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    Flashing high beams within 200m of a vehicle in the same or opposing lane is actually a traffic offense. You can be booked for doing so, expectantly if it coincides with a speed camera site. Unless you have an excuse that stands up in court.

    I dont know about you, but I'm always getting my headlight and my indicator switches confused on European bikes...
     
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    Ok I've got a couple of tips that I've learnt from doing my Canberra to the Central Coast and back trips (takes between 4 -5 hours).

    1. Never stop moving on the bike, wiggle your toes, move your feet, your arms shoulders. Keep everything moving to keep the blood flowing around you're body, this will delay any soreness and I find it keeps you a little bit more alert.

    2. Stop Often. I've found stopping every 50km works for me, I don't stop for long, just for a quick minute walk and stretch.

    3. Enjoy yourself. I think this is the most important one of all. Just enjoy the ride and where ever you're riding through. Fights off the bordem of long highway rides and keeps your moral up
     
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    Agree with stop often but every 50ks might be a little frequent for some people.
     
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    Yeah I think it's just becasue of my recent knee recon lol
     
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    Have you thought about doing one of the further StayUpright courses? The guys there know what they are doing when it comes to road riding, and a course with them will definitely point out the flaws in your current road riding habits and they are more than happy to help you improve those weaknesses. Not a big price to pay for a large gain in road ability.
     
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    If you want to learn, don't let drivers get in your way. There's a time and a place, and the smartest thing you could possibly do is learn to pick them. Want to practice corners or extreme braking? Find a quiet street with good visibility. Apart from that, the greatest dangers to riders is every other vehicle on the road, so always keep a lookout. You'll learn to read driver behaviour in a whole new way, and it could save your life. It's sure saved mine a few times!
     
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    Using both eyes is advantageous to motorcycling.
     
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    I found the one I did really useful! Gonna go back and do another soon. :)

    And _at least one_ eye is a most useful thing, especially if you don't have any choice about the use of the other when you're half way along a ride through the Snowies... ;)
     
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    My best tip is to have good mates than can help you out when you get stuck. :D
     
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    Ive been both the helper and the helped, but either way, nothing worse than being stuck without any help (or phone reception), and nothing better than a bunch of mates in a car with a trailer to come drag you back to civilisation.
     
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    Ok so maybe I should have been doing this all along but I accidentally figured something out today which has made my cornering feel so much smoother, steadier, better line etc
    Put some weight through the heel of the foot !!
    So simple - turning left push left on the bars, the bike starts to lean, put the weight through the left heel - it feels so much better through corners and I can't believe I haven't done it before.
    Don't know the mechanics behind it...just how good it feels and you know what they say...if it feels good do it.
     
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    Tips like "wait till the other guy brakes", "turn up your idle", and "if it's not shaking you're not going fast enough" will kill you. Particularly on the road...
     
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    I like turning up my idle on the track, but I agree that the other two will end badly!
     
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    In the dirt use the outside foot to load and lean forward slightly (not my tip, 80 motorcross/ enduro star's tip for beginner dirt riders and I still remember & do it).
    It means if the front washes out you will start to steer out of the corner and avoid a high side, also puts more weight on the front which is generating the cornering force while similtaneuously letting the rear 'come around' abit to keep the bikes attitude turning. It also leeves the inside leg free if you need to get it onto the ground quickly and kick the bike up from low siding.
    Not my tip so no guarantees :)
     
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    I learnt this one the hard way! Always, always, always look through the corner. It's a strange concept but it works. If you look where you're going the bike will take you there. Where you look is where go, I wish I could have remembered there before high-siding, but oh well, a lesson learned.
     
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    starting to experience this first hand. Even gave some tips to a mate of mine today on his learners. It just feels right when it all flows and is not snatchy and all rushed.
     
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    +1
     
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    Can't be bothered to trawl through thread so apologies if already here. Slow speed tip, apply rear throttle slightly at the same time as opening throttle. We're talking walking pace and slightly beyond only. Surprising amount of control results....Sounds weird I know but it works. Tip 2. Approaching a street on your left, is it loaded with cars? If so number one will be champing at the bit to go...be especially cautious if you are at the head of the pack of long line of cars because the guy on the left is thinking if I don't get out now I wil be stuck for ages. Cnr Coppins crossing road and William Hovell case in point!
     
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    I think this is what was meant,
     
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