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 Post subject: Staying Alive
PostPosted: Sun Jul 17, 2011 5:07 pm 
2000cc Scooter Royalty

Joined: Thu Apr 10, 2008 2:54 pm
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Location: Jersey City, NJ
Scooter Model(s): 2009 Aprilia Scarabeo 200
I've only been driving three-and-a-half years, but long enough probably to know better. I've gone down a couple of times, both due to my own bad technique. Not serious, but could have been. Here's s few things I think can make it nearly full-proof that you will stay alive, if not be completely unscathed, while scooting. Feel free to add, subtract or multiply these, guys:

1 - Be alert always to the nth degree. Pay attention as you would if your baby were crawling on the edge of a cliff.
2 - Look ahead. -- well ahead of your near-field zone. See what traffic is doing 50 yards +.
3 - Look behind. Especially at stop lights. Make sure those approaching from behind see you.
4 - Slow at intersections. Look left and right, assume guy coming at you doesn't see you, and will turn across your path.
5 - Keep your distance. Also helps to avoid sewers and potholes.
6 - Don't drive in blind spots. Speed up or back off.
7 - Alertness should increase with speed.
8 - Fingers rest on brake handles. While driving. You may need that extra .02 seconds.
9 - Keep your bike maintained. Tires and pressure, especially.
10 - Drive like you're invisible. Cause that's what the research says -- they don't see us.

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 Post subject: Re: Staying Alive
PostPosted: Sun Jul 17, 2011 5:37 pm 
1000cc Scooter Legend

Joined: Fri Jul 17, 2009 4:12 pm
Posts: 1607
Scooter Model(s): SYM HD 200
11. Drive like everyone is trying to collide with you. Because they are.
12. Do not ride when there is black ice on the ground.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 18, 2011 8:28 am 
4000cc Scooter Titan
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Joined: Sun Mar 23, 2008 9:31 pm
Posts: 4211
Location: Central Jersey
Scooter Model(s): Vespa 1966 Sears Blue Badge 150,1963 TV 175 SIII with Casa 186,2007 GTV 250, 1979 P200 with 210 kit.
13. Watch for and stay away from distracted drivers! See someone in an SUV on the phone, either pass them or be behind them but never next to for long!


If you open up a can of worms...expect people to go fishing!!!

The brother did not have good intentions!

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 19, 2011 6:53 pm 
Poster Child

Joined: Wed May 25, 2011 3:02 pm
Posts: 8
Scooter Model(s): Kymco Like 200i
1. Scooters are much more likely to go down than motorcycles. Be a scout. Be prepared.
2. Don't worry about which helmet you buy. It will be the first of many.
3. If you get a queezy feeling when taking a curve, it's because you think you know how to steer and don't. It is a skill worth cultivating if you intend to draw a retirement.
4. The MSF training is good. But don't count on it to be an end all. You need to work out your own salvation. Never stop learning.
5. Two scoots is a group ride. Three is a large procession.
6. Enjoy the ride.

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