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Old 12-10-2012, 03:40 PM   #76 (permalink)
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What I learned: Just hit the damn car
Having had both happen to me, I definitely prefer *not* hitting the car, regardless of the insurance implications.

And just order the parts and install them yourself. Based on your description it should be about an hour's worth of work.
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Old 12-10-2012, 04:02 PM   #77 (permalink)
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Having had both happen to me, I definitely prefer *not* hitting the car, regardless of the insurance implications.

And just order the parts and install them yourself. Based on your description it should be about an hour's worth of work.
Yea I think you guys are right about the parts. I think I'm gonna call the dealer tomorrow and go pick the bike up. I found everything I need on ebay.

I found a f4i about 90 miles from me that I like. So I'm thinking about picking it up and the 250 will be my project bike. That way I can take my time. Not 100% on that but maybe.
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So, an update here if anyone is interested.

I repaired everything on the bike myself for less then $500. Super easy repair.

I learned a lot from that incident. I used way too much front brake, and not enough rear. After reading more I understand now when guys say the rider could have done more. I realize now that I could have done better, I just didn't have the experience yet.

When I get my next bike, I'm gonna make sure I practice constantly, and when I approach that same intersection I'm slowing down to around 20 MPH.

Thank you all for your input.
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Truth.

Whenever I get/ride a new bike I always do a few emergency stops away from traffic to make sure I know the ability of the bike. After a few times you'll figure out the best way to come to a quick emergency stop. Every bike is different, example my 250 its best to hit front brakes hard as possible and about 20 % on the rear brake whereas my 9r its more like 60/40, I think it has something to do with the weight,it is EXTREMELY easy to lockup the rear on a 250 while braking hard.
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I'd say that it eventually ends.
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Whenever I get/ride a new bike I always do a few emergency stops away from traffic to make sure I know the ability of the bike. After a few times you'll figure out the best way to come to a quick emergency stop. Every bike is different, example my 250 its best to hit front brakes hard as possible and about 20 % on the rear brake whereas my 9r its more like 60/40, I think it has something to do with the weight,it is EXTREMELY easy to lockup the rear on a 250 while braking hard.
DEFINITELY going to work on finding the right combination of front and rear brake.

My issue on my 250 was I hit the front brake TOO much, and went forward.
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I learned a lot from that incident. I used way too much front brake, and not enough rear. After reading more I understand now when guys say the rider could have done more. I realize now that I could have done better, I just didn't have the experience yet.
The issue was you grabbed at the front brake and locked it and you didn't shift your weight. Unless you are in a turn there is almost never such a thing as using too much front brake
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One time, this car tried to run a left turn red light that already been red for a few seconds. It was green for the straight direction traffic and she almost hit me because she thought she could beat the rest of the cars that were on their green light.

When I rode with my bike passenger/partner, I made sure that all the cars that needed to turn right onto the main street I was cruising down saw me and wouldn't pull in front of me. Sometimes making head gestures to ensure they paid extra attention and to get their eyes looking at me. Yeah, made it seem I didn't trust them, but having a female passenger it's hard to constantly change lanes and had that instinct to not put her in danger. Especially this was my first time riding with a passenger, I wanted her to feel safe so she will wanna go again. Plus she has photo shoots lined up for her work so that was another reason for me to avoid any dumb accidents at all cost.
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