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If you haven't already, take a Motorcycle Safety Foundation Course. If you have, take the experienced course. The MSF can be reached at 800-447-4700. The CHP runs this in California, and can be reached at 800-CC-RIDER.
Random Riding Tips:
Number one: Don't drink or do drugs and ride. A motorcycle is much more demanding of its pilot than a car. It is surprising how much just a couple of beers can effect ones riding abilities.
Number two: Remember, you are invisible and everyone else is out to get you.
Number three: Get a good leather motorcycle jacket (thicker and more durable than leather dress jackets), helmet, gloves and boots. The two categories of motorcycle riders are those that have fallen and those that haven't fallen yet.
Watch the front wheel of a cage poised to come out of a driveway. It is the first thing that moves.
If you cannot avoid hitting a small object, such as a curb, release the brakes immediately before impact. This will allow the forks to extend to do their job while also aiding after-the-fact maneuverability.
John Stafford, a dog lover, adds
If a dog is coming at you from an angle slow briefly and then accelerate to throw off the dog's attack angle.
When passing watch the cage driver's head, as most will turn their head slightly to look into the mirror before pulling into your lane.
Very basic -- learn to use the front brake more than the rear. Because of the weight distribution, it provides 70% of the braking power. Practice emergency stopping in a gravel-clear parking lot. If the rear tire locks, it is doing more harm than good and may try to pass you.
If you think someone is going to turn left in front of you, they will. This is the most common motorcycle accident causing significant injuries. My bud has a plate in his head from T-boning a car in this manner.
Complete your braking before a turn and start to accelerate midway through.
Know your limits and your bike's, and stay on this side of those limits.
Use hand signals in heavy traffic in addition to your turn signals to increase your chances of being seen.
Drive with your high-beam on during the daytime so that cagers can see you more easily.
Ron Shaffer says that