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The John Norwich Riders Corner In honour of our fellow moderator: John Norwich R.I.P. September 17th, 2014
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Old 03-11-2014, 11:30 AM   #1776
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Baseball great Satchel Paige once said, "Don't look back. Something might be gaining on you." Good advice, maybe, for a seemingly ageless pitcher, but not so good for motorcyclists, especially when they're stopped at an intersection and don't see the distracted driver bearing down on them from behind. It takes more than a working brake light to prevent being bunted into a busy intersection or squashed like a bug between two bumpers. Here are some tips to help you avoid getting caught in a squeeze play.

As you decelerate for a stoplight, check your mirrors to see if the traffic behind you is slowing down, too. Touch the brakes several times to flash your brake lights. Be extra vigilant if you decide to stop for a fresh yellow light in case the guy behind you decides to run it. And while we don't generally advocate running a yellow, that's your best course of action if it's clear that the car behind you is planning to.

Now that you've stopped, be ready to go again in a heartbeat in case the space you're in seems in imminent danger of being occupied by a speeding car. Position your bike on either side of the greasy center of the lane. Leave the transmission in gear and hold the clutch in. If that's not practical, put your right foot down, leave your left foot on the peg ready to engage first gear, and cover the clutch lever.

Always have an out in case the car in your mirror is becoming alarmingly large, alarmingly quick. If you're turning left and there's a curb or a median to your left and a car in front of you, position your bike on the right side of the lane so you can slip around the car if necessary. But be aware of through traffic coming up behind you that's not slowing down to turn. Stop far enough back from the car ahead to give yourself room to maneuver. If your front tire is inches from a bumper, you won't be able to turn without backing up first. That's a bad place to be.

In addition to bike placement, bike equipment can help tip the odds in your favor. Keep your mirrors clean and adjusted properly, and if all you can see in them is your elbows, swap them out for ones that do what mirrors are supposed to do. Check your brake light and taillights often, invest in some auxiliary brake lights, and add some reflective tape to the back of your bike for night riding. Every little bit helps.


brush up on your riding skills and ride safe everyone
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anyone know how moderns warranty/exchange works. The helmet I bought is damaged
So I called them in the morning told them the helmet has a chip mark and is scuffed and they said they would exchange it and to bring it in.

My brother took it in for me and when he got there they said they cant exchange damaged helmets.... so why tell me to bring it in.

No wonder they have 2 stars on google reviews
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Old 03-11-2014, 01:36 PM   #1778
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did you not inspect it upon purchase?
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Old 03-11-2014, 02:07 PM   #1779
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They were closing, they packed everything up but obviously I should have looked.

I wouldn't mind if they just said no on the phone saying its final sale and that we cant do anything about damage.

I don't see the point in them telling me to come in and then start telling my brother that they can't exchange it for damage before they even start pulling it out of the box.

They are just wasting mine and my brothers time.

The damage is just cosmetic so its not a big deal I would just prefer 1 without damage
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did you tell them that it would be your brother coming in not you? was it the same person you talked to on the phone? they may not have been aware of the situation.
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It was the same person I talked to on the phone it was the dad not aaron. I called back during my lunch break and he just said he's not going to do anything about it.
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murray is pretty hard to deal with sometimes. i would try talking to aaron.
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I asked for aaron everytime I called but he kept saying he's unavailable even when I asked if aaron could call me back.

Its not worth the hassle for how litte the damage is I just won't be going back to their store.
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I asked for aaron everytime I called but he kept saying he's unavailable even when I asked if aaron could call me back.

Its not worth the hassle for how litte the damage is I just won't be going back to their store.
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Take a couple clear pictures, and in a nice polite letter, clearly explain how Modern sold you a damaged helmet as new. Email it to the helmet manufacturer and their Canadian distributor.
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The only reason why I wont bring my bike there to service.

Parts and clothing sure, they give good deals sometimes
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I was going to grab an alpinestars leather jacket from modern and they fitted me a size too big (didn't have any knowledge back then) and ordered it for me. Told me it'd be here in 2 weeks. Ended up waiting 2 months and still never got it. Took a whole lot of arguing to get my refund and went to Rob in daytona who then sized me right and got the jacket to me in 3 business days.

While I was at daytona Rob also told me about how modern sold this girl in his riding class a child sized helmet saying that it was fine for her to use, and when rob told her to return it right away cause it wasn't safe, she then got into a huge argument with modern and ended up throwing her helmet across the counter at them and just left.

And the sad part is, before finding all this out, Modern sold me a child sized helmet for my passenger saying that it's fine cause girls are like "child" size....
They also said it was the last one they had so they would sell it to me for half price, which I then found out at daytona I only got around $5 discount...

Never bothered to go back to refund the helmet, just not worth the hassle.
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Had my first experience with Speed Wobbles just now. Just having fun with a decked out muscle, did a 2nd gear pull with him when suddenly SPEED WOBBLES.

Got pretty violent but time felt like it was going way slower and I was pretty calm, managed to ride it out after giving it a little gas to stabilize, probably with the help of the damper too. Strangely my instincts were not to brake at all, I have no idea why my body never gave me a knee jerk reaction to brake since I was never formally trained in that sense.

Excuse me, now i have to go change my pants.

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Hey guys I'm looking to pick up an Alpinestars jacket.

I'm 5'10 - 165, 40" chest, 23" arm. The sizing chart points me to a 40-42US.

I was at Holeshot last weekend and think I was fitted improperly by a new girl, she tried telling me I'm a 46.

What are you guys wearing for a size.
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Hey guys I'm looking to pick up an Alpinestars jacket.

I'm 5'10 - 165, 40" chest, 23" arm. The sizing chart points me to a 40-42US.

I was at Holeshot last weekend and think I was fitted improperly by a new girl, she tried telling me I'm a 46.

What are you guys wearing for a size.
I'm the same size as you and have fitted in jackets from 38 to 42. Sizing can vary even for different jackets in the same brand. Generally though fit your chest and make sure the jacket works on you in the position you'll be in on the bike. Also make sure to look at the type of riding you'll be doing (in what weather)

ex: I get hot easily and like fully perforated jackets (front, back and arms), when it gets a bit cooler you can just wear a wind proof layer under it.
RS-Taichi GMX Motion and 826 are good examples
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I'm the same size as you and have fitted in jackets from 38 to 42. Sizing can vary even for different jackets in the same brand. Generally though fit your chest and make sure the jacket works on you in the position you'll be in on the bike. Also make sure to look at the type of riding you'll be doing (in what weather)

ex: I get hot easily and like fully perforated jackets (front, back and arms), when it gets a bit cooler you can just wear a wind proof layer under it.
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still cold in the mornings, had to put my jacket liner in and wear thermals.

It was nice having the HOV lane all to myself
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. Good news everyone! I'm buying an F4i! /professor Farnsworth

I'll have pictures up once I take possession.
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