I've been scanning alot of threads lately and some of the stupid sh*t that is posted has got me worried about just how little some of you noobs or mildly experienced riders really know about bikes and riding them. For instance.. Bikes do NOT and cannot out-brake cars... Unless you make countersteering a conscious and proactive action, you should rush a out and grab ambulance coverage, and the most comprehensive insurance package you can find. NOTE: (LOOK OUT for a specific thread on this very subject in the near future from Robsalvv, if you want to live longer) DO stay wide of the corner until you spot the exit...Yes cars may cut the corner from the opposite direction, creating a head on situation, but all you have to do is turn-in earlier for more clearance and then adjust for the corner accordingly. You are NOT going to get killed in a head-on from riding the outside line through a LH turn, unless you're blind!! And if you can't manage to turn-in for avoidance then you should not be there in the in the first place...your skill levels are inadequate for this type of riding!. Here's a perfect case in point for you to watch... http://s184.photobucket.com/albums/x290/jgm-57/Videos/?action=view¤t=SpurTruck.flv NO!...you do not use your rear brake as your primary brake...for the majority of bikes the FRONT brake provides 80-100% of your braking ability. It also just happens to be the easiest to control (heavy boot clad foot compared to tactile hand) It is true that for cruisers the rear brale could be, on the whole, more effective, but even then, you at least should be using BOTH! If you are a complete noob and think you cannot watch your mirrors, then you are WRONG. If you are so overwhelmed that you are afraid to look away from whats ahead to check them , then get more experience riding around back streets before you head out into heavy traffic if that is the case. Being a Noob does'nt exclude you from knowing what's going on behind you. No excuses. If you make the smart choices, you will wear the proper gear all the time. If you enjoy skin grafts, especially that part where they are picking bits of road out of your raw flesh, then by all means ride around in a t-shirt and regualr jeans. Draggin jeans etc, are a MINIMUM...not a "standard" you should adopt. So many other misguided or misinformed statements seen around these threads that I could go on for ages, but that'll do for now.