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Thread: Jim Ford and thoughts about scanning the environment

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    The MSF and most 'track-day' schools have been stressing these "FiveSmithKeys" for decades.

    What this appears to be is the same advice, packaged into a copyrighted presentation, and 'geared' for non-motorcycle highway users.

    However, if one thinks such a seminar would have value at a National, it should be looked into - too many MOA members lack formal or recurring instruction, so it would be a good refresher of 'common sense' behind the handlebars.
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    Quote Originally Posted by txmxrider View Post
    I really enjoy reading all the MOA articles regarding riding safely and I especially enjoy Jim Ford's articles because I too like to ride mountain roads at a brisk (but safe) pace. I try to train my eyes to watch the vanishing point and also scan the road and ditches for hazards.
    I found it humorous that he set the stage for almost crashing because he was fantasizing about my wife.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lkraus View Post
    It's OK to link to the keys on their web site: https://www.drivedifferent.com/smith5keys/
    Nothing new there, but it sums up defensive driving very well. Point 5 is especially important to motorcyclists since we are harder to spot in traffic and safety studies all agree this is a big problem for us.
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