Thanks Jeff Kushner and the above posters for shinning a light on things riders can pro-actively do to stay safer.
Braking is the most over ignored and under practiced skill motorcycling. That is made even more true because the art of braking has radically changed in the last some years with the advent of ABS. When it comes to ABS, not so long ago I was among the naysayers and secretly enjoyed reading magazine tests with ABS losing against a conventional system. Now-a-days, I'm a ABS evangelist.
ABS is pretty well understood but badly represented. When a situation happens be it a car, a deer or a step ladder launching out of a truck ... it is either going to turn out badly or a near miss. Just like the golden rule for aviators is, "when things go wrong keep flying the plane", and so it is for a motorcycle wreck. Don't quit riding while under full braking. The main benefit to ABS is NOT shorter stopping distances. It is the continued ability to steer. Hitting an obstacle at a slower rate of speed is a crumby second prize compared to riding around it.
Target Fixation is a known entity in the human condition. Using the example of a car that starts to make a left turn in your path and then stops (thanks A-hole). Never look at that car. Only look at and fixate on whatever gap is available. Then (often enough) fixate on the next gap after that and so on until you have a happy ending or fail. Even if you don't have ABS that still should be your plan.
If you are really serious about becoming a better / safer ride your next farckle purchase could be a beater dirt bike or a dirt bike rider school. I know that is impractical for a lot of folks but every dynamic that can happen on a street bike at 70mph is available on a dirt bike at 35mph. Then again our DL bikes are sorta dirt bikes ... but that is a different thread.
Yes to the weave. Especially if you have LED visibility lights that form a triangle. And lastly, in another thread I mentioned that a strong value of lane splitting is not getting rear ended when traffic stops and the texting continues. Even if you live in a state that doesn't allow it, I say that stopping in between the last two cars makes sense. (and if you aren't passing is it really lane splitting?)
Current Rides: '14 DL1000 ADV, '06 SV650N, '02 BMW K1200rs, '93 900CBRR, '74 Ducati 750GT