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post #1 of 36 Old 04-16-2015, 10:31 PM Thread Starter
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Too dangerous to drive?

Iím starting to think that driving my 650 to work this summer will be just too risky. This is the first year I ever had to say that but with the amount of construction, traffic congestion and desperation by drivers to get ahead the risk factor is just not acceptable.

My usual route to work Irving Park Rd has been closed off at York Rd. till Aug. 3rd. Even getting on US 90 West there is nowhere to pull off to the shoulder due to construction if something should happen. The rest is just congested stop and go. Just no fun.

Driving a motorcycle is inherently risky but add in all those other factors and it feels like youíre an accident waiting to happen.

Will have to save the ride for my trip around Lake Superior. Traffic free roads, scenic vistas, and no stop lights for 100ís of miles.
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I have no idea of the traffic in Chicago, but I would think congestion makes it safer to ride? Do you not filter?
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Chicago is just brutal. No where is safe. I have lived here all my life and I dont even like the outer highways like 80 and 294. I cant imagine driving on 90 on a daily basis.

See you on the ATL trip. That is where it's at.

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I have no idea of the traffic in Chicago, but I would think congestion makes it safer to ride? Do you not filter?
Interesting subject. It seems that in Australia, riding between vehicles at 30 km/h or less is perfectly legal (lane filtering); as opposed to lane splitting (above 30 km/h) which seems to be illegal.

Here in the U.S. we have no such luck. Only the state of California allows motorcyclists to ride between vehicles.
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I ride on US 14 from Arlington Heights to Niles. Mornings are fine, but afternoons are quite congested and one gotta be careful. Suburbs have much wider less congested roads than the city. If I were to give up my daily commute, I don't know what I would do.:frown:

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Only in NSW, ACT and QLD is at actually legal to filter. Other states like where I'm from in Victoria, it's not illegal, there is no provision to do it legally so you can get caught for breaking some rules while doing it (not indicating while changing lanes, crossing unbroken lines etc.). But if you do it sensibly, then you shouldn't have any issues from the police.
It would be great to have the UK model though.
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post #8 of 36 Old 04-17-2015, 03:37 AM
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Nothing could make me pick the car over the bike as long as the weather is OK.

It is more dangerous to ride than to drive, but I have come to terms with that a long time ago.
I find the pleasure of riding far outweigh the risk.

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I hate big city traffic. I'll take my little town income with my little town traffic. :mrgreen:
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I was raised in Hinsdale and lived for 18 years around Chicago. I moved to southern Missouri and now I don't even want to visit there. Insane traffic like LA but crazier nut jobs all over not to mention the taxi drivers. I think riding a bike on the highways downtown is near suicide.

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