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post Sep 26 2006, 01:08 PM
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OVER A BUMP

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!
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post Sep 26 2006, 01:10 PM
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3 DEADLY JUNCTION!
~JURONG WEST~


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
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post 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.

COMBINED,

they creat a strong defense against
the potential hazards involved with motorcycling.
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post 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!
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post Sep 26 2006, 01:23 PM
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Street Smart
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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Street Smart
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.

Important!
Stay on the Road.
Avoid...
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.
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post 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!
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post Sep 26 2006, 01:40 PM
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STREET SMART TIP OF THE DAY #27

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.
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post Sep 26 2006, 01:42 PM
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STREET SMART #28 TIP OF THE DAY

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

DISTANCE IN FRONT

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...

DISTANCE BEHIND

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

DISTANCE TO THE SIDE

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

FILTERING
(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.

Note
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...

FILTERING

For Bikers...

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

THE GOLDEN RULES OF FILTERING

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!
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post 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.

Be ALERT!

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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

LET THEM THRU'
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post 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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STREET SMART
TIP OF THE DAY #31


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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STREET SMART
TIP OF THE DAY #32


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...

Unfortunately...
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!
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post 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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STREET SMART
TIP OF THE DAY #33


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

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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...

So... TAKE A BREAK!
(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!
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post Sep 26 2006, 02:22 PM
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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...
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post 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.
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STREET SMART #35
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HIGH WIND & WIND EFFECTS


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!

HIGH WIND

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.

WIND EFFECT

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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Guess...
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.
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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
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post 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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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.

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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.

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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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STREET SMART TIP OF THE DAY #46

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
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QUOTE (spectrum @ Sep 26 2006, 05:15 PM)
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History
(non-friction)

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.

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

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

:P :P :P
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Will search... hope to fine one faded vespa.... :D
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