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post #31 of 37 (permalink) Unread 09-01-2019, 11:46 PM
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When on roads like California's Freeways, I ride my motorcycle mostly in the right lane. Except for on ramps there's no traffic on the right. And in case of an emergency, there is usually an 'escape' shoulder if needed.
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post #32 of 37 (permalink) Unread 09-02-2019, 03:23 AM
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I generally stick to the outside lane, it is the most free from traffic as most cars drive on the inner, sometimes fast and other times slow.
If I have no traffic ahead I just ride along, then again I am a slow rider at 70/80mph, don't really have any issues.
Before junctions I switch to the inside to allow eventual inward traffic and then move back to the right.
I also tend to keep a good safety distance and overtake trucks when their side mirrors are about to go out of sight.



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post #33 of 37 (permalink) Unread 09-02-2019, 08:19 AM
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When in rural area with fewer on-ramps and two lanes going each direction, I ride on the left side of the right lane. I do move over to the left lane (when possible) to allow entering traffic to merger; however, the entering traffic does not have the right of way; they must yield to traffic already on the multiple lane highway. When in congested traffic with more than two lanes in each direction, I ride near the center and/or the left side of the far left lane. This allows me to have traffic on only one side and maneuverability in the lane and left shoulder as necessary. I avoid riding in the center lane, as there is traffic on both sides and motorcycles are difficult to see in all that traffic. The best solution (when possible) is to ride on two lane roads. You still have to watch out for on-coming traffic entering your lane, animals running onto the road, vehicles pulling out in front of you or driving too close to your rear (I then spit in the air and it hits their windshield), but you don't have to play with high speed semi traffic.
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post #34 of 37 (permalink) Unread 09-03-2019, 09:41 AM
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This might sound odd to people in other places, but I usually run in the fast lane (#1 lane). Some of this has to do with the law here in California. The law here states that all trucks (over 3 axle, I think) must stay in the right two lanes (the two lanes left of the right hand fog line) unless an additional lane is specifically marked OK for trucks. That makes those right two lanes slower, and more congested than the others. There is also no law here stating the left lane is only for passing. I do feel that if I am in the fast lane I have the obligation to keep my speed up so as not to impede the flow of traffic. If everyone seems to want to run faster than I want to, I move over to the right one lane. But I do not like to run with the trucks. They are a danger to avoid and you cannot see around them. Of course you have the dumb trucker now and again that insists on running or passing out of thier designated two lanes. I LOVE IT when I see them get ticketed for that! Usually some out of state "hillbilly" trucker. The Teamsters, and longhaul drivers usually know better. ...J.D.

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post #35 of 37 (permalink) Unread 09-15-2019, 05:27 PM
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I ride in Colorado. Went thru Lyons up to Nederland and back to Ward then down left hand canyon today. I have an SE but did this ride with my wife on a hog.

My biggest hazard is fruitcakes in subarus that want to cross the double yellow line to give 6 feet of space to a bicyclist in their lane and in the process crossting into my (going up or down) lane thus squeezing me at the worst possible moment into the furthest right edge of the road. So I never let this be a threat and I just ride accordingly although it did take me a few rides to learn what to expect.

Overall I drive the lane that is either strategically or tactically to my advantage. I use my performance advantage to position myself in the least congested space when I can. I don't care if you catch up to me. I only care it I am able to concentrate on the least number of variables when I can.

The two biggest reasons bikes crash is unable to negotiate the corner and a cage turning in front of you.

So I work real hard on awareness at the points where I am helpless and most vulnerable.

On our little ride today, about 110 miles, we had two cars cross in front of us and one car cut us off completely. In each instance I was so far under the available stopping capability that it was not a big deal.

So bottom line is this, we ride machines that out perform nearly all cages. So while we can use our advantage to be safe we can also eliminate our advantage by "taking away the time available to a normal driver" simply because we can haul ass.

Work the combination that benefits you best.
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Yes, I hate it when cages give cyclists a wide berth by coming into our lane head on!


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post #37 of 37 (permalink) Unread 10-13-2019, 05:45 PM
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I ussualy pick the wrong one.
Somebody turning left without bothering to signal or parking.
Particularly in Vancouver, pretty sure most drivers are on phones, drugs, both or bribed someone to get a license.
I find them much more courteous when I am on my bike. Still a few air heads. Most are more courteous to my bike than my car.

On the highway depends.
Rush hour near Vancouver whichever one I think is moving best, I mostly bet it wrong. I like my bike can use the HOV. So I do.

Not so many three lane highways. Between Vancouver and Hope it doesn’t seam to matter much but I try and stick to the right lane when traffic permits. Nearer the city the right lane turns into an exit lane far to often.

Most of the highways are two lane with passing lanes every so often. I stick to the right unless I am passing the posted signs tell you to.

Main thing I find is despite riding between 10 and 20 k above the posted limit. I am slower than most. Doing 110 of 120 in the pissing rain getting passed by semis, logging trucks, 5th wheels even one one of those little f ing trendy fiats.
You want to pass, I pull over let you pass.

I will pass them again on the next hill.
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