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How to Avoid a Motorcycle Crash

Learn how to avoid a motorcycle crash in this Howcast motorcycle video with expert Kenyon Kluge.

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"My name is Kenyon Kluge. I'm from Santa Cruz, California. I'm a team owner and rider for K Squared Racing. I'm also the team manager and rider for Zero Motorcycle Racing. If you want to find out more information about me you can look at my website, ksquaredracing.com or for more information on Zero Motorcycles go to zeromotorcycles.com. And now I'm going to talk to you about motorcycles. You can't always avoid a crash, but there are certain things that you can really do to set yourself up to have the best chances of avoiding a crash. One of the first steps of doing that is to always have an out, always know how you're going to get out of a situation.

When you're riding know which lane you can move over into if you need to. Know where you can accelerate at. Know where you can move over to the shoulder if you need to if a car is coming at you. Just always know where you're able to go next, where you're able to change your line if there's something in your corner.

Part of that is riding within your ability. Make sure that you're always riding within your ability and that you've left some margin there so that if you need to change your line, you need to brake a little, you need to do something different, you're not riding at the limit where you don't have the ability to do anything of that.

It you're riding at 80% you can use that extra 20% to do these extra actions that pop up all of a sudden that require your attention to do something differently than what you had planned to do. In dirt always use your rear brake. If you are pushed off don't feel bad about going off into the shoulder and going into the dirt. Just make sure you remember the rules of riding once you get there and then get back into traffic as you can.

Finally, when riding in traffic, assume that nobody sees you. Assume that the cars don't know that you're there. Use you power to accelerate out of situations if you have to. Your bike is a lot lighter and generally has a lot more power to weight ratio than a car does, so if you need to, accelerate ahead of dangerous situations and get out of there. "

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