Main Motorcycle: 03 Sprint; 97 Trophy 1200
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Southern California
Other Motorcycle: 04 Ducati 999S; 12 Diavel
Extra Motorcycle: 1974 Norton Commando S3
Re: Episode 10 - Too Close
Good work on your videos. I haven't viewed all of them, but I have the following comments on Episode 10. Living in the Los Angeles area, I ride in a lot of traffic. Sitting stopped at a light is definitely a potential hazard because a motorist conditioned to see cars may simply not realize you are there. Also, many bike mirrors make it difficult to see directly behind you.
My solution is to deliberately position the bike at a slight angle to the traffic lane. This gives me an unobstructed view in my mirror to the rear. And if it appears that I may be hit from the rear, I can quickly move alongside the vehicle ahead of me (i.e. filter or lane split), thus avoiding being "sandwiched". This does have the disadvantage of making other drivers "nervous" because they don't know if I am trying to change lanes, however I think the benefits outweigh the negatives.
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