Two fingers, open hand, gentlemanly salute..whatever's clever.I did 40 miles today with about 1/2 covering new ground that I had not ridden before. I also returned the "Biker wave" twice. Up until now I haven't felt comfortable taking my left hand off of the handlebars while riding. But today I did it twice. Then when i got back I looked it up on the internet and found that there are all kinds of variations of it. All I did was extend my left arm out at about a 45 degree angle with my palm open. That seemed to be what everybody else is doing around here. But I didn't see that mentioned. It appears that I might supposed to be doing it with just two fingers out instead of my whole palm. It's hard to tell what the other bikers have been doing. So I'm wondering if I am doing it wrong. I might start doing it with just the two fingers out because when I put my whole palm out flat it catches the wind and if I'm going fast it doesn't feel all that safe.
You mentioned bicycle gloves.I may have to rethink taking that course. I got to the parking lot OK and I was doing pretty good practicing those turns. Then on one of them I must have let the clutch out a bit too fast and it stalled and before I knew it the bike was down on it's right side. Bent the rear brake pedal. Gonna hafta take that off and put it in the vise and straighten it out. And it took me about 10-15 minutes to get it back up. I tried the method they show you in the youtube videos of backing up into it and using just your legs but that didn't work. The bike went down on a slope so not only did I have to lift it, but I also had to lift it uphill. And I couldn't find any good place to grab onto other that the handlebars. There's only a grab bar on the left side. And the bike was lying right side up. Finally I just psyched myself up, grabbed it by the handle bars and muscled it up. I would have never been ale to do that if it wasn't for the fact that I lift free weights and do dead lifts on a regular basis. But my troubles were not over. Once I got it up it wouldn't start. I figure that by lying on it's side for so long some of the oil in the crankcase probably got somewhere where it didn't belong. So I waited about 15 minutes and tried again. And that time it did start. So then I drove it home using only the front brake and of course the mirrors were out of whack again, but I could still see behind me in the left one. It stalled several times on the way and I had to rev the engine to keep it going. That made the crossing of the busy road a bit nerve wracking as I imagined it stalling when I was halfway across. And it didn't help that there was a cop hiding by that crossing running a speed trap. But it didn't stall and by the time I got home it was running better.
... I also returned the "Biker wave" twice. .... Then when i got back I looked it up on the internet and found that there are all kinds of variations of it.
As I was learning to ride my Meteor, I realized that a majority of the things that I was trying to learn I had done previously over and over on my bicycles. Mountain bike and the road bike. Same concept, just a different saddle.I usually get looked at like a two-headed turtle when I suggest that you practice any worrisome motorcycle maneuver on your bicycle first.
I felt the same way. I took a skills class, to get my endorsement, and that helped me to learn to trust the bike. Even if you don't want to take a course, find an open area, without traffic, and work on the things that you don't feel comfortable with. I did that with U-turns, inside the lines of parking spaces (18 foot box), until I felt good my ability to do it. The thing that I'm trying to improve, now, is my comfort level in curves. Not the leaning of the bike, but entering at the right speed.I have extensive experience on a bicycle and while there is some carry over to motorcycling It doesn't help me much with my main problem which is fear of leaning. It's easy for me to be fearless leaning a 35 lbs bike, but with a 470 lbs motorcycle, not so much.
Excellent chart. Thanks for postingThis is what I was originally taught in the 1980's
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The first time I was out riding and a passing motorcyclist gave a "wave" by pointing towards the ground with his left hand I was scanning the road ahead for hazards. Finding none I was left wondering what kind of #&^@ rides around signaling other riders about non-existent road hazards.