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Look where you want to go or stop. I learned this one day when I was riding around a rally site looking for parking. I saw a space on the left but turned right slightly and when I looked ahead I had slowed enough to just tip over to the right. Live and learn. I was only embarrassed...no damage other than the ego.

Peter Hefele
Dallas, GA
Friday, March 8, 2019
I grew up riding dirt bikes, I just got started riding a cruiser—Kawasaki 750 after a short time getting used to the basics on a Honda Nighthawk.

I found more experienced street bike riders are ill-prepared to handle unsafe road conditions. A few even came out and tried to ride my Honda and I had to ride it off of the grass, dirt and bumps to bring it to the pavement for them because apparently it was too much for them to handle.

Dirt bike riding requires control over the bike even when the whole shebang is sliding around underneath you, traction alone is useless in the dirt and mud and not relying upon tire tread to keep you stable is what it's about.

Also, if you are new to riding in general, falling into the soft dirt and mud is a lot easier on you and your bike. There is a reason we have so many injuries. Many experienced riders can't handle rough road conditions and tires are not going to stick to the road 100% of the time.

Brian
Vancouver, WA
Wednesday, March 6, 2019
I love reading the articles in WRN. I've forgotten to put the sidestand down (at the gas pump...), and recently took a bad spill when exiting a parking lot onto a busy highway—I was on an upward hill that sloped to my right. I've been riding about ten years and that fall almost made me give it up. It's encouraging to read others' stories.

If I can recommend this, I've been watching a lot of the Ride Like a Pro on YouTube. (Bought and love the video.) It's a great reminder of the motorcycle safety course.

Jill Morgan
McHenry, IL
Thursday, October 18, 2018
Yup, doing a three-point turn around in the driveway, I grabbed the front brake and over she went—front wheel went under the lattice fence. I was unable to right it alone. I had to call AAA!

Seriously, my first thought was, "I am too old for this!" Not at all, now I'm looking at the 2018 R nineT Scrambler. Oh, yeah.

Su
Haifa, Israel
Sunday, November 12, 2017
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