Some of the things they did not talk about in the beginners MSF course, that I discovered quickly on my own:
! Dont make a U turn on a hill or in a steep driveway. If you do the pavement will be lower on one side of the bike, and when you need to put your foot down half way thru the turn, all you will catch is air. You will need to put your foot down because on a hill the muscle memory you have gained from doing U turns on level ground is all wrong, you will need more gas going up hill, and the bike will speed up by itself going down hill, and you will blow it. therefore DONT make a U turn on a hill. Keep going till you get to a level spot to turn around.
! Taking a corner or curve on a hill is different. The bike will speed up going downhill and you will go wide, the opposite going up hills. This takes a new level of practice to get right, so until you master it, take corners and curves on hills slower than normal.
! When approaching a blind intersection where you cannot see if vehicles are coming on the cross street, assume a truck is coming at 60mph and is going to blow the stop sign or red light, and slow down accordingly, until you can see if any things are coming to get you. Its worse if its a 4 lane blind intersection and you cannot see what is in the far lane. Dont worry about the vehicles behind you because you have to slow down. If they get T boned they will walk away. You wont.
! As you are going thru an intersection look for cars in your lane just past it that are about to stop and turn into a driveway or parking lot. Its normal to swivel neck all the way thru the intersection and not even consider that traffic may come to a sudden stop right on the other side. IF you have to turn into a driveway right past an intersection make sure there is not a vehicle on your tail, because he is not expecting you to stop either. Avoid making those turns if you can.
! In the MSF course they do talk about minimizing the risks you are taking. Personally I would rather be on a secondary 55mph road than an interstate divided highway, and I would rather be on a 2 lane road than 4 or more lanes. The more vehicles around you, the faster they are going, the harder it is to keep track of everyone around you, and where they are going.
! Watch yourself in the areas and places where you ride the most, like your own street, or the parking lot where you work. These are the places you are mostly likely to be riding in "auto pilot" mode, not thinking about what you are doing, and not expecting a vehicle to suddenly appear, for example, coming in your driveway at work at 5pm when everyone is leaving, because that never happens, so you dont look, until it does.
Last edited by KCW; 02-03-2019 at 01:55 PM.