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I was severely injured when a car pulled out in front of me, so I like to promote motorcycle safety. But I couldn't bring myself to share this article.
I would never recommend that someone pull over and assess a patch of gravel.
"Yep it's definitely gravel."

Obviously we want to avoid surfaces with reduced traction altogether but we don't always have that option. The good news is if there was a patch of ice in the road you could safely ride across it as long as you minimize inputs to the controls (don't turn or brake hard). Keep cool and aim your bike back to the nearest surface with some traction. Often this is 10 feet straight ahead of you, in which case, no problem! Otherwise, roll off throttle, grip the tank with your legs (please don't stick your foot out, newbie, it's not going to help), and ease through slowly!

Your front brake is the quickest way to stop your motorcycle. Don't picture a bicycle going over the handlebars. This is terrible advice. Obviously there are times when a rider should avoid using the front brake, but riders should be comfortable with using the front brake most often for stopping, not scared of flying over the handlebars (like the author).

Denver
Hinesburg, VT
Thursday, October 12, 2017
Kinda surprised no one mentioned the following scenario. When riding on the freeway and a semi [tractor trailer] pulls into the passing lane to pass a slower semi do not follow him up alongside the semi being passed. Because now you're boxed in. If anything happens ahead of them you can't see it developing and you're boxed in. If the two big trucks begin avoidance maneuvers one them may suddenly move into your lane and traffic behind you may not see the event start, leaving you with nowhere to go.

I always wait for the semi in front of me to clear the semi being passed before I make my move. Get past the semi safely and quickly. Ever seen them have a tire blow out? Don't ask how I know. As they say, "don't go faster than your angels can fly."

Jim
Lake Havasu City, AZ
Sunday, July 23, 2017
To figure out the movement/direction of a vehicle, don't look at the driver, look at the front wheels of the vehicle for movement and direction. As a Facebook friend said, "we are invisible on a motorcycle."

Arlene Turner
Brighton, MI
Sunday, June 5, 2016
Someone lost a hubcap in front of me. Came right me but I was able to avoid it. The car behind me hit it.

Carole
OK
Friday, June 3, 2016
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