I was looking through this forum, and noticed a lot of posts by people that are new to riding. And it hit me-- there are rules that i break on a daily basis... Following too closely is my biggest one. Yesterday i was riding through some heavy traffic and not paying enough attention, and following WAY too close to a truck. next thing i realize is im a few inches off his bumper cuz he slammed the brakes... i locked the front brake up (another stupid noob mistake) and started to go down. I dont know how it happened, but i jammed my left leg down and released the brakes. The bike shot straight up and i instantly felt some of the most intense pain i've ever had shoot from my knee all the way up and down my leg. I had to pull over into a parking lot and wait for myself to calm down and for the pain to stop so i could shift. I thought it was broken. And as i sat there, it occured to me that i forgot the basics, and thats why my dumb ass was sniveling on the asphault. So, I thought i'd come clean and admit this whole thing. I dont think i'm the only one (i hope im not) so if there are rules that you break, no matter how simple, post em up to try and help the new people, and the guys that have ridden for a while.