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Old 01-12-2006, 09:43 AM
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Someone changed lane on me on Monday and nearly had me off, bike went every which way and eventually i stopped upright but it HURT! Got home, got neighbour to help me put it on centre stand and have been on public transport the rest of the week.

This morning i thought it was time i tried again as my shoulders a lot better and I was scared of riding again so thought it best to get on with it. Got to white rose centre, and the roundabouts covered in fecking fuel!!! Went SO slowly and the back end still went out (held onto it tho).

Now my question is this.... does fuel stick to your tyre and make it slippy for a while? Or is it just my imagination that every time i now go round a right hander the back end is slipping? (all the rest of the way to work)

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Old 01-12-2006, 10:10 AM
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Now my question is this.... does fuel stick to your tyre and make it slippy for a while? Or is it just my imagination that every time i now go round a right hander the back end is slipping? (all the rest of the way to work)
It's a bit of both, I'm afraid. Yes, fuel does stick to the tyre and make it slippy for a while. However, you will now be anticipating it being slippy so you're over-sensitive and you're probably tensing up when you come to a bend.

I had a nasty slide on diesel a couple of years ago and I rode like a complete wally for a few days afterwards. If you want to be sure the fuel is off your tyres, give them a good wash down. I'm sure someone here can recommend a good cleaner. Fairy Liquid might do the trick.

As for the 'imagination' thing, you're going to have to try to relax and trust your tyres. Daft as it may sound, I found that loosening my grip on the handlebars made a huge difference!
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Old 01-12-2006, 10:19 AM
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As for the 'imagination' thing, you're going to have to try to relax and trust your tyres. Daft as it may sound, I found that loosening my grip on the handlebars made a huge difference!
I suspect i was hanging on a bit tight cos my shoulder was really painful when I got to work!

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wash ya tyres wi hot soapy watter,washing up liguid should done it,,,do it a couple ov times,,,,as fer ridin ya cant be too cautious especially after hitting diesel,it will tek a few trips before ya back to normal ridin,,,,,
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If you think you are gripping the bars a bit tight, consciously try and keep your elbows close to your side when riding, your grip will automatically loosen.

I had a big accident back in 86 and still get the jitters sometimes. You wouldn't be human if you had no reaction what soever from such a near miss. Just take it easy for a couple of days. You'll be fine.
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What's this "wash" word you use in the same sentence as "bike".... I'm going to have to bite the bullet and actually wash her aren't I? But she likes being a dirty b1tch!!!!

Glad its not just me thats got the jitters! I am worse in the car after a lorry tried to squish me on the motorway about a month ago. I guess I'm just lucky they've been near misses not actual squishings!!!!
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Just take it easy, try to relax, and you'll be riding like a loon again in no time
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Did you report the spill to the council?.
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Old 01-12-2006, 05:11 PM
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if i wasnt paranoid before i am now...

Just been hit by a car on the way home - pulled out on me!

still shaking so typings ****e!
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Old 01-12-2006, 05:12 PM
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Did you report the spill to the council?.
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Just been hit by a car on the way home - pulled out on me!

still shaking so typings ****e!
Are you OK, any damage to your wheels?.
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Old 01-12-2006, 06:46 PM
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Are you OK, any damage to your wheels?.
Bikes fine, car that hit me had its mirror bent back but i dont think it was broken, and a few scratches. My mirror bent back but came back no problems, and i've just been and done a full inspection and its taken a teeny sliver (about a mm) of orange plastic out of my indicator. I think I'll probably have a couple of bruises in the morning, but the only thing thats really hurt is my confidence!!!!
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According to someone or other, "That wich does not kill is makes us stronger"

You must be pretty strong now.
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Old 01-12-2006, 08:29 PM
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According to someone or other, "That wich does not kill is makes us stronger"

You must be pretty strong now.
or stupid!!!
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Old 01-12-2006, 10:32 PM
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You must still be a bit shaken up...I suggest you treat the bike as you would a new one that you are not used to...Take it very easy going to work, and then take it for a dry ride on wide quiet roads on Sunday. Take your time and you will build up your confidence..I'm thinking of buying a bike 180 miles away and will have to drive it home without knowing what it is like. and its one that is not known for cornering so you can imagine how I will be riding that! I wish you all the best of luck and confidence...John
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You must still be a bit shaken up...I suggest you treat the bike as you would a new one that you are not used to...Take it very easy going to work, and then take it for a dry ride on wide quiet roads on Sunday. Take your time and you will build up your confidence..I'm thinking of buying a bike 180 miles away and will have to drive it home without knowing what it is like. and its one that is not known for cornering so you can imagine how I will be riding that! I wish you all the best of luck and confidence...John
Thanks - I am hoping that next week will be a better week! Still can't quite believe what happened and that i'm not hurting more.... i am sure I will be re-evaluating this in the morning! My knee is a bit sore, and my elbow is stiff.... and i've got a trampoline competition tomorrow morning!!!
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I shattered me left knee when i was 19ish in a bike accident, smashed it good and proper. Still get the jitters on left hand corners 20 years later. One of them things Kylie, i think your sense of self preservation gets bigger as you get older to. Just realx as most people have said and dont expect miracles, your only human no matter what mode of transport you use.
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I came off on a patch of diesel on a wet road a few years ago,when it rains I get VERY paranoid.Don't worry too much about it,yer confidence'll come back.
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Happend's to me all the time but it's a bit tricky when you only come up to the wheel arch's
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I got tail lighted by a car in the middle of no where (Yorkshire Dales) .. I'd stopped at road works lights an the guy in the car behind just ran into the back of me an' mi bike knocking me and the bike 37 yards down the road at an excess of 60mph....It happened 30 odd years ago now, but I still feel nervy when aproaching road work lights and riding in the dark....I still love riding, although now it's on three...

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Old 02-12-2006, 10:57 PM
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Thanks everyone - I am wary of getting back on the bike on monday morning but looking forward to it too. Have been at a trampoline competition today and it hurt like hell, but I got through it, so getting hit obviously hasn't done me too much harm. I didn't do as well as I would normally, but I'm never actually any good so its not affected me in a big way!

Off to bed now i think - rest my old achy bones!!!!
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Get someone you trust to go on a few weekend rides with you and pick some twisty but not busy routes so you get your confidence in handling back.

Im sure you already do, but treat all cars as potential nutters and anticipate the worst.
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I've actually been really lucky yesterday morning and this morning, picked up other bikers on the way to work before the worst of the filtering so have followed them. The one this morning was well cautious after a big fuel spill on one of the roundabouts which made me feel better cos i know its not just me thats wary of it now!

The mate I trust 100% works weekends, and everyone else has either got boyfriends/girlfriends who don't let them out or have sold their bikes! I suppose if I went to a MAG meeting occasionally I might meet more people in Leeds!
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Im a novice rider compared to most of you guys but its good to know that its not just inexperianced riders that are learning new things all the time! i havnt hit diesel yet but the second day i had my prilly i was almost taken off it by a car pulling across my lane to get down a sideroad. Was used to a cb125 so heaved on the anchors and almost went over the bars with the rear wheel what seemed like 2foot in the air but was probably about an inch rode very slowly home but when i thought back if i had been on the cb i doubt i would have stopped... but i wouldnt have been going so fast? im not more alert to other cars reactions to try and have a fighting chance if someone pulls out i suppose but its like they say if you get knocked off get back on as soon as you can and not let it get you down?
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Im a novice rider compared to most of you guys but its good to know that its not just inexperianced riders that are learning new things all the time! i havnt hit diesel yet but the second day i had my prilly i was almost taken off it by a car pulling across my lane to get down a sideroad. Was used to a cb125 so heaved on the anchors and almost went over the bars with the rear wheel what seemed like 2foot in the air but was probably about an inch rode very slowly home but when i thought back if i had been on the cb i doubt i would have stopped... but i wouldnt have been going so fast? im not more alert to other cars reactions to try and have a fighting chance if someone pulls out i suppose but its like they say if you get knocked off get back on as soon as you can and not let it get you down?
I've only had my licence 3.5 years and this is in my first year being able to have my bike in my own possession (long story!!!!) so am also pretty inexperienced! I have been SH1T scared riding recently, i usually love riding my bike, and its not much fun right now, but I refuse to let a few cage drivers put me off!
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