your "Quick Reference"

1. 50% of Crashes happen within the 1st 6 min
2. The Art of Soft Lane Change
3. Intersections - Most Frequent Place for an Accident
4. Less Traffic = Fewer Hazard (choose your route)
5. See & Be Seen (Be obvious)
6. Vision: Whose is more important. Yours or others
7. It's All about Speed
8. Risk in City Street Vs Expressways
9. Good Time... Bad Time (different time in the day/nite)
10. 2 Min Check (Pre-Ride)

11. How long it takes to get use to riding a new bike
12. Recognizing & Respond to Hazards
13. Wet Weather Riding
14. Emergency! Chain Snap! (pg 2)
14a. Blind Spots
15. Something Heavy on your Mind...
16. 2 Most Dangerous Risk to the Biker
17. The Attitude to Learning
18. Swerving
19. 3 Deadly Junction in the West
20. Change your Gears before entering a Corner

21. 4 Things that seperate You from the Ground22. Bikers Wt vs Bike Wt.
23. Tires indicates the Drivers Intentions
24. Taxis... $#%%!
25. Taking a Left/Right Bend
26. Tunnel Vision
27. Crash & Injuries Pattern
28. Best Protection is Distance
29. Filtering Between Lane
30. Entering Expressways

31. The U-Turn
32. Shadow Watching
33. When Sun Gets In Your Eyes/Sand (Pg 3)
34. Take a Break
34a. Wear Protection
35. High WInds
36. Overload
37. Overtaking Commercial Vehicles
38. Under the Bridge
39. Being Noisy Could be a Good Thing
40. Beyong Your Envelope

41. Life Saver
42. Bikes on Tour
43. Overtaking a String of Vehicles
44. Offside Overtaking
45. Wet Days
45a. Big WHEELs small wheels
47. Which Bike Should I Steal?
47a. Riding Skill... Physical/Mental
49. Slippery When Wet
50. Be Cool!

51. Stop & U Drop
52. Keep to the side when turning
52a. Look out for that Cow!
53. Height has It's Advantages
54. F.A.S.T.
55. Target Fixation
55a. Space
56. When u see a slow car... (Pg 4)
56a. Entry Speed (pg17)
56b. Tyres
57. Stoney Island
57a. 1000th Hit Post "Don't Rush"
58. Regulating your speed
59. Don't want to Hit Anything when I fall
60. Hydro Planning

61. Decreasing Radius Turns
62. The Wobble
63. Engine Seizure
64. Skids
65. ABS Brakes
68. Thunderstorms
69. Speed Vs Gear
70. Signal Your Intentions

71. Flashing Your HeadLights
72. Junctions
73. Taxis
74. Hand Signals
75. Courtesy
76. Responding to other signals
77. Learning from our mistakes
78. Attitudes Towards Speed
79. Attitudes Towards Other Road User
80. Attitudes Towards Risk Taking

81. Heavy Vehicle on the overtake...
81a. Looking but not seeing
82. Red Mist
83. Traffic Jams
84. Riding In A Group
85. Ride Within Your Comfort Zone
86. Overtaking is a Decision u can Reconsider at anytime.
87. Don't follow blindly
88. You Alone can Access the situation
89. When your vision begin to blur.
90. 12 midnight to 8am

91. Do Something to Keep Awake
92. May Not Be A Good Idea to squeeze between 2 vehicles
93. One of the safest position is between two vehicle.
94. Be Selective Who U are with.
95. Debris from Trucks...
96. Drop Gears Before Entering Corners for more control
97. Exit & Entrances
98. It Need Not Involve U
99. A Wet Tale
100. Think Buffet

101. It sometime not good to share.
102. When the surface is getting Wet
103. Looking Here - Looking There
104. Punctures & Blowouts
105. Altering Your Riding Behaviour
106. Cute Animals
106a. Hantu Lorries
107. Clear & Present Danger
108. Reading the Roads
109. Reaction Time
110. One Eye Joe

111. Snap Out!
112. 2 Sec Rule
113. Pick Up Zones
114. Back Alleys
115. Deadly Cracks
116. The Ramp
117. The Junction
118. A Sign call Danger
119. Taking Position
119a. Snooze & U sleep on the street
120. Famous Last Words - I didn't see him leh!
120a. Speed

121. Body Language
122. Below The Waist
123. Lane Selection
124. Dropping Gears Rags in wet days
125. Tire pressure
126. Anticipate & Avoid
127. Dress for the fall
128. Dressing Up
129. Survival Instinct
130. Know the Statistic but do not be one.

131. Vital Statistic
132. Who is most likely to be involve in an accident
133. Where are accidents most likely to happen
133a. Do we learn from our Mistakes
134. Our Own Count
135. Riding 2 Up
136. Precious cargo
137. What Makes A Good Rider
138. No Lines Dont Squeez
139. Buying A Bike
140. What Bike do u have in mind.

141. New or Old
142. Used Bikes
143. Popular or Individual machines
144. Scooter or Motorcycle
145. Which Brand
146. Italian Bike
147. Getting a Used Bike
148. Strength & Limitations
149. Roads are not racing tracks
150. Time to bring our the Mask

151. Lapse & bite the dust
152. Right turning vehicle kills the most bikers
153. Wear Protection
154. Case Study #1
155. Case Study #2
156. Dont Just ride.. think!
157. Its about walking
158. The Most Dangerous Time is when the drinking ends
159. If u drink dont ride
160. Do U look at your mirrors when u stop

161. Wet Days
162. Vigilance is crucial to minimising error
163. Disturbing story with a taxi driver
164. Avoiding Vehicle turning into your path
165. A little distance in wet days
166. Push yourself to the limit & youll crash
167. Slippery when Wet
168. Falling asleep on the ride
169. 360 Vision
170. When the going gets tough The tough goes shopping

Posted by: spectrum Jan 24 2006, 11:15 AM

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Street Smart

Tip of the Day #2

The Art Of Soft Lane Change

The Purpose of this technique is to allow Yourself
and other road user time & space to make mistakes.
Everybody makes mistakes so why not allow them
rather than suffer from them.

Here is how it works:

When u move form one lane to another,
After u check your blind spot carefully & mirror thoroughly,
Flash your turn signal.

Move to barely across to the line that divides the both lanes,
Wait a few moments for horn or
some indicator that u miss some important info.

After a few seconds, hear or see no problem…
Smoothly & deliberately adjust your position to the new lane u prefer.

U basically turn 1 motion into 2.
Making Room for yourself.

Try It! It works!And It won't Hurt!

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Posted by: spectrum Jan 24 2006, 11:17 AM

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JUNCIONS Most Dangerous Place For Motorcycles

The Most Frequent Place for an Accident to the Motorcycle Proceeding Straight.
Especially for Vehicles Turning into Our Path...

They More than Often Fail or Choose Not to See us...

Junctions, Traffic Lights Intersection...
(not stopping when lights are red or at STOP sign)

Just Remember!
Drivers are at Times are Unpredictable!
(look at the driver... may give u some hint of what to expect)

Just when u feel that they are stopping & slowing down for U...

Whenever u approach a Road Junction.
It is the MOST Dangerous Place for Motorcycles.

It Had Been, and Shall Always BE!

Posted by: spectrum Jan 24 2006, 11:19 AM

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Less Traffic = Fewer hazards equals Less Risk & Stress.

Try Leaving Your HOME a Little Earlier eg. 15min/30min
And see if the amount of Traffic is Much lesser.

U can always pack your breakfast & have it at your place of work.
With a 3 in One coffee bag. (can even make u slimmer)

Try Leaving your Place of Work Later eg. 15/30min
& see if the Traffic is much lesser.

Consider adjusting your work schd
And maybe make the trip more enjoyable.

TRY Different Routes TO your Place of Work/Home.

Some maybe Longer... But if the Traffic is low...
U will probably get there in Better Shape.

Posted by: spectrum Jan 24 2006, 11:20 AM

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This Picture was taken last week.
Driver turning out from a minor Junction in to a Main Road.

If for any reason... Driver a little late for appointment, tired....
as to lack concentration in anyway
& miss seeing the difficult to see bike...

He would have turn Car right Into His Lane

And .... SURPRISE!

The Biker will have to do Emergency Braking or
Serve Right into the Next Lane to avoid the Car...
Hoping There are no Vehicles on that lane.....

:cheeky: :smile: :giddy:

Riding in the Shadow may be a Cool Thing to Do on a Hot Day...
But Beware of Drivers that Just don't see U...

Never Assume That U are Visible...
It is Better to Assume That U are InVisible!

Posted by: spectrum Jan 24 2006, 11:21 AM

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Way to Protect Ourself...

Plan A: If u Are Prepared Mentally that
The Vehicle Is Coming out into your Lane (cos he does not see U.)

Obviously, U would Slow Down to let Him thru...
Maybe look Behind to take the Next Lane Right (checking for traffic of course)

Plan B: Flash Highbeam/Friendly Horn to Let Him know U are Coming.
Beware! Him Slowing Down does not means He is Stopping...
On One Occassion...
A car slowed down but did not stop and drove right in front of me.
(Did not see the Stop Sign for Him)

I could not stop even with max brakes.
Crash into his side with My car...
Spd was slow... Min damage.
No Injury to occupants!

In a Crash... The driver will walk out to see the damage...
Car & U... IN that order...
As for the Rider...
I am sure the Rider will Suffer a Little More injuries.

Just A add-on:

Hear from fellow motorist working around there...
This Corner at Guillemard Rd is has many bad Accidents...
Wonder why?
But remember... Know the Statistic but do not be One...

Posted by: spectrum Jan 27 2006, 06:13 PM

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OUR wish is that All motorist sees Us Clearly... All the Time...

But Unfortunately....

...They Dont'.

As Such,

OUR VISION is All Important in Keeping Us Safe...
In Reading & Avoiding potential dangers...

All we need is a moment of Lapse... And Surprise.. We have a Vehicle Right in front of our Lane!
Don't even know where it came from...
Next.... we are fanatically trying to avoid crashing into the vehicle...

A Simple Disipline is to keep our Visor
Clean & Clear ...
Essential to Good Vision & safe riding.

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There Were Times When I have to Cruise Along the
North-South Highway At low Speed...
(Eg. When Almost Every Body is passing U)

I Just Have this Great Sense of Discomfort And that is when
Overtake And Roar pass my bike.

The Uncertainty of Not being in control of the Vehicle
From Behind
Is just very Uncomfortable.

Putting My Faith in the hands of Lorry/Bus Drivers
Is just not one of my Favorite Past Time.

Posted by: spectrum Jan 27 2006, 06:15 PM

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STREET SMART Tip of the Day #8

When U ride...
Which way shall u take today...
Which has more Risk...

Expressways or City Streets?

Because of the Better Flowing Traffic... Expressways has lower risk.
But 'cos of the Higher Speed... An accident would mean serious injury

Generally, more crashes occurs in City Streets 'cos of the Numerous Junction & Stop/Go Traffic.
But lighter injury is the order of the Day.

Best Option:

Depends on your route & time of travel...
Choose one with lesser traffic...
May take u a longer time(route)...

But U be safe & sound....
Probably enjoy your ride More...
(go experiment with different routes... U may even reach office/home earlier)

Between Expressways... U can always take the one that does not go thru the City center but use SLE, TPE or KJE...
It may be sometime more worth while to pay the 50c ERP just to enjoy the ride thru the city with lesser traffic...
(don't forget to insert your cash card)

Posted by: spectrum Jan 27 2006, 06:15 PM

Street Smart
Tip of the Day #9

Good Time... Bad Time

Fatal Crashes start to Peak after 6pm.
Injury Crashes prevail from 9pm to midnight
But the Midnight to 3am shift is the prime time for deaths.

NO surprise as most family activities happens after work.
Going home after shopping... dinner...
But after Midnight... is Bar/Pub Closing Time.

Just too many drivers with access alcohol...
They will do the Most Unpredictable Manoeouver.

It is just a Bad, Bad time to be on the Road...
No matter what skill, state of mind, location or choice of vehicle.
Why do u think the Police does spot checks on drink driving
around Midnight...

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Posted by: spectrum Jan 27 2006, 06:17 PM

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Street SmartTip of the Day #10

2 Minute Pre Ride Check
- Can Save Your Life

1st Ride of the Day
This Would be A Healthy Routine U can Adapt to Your Life Style
A simple Check on your Bike before Hit the Road..

Approaching your Bike
Look for Fluid drips on floor
Any thing stuck to tires

Tire Pressure
If the Bike has not been ridden for a week.
Check Pressure with a Gauge...
Or ride to the Nearest petrol stn for air.

Does it need to be adjusted... Use your Toes
Check Oil & Fluid Level
Bike should be Upright(ctr Stand)
Engine Oil, Brake Fluid Front & Back

Cable - Normally fail slowly
Roll throttle & see it returns automatically
Squeeze Clutch Lever
Brake Lever Pressure Normal

Start Engine
Check Lights
High/Low Beam
Signal Lights Front/Back
Brakes Lights - Front/Back Brakes
(use Vehicles or wall around U to see reflections)

Move Off
Give Front & Back brakes a tap to see if it works.

It seem like a long list... But if U do it correctly & regularly
It takes very little time. And will prevent Ugly Surprises on the Roads
Print a copy as checklist, after a few days... U won't need the list anymore...
U have aquired a Good Habit. Just like wearing a seat belt

Posted by: spectrum Jan 27 2006, 06:21 PM

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Posted by: spectrum Sep 26 2006, 12:39 PM

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Street Smart Tip of the Day #13

Wet Weather Riding

Wet Roads Means Less Traction
Smooth Changes in Direction & Braking
Is the Order of the Day

Avoid the Painted Lines/Arrows on the Road.
Very Slippery.
If U do Skid...
Release Your Brakes... (Locking up the Front Wheel will guarantee a Drop)
Apply again when u regain Control of your Bike.
(advance riding in BBDC will teach u how to handle a skid)
U should use both Front & Back Braking.

Visibility will be Reduce...
So Give Don't Miss Anything that may hit U.

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Riding In the Wet may not be all Bad.

I have experience 2 rides in very heavy rain on the North-South Highway.
Vision is acceptable... but gets bad behind vehicles.
So I keep clear of all vehicles.

Any Form of Spray-on that's gets water
off your visor will help greatly.
Fogging up on the inside of visor may also be a problem.
But Normal vent provide should do the Job.

And It is the Acid Test for your Gears.
Water Proofs & Helmet.

Being in the Rain Lately?

Posted by: spectrum Sep 26 2006, 12:42 PM

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Street Smart Tip of the Day #14

Chain Snap

It's is important to respond Quickly As Instructed Above.
Look ahead to where u want to go.
Looking out for traffic on the left if pulling to Break down Lane.

When Chain Breaks

You will Notice it Immediately
Cos' you'll insantly lose power.

Chain could LOCK rear wheel & cause u to skid

Chain Maintenance(once a mth)

Check that It is Not too Tight (or Lose)
Use your Toe at Mid point... chain should move about 2cm.

1. Clean Chain by spraying WD40 and clean with rags
(Do Not Use Diesel to clean! there are rubber component in your chain
That will be damage)
2. Apply Chain Lube


Use Scott Oiler
What the Oiler does is drip oil on your chain at regular interval.
Click for more info on Scott Oiler

Price: Reasonable as having to deal with a Chain Snap on the Road

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Posted by: spectrum Sep 26 2006, 12:43 PM

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Stay off the RED ZONES

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Posted by: spectrum Sep 26 2006, 12:48 PM

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Will He Turn Into your Path?

Even if he has his signal on...
... Make sure He Knows U are Coming...
Flash your Lites or Sound your Horn if u need to!

As for Us... We have to Me Absolutely Sure He is NOT Turning!
May even need to Slow down or Stop to let him thru...

It's Your Survival!

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Posted by: spectrum Sep 26 2006, 01:07 PM

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Swerving May be Necessary to avoid a Particular Emergency
A "QUICK SWERVE" May be the only way to avoid collision!

Counter Steering is the Best way to get Around Objects.


At Slow Spd... U push Left Handgrip to go Right...

At High Speed..
U push RightHandgrip to go Right!
When u do it, the bike will lean right

Pass the Object... straighten up & do the Opposite.

U may need to brake & steer at the same time...
Slowing down gives u more control.

Use Very little rear Brakes. Rear wheel tend to skid in sharp turns.

Or u risk being hit by another vehicle.

I Been Taught to Use my knee to kick the bike on the Left to go Right!
It Works! Try It!
(some uses body wt. transfer... works too)
Go practice by avoiding white arrows on the Ground...
...Remember, Keep to your lane!

Posted by: spectrum Sep 26 2006, 01:08 PM


Practice This technic By Riding Fast over a Speed Bump...
(u will feel very much in control of the Bike -
your suspension will just eat up the Bump)

Crz the North-South Highway:
Note The Bumps Crossing Bridges(that pan over roads)
Same Technic... only Higher Speed!

Be aware that there are Bikes that drop cos' they loose control over these bumps.
Know the Statistic... Don't Be ONE!

Posted by: spectrum Sep 26 2006, 01:10 PM

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Like to thank "Endlesslop" for this Contribution
Living @ Jurong West... He notice frequent accidents at these junctions...

Please Take Note! if u use these Junctions...
If u use these junction & in the High Risk Group(ntu/scdf)
Don't Add to the Statistic...

And Please Pass this informationt to your Fellow Bikers..

The most dangerous junction and with the most frequent accident of the 3 are:

1. The cross junction between Jalan Bahar and Jurong West Ave 2/4.Either 90 degree approach can be hazardous.

Vehicles descend (going westward) from Jurong West Ave 2 towards Jurong West Ave 4 can pick up great speed and approach the junction at 90-100kmh.
If they do not consciously slow down, as they approach this junction they would be in for a rude shock when vehicles turn right and cut perpendicularly into their path.

Vehicles traveling along Jalan Bahar (both Northwards or southwards) will have the same problem that the road design allows vehicles to approach the junction at great speed.

2. The next one is cross junction between Jurong West Ave 4 and Jurong West St 75/St 64.

3. The third one is cross junction between Jurong West Ave 4 and Jurong West St 71/61. An undisciplined bike can approach this junction at 90-100 kmh.

So if you travel along the Jurong West Ave 2 to Jurong West Ave 4, which I do, you have to run through a gauntlet of 3 continuous high-risk cross-junction.

Three other factors contribute to the frequent accidents there:
1. NTU is nearby
NTU students who ride/drive to school would still have very little on-the-road experience as they run through this gauntlet daily unaware of its danger.

2. SCDF camp at Jalan Bahar
Many young malay bikers.

3. AYE, PIE are nearby.
During morning peak hour, working adults rush to work towards these expressways.
During evening peak hour, working adults exit from these expressways to rush home.

Note: Please PM me if U find a Areas which are a danger to Bikers... THks

Posted by: spectrum Sep 26 2006, 01:12 PM

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Changing Gears In a Corner
will Only Get u Into Trouble...

Drop Gears According to The Sharpness of the Corner.
Before Entering...

A good Estimate would be...
4th gear into 70km corner
3th gear into a 50km corner...
2th gear into a Hair Pin Turn (eg. > 90 deg corner)

At times U may have to Change Gear to Keep Bike Under Control...
When Already in the Corner...
That would then be called a Recovery...

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On Your Motorcycle,

4 things separate u from the ground.

Each of these points mention above
By itself,
can protect you.

In the particular order as listed above...
After that, It's just you & the road.


they creat a strong defense against
the potential hazards involved with motorcycling.

Posted by: spectrum Sep 26 2006, 01:18 PM

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Average Man... 70kg x 3 = 210kg Bike
Average Lady... 50kg x 3 = 150kg Bike

Most 125cc Bikes... 120kg

CBF250... 140kg
Super 4 Honda... 169kg

CBR 1000, R1, ZX10... 180kg
CBR 600, Fazer 6, GSX 6... 170kg

Harley Davidson 270kg

Hornet 900... 190kg
Hornet 600... 170kg
Hornet 250... 150kg

ZX12... 210kg
BMW R1150RS... 225kg
Goldwing 360kg
ST1300 225kg

An Indication of what is the right weight bike for U...
It will help u decide your next bike...
Which u can control Well.

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Tyres are A Good Indicator that the Driver is Changing Directions.
Unfortunately, Quite a few Drivers Signal & move to another lane...
Both at the same time.

Leaving us no warning... & leaving us to Take Avoiding actions.

Another Tell Tail Sign would be the Drivers Head...Which he normally look back at the Direction the going to Turn.

So Look for signs that someone is coming into your lane!

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Street Smart Tip of the Day #24

Although Taxi drivers are one of the most experience people on the road...
(they virtually spent most of their life there)
They depends on Passengers for their income.

If u see an empty taxi on the ctr lane...
passengers waving him down...
U can be sure this taxi is gonna swing into your lane!

There are also times where their pax will ask the driver to stop immediately!
So they just pull to the road side with out looking for U.

Without fail... there will always be taxi hogging the fast lane @ 90kmh!
So just be cautious when over taking by the left...

Just remember...
some of these drivers have been on the road for a long, long time...
(shift changes at 4pm)
so they are tired...
they are not so alert...
so we just have to keep our distance from them!

Posted by: spectrum Sep 26 2006, 01:23 PM

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Tip of the Day #25

Entering a Left Bend on a Country Road
(open roads)

Line Selection is Very Important!

Looking Thru' Turns:
1. Look as Far through a turn as possible.
2. Slow Down... This will allow your Body to stay relax
& permit your mind to see the Big Picture!

Too High an Entry Speed will bring all sort of Problems!

Keep to the Right Side of your Lane...

Will give U a better line of Sight.
Gives u a Wider Curve to Run.
Do a Smooth Turn without multiple steering.
Keep Some Lean Angle in reserve
(u may need it)
And Make sure u do not Overrun to the Other side of the Road!

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Tip of the Day #25

Into A Right Bend..
Keep to the LEFT side of your Lane.

Better Line of Sight.
Will Make your Turn more Gradual.
You Give yourself As much room for
Traffic over runs from the opposite side of the Road.

Stay on the Road.
Riding too close to the side to be over
Sand & rubbish that is usually by the side of the Road.
Fastest way to skid on a Lean.

Posted by: spectrum Sep 26 2006, 01:35 PM

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Street Smart Tip of the Day #26

Don't Just Focus your Vision on the Lane in front of U...
Put On All the Flood Lights
And Have your Vision Cover Traffic on both sides
that may Cut Into Your Path!
Blue Lorry on the Left or Bunch of Vehicles on the Right.

For some strange reason... they may just don't see You.

Flash your Lights, Horn and if all that fails... give way to him.
We live to ride another day.

Note: the Lorry on the Left.
More important... the SUV on the Extreme Right...
Some vehicles may find Q too long for the 2 turn lanes
& decides to turn from the non-turning lane.
He is doing an illegal turn... very hurried... In a rush...
Not to be caught... by police!
Sees front Clear.. (but did not see U the Motor cyclist)...
Turns... Wham!

Posted by: spectrum Sep 26 2006, 01:40 PM

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By looking at the Data...

Our Legs/Foot takes the Highest Amount of Injuries... 40%
Next are our Hands/Arms... 30%
Head... 16%

Sensible Dressing will cut down on the Severity of our Injury.
Fully understands that our weather is Hot, Hot, Hot...

But collecting scars will not be pleasant experience...
Especially the Lovely Ladies.

A pair of Jeans w/ Shoes (Boots are Best).
A pair of Gloves
A Jacket... (will be ideal with elbow, shoulder & back padding)
Helmet is Compulsory by law...
DO consider a Full Face Helmet... 'Cos the Highest % of Hits on the Head is the Chin!

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Some of my riding buddies have had skids...
Their Riding Jacket, jeans, boots were torn...

But their injuries were minor...
...just scratches where the clothings were torn.

SO the thick clothes take the 1st impact...
Can't say the same for one that rode with singlets...
Or one that rode without gloves...

Remember, when we skid... our hands are the 1st to catch the fall.
As if have said... I have seen enough bikers with scars on their arms to remind me to dress appropriately.

And it all becomes a Habit... A Good Habit.

Posted by: spectrum Sep 26 2006, 01:42 PM

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Distance Between Yourself & Others.
IF someone makes a Mistake...
...Distance gives Your time to React
& go Somewhere.

Some call it "CUSHION RIDING"

Distance In Front
Distance Behind
Distance to the Side


Ordinary Condition... keep a 2 sec gap
(eg. time the car infront passes an fix obj to the time u take to reach it)
Gives u Better View of things on the road
& distance to slow down or even stop if the
Vehicle in front stops suddenly.

Wet days... 4 sec gap...


Tailgaters... those that follows very close behind
Change Lanes, or just let vehicle pass


One thing the Rider can do & cars can't
That is we can move to one side of the lane.

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Street Smart Tip of the Day #29

(Riding between Lanes)

When U Filter Between Lanes...
Your Safety Distances Just Drop to Very NEAR!

The Distance infront will depend on whether the Vehicles Closes up the Gap.
Your Side Distances is now very near...

LEGALLY... have not known anyone being booked for filtering...
Dangerous riding... (eg over taking in a hazardous way)... Yes!
IN UK it is Legal.

SAFETY... How safe will depends on the Gap.
And How alert & fast u react to the Different changing Conditions.
Eg. Hand And Foot all ready to use the Brakes.
Looking far & wide.

Do You DO it... Guess it all depends on how comfortable u are
with such close distance from other vehicles.
We normally do it when traffic is slow moving or there is Jam

The safe way recommended is to be just ride
a little faster than the traffic when filtering thru.
That gives u the upper hand.
And to give way to more experience Riders u may be holding up behind.

Try Not To Filter Thru Moving Traffic when The Road Is Wet (Drizzle or Rain)...
Any sharp usage of Brakes has a High Chance of Skidding...
This would put us on the road surface...
& We hope the vehicle behind is able to avoid us...
(remember... he is also having poor visiblity & less braking... )
Give Yourself Plenty of Space to Slow Down...
And if u can.... plenty of space behind...
Try using Engine Braking
(eg. Drop Your Gear... 5th to 4th to 3rd.... Less chance of skidding)
Use both brakes... more of the rear brake...


For Bikers...

A 3 Lane Highway Means 5 Usable Lanes
Especially when it is Jammed.


VISION: Good vision & situation awareness are very important!
That means looking well ahead, but also understanding exactlywhat's going on to either side and to a lesser extend behind.
Be mindful of faster filterers coming from behind

ALERT: Moke sure you almost instantly put yourself into "Filter Mode" when you've been filtering for a few km, stay alert; dont't start wondering what to eat when u reach the Food Centre.

CONTROL: Good use of gears & brakes are essential. In the right gear gives u power to accelerate out of trouble & engine braking(lower gears) help slow quickly when your throttle off. Be ready with both front & back Brakes!

Posted by: spectrum Sep 26 2006, 02:06 PM

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If There's a gap big enough for a car to fit in...
Expect the Grey Car to Try...
Especially if that lane is slightly faster...

Some cars signal then filter right
Some cars filter & signal at the same time...
Some cars filter then signal...

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Roadworks up ahead have closed
the Outside lane,
causing traffic clog up.
It's is very tempting to rush thru the gap
between the lanes.
But remember,
Egery single car in the outside lane will need
to move into the middle lane some point.


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Other Filterers

As on the Open Road,
Everyone rides according to their
Own Level of Skill & Experience.
It can be incredibly hard to pass another bike in heavy traffic,
So watch your mirrors
And let Faster Filterers pass when it's safe to do so.
Your might even learn something by following for a bit


Posted by: spectrum Sep 26 2006, 02:09 PM

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STREET SMART Tip of the DAY #30

Do not assume that all vehicle will accelerate to join Express Way.
There will be times when
A Vehicle in front of U will come to a DEAD STOP!

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Be it the Intention of the Vehicle to U-Turn out...Or Just Pulling Out of the Parking Lot.

His Front Wheel would Indicate His Intention.
(or if u see him turning his head to look back.)

We Just Have to Make sure He Knows
We Are Coming!(flash lights/horn if necesary)

Or just slow down & prepare to Stop
if driver Miss Seeing Us...

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Watch That Shadow & Watch That Gap!

Always be On the Alert! Slow Down... Be ready to E Brake
Especially if the vehicle is a Big Vehicle & your visibility is limited!
People or Vehicles may just come out from this GAP!

Just 2 weeks ago...

Jam along Tg Katong Rd in direction of City Plaza.
A gap in the Traffic as with pic above...
Vehicle left gap
for car to turn(right) out from Side Rd on the Left...

A bike riding on the right side of the Jam Vehicles could not see car turning out...
Crash into Car!

Minor Injury... as speed was slow.

So Remember!

Gap In Jam... Watch That GAP!

Posted by: spectrum Sep 26 2006, 02:15 PM

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Sometimes... U may just not be too obvious!

Can u Spot the Biker

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Can u spot the biker?

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If the Driver don't see u... He may just drive into your Path

Posted by: spectrum Sep 26 2006, 02:17 PM

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When Touring On Malaysian Trunk Roads...
...Sand is the
Fastest Thing to Cause U to Skid when Cornering!

So Avoid!
or In a Slower Speed... there may still be chance of recovery
or if it is too late... just Widen Your Curve...
Applying Brakes is not a good idea...
Throwing down gears (eng Braking) would be a better option

Sand Normally flows down from the Higher Grd
During Heavy Rain...

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Street Smart
Tip of the Day #34

"When the Going Get Tough...
...the Smart Take-a-Break

Rather be caught up in an aweful sea of traffic...
Leave for your Work earlier & home slightly later.

Be Earlier & have a prata near your work place...
Or head for a Teh-Tarik shop after work.

As little as Half an Hour makes a
BIG Difference in the
Amount of Traffic on the Road!

Try it! And u may arrive at your destination in a Better Condition!

Less Traffic = Less risk

Beside... your Boss will be happy to see u 1st to arrive & last to leave...
Ahem... if u're the boss... no comments."

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Yep! Fatigue is one of the Main cause of Riders crashing out...
especially on the N-S Highway
Ahem... as I recall... someone fell asleep & rode up the center grass divider.

Most fortunate... It was just a Wake Up Call!


The Last Leg of my Songkran Thailand trip...

...5 Days of Riding all the way up to Phuket.
Last 2 days. Phuket-Hatyai on day 4.
Hatyai - Spore day 5...

Last leg Hatyai-Spore was just too long without a day break in between.
Eg Ipoh or Genting nite stop will definately be wiser.

As a result... the 5 riders in my gp we just really tired.
(rest of the riders had a day off in hty)
Did suggest nite stop... but gp felt ok to go on.

Did try by having different riders taking the lead.
Did help for part of the ride. (Ipoh leg)

But 1hr after KL... it was all downhill.

Just signal to the rest... that I'm taking a Break
& pull into a rest area.

Wash face or just close eyes for a while.
Must had took 3 breaks from Ayer Keroh to 2nd Link.

2 of the Bikes did stop to wait for me at Machap.
Was nice since I was last bike & they realize I was not behind.

Fortunately, 2 Black birds came to
welcome us back at the beginning of 2nd link.
Certainly a Great help! Thks R1szuan...

(long ride... do a nite stop!)

Close one huh... Wayang...
Next time... let leader or last bike know
u are tired & need a Break
Good posibility u are not the only one tired.
We should all stop for an Ice Cream!

Posted by: spectrum Sep 26 2006, 02:22 PM

Story Time:

When Lorry Hits Police Car

A close friend of mine drives a Sand Lorry.
Now He relates to that when he changes lane...
It is very difficult for him to see the vehicle behind...
Partly 'cos of his lousy Side Mirror...

So what he does is to slowly filter into the Lane....
& if there's no horning... He filters thru.

Now On this paticular day...
He hit a Police Car filtering to a new lane.

Of course he was booked!
And police car dented!

Now... The Real World.
I am Not on anybody side...
But All Vehicles do have their difficulities.
Especially Commercial Vehicles... Schd to make... rush...
Boss/Customers... Hurry, Hurry...

As Endless had said... Sometimes... we can just give way...
Be Happy & Move On...

Thinks Life have Enough Problem as it is...

Posted by: spectrum Sep 26 2006, 02:25 PM

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Highway Riding

Look Far & Wide.
If u Spot a Heavy Vehicle(Bus, Lorries... )
Attempting to Overtake another Heavy Vehicle...
Even Though u are Far Away...

Start Slowing Down Immediately...

Otherwise... It's Emer Braking...

These Heavy Vehicle Overtakes at a Very Slow Spd...
And They Totally Block Up the Highway with their enomous Bodies!
That leaves no Escape Routes.

Posted by: spectrum Sep 26 2006, 04:50 PM

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Tip of the Day


Part of Highways are over high grounds(bridges) and Riders tend to suffer from effect of High Winds.
Be Prepared! The Sway can be Quite Drastic!


The Wind Break Overtaking These BIG Vehicles may cause U to Veer towards them.
May also cause Buffeting to Smaller Bikes.
In these conditions, keep a firm a grip on the Handlebars with Both hands.
Bending Low(eg stomach on tank) will also be a Big Help in stability.


Cause be Slip Stream of BIG Vehicles will pull bikes towards larger veh.
As smaller veh break clear from suction... a tendency to veer away.
Counter this by a firm grip.
Leaning the machine away from force might also help.

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We are guilty of it sometimes.
Just Buying something bulky.

Do invest in a Tankbag, tailbag, topbox, panier, haversack...
We will need Full & Free controls to ride safely

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Was Caught a couple of time along the AYE towards 2nd Link...
String of Commercial Vehicles on the extreme left lane(#3)

Me... riding on the Center Lane(#2)

When... "*&#!"
This Lorry just pull out right infront of me
to over take.
No Signal/warning whatsoever.

Had to Serve just to avoid Him!
(remember... Try to serve within your lane)

So if u see a string of Comm. Veh...
(can understand the frustration of the comm veh
driving behind a much, much slower veh infront of the line)

Take the Extreme Right Lane (#1)

Pic is the 2 lane Stretch of AYE over Keppel Rd.
Further down the Highway.... will open up to 3 lanes.
Just remember not to hold up veh on the right lane

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Was Caught a couple of time along the AYE towards 2nd Link...
String of Commercial Vehicles on the extreme left lane(#3)

Me... riding on the Center Lane(#2)

When... "*&#!"
This Lorry just pull out right infront of me
to over take.
No Signal/warning whatsoever.

Had to Serve just to avoid Him!
(remember... Try to serve within your lane)

So if u see a string of Comm. Veh...
(can understand the frustration of the comm veh
driving behind a much, much slower veh infront of the line)

Take the Extreme Right Lane (#1)

Pic is the 2 lane Stretch of AYE over Keppel Rd.
Further down the Highway.... will open up to 3 lanes.
Just remember not to hold up veh on the right lane.

Posted by: spectrum Sep 26 2006, 05:02 PM

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The horn is nomally used to prevent Vehicles
cutting into my lane...
without signalling...
or at the Junction if the driver
did not notice me coming...

I found even with the standard horn...
u get ignored.
Mmmm... Now with a Double Air Horn($15 @ Autobac)...
they just pull back to their lane.

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You Generally know Where Your Threshold Is.
But At times... Ego Gets Beyond Ability.

Others may be able to take corners way Low...
But That Takes Much Practice & Experience.
Do the Same... u may end up in the Grass.

Same with Over taking... Especially on Track Days.
Where some Slick Ladies or Smaller CC bikes will
just zoom pass U...

Or when In a Convoy...
Know where the next rest pt is...
So u not pressured when the rest are pulling away.

Stay Within Your Envelope!

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If u are turning,
use it to Check the blind spot on the side u intend to turn.
If u are Filtering into the Highways...
Turn your head to check what your mirror can't see. (Blind Spot)

WHEN U use a Life Saver,
Do it early enough to allow your to adopt an Alternative plan
There is no use in loooking over your shoulder
as you start to Manoeuver your Machine into someones path.

LIFESAVER... Means To Turn Your Head &
Have a Glance at Your Blind Spot

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Avoiding Skids

Warning Signs to look for
What Action to take

1. Avoidance is best. Be Alert!
- look out for on coming vehicles
2. If u are in the sand patch!
- Do not use brakes (will be worst - drop gear)
- Try to keep bike upright & turn after the sand patch

Posted by: spectrum Sep 26 2006, 05:12 PM

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Do Not Forget... He Too Can't See Too Well
And his reaction & braking ability is not so fast...

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Posted by: spectrum Sep 26 2006, 05:15 PM

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During my NS days... Riding to See my Gf.
On my New Vespa 150 riding down Bradell Rd.
Down the Slope after Serangoon Rd towards Toa Payoh.
Weather was good.

A Pot Hole appears right infront on me.
And as it was too late to avoid it...
I rode over it.

The next thing I realise was that I was sitting on the road.
And a Pick Up Right next to my face.

Unfortunately my front wheel had gotten stuck in the port hole...
...and that cause me to fly over the bike.

I pick up my bike...
was able to start it & continued with some open wounds.
Still remembers the pain as the wind hit my wounds.


Perhaps a Road bike with a much bigger wheel may have
handled the Port Hole better... Maybe.
But the size of my small wheel sure didn't help me.


What did I learn...
I was young.... this was my 1st bike.
At that time, I didn't think much of it.
Probably more concern about the scratches to my nice scooter.

Looking back...
If there was more space infront.
The hole could be seen earlier... perhaps a better chance of avoiding it.
Am glad the Pick Up behind could stop without hitting me.
He had enough space & time to react.

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That's one Country u may not be Booked for parking on walk way...
Ahem... It's $70 Fine in Spore.
Advise: Stay off the Pavement in Orchard/Claymore Area...
....District 9/10/11... Expensive

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Do u need to lock your bike up all the time...
Whatever security measure u take...
....The Chance of U seeing your precious bike
Where u last left it goes up One Level.

Where u Park your bike plays an important part towards having your bike stolen.
Stealing your bike would involve time.
Somewhere discreet.

Do the minimum..... Lock your Steering if your bike has one.

As for the rest...

Eg. Padlock(as above), disc lock(with alarm, prevent braking your disc) or
Simply covering your bike.

Will involve Time... Yours and the Thief!

Just one other thing...
...with your bike secured with the lastest locks.
If the stealer is able to drive his pick up next to your bike.
A simple crane/lift will be able to carry away your 200kg Motor Cycle,
(belief me)Little effort & time required.
Watch where u park... Especially when u to touring in the North

Posted by: Denden Sep 27 2006, 11:06 AM

QUOTE (spectrum @ Sep 26 2006, 05:15 PM)
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During my NS days... Riding to See my Gf.
On my New Vespa 150 riding down Bradell Rd.
Down the Slope after Serangoon Rd towards Toa Payoh.
Weather was good.

A Pot Hole appears right infront on me.
And as it was too late to avoid it...
I rode over it.

The next thing I realise was that I was sitting on the road.
And a Pick Up Right next to my face.

Unfortunately my front wheel had gotten stuck in the port hole...
...and that cause me to fly over the bike.

I pick up my bike...
was able to start it & continued with some open wounds.
Still remembers the pain as the wind hit my wounds.


Any picture of you and your scooter when you were younger?

Show us show us!!! Bet many people will be interested to see.

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Posted by: spectrum Sep 27 2006, 11:10 AM

Will search... hope to fine one faded vespa.... biggrin.gif

Posted by: spectrum Sep 27 2006, 12:12 PM

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Street Smart #47 Tip of the Day

Riding Skill requires more than Handling Skills.
Many Hazards encoutered by riders are unpredictable.
Your need an investigative approach to recognise
& negotiate them safely.
To expect the unexpected.
Riding uses both mental & physical skills.

Mental Skill:

Ability to Scan the enviroment, recognise revelant dangers or hazards,
decide on their priority and form an achievable plan.

Physical Skill:

The ability to translate intentions & thoughts into action
accurately and smoothly.

In using these skills, you need to take account:

Real Ability as opposed to perceived ability
(what u can actually do as opposed to what U think you can do -
in the average rider there is a significant gap between real &
Perceived ability.
A key objective is to bring perceptions in line with reality)

The Capabilities of the machine

The Prevailing Weather & Road Conditions.


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Rain will greatly reduce the grip of tires, making skids and aquaplaning more likely.
Standing water(water that gather in puddles), cause by heavy thunderstorm
also reduces tire grip greatly.

Try to Ride thru these surfaces in a Straight Line
Cos any banking will increase your chance of Skidding...

Remember... Spilled fuel in Petrol Station & Bus Stops are Renown for
Bike Skids during wet days.
So be extra cautious when taking cover at Petrol stn when its starts to rain.

Posted by: spectrum Sep 27 2006, 12:20 PM

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Wearing Our Rain Coat or Jacket Back side front.
As Long as Our clothes don't make our riding hazardous.
I guess it is also relative to the Speed we ride.

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Posted by: spectrum Sep 27 2006, 12:23 PM

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Street Smart Golden Tip of the Day #50

A Moment of Anger Can Turn Us Into Monsters

Endless... amount of report of how road rage can kill.
Be reminded... we can lose our Cool very Quickly...
Just some car cut into our lane... tailgate... flash lites... horn...
Hog the right lane...

Worst... almost hitting us by their carelessness...

Just surprise how fast we can loose my Cool... our displeasure by overtaking the vehicle & glaring at him..
Pointing fingers and etc... "#*!@"

In the end... all upset... day ruined.
Worst... Other guy takes your challenge & tries to ram u down.

Let's us learn to keep cool... &... Forget the incident...
Forgive Him. Proceed with life..
Believe me... We will live a better life.

Let Me End with This Quote from Endlessloop:
"Some of my thoughts about bikers:
- Don't be so sticky about our "right of way". It is a nice-to-have. But be realistic. If we are going to ride thinking that everybody has to follow and respect our right of way, we are going to be very unhappy riding or get ourselves injured.

- Beware of our own inferiority complex. Some times we think we get bullied because we are on a smaller bike or smaller car. Then we get upset. There is no need to. Most of the time, the problem lies with the other party and not us. The "guilty party" just tailgates every vehicle, not just us because we are on a cheaper transport.
Have you experienced this before? Seeing in your rear view mirror, a big car that tailgates you like a glue. Then you think "idiot! tailgate me because I'm on a bike right". In exasperation, you give way and let the idiotic car over take. Then you realised that idiotic car just tailgates the next car in front! So the problem is the driver, not you! So no need to develop unhappiness over your good-old-cheap-but-gets-you-anywhere transport just because of some idiot!

I believe that riding is like in life, you should try to be as happy as possible. Spend less time being unhappy. It is especially not worthwhile to make ourselves unhappy over people that we don't like or are strangers."

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The 50th Tip of the Day

Street Smart would like to thank all readers for their
contributions and encouragement.
Four months had passed since the 1st tip was posted…
“The 1st Six minutes�
It is my sincere hope that the knowledge passed on
In this series would be beneficial to all riders.
Especially the new & younger riders.

As a Recap:
The Focus is not so much on the physical but the
Mental aspects of riding skills, and how attitudes and
Concentration affect riding performance.

Developing appropriate attitudes.
Recognizing attitudes are important,
And making a personal commitment to
Changing Unsafe attitudes.

We had looked at the different situations
That Can be potentially dangerous.
How to keep clear of them.
Or at best be cautious when we have to go through.

There is always some degree of risk while riding a motorcycle,
But a rider’s attitudes can greatly influence the risk involved.

As one of the safety author puts it…
“If you are reading materials concerning safe riding…
…you are in the Low Risk Group�

Where does “Street Smart� go from here…
Until the contributions are exhausted… we will go on.

Learning is a continuous process.
At all level of experience.
Being a good rider means we never stop learning.
Improve our skill both physical & mental.
Whenever we ride, it is an opportunity to
Reassess and improve our skills.

In your sharing, I had learned much.
Thank you.


Posted by: spectrum Sep 27 2006, 12:30 PM

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Street Smart Tip of the Day #51

Balancing on a Steep Slope is always very difficult.
(more so if yours is a Big Bike)
Especially when the stop is sudden.
Many had fallen or had close calls.
It could be due to the Traffic in front that stops in a sudden.
Or when our bikes is in the wrong gear,
misjudge the severity of the Slope.
So, remember... approach a STEEP SLOPE...
...plan not to stop on the slope.
Or just wait below till u have the opportunity to.

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Perhaps a Good Habit to Develop.
Whenever coming out of a Junction...
...Keep to the Side will always be a Safe Habit.

May Just miss a on coming car or perhaps misjudge his speed.
(a little tired, a little sleepy or just simply having something else on our minds)

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In Australia... Animals are a Main Hazard.
Especially during Sunset till dusk. Kangaroos!
Possibility of animals seeking the warm of the Tar Roads.

Animals are always a danger to bikers.
Have not really notice any stray cows/buffaloes on the roads in Malaysia
Maybe well fenced in. That's good.
But Certainly please be very careful, where there's farms.

Look for signs... if u see cow sh*t... there's definately cows around.
Give yourself enough distance to slow down if an animal appears in the middle of the road.

Hope U like my collection pics of cows & donkeys
From the city of Ahmadabad, India.
Being animals... they are quite well camouflaged.
Makes it more difficult for us to see them...

The animals are well respected there.
And they wander freely.
Motorist just go around them.

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There are a few advantages that we have over cars.
One of them is that We Look Over Them.

Use it to Look Far & Wide to avoid any intrusion into our Path.

Posted by: spectrum Sep 27 2006, 12:43 PM

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FOCUS - Think of the Ride & not your work or gf/bf.
Concentrate on the road.
AWARE - Know whats around you. Remember... bikers are invisible!
Especially Road Junctions!
SCAN - Predict the direction vehicles/pedestrains coming into your path.
The road surface condition when taking corners
Traffic - Spaces between traffic is the best protection.
Gives more stopping distances for You that u may not skid
& the car behind to avoid you if u do skid & fall.

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This instinctive response to a genuine life threat still exists in humans,
and we hear about it all the time when we hear stories of "target fixation."
When faced with a life-or-death hazard,
your body wants to stare at the threat.
Your mind wants to watch the enemy closely for any hints
as to what it might do.
When facing down a savage animal,
this may be the best thing.
On a motorcycle, it's exactly the wrong thing.
Focus on your escape,
and use your peripheral vision to track the hazard instead.

Posted by: spectrum Sep 27 2006, 12:45 PM

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Riding into Gaps in Traffic will give us SPACE.
As the Rough Graphic above...
There maybe Gaps in any of the Lanes.

Just Slow Down & Filter into one of these Gaps.
Stay in the middle of the Gap.

U can choose between Slower Spd in the Left Lane,
Normal Spd in middle Lane
Overtaking Spd in the Right Lane.
(Just wait for the next Gap to come around... then filter in)

It will give us a Greater Margin of Safety.
"Stopping Distance for Us so we don't skid or crash into the Vehicle Ahead,
And if we do drop... the Vehicle behind has time & distance to stop or
Avoid Us."

Like to Acknowledge "Endlessloop" for this Valuable Contribution...

Posted by: spectrum Sep 27 2006, 12:54 PM

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When u See a Vehicle Moving Really Slow...
...There is a good chance he is lost & finding his way.
(can be a commercial vehicle looking for a place to deliver his goods or
As shared by our readers... Chinese New Year... looking for relatives
or friends home)

Most liable to Make SUDDEN Turns when he find the place he is looking for.

Stay clear for these vehicles less they turn into your path!

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Run Wide on a Turn...
U Go over Stoney Island!
The Sweeper nomally comes late morn.
So All kind of Debris is left on the Island.
(Screws, nut & bolts... pick one up
& u have a puncture comin')

Beware! Sure way to spoil your day is to ride over the Island

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In the above pic... debris are throw to the right side of filter lane...
So if u squeeze to the right of this vehicle...
Good chance of hitting "stoney island"

In a rush, cornering at higher than normal spd...
Skid & drop on the Main Rd...
At the mercy of the on coming vehicles from the Right.

Check the both sides of filter lanes down Shears Bridge...
Plently of debris there...

Posted by: spectrum Sep 27 2006, 12:58 PM

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When We Rush...
Our Mind is fix on One & Only One Thing...
Reaching There in the Shortest Time Possible!
Late for work... how to explain to the supervisor.
Late for date... Will she be angry.
Late for Meeting... what will your boss say...

All our Safety Margins goes below Sea-Level.

We Take corners to fast... & over run our lane.
Squeeze when the gap is too narrow.
Try to beat the Red Lites when lite turns amber.
Don't know how many times had to
E-Brake just to avoid crashing into the
Front Vehicle.

Just Remember...If we crash...
That would definately be a acceptable reason for
...the people waiting for U at the other end.
Nope, We don't want that!

By all means...
Ride with Haste!
Don't Rush!
It is Not Worth It!

Posted by: spectrum Sep 27 2006, 01:02 PM

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Regulating Your Speed

Often we read of accidents involving Singaporeans
On Driving Holidays in
Australia, New Zealand & Malaysia.
Unfamiliar Roads, Beautiful scenery...

One invaluable advise I recieved from An Uncle that
Lives in Christchurch is...

"To drive close to the Speed Dictate on the road Signs."
IF the Signs says 40 kmh...
Driving close to that limit will bring u safely thru that bend.

As we tour the Malaysia Trunk Rds.
Staying close to the Spd on the Sign Boards
is one sure way on not over running the bends.

Refuse to slow down...
And risk of a over run...
To the other side of the road.
If there is no vehicles on the other side...
Count it as your lucky day.

With a higher spd...
the over run will carry u into the drain on the other side.
May even Hit a Tree or A Road Barrier...

That it would definately spoil your day.

Posted by: spectrum Sep 27 2006, 01:12 PM

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Ever wonder why Motor Cycle Racer quite often walks away after a Crash...

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That's Because There Don't Hit Anything
And there's the Sand to Slow them down...
Full Skin Overall include spine protector. Boots
Full Face Helmet...

But Occasionally they do hit something or someone ride over them.
That's when serious injury occurs.

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When Taking the Above Corner...
A skid & Drop while on the Right Lane...
Rider would most likely hit the Barrier.

Taking the Left Lane...
Rider would most probably remain on the road...
But a Vehicle may run the rider down...

Using the Left Lane with A clear Right Lane Would be Ideal...
Be surprise how often that can be Achieved.

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This is a turn that tightens up as you go through it.
IF u are unaware...
there may be a nasty surprise at the end of the turn waiting for U.

Just Slow down... as u progress in the turn.

Two Turns I can think of:

1. KJE to BKE towards the City.
2. PIE to ECP towards the City.
(to make matter worst...
there are spd strips as the turn tightens up... towards PIE.
that's where we may be struggling to control our bikes)

Not a gd design but we have to live with it.

THE Other 2 Kind of Turns are:
a. Constant Radius Turns - Neither tightens or increases
b. Increasing Radius Turns - This turn widens.

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Light Drizzle will just provide enough water to make a slippery pad.
Heavy rain will was the roads clean.

Remember the Infamous Old Tampines Rd
where the Sand lorry use to carry sand from
the Quarry around there...
Drip a lot of sand/mud water as they rush their sand to construction sites.


Come a little rain... Tampanis Rd will without fail...
have vehicles that had skidded of the rd!
& most of them has 4 wheels.
A simple tap of the brakes is all that is needed...

Posted by: spectrum Sep 27 2006, 01:17 PM

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Dealing with this Emergency:


Sometimes when going at fairly high spd,
the front wheel can suddenly begins to "wobble"
(shake from side to side).
This can be hair-raising experience.

The only thing to do is to ride it out...
Use the above pts to guide u to pull off the road
as soon as possible.
If u are carrying a heavy load, distribute it more evenly.
If at service stn, check tyre pressure.

Other things that can cause a wobble:

- a wheel that is bent or out of alignment
- poorly adjusted steering
- a windshield or fairing that is improperly mounted
or not design for the motocycle
- loose wheel bearings
- improper tread design
- worn steering parts

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Engine Seizure

This means the engine locks or jams up.

Main cause is the lack of Lubrication.
Without Oil, the engin's moving parts will no longer
move smoothly against one another
and the engine will over heat!


- Red Warning Light on your Speedometer. Eg Low Pressure cos' not enough oil
- Overheat indicator is in RED ZONE!
- Loss of engine power
- Change in Engine Sound
(those that ride with ear plugs or mp3 may not notice this)

IF your Engine start to Seize...
Squeeze the clutch lever,
Disengaging the engine pwr for the Rear Wheel.
Pull off the road to the breakdown lane.
Let the engine cool.

While U may be able to add oil & restart Engine,
It should be thoroughly checked for damage.
Good chance of cracked engine block
(leaking the oil leak out.)

Don't forget a Good Pre-Ride check.
A puddle of Oil below your bike
means it is unsafe to ride & needs repair.

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STREET SMART Tip of the DAY #64

Always ride within the limits of the road conditions.
Than there is a very high % you will not SKID.

However skillful u are, skidding is extremely hazardous
And the chances of regaining control are limited.

But if you are faced with a developing skid,
It will be advantages to know exactly what to do
To try to regain control
And how to avoid making the skid worse.

As Skidding is A Major contribuiter to our Bikers
getting hurt... Let us explore the subject.

ReMemBer! Avoidance is Better Correction!

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Antilock braking systems, Linked Braking & Traction Control System

Are safety devices that can help stability.
Machines fitted with these features behave differently from
Other Machines
And require different techniques to get the best use from them.

Antilock Braking System (ABS)

This system basically prevents the wheels from being locked.
Eg. when the system sense the wheel not turning(skidding)...
It will automatically release the wheel.
Then increases braking again.

It greatly reduces braking distances.
And Improves Direction Control
- keep vehicle in a straight line without spinning out
- direction control also give motorist ability to avoid something

HOW to Use the System?

Just Squeeze the Brakes Max & let the system work!
No need to be gentle with the brakes.
Remember! Cornering forces may disrupt the system.

BMW, STX Honda bikes has it as an option


Front & Rear Brakes are linked & work togather.
Eg. operating front brake lever or rear brake pedal
will operate both brakes at a predetermined optimum combination.

So Optimum braking all the time.

Bikes with Linked braking... Honda ST & Blackbird

Traction Control System

Controls excess wheel slip on the rear wheel under engine acceleration,
thereby improving directional control & machine stability.
The system monitors the wheel slip on the rear wheel
And reduces the power supply to the wheel when slip exceeds a
Preset Maximum.
This allows the wheel to regain grip & stability.
It allows the machine to make maximum use of tyre grip,
Especially on slippery surfaces.

Most of the Latest Sport bikes has this system.
Check your handbook for guidance.

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When Caught in Heavy Thunderstorm
And Visibility is This BAD!

Don't Risk Staying on the Road...
Go Hide Somewhere Safe...
or Go Straight into a Shopping Centre.

A Tropical Storm nomally last About half-an-hour.
That's when the Big Cauliflower Cloud
Pours out it Water on Mother's Earth.

3 NCR ride:

Lovely Weather thru the trip except...

Penang to KL Sector.
Rain all the way.
We were Caught in Extreme Heavy Rain...
Around the mountain pass near IPOH.
Visibiliy was really bad.
The Water Outside the Visor makes it very difficult to see,
The inside of the visor is fogging up.
Open a gap to let in cool air to clear the mist..
Water comes in & blur the visor from the inside.

Those with Glasses are in a worst situation.

Pullin over into shelter is definately a good idea.

While waiting for the rain to clear...
I notice an ambulance on the other side of highway
Speeding towards I assume an Accident.

It is Weather like this that causes Crashes.
U can't see them clearly, they can't see U clearly.
The roads are slippery & water logged
You are miserably wet... Your Boots are filled with water.
And your concentration is way down.

Don't Chance It! It's not Worth It!

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Street Smart Tip of the Day #69

Be in Correct Gear for the the Road Speed & Traffic Situation

When to Change to a Lower Gear:

1. Travelling at Low Speed
2. Going Up Hill
3. Going Downhill, cos eng braking slow the descent & assist the brakes
4. Approaching a hazard or doubtful of traffic conditions,
- lower gears gives greater flexibility to accelerate or decelerate
5. On slippery roads, where engine braking is used to lose speed genty,
- So as to avoid skidding

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Street Smart Tip of the Day #70

Using The Indicators

Smaller bikes Indicators are not very effective cos lamps are
Relative low Wattage.
This is especially true when direct sunlight shines on their lense.
Consider arm signals... (control of the Machine is of course a higher

Using your position will also make your intention clear...
Eg left, center or right side of lane...

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Cancelling Indicator Signals

Leaving an indicator working after making a turn confuses other motorist
and can easily cause an accident.
Do not accept an indicator signal as complete proof of another driver's
Intention when you are waiting to emerge from a side turning.

Look for supporting evidence such as an obvious slowing down
before you move out.

Most Machine does not have indicator self-cancelling mechanism.
Alway make sure you cancel a signal immediately after you
Have complete the manoeuvre.

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Do You Thrust The Signals Of Other Road Users
Or Do You Wait for some other Confirmation
Of Their Intentions

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Using the Brake Light

Use the Brake light to Indicate that you are slowing down
Or Intend to Stop.

Remember to carry out rear observation before using your brakes.

~ Use your brakelight as an early indication of your intention to slow down
Lighly touch your Brakes, will in advance of the anticipated hazard,
To alert the Driver behind to your intention.
This especially useful when the driver behind is too close.

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Flashing Your Headlights

Use headlights flashes when the horn would not be heard,
And in the place of horn in the night.
Headlight flashes should only be used for one purpose:
To inform other road users of your presence.
Never Assume that a headlight flash
From another driver is a signal to proceed.

Be aware that some drivers may interpret a headlight
Flashes as an act of aggression.

A Headlight flash can be used before overtaking in daylight
To Alert other drivers to your presence.
Flash your headlights early enough to allow the
Other driver to react to it.

When & For how long is a matter of fine judgement.
It depends on your speed and the road and traffic conditions.

Use it when speed makes it likely that the horn would not be heard.

Using Hazard Warning Lights

Use it to alert other drivers to your presence when your have stopped.
It is sometimes used in poor visibility riding...
Or to warn the vehicles behind that there is a hold-up.

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Junction In front of Katong Shopping Ctr...
Well, It could be Any Junction.
That's the Most Happening Place... To make An Impact!


If you forget to switch off your turn signal...
the Opposite Traffic may Just turn into Your Path!

Be Alert!

True Story:

At this junction...

Cousin of mine was Hit by a Car that went straight with a left signal "ON!"
His car was badly damaged.
Fortunate to escape with Minor Injuries.

He was waiting to turn right at a traffic junction near Katong Shopping Ctr.
Saw the Car from opp side with left turn signal flashing...
Initiate the turn... Crash!

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"If only he had waited... "

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Passenger & Taxi Attracts!

Have a Good Scan In situation like this.
Probably know what the Taxi has in Mind.
He's Livelihood is looking for Fare...
Nothing wrong with that... Everyone has to make a living.
Just Some of their Manoeuvers sometime gives us unpleasant surprises.

Do look for Head movements... Tires angles...
Any indication that help u Predict the Drivers intention.
Less he drives into your Path!

Slow down & Be Prepare to Make a Stop if u need to...
He may just miss u in this Blind Corner!

Remember! it could be any vehicle... Not necessary always a Taxi.

True Story:

An Army mate of mine drives a Sand Lorry.
His View thru his old left side mirror is quite bad.
As such...
Whenever he needs to filter to the left lane...
He would slowly move towards the left lane...
As his vision thru the mirror is limited.
No Horn... Means Lane is Clear...
So continue. (amazing)

One fine day,
Doing the Same Manoueuver...
He hit a Police Car!

Ha Ha...
He was charge for careless driving
& paid for the damages on the Police car.

Being a Pal... My advise is to get a good side mirror.
But point is... We have all kind of drivers on the road.
And There are Difficulties for People in Large Vehicles.

And Commercial Vehicles with Rushing Deliveries...

So We Keep Clear!

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May not be very Common in our riding style but
It can be Very Effective Used!

This is...
Especially so for Bikes With Tiny or Low Powered Indicators.

Advantages of Hand Signals:

1. Free from Mechanical Failure
2. Cannot be left on
3. Attract attention 'cos they break the outline of the machine & Rider
4. Are clearly distinguishable in bright sunlight, when ind. lens may not
5. Can be use to confirm the rider's intention


Do not use hand signal when you need both hands on the handle bar
To control the machine.
Eg. During heavy braking at spd or sharp cornering

Courtesy Signals
Tip of the Day #75

Courtesy signals are important 'cos
they encourage cooperative use of the roadspace
and promote road safety.

Helps develop Positive Attitude to Riding & Riders.

Signal to Apologies or defuse a potential conflict
can make a real difference to road safety.

- wave to thank road users for giving way
- to apologies when unintentionally inconvenience caused.

In most situation...
A Friendly Wave goes a Long, Long Way...

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Tip of the Day #76

Signals other than those given by authorised persons
should be treated with caution.
If someone beckons your to move forward,
Always check for yourself whether it is safe to do so.

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May not be very Common in our riding style but
It can be Very Effective Used!

This is...
Especially so for Bikes With Tiny or Low Powered Indicators.

Advantages of Hand Signals:

1. Free from Mechanical Failure
2. Cannot be left on
3. Attract attention 'cos they break the outline of the machine & Rider
4. Are clearly distinguishable in bright sunlight, when ind. lens may not
5. Can be use to confirm the rider's intention


Do not use hand signal when you need both hands on the handle bar
To control the machine.
Eg. During heavy braking at spd or sharp cornering

Courtesy Signals
Tip of the Day #75

Courtesy signals are important 'cos
they encourage cooperative use of the roadspace
and promote road safety.

Helps develop Positive Attitude to Riding & Riders.

Signal to Apologies or defuse a potential conflict
can make a real difference to road safety.

- wave to thank road users for giving way
- to apologies when unintentionally inconvenience caused.

In most situation...
A Friendly Wave goes a Long, Long Way...

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Tip of the Day #76

Signals other than those given by authorised persons
should be treated with caution.
If someone beckons your to move forward,
Always check for yourself whether it is safe to do so.

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Resistance to Learning From Experience

Facts show that we are not very good at learning from experience.
Most riders involved in an accident do not accept that they contribuited to it.
It is always the other guy fault.
Perhaps Yes... But maybe there is a Part which u could have played,
That would prevent the accident.
If your think that you did not have a part in causing the accident...
You will also have missed learning from it,
and your riding technique,
together with any faults that contributed to the accident,
will remain unchange.

To become a better rider,
we have to recognise the resistance in
ourselves to accepting responsibility,
and take steps to overcome learning.

Once we have learnt to do something routinely
we are very reluctant to alter that routine...
But with persistence...
we can & will develop Good Riding Habits.

Posted by: spectrum Sep 29 2006, 10:12 AM

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Studies have shown that riders' attitude to other road user,
speed & risk taking are good guide to their liklihood of
having an Accident.

Attitudes to Speed

The speed at which you ride is one of the most important factors
in determining your risk of having an accident.
Riding too fast is probably the factor that puts riders at greatest
risk of fatality.

The faster you go,
the less chance you have of taking avoiding action,
and the greater your risk of having an accident.
Speed is largely a matter of choice -
the occasions when it is absolutely necessary to ride fast
are fairly limited.
Good riding requires your to ride at a speed
that is safe for the conditions.

Well, if the above donkey-cart were to go at full speed..
Hitting a bump would probably sent the kids flying...
So mom keep speed at a slow trot...

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Good Riding depends on constructive attitudes
And Consideration for other road users.
There is already a great deal of potential conflict on the roads
Without adding to it... Selfish & Aggressive Behaviour.

Such behaviour increases the stress levels of other road users
And increases the risk of accidents.

Many road users become unnecessarily angry
When others interrupt their progress.

Even behaviour that is perfectly reasonable may be a source of irritation.

Riders should be aware that thier ability to filter through
Slower moving traffic may cause some drivers to react angrily.
You can reduce the risk of accidents for yourself
And everyone else by being more tolerant
And by avoiding actions which reate unnecessary stress.

"Rider who show consideration for other road user
Are less likely themselves to become involved in accidents."

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Degree Of Risk

There is always some degree of risk riding a motorcycle,
But a rider's attitudes can greatly influence the risk involved.
A general acceptance of risk is associated with a higher risk of
An accident while riding.
Attitudes which predispose your to risk are:

1. Enjoying the thrill of danger
2. Enjoying impressing other road users/friends
3. A disregard for personal safety
4. The Illusion of control, or overestimating your ability
5. "Noble Cause" risk taking

Young, inexperienced riders run the greatest risk of accidents
Because they have a greater tendency to seek risk & Disregard danger.
Guess that's just being Young and we all had been there.... sometime ago.
They also see less risk in many traffic situations than more experienced riders.

Motorcyclists who ignore the law and ride in a risky way think
That the risk of having an accident is lower than other riders do.
In fact the risk of an accident for this group is higher than for other riders.

Many riders take risks to impress other people - for example,
Or maybe their pillion.

Riders tend to suffer from the illusion of control,Which is a tendency to overstimate their ability
To cope with the demands of traffic when they are riding.
This undermines the accurate perception of risk.

Police riders, like riders in the other emergency services,
Need to be aware that risks cannot be justified by telling
Themselves that they are taking the risks in a noble cause -
To help someone else, or to catch a person suspected of a crime.
Your overriding responsibility in any situation is to ride safetly,
And that is what you should be thinking about
While riding to an Emergency.

If u have a accident and you fail to arrive,
You are of no help the the people in need.
If you injure yourself or someone else on the way
You will have turned an emergency into a tragedy,
And will still have done nothing to help.
Your Objective should be to arrive as quickly as
It is safe to do so. Thank You.

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Heavy Vehicles On The Overtake

When a Heavy Pulls Out to Overtake,
Be Prepared to Slow Down Fast!
The Reason being that there speed will be relatively much slower
Than Yours.

Whenever u Observe A Row Of Commercial Vehicles on Lane #3...
(lane nearest side of highway)
Try not to be on the center lane...
'cos many a time, the vehicle will just pull out in a sudden
to over take, signal as they pull out!
Recommend lane #1 in situation like these.
(common on AYE in Jurong)


As We are in a series of Holidays..
And many will be going north to Malaysia...

Be Ever Alert for Overtaking Heavy Vehicles!
Be ready to Hit the Brakes!
Especially if u are Fast!
Look way ahead... U need the time to React!

In the Night

Overtaking on the Left of Heavy Vehicles
There is Usually a Much Slower Vehicle In the Left Lane.
And at Times...
These Lorries have very Dim Lights!
or no lights! (also known as "Hantu Lorri"
There had been cases of Bikers Crashing in to Them...

Ride Carefully....
Hari Raya Season in Malaysia has the Highest Accident rate!

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Street Smart #81

Looking But Not Seeing

What we see depends to a large extent on what
We expect to see.
Perhaps You may have experienced,
At one time or another,
Pulling Out & narrowly missing a Bicycle or Motor Cycle
From the Direction you just looked.

Errors of this are common.
When motorist are generally looking for Cars or larger vehicle,
Failing to see smaller objects can happen.

So... remember... The traffic turning out may just not see U!

Observe the Driver...
Check his Body Language...
If u feel he had not notice u...
Give a Friendly Horn or Flash your Head lites...

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"RED MIST" Is a Term used to describe the
State of Mind of Riders who...
Are So determined to Acheive some Objective -

Catching a Vehicle infront,
Getting to a Location in the Shortest Possible Time...

The Rider Overtakes other vehicles
As they no longer capable of realistically
Assessing Riding Risk.

They had become Emotionally & Physiologically...
...Involved In The Chase!

Red Mist can Effect all road Users.

Riders in the Emergency Services need to be
Particularly aware of the problem.
Eg. Fire fighters, Medic on Quick Despatch, Traffic Policemen.

As for the Everyday road users...
A Particular road user may had touched a nerve...
Cross your Path...
And u Just wanna Show your Displeasure by Chasing Him...
Getting Even... Let It Pass... It's Not Worth It...
Don't Take it Personal...
Every Dog Has It's Day...

So... Be Cool! Your Life May Depends on It!

Street Smart #82...

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To Prevent Red Mist

Riders need to be able to maintain their usual Calm.
The Key Is to Concentrate on the Riding Task In Hand.

It is sometime so strange
Not to be late for an Important Appointment(sometime not that important)
Can get us into a Mad Rush to reach the Destination.
Advise: Better Late Than Never.
Better Advise: Leave 15 Mins Earlier.
(it may change your style)

To Our Man In Blue(or White):
Avoid Personalizing the Conflict with the Road User you
Are Pursuing.

As for Riders Involve in Rescue Operations...
You are No use to the people that needs help if u yourself
is involved in a accident.

Get Out Of The Mist... You See Better!

Posted by: spectrum Sep 29 2006, 10:30 AM

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Recognise this is a Problem
& Find ways to cope with It.

Focusing on the Present Rather Than
On the Purpose of the Journey is on way of
Reducing the Stress...

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How to Be Assured that U are
Not Riding in the Driver/Rider's
Blind Spot!

Have A Look @ Either of his/her
Side Mirrors...

If u See The Driver/Rider's Face
He Can See U!

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Don't Get Me Wrong...

Staring into Mirrors is UnSafe...
(no matter how good lookin the driver is)

Just when ever u have a doubt
As to Whether u are in the Driver's Blink Spot.
Just have a Glance into his Mirrors!

Posted by: spectrum Sep 29 2006, 10:42 AM

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Street Smart #84

You need to be aware of the social influences on
Attitude and Safety but, in the end, the responsibility for the
Safety on yourself and others in the team is yours alone.

It is particularly important to be aware of your Individual
Responsibility for safety when riding in a group.

You Alone Can assess when it is safe to make a move
eg. to overtake and at what speed u should ride.

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Street Smart #85

Riding in A Group Is Fun.
The Support is also Important...
That is Anyone In the Group may have a Problem...
Mechanical breakdown... Getting lost, Etc.
The Group is their to Help.

But Before u Ride with a Group.
Do find out the Style of Riding
You should want to Fit Comfortably with The Rest of the Team.

From my personal experience...

There are 3 Main Groups.
(Classified Mainly by their spd)

2B Bikes

Some Riding Teams will Accomodate all 3 Gps.
But then... They will be riding in their respective catagory.
And Meet at the Designated Rest Point. Eg. Machap R & R.


"OTOT" Own-time-own-target.
A Term more familiar to the Army Guys.
Which is to mean...
Go At your Own Pace & Meet at the Next Designated Rest Point.

To be In Your Comfort Zone...
Means to Choose the Spd/style that is most enjoyable
& Safe to You.
It is Important!

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Do Not Rush to Overtake
To Keep up with the Rest of the Bike.
Assess the Situation before making a Move.
Remember! When U Feel It Is Not Safe.. It's NOT!

There is Usually a Sweeper(last bike) that will make
Sure u are not left behind.

And the Leader will usually be keeping an eye
on the rest of the Bikes
Cos he knows it take time & effort to overtake.

On the Other hand...
Do not Be so safe & slow that u inconvenient
the group.

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Fatique Causes Accidents....

All u need is to Close your eyelids for a few sec...

Was on my way back from KL...
Nice satay lunch @ Kajang...

After an hr on the North-South Highway...
Me start to feel sleepy....

The next thing I see was...
(the driver infront of me beat me to it..)
The Car infront of me starts to sway...

And Brushes the Concrete Barrier on the left of the highway!

Slight damage to the side of the car....
Wobble, wobble and he stopped to check the slight damage.

Now... It will not be a slight damage with a
Biker dozing off...

So remember...

Rest when u are tired....
40 winks will help.


have a lite lunch...

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Probably Worth while to note that Braking is not as effective as Dry Days.
As such... A slower speed will provide better control.

Give yourself Plenty of Space.
Slot between wide traffic gaps
More time to react & if u skid...
The vehicle behind u have a better chance to miss u.

And do not be in a Hurry...

Visibility is bad
For You & the rest of the Traffic around you.

IF u feel that you need a New Set of Rubber...
It's is a good time now to do it.

Posted by: spectrum Sep 29 2006, 11:08 AM

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This may raise some eye brows...
But it is a position where vehicles on both side keep their distances.

The danger normally comes when cars change lanes.
And Bikes are not expected to be in there way.

It is definately not he position to be at length as
there is no lateral escape routes (sideways)

A High Speed Zoom between 2 vehicles
along the N-S highway
is a High Risk Maneuver.
There is a very small margin for error...
Any error will be costly.

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Cos' Something may Just Drop from the Vehicle Infront
And Cause you to lose control of your bike.

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An unfortunate incident on the North-South Highway.
All was fine for a Fellow Biker was riding north
till he rides behind this truck carrying old tires.
He then noticed a tyre dropped from the truck.

What's worst the tyre was heading towards him.
As he was traveling fast, there was not much room
and time to get out of the way.

Decides to Hold bike firm & hope for the best.

The next thing he remembers... Sliding on the Road
Towards the Break down lane.

The tyre had hit his bike & cause him to fall.
He escaped with abrasion to his body.
His riding Jacket & Full face helmet took most of the damage.

Would be different if rider slide towards the central divider.
(we are thankful he went the other way)

For some strange reason... the truck pull to the
right lane... before losing his load.
There was no other traffic.

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A Most Often Heard Explaination In Accidents involving Motorbikes.
"I Didn't See the Bike!"

As if it is the Biker's Fault
That the Motorist did not see Him/Her.
The Real Problem is that the Claim is often True.

But it is not because We are Invisible
But the Motorist is not accustomed to looking out for bikes.


Does not know how to judge their Speed & Distances

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I am gonna Enjoy it as Much as Youuuuuuuuuuuuuu....

Please NOTE:

The Bigger the AWAS Sign or Arrows...
The Slower u wanna ride thru the corner.
Maybe even drop down 2 gears!

Sand and pebbles in a corner... is bad news.

AVOID! at all cost... if unable
try to ride straight thru...
Drop your gears to slow down
Use some front brakes if really have to.

Be careful of opposite traffic...

Stay on the Road...
The red pebbles just off the rd will cause skidding...

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Happy New Year 2006
It's Back to Work & We all Look forward to An Interesting Year.

This above Stretch of AYE just Before NUH had claim many victims.
Reason being that Traffic are coming in
from New Alexander Link, Queensway,
Exiting Bouna Vista, Clementi...

So a lot of lane changing....
Some Very Last Minute!

Come poorer visiblity... eg dusk plus rain...
It develops into a High Risk Location!

I am sure u can identify many more other locations...
May not necessary be on a highway.
But on Highways, injuries are more serious 'cos of the higher spd.

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How Many Times
had u see Vehicles changing lanes without signals.
Or Signal as they change lanes.

Just remember that Vehicles changing lanes happens all the time
More So when there is a Exit or Entrance to the Highway.

Don't be surprise! Give yourself plenty of space!

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"Accident Aft West Coast... "

Something u see posted once a while which will also involves some
traffic congestion.

Accidents does happen.
But there are Riders that does not have one...
For years...

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A Point to remember...
Cars are on 4 tyres... bikes has only 2.
They would definately outbrake us if he need to brake hard
For whatever reasons.
That leave us hitting his car
Or a skid that will leave us on the floor.

Give ourself enough stopping distance.
And look far ahead
To anticipate braking.

Painted arrow/lines on the road are also not the best place to
Apply our brakes.... on a wet day.

"A Wet Tale"

Street Smart #99

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Food is Something very close to our hearts...
So whenever u think of BUFFET..... Think......

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Part of Safe Motorbike Riding Involves Creating Space
Between You & Other Vehicles.

Maintaining a Buffer Zone gives You more Time to Respond,
More Space to Protect You
And Improves the Chances of The other Driver Seeing You.

So that You Will always be safe!

You see... You Are Always Very Important!
To your family & friends... Be Safe!

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Sharing Lanes
@ Street Junction or Riding is not really a Good Idea.
Keeping to one side of the lane encourages cars to come squeeze beside you.
Two... is a Crowd. Company we can do without....


Friend of mine... Notice his badly Burnt skin on one of his legs.
Told me that while waiting for the lights to turn green,
A van came beside him... brush him causing him to lose his balance.

The Bike dropped & he didn't had enough space to jump as the other leg was caught between his bike & van.
So pinned down by the weight
of his bike with the exhaust on his leg.
He could only yell out for help.

Much pain & damage before the van driver notice what he had done
and helped to lift his bike.

Now the ugly leg is a constant reminder... "not to share lanes..."

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Riding Slower than the Average Traffic

Keeping to the Side of Lane encourages Vehicles to zoom pass
In the Same Lane...
It is Definitely Too close for comfort...

In the same token... riding slow between lanes is just as hazardous.

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Keep the Lane to Yourself...
Let them overtake on your right lane...
Eg. Well Clear!

The Recommended speed is to

1. Flow with the traffic or
2. Be overtaking at a slow rate (within spd limit)

It gives You better control of the situation
Rather than second guessing who's zooming pass you...
(eg having more hp is also a good safety asset)

Probably worth while to mention that the subject on positioning
one the the different lanes.

Position yourself slighly away from the side barriers...
Gives u a better chance of survival if u skid...
And miss the barriers...

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As brought up by one of our readers...
Chinese New Year is a time when there will be much visiting.

There will be much distraction in looking for addresses...
of friends & relatives...

With drivers losing their concentration on the road...

So do be careful if u see a car moving kind of slow...
Cos he my just turn into your path...

Happy New Year.. [/COLOR]

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Dealing With Emergencies

If u have a rapid puncture whilst riding,
U need to react quickly to keep your balance!

Front Tyre BlowOut Is dangerous since it will affect your steering.
You need to be able to steer well to keep your balance.

You cannot always hear a tyre blow.
But u can detect a flat by the way the motorcycle reacts.

If the Front goes flat, the steering will feel very heavy.
If the Rear goes Flat, the Back of the bike will weave from
Side to Side.

Points To Remember
During a Blowout or Puncture

1. Hold Hand grip firmly and concentrate on steering.
Try to Keep a Straight Course

2. Stay off the brakes.
Gradually close the throttle & let the motorcycle slow down.
Keep looking where u are going.

3. If it is the Front Tyre that has gone flat,
Shift your weight as far back as u can.
If it is a rear puncture, sit normally

4. Wait till the motorcycle is going very slowly.
Then edge toward the side of the road and stop.

Remember! All the above info is for use at low speeds.
The higher the speed, the more likely it is that a flat tyre
will result in a fall!

Above is a text book answer...
Perhaps some of u may had experience a blow out
and like to share with us your moment of anxiety...
Please do.

Tubeless tyres will be less dramatic if tyre goes flat.
It will lose air gradually.
Normally won't just blowout in the middle of a ride.
So perhaps safer.

I was told that spoke wheels cannot go tubeless.
If that's so... Do consider a Cast Wheel Bike that
Provides tubeless tires when u are buying a bike.

Maintenance is also a preventive measure.
So check your tyres constantly & change it when the
Tyres are worn.

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Best to Slow down & Pass them slowly...
Giving clear signal to the Traffic behind
That u are slowing down.

Hitting Animals is sure way of losing control!

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North-South Highway In The Night...

"Hantu Lorries" are lorries with very dim tail lights.
Or bearly visible...
And they are dead slow.

So whenever u see a tour bus on the right lane...
Do be very careful when over taking on the Left.
There may just be a "Hantu Lorry" right in front of U!

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Enjoy your ride down the Mountain

And The Scenery...
But don't forget to pay attention to the roads.

Keep in low gear & spd around bends
To prevent Over runs.
And to keep control.

A pile of sand beside the road....
Will mean sand on the road.

Or ride straight over it!
The tyres will lose traction as the lean angle increases...

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Tue Morning...

Usual heavy traffic but moving @ about 70kmh
Me driving on lane #2 (middle) towards Jurong...
Lane #1 starts slowing down fast..
Could see the brake lite coming on as the rest of the cars slow down.

The car just right of my car "Crash" into the vehicle infront.
Bad! His bonnet beng-kok! Fold into 2...

No one was injured.
Interestingly there was a police vehicle a few cars infront of the

No one emer brake from the front.

So... What caused the accident?

Posted by: spectrum Oct 3 2006, 11:36 AM

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Overtaking in a Dark Night
Malaysian Trunk Roads

Can we overtake?
Easy right...
Just one bike keeping to the side of the opp lane...


Car with it's right head light not working!

Think about that...

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It's simply too great a mental task to go from
one mode of thinking to another.
Riding back after work, people think about the days events.
Decision made. Decisions to be make...
What time ah boy close...
maybe can pick up the spares u need for your bike.

And as it creeps in, your concentration on the road goes to the side...
down the drain.

Plenty of indication that vehicles are stopping in front...
But u just too deep in your thoughts to notice it...
Till it suddenly occurs to you that..
"*$#!" the car infront just got very close!

Remember! When you just got on the road.
And too many things are clogging your head...


Return back to riding! Full concentration on the road!
Leave your thoughts till u are off the bike.

Point to note... They are all returning from work.

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Street Smart Tip of the Day #112

2 seconds or less is about all the time u have to react before a Crash!

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The Two-Second Rule

Interestingly, there is a recomended "2-sec Rule"
That's the distance between You & the Car ahead.

And this should double if the road is wet.

Reaction time will take 0.7sec...
the rest is for your brakes to work.

I still remember that the Scramble 125 I rode long time ago
does not have gd brakes
As such... I had a quite a few close shave avoiding
cars that turn into my path...

How the 2-sec rule works...

When the car in front passes a convenient landmark.
Start counting... 1-second (eg. one thousand & one, One thousand & two)

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One of my bike mechanic shared with me this...

On one of his fast ride in Malaysia,
Saw some sand on the road.
Said all he did was to use some front brakes.

Bike skidded and he flew down the road with his bike.

The next think that hit him was a piercing pain on his right foot.
The brake pedal had broke and stabbed the front of his foot.

His buddy help sent him to the nearest hospital.
He remembered clearly what the doctor said.
$600 ringgit deposit for his leg to be amputated!

He took the 1st flt back to Spore.
He is walking fine today.
A scar on his right foot reminds him of that fateful day.

He don't ride anymore.
That is his personal choice.

He was wearing a pair of sport shoe.
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Wearing a pair of boots could save your feet.
The closeness of your feet near the ground
at such high speed has it's risk.

Avoid Braking over sand.
Especially in a corner.

Protective clothings are our last line of defence

Posted by: spectrum Oct 3 2006, 12:35 PM

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Much Activities goes on @ Back Lane Pick up Zones...

But it is the Inactive we have to be careful of.

See a pile of Junk...
There will be stuff u don't wanna ride over...
Eg. nails, screws, pieces of metal...

And quite invisible to us on our bike...
Especially in the evening.

Zones Best Avoided!
Make a U... & go back the way u came in.

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Metal stuff lodged in cracks will cause a puncture.
So These are Areas we should Avoid.

In my Tyre repair kit are souvenirs of things
I have pulled out.
4 repairs... 1 is mine...
One of them is a key...

Just a note:
Tubeless tires should not blow out if the puncture is small.
Air will leak gradually & a regular check on tyre pressure will indicate
and excessive lost of pressure.
So have a look at your tires...

For Tires with Tube:
Expect a blow out...
Hold the steering firm & let the speed die down.
My understanding is that spoke wheels are usually
Has tube in their tyres.

A Sport tyre cost $175 (there about)
A puncture patch up cost $20-30
A puncture kit cost $30

It is safer & less costly to avoid trouble zones...

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This ramp is common with many of
our multi storey carparks in our HDB.
The gaps are great for grip but stuff that are
bad for our tyres will also be in position.

Avoidance is best, next would be minimal use.
Look for alternate parking location.

And if u have to use it...
Have a look thru the ramp before picking up your bike.

It's kind of like looking for FOD (Foreign Objects)
on apron, taxiways & runways.
A common practice on all airports.

Not only debris punctures aircraft tyres... it will will also
damage engines if they get suck into them.
And thats what keeping the aircraft up...
No engines... plane comes down.

As for other exclusive pickup zones..
Check with Whizkid story...

Posted by: spectrum Oct 3 2006, 12:36 PM

20 000 Hits!

Enjoy your rides... but come home safe.

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If u see the word Junction too well...
Neither can the drivers see you...

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Don't add to the Statistics... Be Aware... Be Smart!

Posted by: spectrum Oct 3 2006, 12:40 PM

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You are on the left lane... approaching this junction.

Have a look at the Driver exiting the minor road...
The Million dollar Question...
Will he drive his Merc into your lane?

Let's see...
He is looking at our direction...
Cos if he's movin' out, he would look forward.

So - continue ride as norm...
Think again...

There is a 10% chance that he is look but not see.
And... Surprise! Wham!

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Taking Positon...

You are crossing this Junction...
Lights being green for a while.
Both lanes are available.

Which lane should u use?

Left or Center... :confused:

Point to note also is that u are coming out of the Shadows... :giddy:
That makes u even more invisible!

Centre Lane Means Better Visibiliy to the Turning Taxi...
And as Dino Said... Less room to escape.

Left lane... Not so visible... But Flashing of High Beam may Help.
More Escape Room.
Do also observe the The Body Language of the Taxi...
Both Driver & Car... to have an indication if he has seen U.

More of that in the next post...

IF There is some other larger vehicles...
It will be best to cross the junction with them...
Kind of like cross in formation... Taxi sees vehicle better.

But the name of the game is...

If for some whatever reason... the taxi turns into your path!
U must be at a speed that enable u to stop and avoid hitting him
or slow enough to swerve (escape path)

Otherwise... U Lose!
Game Over!

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The Most of drivers involve in Accidents with
Bikes says they did not see bike!
Point to Note...
We are near to being invisible!

So... Flash-flash... Toot-toot... Be Noticed!
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"A picture paints a 1000 words..."
Here I took pic of riders to illustrate that we can read the body language if someone is gonna ride off his line.
Drivers in cars may not be that visible
(less she is driving a convertable)
but head movements are good indications.

So do look for signs less the vehicle moves right into your path!

It's kind of like crossing a Zebra Crossing...
(Not many around.. these days)
U would wait to see if the car driver sees u waiting and
is stopping before u cross...
We tell this to children.

Similarly, do slow down...
if for any reason u suspect
the motorist at the junction
is gonna move into your path!

Not looking your direction or erratic in his behaviour...

A moment of caution is all it takes to
save a lot of unnecessary injury!

Posted by: spectrum Oct 3 2006, 12:48 PM

Street Smart #122
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Of all the normal pants we wear for riding...
Jeans does offer the best protection & comfort.

But whenever a biker takes a spill...
Thru my many observations.
Jeans will tear &
With much Abrasion to the legs especially around the knees.

We can reduce that kind of injury to a high degree.
Wear a pair of touring pants or leathers.

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Our last form of defence is our protective clothings.

If we fall... and not hit anything...
We can get away with light injuries...
eg. look at our GP Moto riders freq walk away after dropping at high spd.

A Gd Helmet worn correctly will protect your head.
A Full Face Helmet will protect your lovely chin.
(If u have the misfortune of seeing a biker with a broken jaw after an accident by the rd... am sure u will seriously consider getting use to wearing a full face)

An Armour Jacket: In most cases...
The Shoulder and elbow area gets torn.
That's where a biker normally lands.
But I am glad to say that the armour padding protects the body well.
In most cases... very little damage on the upper body as compared to the legs.

Gloves: When someone falls... hands will be 1st on the rd to break the fall.
Have a gd pair of glove to take the Initial Impact.

Boots: Riding boots will be best... but army boots is fine.
Recent incident... rider legs scrap the highway side protector.
(Metal strips placed along highways to prevent motorist from fall out into the cliffs)
Yes... leg was between his machine & metal protector.
He remembers clearly scraping all the reflectors!
He had a high end pair of riding boots!
Ended with a broken lower leg bone & a minor fracture on the foot.
Don't think there be much of his leg if he had on a pair of tennis shoe or slippers.

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But Today emphasis is on our legs...

Protect Them!

The Cost: A pair of Touring pants will cost about $150
It should have padding at the right places
and armour around the knee.

U Should want to get a pair that's slightly larger
as wearing a tight cotton track pants
Will be more comfortable as touring pants are mostly synthetic.
So very sweaty...
So bring along a pair of tights... when doing your shopping.

They are available at most of the Moto Accessory shop.
Moto World @ Ubi, Regina @ Jalan Besar,
Chiap Lee @ Serangoon Rd, Chong Aik @ Desker Rd
Do feel free to add more locations if u know somewhere
selling it at a reasonable price.

Leathers: Offers the best protection... cost much more though...
Check out the Dainese shop along Serangoon Rd just before Mah
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Draggin Jeans: An Australia product.
Jeans with Kelver protection. Will set u back $200
But it is comfortable & will not tear.
Padding can be added to area around the knee & bums.
But don't see it here in Spore.
So u will have to order it thru the web.
It is a gd consideration as u can wear it everyday.
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As for me...
I wear a pair of jeans riding in Spore
and a pair of Indian Buffalo leathers
with knee padding when I go north.
Maybe I should consider a pair of Dragin...

The investment for a pair of touring pants is high...
And some what troublesome to put on...
But if we compare to loosing skin to the road...
It is probably worth it. :thumb:

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There are far too many incident that involves dozing off when riding.
(and smashing into barriers)
Remember... U need enough rest to remain alert thru your ride.

If u Going to ride thru the night...
Have a good nap before going.

And little wonder most incidents happens in the wee hours of the morning...
Cos your body is going into a sleep mode... that 's normal.

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If u know u are tired...
And u know u are tired!
Pull into a petrol station... And Take 5!

Stretch, wash your face and have a drink.
Then continue...

U have more dreams & less nightmares...

There had be a couple of late nite crashes into center barriers...
Single bike accidents... not involving anyone else.
wonder if tireness could be a contribuition factor.

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A subject that is close to our hearts.
What makes speed fun?
Why most love it… and some don’t.

With the amount of bikes in our country that can accelerate to speed
Of unthinkable proportion.
Perhaps it is good we have a look into this subject.
And perhaps begin to understand part our self.

Below, an interesting article from a British Magazine which
Deal with the subject.

2 reasons why we ride fast…

The first is because we’re compelled by our genes.
The second is because we like it anyway.

The trouble is,
Neither of those answers is any use.
We still want to know why we do it.

Below are Q & A on a Bike Journalist:
Perhaps u could ask yourself some of those questions…

What do u get from speeding?“I love the physic of speed, the thrill of riding fast.
There’s a beauty in it and a self-expression.
You know you’re using skill, like playing the guitar.
But there’s also a rush, adrenaline.
Rossi says the racing line is like a poem.
When I’m on my own on a road,
It’s like I’m dancing with the bike�

How do you know you are free from risk�
“I don’t. It’s about assessing risk.
Some guys ride as if they’re invincible,
With no acknowledgment of what might be round the corner.
I’m constantly talking to myself, imagining what might be round the corner.�

What does speed mean to you?
“It’s how fast you want to go. I think I’m the best judge of what speed is right�

How fast do you want to go?“Depends. There’s no glory in getting it wrong.
The glory’s in getting it right.
The there’s a film running in my head
about the family getting a knock on the door form a policeman,
then the image comes in: I’ve avoided that.
That fuels my decision-making.
I don’t’ wanna to die. I wanna live.�

When don’t u ride fast?
“I have to be relaxed and chilled to go fast.
What I don’t want to do is ride when I’m angry.�

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Verdict(on the above speeder):
(from a psychologists point of view)

He can’t be dismiss as a thrill seeker.
For him – as for most of us –
Control and responsibility are equally important.

He is incredibly honest about the danger too –
Which is the biggest reason why he is alive.
Honesty allows his “inner voice� to take and endless string
Of life-preserving positive decisions –
Not a bad strategy for building and preserving confidence.

Instinctively I feel the fast-riding psychological profile
that emerged is correct: rule-breaking, opinionated, competitive, optimistic, laid back.
That seems to sum up something about so many of the other riders I know.

Maybe that is why bikers get along with each other so well.
We sense the same values in each other.


If u have to do it.... in a safely.

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Speed is exciting

but it also comes with responsibility.
Most Overtaking should be done on the right lanes.
But there are times when a slower vehicle would not move left.
That's when one overtake cautiously on his left.
(u definately not gonna follow him to KL)

As with my own ride North...
Most vehicles would move left
when they notice a faster vehicle behind them.
The Malaysian drivers does this quite quickly.
(can't say the same for our spore cars -
perhaps a lack of exposure)

So a little patience will do much for a safer ride.

Riding on Shoulder

For some reason...
It sometimes become a small bike lane.
Guess they find the lane a safe lane to ride on.
Away from the other vehicles.

But to use it for high spd overtaking will definately not be wise.
Won't be much room to maneouver to avoid rubbish or a break down vehicle.
Or a Kup-Kia...

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Talking about Motor cycles lanes.
This ones approaching Pontian...

Lanes may just end abruptly.
Quite a bit of Debris (maybe due to road works)

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May be a good idea to...
stay off the bike lanes...
And if u gonna stay in one...
be alert for surprises...

The ones on Malacca Bridge are quite well organize...

Generally, there's not much room to overtake.
So... keeping to the spd of the bikes.

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And for whatever reason if u had to ride on the shoulder...
Look Long & Look Far...
For what lies ahead may stop u dead in your tracks!

Remember... U gonna see this breakdown vehicle
Very, very late in a dark night...
Pending the speed u are riding...

My advise... Stay of the Shoulders.
And off the left lane when riding fast!

There are just one too many dead slow lorries/bikes with no lights!
Hit any thing big or small... and u are all over the tarmac!

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On one of my nite ride on 2nd link back to Spore...
I only saw the bike only when his brake lights came on...
Guess he knows I was coming behind him
and he just wanted to warn me that he in front of me.

Much appreaciated.... but please go fix your tail lights
Or carry a replacement bulb(or circuit breaker)

Posted by: spectrum Oct 8 2006, 10:30 PM

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It is important to recognise if this is something that gonna affect us.
That by itself is a positive step forward...

The next step is to cool down...

It can be done...

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Ask 1.2-million-mile BMW rider Dave Swisher, of Bowling Green, Virginia. That's his helmet after he suffered a crash in West Virginia. Dave came out of it just fine—thanks to his full-face helmet. No facial reconstruction was needed. In fact, because Dave was wearing full gear, he was able to ride home!

What would have happened had he been wearing a three-quarter helmet or, worse yet, a “shorty?�

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The diagrams above show the impact areas on crash-involved motorcycle helmets. (Source: Dietmar Otte, Hannover Medical University, Dept. of Traffic Accident Research, Germany.) Note that 35% of all crashes showed major impact on the chin-bar area. This means that if you ride with an open-face helmet, you are accepting only 65% of the protection that could be available to your head.

If you ride with a shorty or half helmet, you are accepting only 39% of the protection you could obtain. You are literally throwing away 61% of the protection you would have had had you chosen a full-face helmet.

And, of course, if you ride wearing a “novelty� helmet or no helmet at all then you have none of the protection you could have chosen.

The choice is yours.

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This Helmet belongs to one of our riding buddy.
Thks to his helmet he kept his good looks

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Sometimes we hope for ways to warn our new riders to the
Zones that would endanger them...

As with the Pic above...
I have Painted the safer lane... Green.
And the one not to take... Red.

A few reason why the inner lane is not a better choice:

1. Cars may pull out without signals
2. Some may just open there car doors without looking behind
3. Pedestians dashing out between cars to cross road.
(especially younger school children)

Now, As with Positioning within the Green lane:

Would not be a bad idea to be on the left part of the lane.
That would give us a good distance from hitting the central barrier
if for whatever reason we skid & slide....

Something our readers pointed the earlier posts.
Lane positioning as taught in Australia.

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Street Smart #124

Drop 1 or 2 gear before entering a bend
Depending on the severity of the curve.
It's a safer way then just using brakes.

It gives better control
Lesser chance of over running the road

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What do u do when water & dirt starts accumulation on your visor.
Is not too bad if it is pouring
but it is the drizzle that gets
the visor real dirty...

Have a rag ready for days like that...
Otherwise, your leather glove will do just as well...

Posted by: spectrum Oct 8 2006, 10:57 PM

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Street Smart Tip of the Day #125

Tire Pressure...

Or Lack of It... That Is!

Low tire pressure are reported on more than
50% of bikes inspected by repair facilities.

Few riders seem to understand the dire consequences
of this frequently overlooked point.

Some company does make indicators that turns
Red when the pressure drops below designated level.
But it's a screw on... so easily stolen.

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Well, the easiest way is to form a habit of
Riding to the pumps once a week.
(Check your hand book or moto tiam for the correct pressure setting)

Remember to do it when your tires are cold.
eg... ride into the nearest petrol stn for your air
1st thing in the day.

Bring a presure gauge to check your tire pressure
after pumping up.
That's to check if the stn pump is accurate!

Low Pressure
means control problems.
In a low speed turn...
Bike may be difficult to steer...
Then it just dive into the ground.

It will also means high fuel consumption.
At today's price...
Certainly make sense to use less.

Too High Pressure:
Uncomfortable ride....
And Grip, braking may not be that efficent!

So... Pump Up the Air!

Btw, this above Wheel had just done 1900km around Malaysia...
Mmm... so did I check the pressure along the way?

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Street Smart Tip of the Day #126

The ability to sense danger in a situation only develops with experience,
so u should always ride within your capabilities.
Be aware of the hazards with excellent observational skills.

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A Borrowed Phase from the comment by
one of the riders in the BMW Group from ST.

The Picture:

Took the picture of this rider about to enter Patong Town in Phuket.'
He had just stopped to put on his Helmet before entering town.
Guess the Wearing of helmets are only for big towns.

Well, not much between the road & skin if he spill.
But think of it...
Won't be much of a diff wearing a Shirt.

Thing about it... it's your skin.

Consider making it a habit to put on a Riding Jacket...
With some armour at the right places.

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The Ultimate Protection...

But won't be much use if u hit a wall!

And there are plenty of City riding Jackets in the Moto Shops.
Go invest in one...

Dress Up... It's Good!
Be it a pair of gloves,
or a full face, riding jacket... jeans,
Trading your slippers for a pair of boots/shoes...

Cos the Dressing up puts you towards the right direction
in terms of Attitude towards our Safety!
Believe me..

50% of the battle is Won!

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Have a Good Scan,
Have a Good Sense...

It's a Jungle out There!

Stay Ahead!

Similarly on the Road...
Lose concentration & lapse in your scan... We lose!

As Humans... we have an advantage over the animal kingdom...
We not only learn from our enviorment...
We Have the Media!

Eg. Here in the Net, books, tv... etc
So we look into the experiences of others...
And when we see the same scene flashes on the roads...

We use what we learn & avoid a potentially dangerous situation!

Back to your Question...
Sensing danger?
Both... Natural & Developed...

Riders with less natural...
Will... Just leaves more room for developement...
So, read - learn and develope good riding habits...
It's all part of our daily survival.

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A Big %

of the above statistic are bikers.
Reason being there is no metal to protect us.
And we Balance ourself on 2 wheels.

But... Biking can be safe...
Our Attitude has got a lot to do with it!

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Street Smart Post #131...
Vital Statistics

Riders who have a greater than average risk of having an accident:

- Those that travel more than average per year
- Younger riders, especially men
- Inexperienced riders

Posted by: spectrum Oct 8 2006, 10:58 PM

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Street Smart #132

Uk Statistic show that...

1. 93% of riders involved in injury accidents are male
2. The peak age for fatal accident 18
3. Comparing riders aged 20 and riders
aged 30 with the same riding experience,
the 20yr olds have
three times the accident risk of the 30yr old
4. Average rider starting 18 will have had more than
Eight accidents by the age of 35.

Interesting Figures...

One good guide would be your insurance premium...
Higher Premium = Higher Risk
30yr of age is the line that divides....

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75% of accidents occurs in the City

Slightly more than half the Fatal Accident occurs out of the City...
eg highways... 'cos of higher spd

15% of accidents during over-taking
12% of accidents during cornering
30% of accidents in wet weather involve a skid

Statistic from our own Police Force

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It's a Bunch of Statistic...

But what is important is
what does all these figures mean to You...

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Street Smart Post #131... Vital Statistics

Riders who have a greater than average risk of having an accident:

- Those that travel more than average per year
- Younger riders, especially men
- Inexperienced riders

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Street Smart #132

Uk Statistic show that...

1. 93% of riders involved in injury accidents are male
2. The peak age for fatal accident 18
3. Comparing riders aged 20 and riders
aged 30 with the same riding experience,
the 20yr olds have
three times the accident risk of the 30yr old
4. Average rider starting 18 will have had more than
Eight accidents by the age of 35.

Interesting Figures...

One good guide would be your insurance premium...
Higher Premium = Higher Risk
30yr of age is the line that divides....

The Motorcyclist

If u can see thru all the above Statistics...

1. Motorcycling is a Risky Business.
There is no two way about it.

It is Also Exciting, Easy & Cheap Way to move about.
We Love It!
So if u don't want the risk... take a bus or drive a car.

There is a good chance each & everyone of us will drop.
So... Best we Dress for the fall...

And Unless something hits us or we hit something...
We have a good chance of getting away with a few scratches.

2. The Young & Restless gets into crash a lot.
- Two main reasons... Inexperience & just being young.
- There is fire in the blood..
that's why fighter pilots mellow when they pass 30 yrs of age...
So they go fly something less exciting.


So if someone give me a warning that if u walk down this path...
It is very slippery when wet..
1. I try to avoid it on a raining day
2. If I really have no other route to take... I be extra cautious
And walk very slowly... I won't run.

Coming back to Motorcycling...

If you are just starting out with a new riding licience...
U wanna learn from other riders experience.
If you are young... (below 30)... It is good
to hold back if your riding aggression..
Easier said than done...
I was young once... and I never felt threaten.

I had Flip over may scooter once going down Bradell Rd
One evening... Going to see my gf.
My front wheel went into a pot hole in the middle of the rd.
Most fortunate the pickup behind me just manage to stop.

In 3 weeks... I was back to my carefree riding self.
I was young.

Happy Riding!

Posted by: spectrum Oct 8 2006, 11:33 PM

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Street Smart Tip of the Day #133

Sadly the evidence shows that we do not learn very well from our mistakes.
UK Statistic shows that...

- Riders who have had and accident in the previous 3 yrs are three time more likely than the average to have an accident in the following year.
So if that's true... rider tend to repeat the same type of accident.

If we have an accident or near miss... we should think very cafefully about what we could had done to avoid the situation.

Surprising Stats...

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An Extra 50kg on your bike means you not gonna need

Although I ride a Bigger bike now...
It had been a while since I had a Pillion.
Stopping at my usual distance from front vehicles
is just not enough...

Long, long ago...

On my DT125 scrambler with my pillion...
I remember one evening along Thomson Rd/Sin Ming Junction towards the City.

I was a Little fast.
The lites turn amber to red.
I tried braking... at that point...
The bike was not going to stop in time.
The brakes not good enough.
The momentum to great!

So.. I blow my Horn & Flash my lites.
It was Most Fortunate (for me & pillion)
That I was able to catch the attention of the cars that was
about to turn in to Sin Ming.
I would had crash into them in any of them had turn.

Close Call!

Drop your speed approach junctions!

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It is important to brief your pillion to move
with you when taking corners.

This will increase your stability thru the corner.

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Riding with a Pillion...

You have the added responsibility of the one behind you.
His/her Precious body is in your hands.

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What makes a good rider?

Good riders have a quiet efficiency in their actions
and this are the factors:

1. A good level of concentration
2. Accurate Observation
3. Matching the bike's speed and direction to the situation
4. Awareness of the risks in a particular road & traffic
5. Keeping Risk to the minimum
6. Know their own limitation, those of the road & machine
7. Attitudes that contribute to road safety

It is not just the speed of your reaction that determinds a safe rider.
But your ability to identify & respond to Hazards!
Young Inexperience riders responds quickly.
One example would be the way they excel in computers games.
But alas... their reaction to traffic hazards are not as fast.

In an electronic game... u just restart...
On the road... the price is higher.

The Ability to detect hazards is learnt like any other skill
And it depends partly on experience.
Or learning from the experiences of others.
(thru reading, discussion with good riders)

More experienced riders develop a sense of trouble.
When the risk arise they monitor them at a subconscious level.
Ready to respond quickly if the situation develops dangerously.

Because they are more aware of the potential danger,
they are more alert to the changing road conditions.
This helps sustain their concentration.
And survive on the Streets!

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When riding over a newly re-surfaced road...
It will be a while till the lines are drawn.

When over this stretch...
best not squeeze but keep with the
Flow of the Cars... Especially when visiblity is bad.. eg nite or rainy days.

Without well define lanes...
vehicles sway between the unseen lanes.
We will have more space to work with behind rather than beside...

Posted by: spectrum Oct 8 2006, 11:45 PM

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A New Mini Series by Street Smart

Will give our safety post a break &
Do a Mini Series on Buying a Bike?

Something close to our hearts & wallet.

Here in Spore...
Riders are restricted by our licence.
Eg Class 2b(up to 200cc), 2a(up to 400cc) & 2 (all bikes)

A decision to Pay More for the luxury of a New Bike...
Or budget for a 2nd hand one.

Which bike is for u?
Will it be a street or sport bike...
Tourer or dual purpose...
Scooter or maybe a scrambler.

Do u go for your Heart or Head?
eg. what u like or what is best for u.

Which dealer to go... Mah, Looi, Boon Siew...
Or should u buy from say the classified here in the forum.

How to spot a lemon(bad 2nd hand bike)
And when to walk away.

As it can involves up >$20 000 for a purchase...
This mini series hope to help u make some...

This Red Ducati 999s should be in the region of $40 000... about.

Smart Decisions!

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A Few Places u can find these information.

Bike Magazines: My Favorite are the UK Mag... go search for a review on the bike that interest u. Eg for this case the Piaggio X9
The Latest Bikes will nomally be featured most.
There will also be bike comparison... eg X9 vs aprilla vs burgman vs silver wing
Aust or America mag are also available.

Internet: A great souce of info. Go to the Manufacturer's Home Web.

Forums: Go the forum on the particular bike... there u will read the good, bad & ugly of the bike. Also the people there will be the best to answer your questions.
Read the forums around the world, not just here in

Speak to the Owners: One of the Best way to really gauge the bike.
Could be your friends or join a teh session with the riders in the forum.

Ride the Bike: If u have the opportunity... give u a great feedback.
Ahem... have to get someone to lend u... or the moto tiam owner.

Important Point Is Not To Rush Into the Decision!

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Heart or Head?

Well, what does your heart says? (what u really like)
And how about your head... (what's gonna suit u best)

It is sometime a very difficult decision...
But u have to decide.

Maybe I share how I come to buy my Hornet 900.

Sports bike are really the top of most bikers' list.
Also the bike that rules the bike manufactures...
And the reviews of mag.

The Sleek Styles & Power says it all...

So we have the SP, Kips, CBR... Ninjas, Gixers... R1

For me... I have left the biking for a long time.
Coming back... Top of the list goes to comfort then power...

I 1st looked at the Deuville.
Nice complete bike with panier... (I can put my tau pau, stuff & helmet)
And a Fazer 600.... ($13500)
Like the design of the fazer... & gd review with the mag(older fazer)

When a colleaque express concern that a Deuville does not have the power...
and I should really consider a 1000cc bike as the re-sale is better.

So I Look for a Fazer 1000. ($18000)
I was not too sure how my interest will hold so decides on a 2nd hand one.

View a few Fazer but didn't really
settle to one I like or the price was not what I was looking at.
(It was nice the moto tiam even let me have a go at the bike at UBI)

The TDM Yamaha was the next bike I checked out...
Nice No. FL88
Didn't like the V Engine.. a little noisy for me...
The straight 4 are much smoother.

That's when one of my guys stumble upon a Red Hornet 900
Somewhen in Defu Moto Tiam while servicing his bike there.

Had a look... 3000km on the clock, look brand new... $12000
2 yrs old...
Didn't quite interest me...
but I did my check on the internet anyway.

That's when I found out that The Hornet was very popular in UK.
And it is quite a good bike.

With that... I invited down my Hayabusa & CB1000 friends to have
another look at the bike...
A good going over to see if the bike was ok.
I didn't ride the bike but let my buddy
have a go at it... since he was more experience.
And man was he impressed with the bike.

The Hornet has been with me now for 2.5 yrs
And It had been a wonderful relationship.

Hope this sharing will help u decide...
I normally say to guys to go for the heart...
If it's not gonna cost too much.

Otherwise, he's gonna be thinking about it the rest of his life.
And when u have enough.... go for the what that fits.

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New or Used Bike

Guess it is all down to dollars & cents.
If u can afford a new bike...
There no nicer feeling than owning something brand new.

But Many do not realise the high cost of depreciation.
(especially the 1st year)
Say u decides to buy a New Honda CBR1000RR.
(the chance to ride a new super sport)
$23 000 plus Insurance $1700 per year.(for below 30yrs)

U put down the down payment of $4000 cash.
Loan the rest for 7yrs.

Be prepare to pay $250 per month for 7 yrs. for the machine.

Eight months down the road...
U decides that you had enough of a super sport bike.
Maybe installments/insurance too heavy, bike too hot... uncomfortable...
a lot of pwr u don't use... what ever... or simply U had enough...

Now u wanna sell...
Try to sell at your price but eventually back to shop.
And finds that the shop will take it back at $16 000

U sell the bike to the shop & still continues to pay 4 more months of installments!
(yes, u have no bike & still owe money to moto tiam)

A lot of bikers are caught in this scheme.
So Beware!

The above figures are a rough estimate...
to give u a ball park figure to the cost of owning a new bike....
if u decides to sell within 2yrs.
So... Best to spread the depreciation by keeping your new bike for
Many, many yrs...


The financial loss for a used bike will be less.
But then...
U may get a bad bike!
But if u are patience & Look the right places...
u may get a gem!

So choice is yours...

As for me... I do not know how long my interest will be.
so I chose a used bike.

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Buying A New Bike

Show rooms like Yamaha @ Paya Lebar
are not too interested in selling bikes.
They prefer the moto shops to do it.
They will quote a higher price if u do ask.
As when I visited the Suzuki show room at Owen...
only the Burgman was on show.

Kawasaki @ Sin Ming... has a new show room

Honda @ Bukit Timah has now taken to sell the bike at normal prices.
So u can walk into the show room & buy one.

The Moto Shop at Bukit Merah does have the latest bikes for on display
and if they don't have it... they can get it for u.

Mah @ Serangoon Rd has a very nice range of bikes.
Looi @ Kaki Bukit Level 2 is one place u would like to pop by.
Universal @ Serangoon is a shop house with a gd range.
Ducati @ Lavender
Harley @ Leng Kee

Teo Spray @ 5 Defu is a big agent for Suzuki...
The GSR600 was on display there with there was only 2 in Spore.

Do a small tour & u get the best price.
But remember... the followup service is also important.
For some reason... the one that sells u the bike
always gets to buy it bike back.

He is also most glad if u trade your bike in for another.
It is his business to sell bikes... He makes both ways.

OTR: On the road price includes all
(check if insurance is in.... including comprehensive or 3rd party fire & theft)

U can get most of the address at the web directory.
So have fun! Bike Hunting...

Some bikes come from the agents & a minority are parallel imports.
Agents may not bring in certain models. eg Hornet 250

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Popular or not so Common Machine

If u get a "Super 4" here in Sunny Spore...
Guess u can't really go very wrong.

Our No. 1 Seller!

The very reason it is so popular is that it is a good bike.
$12 000 is about the price of a New S4.
It's Easy to buy & easy to sell...
Easy spares... & are cheaper.

What's more... It's a Honda ( that's close to being bullet proof)
So it should start every morning without much difficulty!

Then is there anything against a popular bike then...

Bike & Parts get stolen. much so that it becomes a
night mare for the insurance co.
Don't be too surprise if u walk up to your bike and
find your rear suspension missing...
(It's just two nuts)

Now... How about a less popular bike...

U probably catches a few more glances...
More Indivitualistic...

Then spares could be harder to get & cost more.
Selling your bike would be more difficult...

Am sure maintaining a Ducati vs Yamaha will cost a little more.
But then, some of us wouldn't mind.

Generally, by observing the bikes on our roads...
You'll get a pretty good idea what bikes are common
& what are not... and what are rare.

Go chat with owners of the bike u are interested in to find out more.

So count your cost & make your choice!

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It is just so convenient!

My 1st bike was a vespa... and I boy did I love that scooter.
And just last week... I was able to rent one to scoot around in Rome.
So the ride was all fresh in me mind.

There's really a lot of advantages using a scooter.
But it is more for the city.

It's light & easy to manoeuver.
Plenty of storage... clean when the weather is wet.
U don't get all the road dirt splashing all over your legs.

Simple to ride as there's no gear change required.
Just dial & go.

And there are a lot of very stylish ones.
I particularly like those done by Gilera.

Economic to run.... a tank full will go forever, almost.
And that should make a lot of reason to own one with the high petrol prices.

A Motorcycle

Control & Rd Holding

The extra weight gives the Motorbike better control & road holding.
A strong safety consideration.
And the big wheels goes over pot holes much better.

Can I safely say more guys ride one vs scooter....
Then Image could also be a factor
But I think ladies prefer something lighter.

For travelling the distance... A motorcycle is essential.
The cross wind factor is gonna be a major factor when on the N-S highway.
But check with Kenny... he's scoot up & down to Thailand ever so often.
Guess the Heavier scooters handle the highways better.

For me... I stay with my motorcycles...

Posted by: spectrum Oct 9 2006, 12:32 AM

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Honda Wave 125

Engine type: SOHC 2-valve 4-stroke air-cooled 124cc engine
Displacement: 124.9 cc
Bore x Stroke: 52.4 x 57.9 mm
Max Power: 10.1 PS @ 7,500 rpm
Max speed: 130 km/h
Transmission: 4-speed
Clutch: Wet multi-plate centrifugal
Starter: Kick and electric starter
Frame Type: Underbone steel tube
Suspension (F): Telescopic
Suspension ®: Swingarm
Brake (F): Disc
Brake ®: Leading trailing drum
Fuel tank capacity: 3.7 L


Just Honda alone... 35 million had been made.
This bike reign supreme in our region.

In Vietnam & Cambodia... It is THE MODE of TRANSPORT!

Big wheel, auto transmission and
as the moto tiam people will tell u...
It's cheaper than taking public transport.

About $4K will get u a new one.
Spread the installment thru the years...
$50 a month...

Super convenient...

And a tank of fuel will go forever.

Beside honda... u are spoilt for choice...
And it is a good machine to start your riding...
What else can I say...

Posted by: spectrum Oct 9 2006, 12:33 AM

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Which Brand?

We are spoilt for choice.
Different brand will carry thier individual character.
With with it different level of price.

As buyers, we will need to decide which make will suit us best.
Both interest & budget.

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The 4 Japaness co. Honda, Suzuki, Yamaha & Kawasaki

all make excellent bikes.

And popularity shows on our roads.

Honda is known for it's reliability & user friendly.
I own 2. Reason being I like the smooth engine.
Quiet Performance & starts everytime I hit the "Start button."

Kawa... Makes Powerful bikes. Not the easiest to handle.
The tech support is not that great here. What a pity.

Yamaha are the ones with the latest design. Trendy like the
MT-03, Fazers... Innovative FJR without clutch.
R1's are very popular here in Spore.

Suzuki... have a gd balance.
The GSX1000R is a winner.

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Italian Bikes

Aprilla RSV1000
Lovely bike.
As with the rest of the Italian Bikes.
But it is just a bit too pricy for me... At $33K
Similarly... Ducatis are like the Ferraris of bikes...
but it comes with a high price.
Both in buying & maintain....

The Italian Scooters
are doing very well here.
Vespa... My 1st machine... Aprilla,
Gilera... makes beautiful scooters.

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It's a cult.... They just love this machine.
The noisy V twin... and the image it brings.
Always the Show Bikes of any bike meet.

Not great in perf but had moved to higher level with the V Rod.

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Kymco & Dealim

These bikes/scooter takes up a small percentage of our market.
Sturdy machines.
Are really big players in their respective countries.

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German Technology. Always different.
The GS1200 below is one of their best sellers in Europe. No need to second guess why...
So macho lah... goes anywhere...
Maybe just a little too tall for the smaller asian bikers.
$40K and it's yours.

Finally came out with a sport tourer that gives the Haya a run for their money.
The K1200S inline 4 engine... a move away from their usual Horizontally Oppose eng.

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With the Spore Classification of Bikers' Licencing...
Eg. 2B, 2A & finally Class 2!
It does make much sense to buy a used bike.
Since most will be upgrading to a bigger bike.

Ask around... bikes seldom stay with their owners for more than 2 yrs.

A Used bike is not a new bike...
But u can get always get a good buy if u take your time to search around.

The Biggest Fear in a 2nd hand bike is one that gonna give u
Plenty of Trouble... ahem... with a Capital "T"

Below are some tips that may be helpful:

1. Don't be in a rush & u may not want to buy the 1st bike u see.
If u like the bike... let the seller know u will call him back soon.
U get a chance to consult your mech or buddy(have one that owns the same bike) of your find.
And most importantly... a 2nd thought!

2. Go look around the moto tiam... and the SBF classified always have plenty of bikes for sale .... everyday.

3. Don't view a bike in the night.
- u miss something that is important.

4. Ask the seller to bring the bike to your regular mechanic & let the mech access
the tech part of the bike.

5. Ask permission to take pictures of the bike.
Help u have a gd re-look at the bike later.

6. One of the worst case is a Bad Drop.
If a old bike has new parts... eg fairings... it's been replaced.
And a ride round the block will tell a lot.
That's if the shop or owner let u.
Normally if the see u are keen & responsible kind of person... they'll let u.

Small drops... should be ok if damage is just scratches on the paint work, exhaust. (the ZX12 titanium exhaust cost $1K)
Get some discount for the repair... so have your paint shop hp ready.

7. General Condition:
Brakes, cables, suspension, lites work, tires & chain...
Your mech does a better job at all this.
Remember... A messy electric system will cost u plenty in rewiring the whole sysm.

8. Run the engine. If it was warm before u came...
Chances it has problem starting in the cold.
A smooth engine is what u are looking for... rev it to see the fueling is ok.

9. Smoke from exhaust. Blue smoke is oil...
gasket worn & oil's leaking into combustion camber...
Gasket is not expensive... but labour will cost u more.

Posted by: spectrum Oct 11 2006, 01:10 PM

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Street Smart tip of the Day #148

Whenever u are riding with a Group...
Be it on tracks, touring or just going places in Spore...

The tendency to keep pace can be extremely dangerous.

U may not be able to handle the same speed as the
One infront entering the same corner or bend.

His experience will bring him thru safely...
But u may just over run the bend & "Bite the Dust"

There maybe many reasons:

1. Skill Level - he was a moto gp racer
2. Experience - did moto-x & trailing
3. Bike Type - build to handle corners better
4. Tyres - very sticky tires
5. Gearing - He's in the right gear u are not.

Braking in a Corner:

U need to be smooth & gentle.
Remember... when u brake hard in a corner...
The bike wants to sit up.
That's when u gonna over run or hit the curb & u Flip!

Best approach is to stay within your limit & ability.
Do your braking before entering the corner.
Dropping one or two gears... will give u better control.

There will be many bikers over taking me in a corner...
It's fine with me...
I just make sure they over take me safely.

Preferably on the outside... so they don't bring me down if the drop!

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Street Smart tip of the Day #148

Our Roads ain't for checking out our cornering skills to the max...
A high tendency after a day at the tracks.

Just look at the clearances below and compare to what u gonna
hit if u skid or flip... between the two pictures.

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U will notice how Moto GP riders walk away after a high
Speed crash.

The are well protected by what they wear...
If track riders do not hit anything or anything hit them... in a spill...
It will be just minor damages.

I have helped a bike who flip at "Turn One" pasir gudang tracks.
Going too fast after the straights,
He just could not negotiate the turn.

He flew into the grass with his bike...
But escape with minor abrasion,
a bruised pride & some damage to the bike.

It will definately be a different story if the same
were to happen on our roads.
He would either smash into the barriers,
or flip into the cliff behind.

Bike & rider will be heading for their respective hospital....

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About Helmets

It is Important that Helmets Fit Well!

No point having your face smashing the inside front of your helmet
falling face down cause the fit is loose

U generally have to pull the straps apart to lower wear a Full Face Helmet.
To ensure a correct fit.

I had certain regrets when I brought my A full face oversea...
And having the saleman insisting it should be a tight fit.
I now know the Wisdom in his words.
And now use the helmet with a assurance that
my face will be intact if I take a dive.

Be sure to replace worn cushion with new ones.
Less u loss a few teeth and fracture your face
Falling face down.

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Open Face helmets are more comfortable riding in the city.
But seeing a biker with his jaw caved-in does convince me to
Get use to wearing a Full Face all-the-time.

Posted by: spectrum Oct 20 2006, 05:43 PM

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Street Smart Tip of the Day #150

There's somethings we can learn from the Malaysia Riders...
They process a high degree of Survival Skill...

I have notice quite a few of them at 2nd link puting on mask.
And we should put on our mask if when we ride...
It will be good & healthy to keep all these haze out of our bodies.

Time to bring out those mask left over from SAR Days...
or pick up a pack at the next closest pharmacy.

Haze are solid particles.
Our nose will filter some, but being minute
It will go thru...

If your throat feels dry...
The Haze is in your body...
And it will continue all the way to our lungs.
Not very good at all...

Mask Up Time!

PM10 in the haze gets in your lungs
(Report from New Paper)

PM10 is pollutant responsible for the PSI readings
It is smaller thatn 10 microns
A Micron is 1 millionth of a meter.
(our hair is 60 microns)

1. Particles can get into the airways because
they are too small to be filtered by hair in the nostrils

2. Particles reach the final branches of teh respiratory system,
ending up in tiny sacs call alveoli.

Oxygen from teh air enters the blod at the alveoli,
and carbon dioxide from the body goes back into the air.

3. Particles irritate the alveoli lining and cause inflammation,
which constricts the airways, resulting in breathing difficulties.


Teary eyes
Nasal congestion
Sore Throat, cough
Tightness in chest area and breathlessness

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Street Smart Tip of the Day #151

Whenever u enter a corner...
Bear in mind... 50% of bike accidents happens when cornering!

100% Concentration is what that is needed.
Nothing less...

Slow in... Fast Out...
Drop a gear or two pending the sharpness of the bend.
Many crashes is a factor of speed... too much of it.

All that is needed is a small distraction...
Could be a thought, something that catches your eyes...

Turn late in turning, too fast, wrong gear... bike over runs...
hit a curb or barrier...
rider... hopefully just fly and not hit anything!

A riding buddy that races on the circuit put it a simple way...
when he brief us on how to ride the tracks...
"See someone that had over run... u will also overrun!"
What he's trying to say is that any distraction can get u in trouble.

Keep your eyes on the road/tracks!
A Good Piece of Advise...

Another situation:

On one of my trips across the 2nd link...
I say a car... crash against the barrier on the 1st turn after the final police check.
Spore side.
So me think... how can that be... starting off at such low spd.
Till one day...
I almost crash into the same barrier cos I was distracted by a thought.
Just a tiny thought...
Was just a little late in manevering the turn.
Lucky to escape....

Posted by: spectrum Oct 25 2006, 10:14 PM

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Street Smart Tip of the Day #152

It does not matter who the driver is...
The Right Turning Vehicle kills the most Bikers! Period.

The next time u approach a junction...
...have a escape plan...

Just in case the killer decides to drive into your path!

We are invisible!

Posted by: spectrum Nov 6 2006, 02:11 PM

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Street Smart Tip of the Day #153

Wear Protection All The Time

The Point is We don't Know When...
...will we fall.

Hopefully... Never.
But We all know
In life,
there are plenty of Surprises...
of the ugly kind.

That being the case... we need protection.

All the below cases are real
and it occurs within the last 2 mths.
(stories was related to me by rider... thks)
All not wearing riding jacket.

Case 1:

Flltering into Highway in Malaysia.
Too fast.
Over ran the curve into the grass.

Injury: Factured bones... face & spine.
Full face too loose...
Jacket with the usual back protector can help prevent
the spine.
Padding will help reduce abrasion.

Case 2:

Filtering into R & & for Highway in Malaysia.
Hit Patch of Oil/Diesel.
Skidded & Fall.

Injury: Bad Abrasion. Arms & Hands
Factured arms.
Chin needs 5 stiches. (open face helmet)
Blood dripped all the way to Spore from chin.
(no jacket or gloves)

Case 3:

Outer lane (1) spore espressway.
Car stationary on lane 1.
Unable to stop in time.
Crash into car.

Bad abrasion.

Buddy behind also fell.
But with Riding jacket. No Abrasion.

The above riders do process Riding Jackets.
But for the above rides did not wear them.
Learning Pt for all of us...

Let us always dress for the fall...

If the Crash is bad...
What ever we wear... it's not gonna help.
But It is the smaller falls that we can save some skin & bones.
The spine protector will help to break the 1st impact.
(The ones in the jacket is a little thin... but better than none.)
And it may decide if u will walk again.

There are too many spinal injury caused by motorcycle accidents.

The above pic is a rider on a S4 with a rain coat.
May I suggest a riding jacket with gloves.
(jacket usually have a rain protector as a free add on)

If u do not own a riding jacket.
My recommendation:

1. RJ riding jacket @ Regina Jalan Besar (Lim AH Boy)
2. Taiwanese Riding Jacket @ Chiap Lee Desker Road.

Both are mesh. so much cooler than wear unmesh or rain coat.

And for those who owns a riding jacket...
Have it on all the time u are riding.
U never know when u need it!

Posted by: spectrum Nov 15 2006, 04:44 PM

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Street Smart Tip of the Day #157

We focus a little closer on the rider... On his back.
Take note of the Pack On His Back...

That little bag can determind if he ever walk again if he have a crash
and lands on his spine.
What he puts in the pack will all decide the amount of protection he gets.
And a full strap pack with chest & waist fasteners will keep the pack with
him as he flips thru the air.

It's the 1st impact we need to cushion.
Sort of what we say "Break the Fall"
And it's is no big secert that a large amount of spinal injury
patients in our hospitals are
from moto cycle accidents.

Moto Gp Riders wear Back protector for a good reason.

As for me... I put in a Back Protector in My Back Pack.
Beside the Extra Padding that comes with my pack.
Raincoat, laptops, clothings ... bks will all add to the cushion.

And had recently brought one from Harbour Front MegaStore...
A Deuter Pack with a Back Protector... $76
It's meant for cyclist... but it gonna help me in the same way.

There is no guarantee that above will work 100%
But we in the area of damage control.

Posted by: spectrum Dec 25 2006, 11:20 AM

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It is a Time of Christmast Cheer & Year end Party as we close 2006
and welcome 2007.

Perhaps it timely for a reminder that the Most dangerous time to ride/drive
would be midnight to 3am.

That's when the parties ends, drinking joints close and time for the drinkers to make their way home.

Be on the alert and keep clear of cars that behave strangly.
Don't expect the vehicles to obey the signals too well at junctions.
They may just not see the colour right.

And Most of All...

If u drink.. Don't ride.

(Leave your bike & take a taxi home...
U be around to collect your bike the next day)


Something that Affects all of us on Tour.
(especially on a nite ride after a day of work)
But - No matter even if we slept well the nite before.
No one is Spared!

The Last Guy that didn't get away end up smashing into
the pillar of a overhead bridge in Thailand.
Spinal injuries - unable to use hands now.

I have also observed a car hit the side barriers before waking up.
But he is safe... just some damage to his vehicle.
Not if u are on a bike.



That u Are falling asleep....
- Feeling tire & unable to prevent your eyes shutting.

Do Something About It:

- Some good suggestion from above... Including watering the Plants
by the side of the rd/highway.
U need a break... Be it 5min or more...- If u are in a group...
Speed up.. Go Ahead... signal to leader... sleepy.
Then slow down or stop at a safe place with your hazard/signal lites
If u pull into a rest area... Go pick up a can of 100plus...
Does wonders.

Close your eyes for a few seconds & it may end your ridiing.

Posted by: spectrum Feb 15 2007, 04:11 PM

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An interesting sharing for a friend.
Two bikers waiting to do a U-Turn.
One was mowed down by a vehicle from behind.

Whenever we are the 1st ones to stop when the lights turn red.
It is an good habit to have a look at our rear view mirrors.
That's to see if the vehicle behind is also stopping.

A suggestion to stop in our 1st gear will certainly help us
to pull away quickly if the one behind can't stop in time or
decides to beat the red lights.

It is usual from me to go down to neutral.. but I do have a glance
behind to see if someone coming real close or fast before doing that.

Posted by: spectrum Mar 5 2007, 01:45 PM

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Something I do quite often & enjoy doing.
But I always tell myself that a cyclist has no rights.

When I am turning at a junction... cars will not give way to me.
And when I am riding on the walkway... I give way to the pedestrians.

My personal preference will be on walkway & park connectors.
On the extreme left of the roads if I have to be on the main rd...
and hope the vehicles that zoom pass me does not hit me.

The bus lanes will fit a SBS bus with very little allowance for the cyclist.
So me bite my nails cos they zoom real close. Too close for comfort.

Being Highly Visible is an important safety factor with cyclist.
So wear something bright, flashing red behind & whites infront.

I had seen a bunch of cyclist occupying the left lane of the Fly Over West Coast Expressway in staggered formation early morning when there hardly any traffic.
Firstly they should not be on express ways cos the relative speed it just
too great.
I had to do a quick filter right to avoid them. It was a bend.
The closure rate was too quick and I did not expect them to be there.

Riding in a group... I feel is best done single file on the left of rd.

The other favorite location is a bunch of cyclist along North Bouna Vista filtering thru the heavy morn traffic. Just feels it not worth the risk.

I know the cyclist wants their rights on the road...
Me... I want to stay alive & enjoy my ride.

Posted by: spectrum Mar 6 2007, 02:21 PM

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Whenever u trail behind a car...
Just remind yourself that he has 4 & we have 2.
And if u keep the the gap similar to all the cars ahead...
We may just not have enough distance to prevent us from
skidding when someone slams on the brakes infront.

Even on dry days I sometime do get caught out
& braking hard...
barely miss hitting the car infront.

So remember...

Distance Is Our Great Protector!

Increase It! No premiums required.

And filtering between lanes means braking on those slippery white lines.

Posted by: spectrum Mar 9 2007, 04:03 PM

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Minding Our Own Business
is sad to say... Not Enough.
Being aware of the traffic in our vicinity is Crucial.
Reading the body language of drivers, bikers & pedestrain
gives us a prior warnings of their path & preciding actions.

Our Business is not to cross path.
And it can be done discretly...
With an inward smile, deep within...
that it could had been fatal...
If not correctly read.

It's Business as usual.
The Business of Staying Alive

Have a Nice day...

Posted by: spectrum Apr 4 2007, 08:39 AM

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High Spd on N-S Highways:

Too many fatal accidents for bikers has taken it's toll on the highway north.
And a main cause for big bikes going at high spd.
While it is difficult to deny ourself a blast to max... when the rds are clear...
And with a group in high spirit.

In all things... there is a price.
Always Remember! The reaction time is minimum.


The bike hitting a small piece of debris on the highway will end your ride there & then.
Where or what u become will depends on what u hit or don't hit or what hit u.

Slow Overtaking Vehicles from Left Lane

U will have to start to brake strongly if a vehicle moves out from the left lane
from far far ahead cos they will block up the highway.
(a gd scanning is essential)
Otherwise your choice is left brakedown lane or between the vehicles/barriers.
And that's where a lot of bikers got into trouble this way...
Or a narrow escape.
Those that had a narrow escape... it's a lesson to cherish & am sure will be life changing.
Those that did not... the lesson may not matter.

Please do ride within the capacity of the road & traffic.
There is really no need to lose any more bikers to the roads or highways.

Posted by: spectrum Apr 22 2007, 03:57 PM

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Seldom but Sometime I do take a taxi to work
and it is always interesting to engage the driver in conversation.

This particular Thursday morning was no different.
But what is discuss was... mmmm...

We exchange normal courtesy...

Then he says that he is rather uneasy about being on the road.
So me ask why?
He had an accident a few weeks ago... mmm..
With a motor cycle.

Upper Changi Rd turning into Xilin Ave towards ECP.
Car infront of him make the turn.
He stopped. Sees a Motorcycle & judge that he can safely make the right turn.

As he was about to complete the turn... the motorcyclist with pillion hit
the back of his taxi.

Time: 6-7am

Bike was completely smashed but miraculously escape serious injury.

His account: Biker should see him & his pax says the biker was lookin backwards.
Biker is a P-Plater

Did try to impress on him that he does not have the right of way.
And his judgement was poor. (he's 60+ in age with 30yr of drivin a taxi)
And his mis-judged turn caused serious damage to a biker & his pillion.
But all he was concern was Fine $600 & 9 demerit pts.

Our conversation ended there as I had reached my destination.
But it left me with some serious thoughts.

Just a few months ago...
Another conversation...

Taxi driver tells me last nite... about 3am..
His friend had a serious accident with a Motorcyclist.
Motorcyclist badly injured.

Reason: His friend has poor vision cos did not take medicine.

Why they confer with me these stories...
I don't know...
But It sure does gives me a lot to think about.

I believe these are the minority & the majority of drivers are Good.
But how do we deal with situatiion like these...

All I can say is to be able to stop if someone turns into your path.

A horn or flash of high beam my save the situation.
But always remember:
The right turning vehicle is one of the leading killer of bikers...

The Right of Way does not mean Survival thru the Junction.

Posted by: CB 1000 AU Apr 22 2007, 04:49 PM

so sad to say that taxi drivers always tell u that they drive taxi since .......... but it doesnt mean that they r always right drivers also will feel tired due to long hours,concentration.....etc

Posted by: Denden Apr 22 2007, 06:54 PM

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A horn or flash of high beam my save the situation.

Important!!!! I personally use high beam during daily commute or day rides. AND use the horns liberally.

Be seen and be heard!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: spectrum Apr 22 2007, 10:52 PM

It is just scary to hear we have drivers that are like this...
That just increase our risk on the rd... Yaks!

Posted by: CB 1000 AU Apr 24 2007, 09:00 PM

guess wat????he is telling me that my horn is very loud......i apologise to him that i forget to switch the horn and i told him that BIKERS need loud horn to alert other road users in case,guess wat????HE AGREED cheers to him.... 048.gif

Good one Au... Glad he agrees & let u pass the test...
THat's Ubi Right.. icon-sorry.gif

Posted by: spectrum May 1 2007, 01:18 PM

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This is an Important Question U must ask yourself...
Approaching any junctions...
All guards should be Up...
If u are relax with the "right of the way" mentality...
It maybe an expensive lesson which we may not be able to walk away from.

Speed should let us be able to stop well clear if the vehicle decides to turn into our path.
For whatever reasons...
And there are Plenty.

Watch the drivers...
Their actions & behaviour will always give a hint as to what they gonna do.

Horn or Flash them... if u need to.
And make sure they know u are comin...

Vechicles turning right still accounts for the major killer of bikes!

Posted by: spectrum May 11 2007, 02:06 PM

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Borrowed this cartoon for

Don't u wish sometimes u could just do what Orgi did...
If they would only look!

Posted by: spectrum Jul 28 2007, 05:35 PM

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Street Smart Tip of the Day #165

Wet days means a little more distance would give us so much
more stopping distance.

There had been too many reports on the paper concering
Bikers losing control of their bikes and crashing on our highways.

Following the traffic with the same space as the cars may not
Give us enough stopping distance if the car in front decides to hit his brakes hard.
For whatever reason.

More so if the roads are wet.

Put in that little bit more space will mean plenty when someone
E Brake in front of u.

Posted by: spectrum Sep 1 2007, 12:19 PM

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This is a quote from Randy de Puniet in Moto GP.

Here is what he says:
"When racing, we just try to go as fast as we can:
t's great sensation.
Racers always push the boundaries of being safe,
always wanting more and more out of their bikes.
But the thing is always to ride just under the limit,
otherwise, for sure, your crash!"

There is much wisdom cause a crash would mean losing the race
& perhaps heavy setback to the overall result of the whole series.


As for us, pushing our self/bike to the max in corners will mean
little or no room for manoeuver when face with the unexpected.
Be it a patch of sand, oil, diesel left behind by some truck,
a breakdown vehicle or tightening of radius.
All the above will need space & time to overcome.
And if u any left in reserve.. u crash!

Increase your reserve... U may need it! [b]

Posted by: 2_wheeler Sep 6 2007, 12:52 AM

Riding in the Wet

Enter the household aerosol anti static cleaner called 'Mr Min' (available in Europe as well). Treating your visor with this product once a month retards misting and 'fills' the tiny scratches on the outside of your visor that causes flare. NB Do not spray it directly onto the helmet as the propellant (usually butane) causes severe damage over time to parts of the inner lining and visor. Instead stand away from the helmet and spray it onto a clean dry cloth and then apply.

The most dangerous time during a rainstorm is the first ten minutes, particularly if you live in a country like South African where rain is not part of our popular culture. This allows a layer of brake fluid, oil, dust, diesel and other crud to build up on the road. When it starts to rain this mixes with the water and forms a deadly mixture just waiting for the unsuspecting biker or motorist. The good news is that after a good few minutes of hard rain this wicked cocktail ends up in the gutters leaving the road surface rather more grippy than you may imagine.

I enjoy riding in the rain as long as I have the right riding gear. For the most part I arrive at my destination dry and in high spirits.

Their are five guidelines when riding in the rain.

1) You are most likely to dump your bike on the tarmac when braking. Many bikers loose their fear of riding close the vehicles as they get more experienced. During a rainstorm the driver brakes a bit harder than usual - you snap the front brake and down you go!

Check yourself. If you ride a certain road at 80km in the dry, should you not slow down in the wet? Reduce your speed by 20%. You do not have enough traction to brake hard.

Ride behind one of the vehicles brake lights (not in the middle behind his number plate). If the car should stop suddenly you can slip your bike past him and therefore earn a few more meters to stop your motorcycle.

Brake with your rear brake first and then progressively pile on the pressure on the front brake. If the rear wheel should lock up, LOOK UP, LOOK AHEAD, GO STRAIGHT. Yes, the bike will fish-tail around but it should remain controllable and upright.

2) Keep your bike more upright when cornering. This is not the time to countersteer and knee scrape.

3) Keeping your tyres on good surface. Avoid puddles and places where the tar has risen to the surface and covered the embedded pebbles forming a shiny-smooth surface. Never ride on the painted surface of a road (even in the dry - make this a riding habit!) . Avoid manhole covers and large steel plates near roadwork. Go very slowly when turning through intersections as there is more oil here due to slow moving traffic than anywhere else. Lean forward and keep lots of weight over that front wheel.

4) Only stress your tyre traction moderately and then only in one direction at a time e.g.
- Brake in a straight line and then turn,
- Complete the sweeping bend and then pile on the power.
- Release the clutch fully and then lean the motorbike over into the turn (especially true for single and twin cylinder motorcycles).
- Apply the rear brake first (and more than usual) and then brake progressively on the front.

5) If you are going to ride in the wet for an hour or more, decrease your tyre pressure by 25%. A wet road is a slippery surface - fact! But! A tyre grips the road surface because the rubber 'flows' into the dimples of the road surface. A slightly deflated tyre warms up more, is more flexible and is therefore able to fill these dimples more easily.

6) Do not ride through puddles where nails and other sharp objects can accumulate. A wet nail penetrates a tyre more easily than a dry one!!

7) Know your limitations. When the rain, hail, lightening etc becomes a danger, pull off and wait for it to pass. Ted Simon on his round the world trip took an umbrella with him. That way he could stop and keep the rain off his bike as well!

Posted by: Denden Oct 10 2007, 05:47 AM

Posted by: spectrum Oct 10 2007, 10:46 AM

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It is alway the Worst when the roads starts getting wet.
All the stuff deposited by the traffic will start to float up the road.
Especially so with the painted lines as there is less grip on it.
It gets better with when all the dirt gets wash away...
But there is still much reduced traction with the water on the road.

So less speed around corners will help us stay upright on the roads.
And stay off those painted lines.


Notice with a Heavy downpour..
My back wheels loses grip riding over painted surfaces...

Posted by: 2_wheeler Oct 19 2007, 09:38 AM

Ride with CARE...

Posted by: Denden Oct 31 2007, 11:53 AM

Another site I chance upon on improving our riding techniques, enjoy!

Posted by: zfuyuan Oct 31 2007, 01:30 PM

Posted by: spectrum Oct 31 2007, 02:48 PM

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6 Danger Zones Identified

Thks for the Article Zfuyuan...

Looking at the zones posted...
It is no suprise that they are dangerous.
Don't just look out for these Zones...

ALL zones along the Highway where there are Exits & Entrances...
And Potential places for someone to run into our lanes...

U Hit your brakes to avoid them..
Skid & Fall!
And left to the mercy of the car behind.
Have a Good Look out!
Give your self Plenty of Space.
In Front - So u don't have to E Brake
And Behind - If u fall... The vehicle behind can avoid U.


The Vehicle Turning Right Is the Biggest Killer of Bikes!
Flash Them, Horn Them... Let Them know U are Coming...
If all that Don't Work...
Prepare to Slow down & Let them Pass!

AND You'll Live to ride Another Day!
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Posted by: nE0 Nov 2 2007, 12:25 AM

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The Vehicle Turning Right Is the Biggest Killer of Bikes!
Flash Them, Horn Them... Let Them know U are Coming...
If all that Don't Work...
Prepare to Slow down & Let them Pass!

AND You'll Live to ride Another Day!
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I'm sorry Alan, but shouldn't the order be

1) Prepare to slow down and let them pass
2) Flash them, horn them, scream and shout in your helmet (to get adredaline flowing)
3) if all that don't work..... you should already be braking by this time.

Everyday on the roads I meet cars/taxi/van/truck who think they can accelerate 0-100km/h in 2 seconds and clear the junction before I arrive.

Posted by: spectrum Nov 2 2007, 05:08 PM

Ya.. How right u are.. Neo..

It's just an everyday affair... Makin sure the other sees us.
Or prepare to stop & let them thru...
That's riding Smart!

Posted by: juz_A_gal Nov 3 2007, 04:50 PM

I think it was a sleepy driver last night, or just someone who plain didn't care.

My friend was sending me home and was moving into the filter lane at a junction in bkt panjang. A car on the lane beside tried to come in when we were beside him. When my friend stopped beside him asking him to roll down the window so he could at least tell him what happened, he just gave a really really bo chup look. sigh.

some people just don't care abt the lives of others on the road. take care of your own always. ride safe everyone.

Posted by: spectrum Nov 3 2007, 10:56 PM

The Biker is always the Losing Party...
That's why a Good Lookout of the traffic around u is Very Important...
Bikes are just too fast & nimble..
Glad u escape last nite encounter "Just a gal"...
And best is not to bother with these people..
Just move on with your life...

Posted by: juz_A_gal Nov 4 2007, 01:09 PM

Yeah. But just last week a few of us rode as a group. There was a p-plater who couldn't go too fast, so we all began to slow down. I turned my head to check how he was doing only to see his bike skid, and him being flung into the bushes.

A speeding taxi driver had bumped into him. Not long after that happened, another speeding taxi came along and crashed into the bike that was lying on the 2nd lane. Thankfully he did not fall beside the bike or else nothing could've saved him.

One thing though - he wasn't geared up properly. A good jacket, gloves and better shoes might have helped prevent some of the abrasions. For now we're just glad he is ok.

Posted by: spectrum Nov 4 2007, 10:41 PM

Just glad he is Ok...
Riding slow may not be the safest option...
Flowing with the Traffic will be better...
Wishing him a quick recovery.. and do ask him to log on to "Street Smart"
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Posted by: spectrum Mar 8 2008, 04:26 PM

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Early Departure & the excitment of the ride gives us insufficent sleep.
Fatigue sets in.
Long boring stretches of highway on a hot afternoon are times we may just doze off.


A few seconds sleep may be enough to crash your bike &
you'll be waking up with your face scraping the road surface.
That is if u wake up.

There had been numerous cases of Riders falling asleep &
crashing into barriers...

One biker I know crashed into a overhead bridge pillar
heading for ride after work..
He is alive but now hands cannot be used.

I had seen for myself a car in front of me along North South Highway...
just went for the left barrier... Wham!
But he is on a car.. and drove on with some damage.


When sleep creeps on u..
U need to take a Break! U Must!
Pull into the nearest rest area & go wash your face & stretch yourself for 10min.

In a group:

Let the Leader or last bike know u are pulling over
By moving your palm over your face.
And will catch up at the next designated rest point.


U may shoot ahead away from the group
And stop or slow down to join them after u are better.
Sometimes breaking away will help.


In a small group... u may also volunteer to take the lead.


Shorter stops in the mid afternoon may be good
Making the longer distances in early morning & evening when it's cooler.


Riding thru the night will be a high risk venture.
Best avoided!
Not only u be fighing against your biological sleeping clock
Visibility in the nite will be poor...
And Coupled with slow reaction time...
U have a accident waiting to happen.

I do quite a bit of nite shift but get to catch some sleep in the day before work.
So I know how tired u can get..
Riding, u need 100% attention on the roads...
Will be difficult... and some go riding thru the nite after working the whole day.
Not very clever...

Ever ponder over the Newspaper reports of bikers crashing on their own
in the early hours of the morning...

Stay Awake! Stay Alive!

Posted by: Denden Apr 28 2008, 04:56 AM

Tips on group riding.

Posted by: spectrum Apr 28 2008, 05:17 PM

Good Article Denden..
A Must Read for all Riding with Moto-V!
Riding as One Unit...

Posted by: Endlessloop Apr 29 2008, 01:52 PM

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Good thing that we are practising most of the points mentioned.

But there are some points that some times we still lack and we got to be mindful of in the future, like packing up too close on uncertain terrain and riding into the front rider's blind spot.

Posted by: spectrum Jul 25 2008, 11:46 AM

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Street Smart # 169

360 Vision

Means to be aware of the traffic around us.

Always keep a constant glance at your rear mirrors.
(every few seconds)
Especially if u need to do hard brakin..
Eg a Truck/tour bus pulls out to the fast lane.
And u are doing a high speed cruise.

If the vehicle behind is not slowing down enough..
U may want to get out of his way.

Bikes get hit from the back especially at nite
When the visibility is reduced.
And it usually happens on the slow lanes.

Posted by: SV650 Aug 28 2008, 03:42 AM

Got an interesting article in Cycle World magazine, September 2008 issue from Earlybird. In the name of safety, I thought it would be good to share the content of the article. Just hope that I don't get into much trouble in doing so.

If anyone wish to know more about this magazine, you can take a look at their website:

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How Not To Be a Newbie

01. Wits against the World
You never see a cat catch a squirrel because those little gray guys are super-vigilant. So must you be. Look and think! Hardware is important on bikes-brakes, throttle, steering-but you aren't in a reinforced steel box. That means your personal software is your first and only line of defense. Pay attention! That way, you'll see the first movement of that car away from the curb, that truck changing lanes, that unseeing idiot about to turn left straight into you. After your first six months on a motorcycle, you'll notice most of all how much better a car driver the experience has made you.

02. Not so fast!
Dont even think about purchasing a motorcycle until you complete a training course. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation ( offers beginning experienced scooter and dirt bike schools nationwide. In most states, completion of the 15-hour Basic Rider Course satisfies the riding portion of the licensing test and entitles the graduate to insurance discounts. The MSF even provides the motorcycle and a helmet.

03. Keep your tats intact.
When it's epidermis vs. asphalt, skin-inked or otherwise-ain't gonna win. Get some armored riding gear.

04. Use your mirrors religiously, but don't take them as gospel.
Grab a quick glance over your shoulder while changing lanes.

05. Be a "standup" guy.
Nothing says rookie more than leaning into a left-hand corner with your side-stand in the down position, about to dig into the asphalt-a crash waiting to happen, and entirely preventable. Check once, twice and, if necessary, three times that the stand is properly stowed before you ride away.

06. Get into oil and rubber.
Check engine-oil level and tire pressures at least once a week. Both the engine and tires will last longer, your bike will run and handle better, and you'll shell out less money in the long term for repairs and replacement rubber.

07. Come clean.
Wash your bike regularly and with an eye for detail. The unexamined motorcycle isn't worth riding.

08. Don't flip out.
Wear proper motorcycle boots-not flip-flops, not tennis shoes, not hikers. Shoelaces can quickly and unexpectedly become tangled around the shift lever or brake pedal, possibly resulting in a panicked slow-speed tip-over-embarrassing at best, a broken collarbone if you're really unlucky.

09. Help fun Nick's retirement.
Our own Nick lenatsch has sold 75,000 copies of his Sport Riding Techniques (available at We've all read and learned something it should be on your required-reading list.

10. Ba a control freak.
A motorcycle is operated by hands, fingers and feet. If your bike has adjustable controls, take time to tailor those critical points to your dimensions / preference.

11. Bowling or backroads, stay in your own lane.
Tempting as it may be to cross the double-yellow while making time in the twisties, do not do it unless you want to take up Human Hood Ornamentation as a hobby.

12. Don't be Malcolm in the Middle.
Ride in either the left or right wheel track, not in the middle of your lane. The middle is where the most engine oil, gear oil, anti-freeze and other traction-reducing crud accumulates.

13. Neutral is for Switzerland, not for traffic stops.
Don't shift into neutral at a stoplight or stop sign until a car safely stops behind you. Remaining in gear-and scanning your mirrors-means you can accelerate out of the way if a car approaching from the rear fails to stop in time.

14. Don't be a stiff.
Stiff-armed, that is. Don't site toward elbows locked. That causes unfavorable weight distribution and makes the bike overreact to most inputs. Instead, move forward, bend your elbows and relax.

15. Give yourself a brake.
When slowing or stopping, apply both brakes, not juts the rear. If you use only the rear, your stopping distances can be three times longer than if you use both.

16. Are you Marlon or Ewan?
No, you aren't. At first, don't get caught up in motorcycle subcultures. You may be dreaming of riding a restored Triumph Thunderbird or a continent-crushing BMW R1200GS, but figure out what kind of riding you really enjoy before you get too invested. The glut of low-mileage, big-displacement cruisers and sportbikes on the used market speaks volumes about this.

17. Learn the lingo.
Don't cruise up to your new bro's at the biker hangout and say, "So, how long have you been driving cycles?" Listen well before speaking.

18. Finger on the trigger.
It's always a good idea to cover the front brake with a finer or two in heavy traffic. But when you need to use it, squeeze it; don't jerk at it.

19. You are The Invisible Man.
If you're going to make assumptions about what cars will do in traffic, assume that youre invisible to them (nine times out of 10 you are). That way, it won't be a surprise when they do something stupid (which they will).

20. Balancing act of belching act.
You may think that you're fine to ride your motorcycle after a couple of beers, but remember that you're not sitting squarely on four wheels inside a protective cage. Best to skip the brews and take a nice cruise.

21. No substitute for seat time.
Ride often to keep your confidence and skill levels up. The more you ride-in all kinds of weather and road conditions-the better feel youll have for controlling your machines.

Posted by: Endlessloop Aug 31 2008, 10:04 PM

SV650, good one. But you forgot to add:

Guys when riding, mai kua cha bor. ie, dont look at gals.

Gals when riding, mai kua kah kee. ie, don't look at yourself when passing anything reflective.


Posted by: lawrence Oct 10 2009, 09:21 AM

Motorcycle Accident Cause Factors and Identification of Countermeasures

Throughout the accident and exposure data there are special observations which relate to accident and injury causation and characteristics of the motorcycle accidents studied. These findings are summarized as follows:

1. Approximately three-fourths of these motorcycle accidents involved collision with another vehicle, which was most often a passenger automobile.

2. Approximately one-fourth of these motorcycle accidents were single vehicle accidents involving the motorcycle colliding with the roadway or some fixed object in the environment.

3. Vehicle failure accounted for less than 3% of these motorcycle accidents, and most of those were single vehicle accidents where control was lost due to a puncture flat.

4. In single vehicle accidents, motorcycle rider error was present as the accident precipitating factor in about two-thirds of the cases, with the typical error being a slideout and fall due to overbraking or running wide on a curve due to excess speed or under-cornering.

5. Roadway defects (pavement ridges, potholes, etc.) were the accident cause in 2% of the accidents; animal involvement was 1% of the accidents.

6. In multiple vehicle accidents, the driver of the other vehicle violated the motorcycle right-of-way and caused the accident in two-thirds of those accidents.

7. The failure of motorists to detect and recognize motorcycles in traffic is the predominating cause of motorcycle accidents. The driver of the other vehicle involved in collision with the motorcycle did not see the motorcycle before the collision, or did not see the motorcycle until too late to avoid the collision.

8. Deliberate hostile action by a motorist against a motorcycle rider is a rare accident cause. The most frequent accident configuration is the motorcycle proceeding straight then the automobile makes a left turn in front of the oncoming motorcycle.

9. Intersections are the most likely place for the motorcycle accident, with the other vehicle violating the motorcycle right-of-way, and often violating traffic controls.

10. Intersections are the most likely place for the motorcycle accident, with the other vehicle violating the motorcycle right-of-way, and often violating traffic controls.

11. Weather is not a factor in 98% of motorcycle accidents.

12. Most motorcycle accidents involve a short trip associated with shopping, errands, friends, entertainment or recreation, and the accident is likely to happen in a very short time close to the trip origin.

13. The view of the motorcycle or the other vehicle involved in the accident is limited by glare or obstructed by other vehicles in almost half of the multiple vehicle accidents.

14. Conspicuity of the motorcycle is a critical factor in the multiple vehicle accidents, and accident involvement is significantly reduced by the use of motorcycle headlamps (on in daylight) and the wearing of high visibility yellow, orange or bright red jackets.

15. Fuel system leaks and spills were present in 62% of the motorcycle accidents in the post-crash phase. This represents an undue hazard for fire.

16. The median pre-crash speed was 29.8 mph, and the median crash speed was 21.5 mph, and the one-in-a-thousand crash speed is approximately 86 mph.

17. The typical motorcycle pre-crash lines-of-sight to the traffic hazard portray no contribution of the limits of peripheral vision; more than three-fourths of all accident hazards are within 45deg of either side of straight ahead.

18. Conspicuity of the motorcycle is most critical for the frontal surfaces of the motorcycle and rider.

19. Vehicle defects related to accident causation are rare and likely to be due to deficient or defective maintenance.

20. Motorcycle riders between the ages of 16 and 24 are significantly overrepresented in accidents; motorcycle riders between the ages of 30 and 50 are significantly underrepresented. Although the majority of the accident-involved motorcycle riders are male (96%), the female motorcycles riders are significantly overrepresented in the accident data.

22. Craftsmen, laborers, and students comprise most of the accident-involved motorcycle riders. Professionals, sales workers, and craftsmen are underrepresented and laborers, students and unemployed are overrepresented in the accidents.

23. Motorcycle riders with previous recent traffic citations and accidents are overrepresented in the accident data.

24. The motorcycle riders involved in accidents are essentially without training; 92% were self-taught or learned from family or friends. Motorcycle rider training experience reduces accident involvement and is related to reduced injuries in the event of accidents.

25. More than half of the accident-involved motorcycle riders had less than 5 months experience on the accident motorcycle, although the total street riding experience was almost 3 years. Motorcycle riders with dirt bike experience are significantly underrepresented in the accident data.

26. Lack of attention to the driving task is a common factor for the motorcyclist in an accident.

27. Almost half of the fatal accidents show alcohol involvement.

28. Motorcycle riders in these accidents showed significant collision avoidance problems. Most riders would overbrake and skid the rear wheel, and underbrake the front wheel greatly reducing collision avoidance deceleration. The ability to countersteer and swerve was essentially absent.

29. The typical motorcycle accident allows the motorcyclist just less than 2 seconds to complete all collision avoidance action.

30. Passenger-carrying motorcycles are not overrepresented in the accident area.

31. The driver of the other vehicles involved in collision with the motorcycle are not distinguished from other accident populations except that the ages of 20 to 29, and beyond 65 are overrepresented. Also, these drivers are generally unfamiliar with motorcycles.

32. Large displacement motorcycles are underrepresented in accidents but they are associated with higher injury severity when involved in accidents.

33. Any effect of motorcycle color on accident involvement is not determinable from these data, but is expected to be insignificant because the frontal surfaces are most often presented to the other vehicle involved in the collision.

34. Motorcycles equipped with fairings and windshields are underrepresented in accidents, most likely because of the contribution to conspicuity and the association with more experienced and trained riders.

35. Motorcycle riders in these accidents were significantly without motorcycle license, without any license, or with license revoked.

36. Motorcycle modifications such as those associated with the semi-chopper or cafe racer are definitely overrepresented in accidents.

37. The likelihood of injury is extremely high in these motorcycle accidents-98% of the multiple vehicle collisions and 96% of the single vehicle accidents resulted in some kind of injury to the motorcycle rider; 45% resulted in more than a minor injury.

38. Half of the injuries to the somatic regions were to the ankle-foot, lower leg, knee, and thigh-upper leg.

39. Crash bars are not an effective injury countermeasure; the reduction of injury to the ankle-foot is balanced by increase of injury to the thigh-upper leg, knee, and lower leg.

40. The use of heavy boots, jacket, gloves, etc., is effective in preventing or reducing abrasions and lacerations, which are frequent but rarely severe injuries.

41. Groin injuries were sustained by the motorcyclist in at least 13% of the accidents, which typified by multiple vehicle collision in frontal impact at higher than average speed.

42. Injury severity increases with speed, alcohol involvement and motorcycle size.

43. Seventy-three percent of the accident-involved motorcycle riders used no eye protection, and it is likely that the wind on the unprotected eyes contributed in impairment of vision which delayed hazard detection.

44. Approximately 50% of the motorcycle riders in traffic were using safety helmets but only 40% of the accident-involved motorcycle riders were wearing helmets at the time of the accident.

45. Voluntary safety helmet use by those accident-involved motorcycle riders was lowest for untrained, uneducated, young motorcycle riders on hot days and short trips.

46. The most deadly injuries to the accident victims were injuries to the chest and head.

47. The use of the safety helmet is the single critical factor in the prevention of reduction of head injury; the safety helmet which complies with FMVSS 218 is a significantly effective injury countermeasure.

48. Safety helmet use caused no attenuation of critical traffic sounds, no limitation of precrash visual field, and no fatigue or loss of attention; no element of accident causation was related to helmet use.

49. FMVSS 218 provides a high level of protection in traffic accidents, and needs modification only to increase coverage at the back of the head and demonstrate impact protection of the front of full facial coverage helmets, and insure all adult sizes for traffic use are covered by the standard.

50. Helmeted riders and passengers showed significantly lower head and neck injury for all types of injury, at all levels of injury severity.

51. The increased coverage of the full facial coverage helmet increases protection, and significantly reduces face injuries.

52. There is no liability for neck injury by wearing a safety helmet; helmeted riders had less neck injuries than unhelmeted riders. Only four minor injuries were attributable to helmet use, and in each case the helmet prevented possible critical or fatal head injury.

53. Sixty percent of the motorcyclists were not wearing safety helmets at the time of the accident. Of this group, 26% said they did not wear helmets because they were uncomfortable and inconvenient, and 53% simply had no expectation of accident involvement.

54. Valid motorcycle exposure data can be obtained only from collection at the traffic site. Motor vehicle or driver license data presents information which is completely unrelated to actual use.

55. Less than 10% of the motorcycle riders involved in these accidents had insurance of any kind to provide medical care or replace property.

Posted by: Endlessloop Oct 10 2009, 07:08 PM

QUOTE(lawrence @ Oct 10 2009, 09:21 AM) *

Motorcycle Accident Cause Factors and Identification of Countermeasures

Throughout the accident and exposure data there are special observations which relate to accident and injury causation and characteristics of the motorcycle accidents studied. These findings are summarized as follows:

1. Approximately three-fourths of these motorcycle accidents involved collision with another vehicle, which was most often a passenger automobile.

41. Groin injuries were sustained by the motorcyclist in at least 13% of the accidents, which typified by multiple vehicle collision in frontal impact at higher than average speed.

Lawrence, good information 035.gif
Now I need some kind of groin guard 035.gif

Can you name the source and location of this information?

Posted by: lawrence Oct 13 2009, 02:51 PM

QUOTE(Endlessloop @ Oct 10 2009, 07:08 PM) *

Lawrence, good information 035.gif
Now I need some kind of groin guard 035.gif

Can you name the source and location of this information?

The information from this website:

Posted by: spectrum Oct 17 2009, 02:43 PM

Motorcycle Accident Cause Factors

Thks Lawrence for Sharin the Above Info..
Relevant & a gd reminder on survival of our roads.

Posted by: spectrum Dec 18 2009, 04:04 PM

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Street Smart #170

When the going gets tough... The Tough Goes Shopping..

December weather... NE Monsoon and all the water from South China Sea is dump on our land.

What matters to us most is this weather is hazardous to our riding.

1. Most slippery when... the 1st part of the rain as all the girt floats up the road surface.

2. Poor Visibility effects all the motorist on the road! Not just u... so have a good lookout... & have a rag handy to clean your visor

3. Distance is your Protection - Stopping distance is increased & everyone sees everyone later.

4. Go take cover when the weather gets bad... a cup-of-tea at the coffee shop may just save u from crash!
And come out after the rain is all over... Rain storm usually last for 30mins.

Posted by: spectrum Dec 24 2009, 04:39 PM

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Merry Christmas to All

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It is a time of joy & merry making.

It is also a time to be cautious when u are on the roads after "Party Time"
Those that had one too many drinks May Not see so well..

That means they may just Not Stop at red lights.
And U will be a blur to them...
Best not to be on the roads during this season late into the night.

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And if u are drinking... leave your bike at the party or home & take public transport.

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Posted by: spectrum Nov 11 2011, 08:19 AM

Great Videos Lawrence...
Thks... We should all view them! helmet.png

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Hello there, just discovered on Yahoo, and found that it's really awesome. I'm gonna watch out for brussels. I will appreciate if you keep writing about this subject in future. Lots of people will benefit from your writing. Cheers!

Posted by: spectrum Nov 14 2013, 08:48 PM

QUOTE(W.Drynan @ May 29 2013, 04:30 AM) *

Hello there, just discovered on Yahoo, and found that it's really awesome. I'm gonna watch out for brussels. I will appreciate if you keep writing about this subject in future. Lots of people will benefit from your writing. Cheers!

Hello... Drynan...
Nice of u to drop by...
Many Sunny days in Brussel.... for more rides...

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