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post #1 of 11 Old 08-13-2014, 12:58 AM Thread Starter
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I had to make a run to Home Depot this afternoon to return a Kreg Master Pocket Hole Kit (an amazing product by the way if you are into cabinet making), and then take a run over to Lee Valley to pick up the updated version of the same thing.

When riding around, i realized i felt safe, as safe as i can ever be in rush hour traffic with cars and trucks everywhere and everybody in a hurry to get home.

For me it's all about observation, lane position, and making myself visible. Recognizing danger is huge in this. You can see patterns forming as you ride, and can control some of what happens with a flick of the wrist, or a pull on the brake. You can't control everything though, and fate could certainly dump a tree in front of you, or have a car cross the center line suddenly, but for the most part, riding feels safe to me.

I still prefer an open road through the mountains and around a lake or three.

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I know a lot of bikers and riders. Every week, I hear about somebody going down or getting hit. I've not had the "complacency" issue that many people get due to the fact that the danger is always in the back of my mind.

I'm working on improving my riding gear, I tell my wife I love her every time I get on the bike, and I no longer do the idiot things I did when I was younger on the bike (wheelies, blasting down the interstate, trying to protect my lane when I know others want in it, etc).

As I get older, I realize I heal slower. I'm no longer interested in risking feeling the pain if I can help it at all!

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"For me it's all about observation, lane position, and making myself visible. Recognizing danger is huge in this. You can see patterns forming as you ride, and can control some of what happens with a flick of the wrist, or a pull on the brake. You can't control everything though, and fate could certainly dump a tree in front of you, or have a car cross the center line suddenly, but for the most part, riding feels safe to me."

I am confident/comfortable and that comes from the ability of observation and anticipation you mentioned above. I think you are right that if you feel "safe" then you are getting a bit complacent. Confidence can also breed complacency, so we should always have to question ourselves on our motives. For me, fighting off distractions are a constant battle because I know when something happens it will be because I was not paying 100% attention. I know it is not humanly possible to be on 100% alert all the time, but it will always be my goal.

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. Confidence can also breed complacency
if confidence develops into complacency, I'd rather be complacent than a nervous Nellie, all the enjoyment of motorcycling would be gone

there are always risks, but they can be reduced to negligible risks by choosing where and when you ride



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Lane splitting in Calif kinda keeps me from being complacent. I move over for the faster guys that seem complacent in their dodging of car in the car pool lane.
Funny older age and survivor instincts affect ones riding style.
Hey, those are vinyl white water bags on the Wee? You use straps or bungees to hold them on?
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That was my buddies bike on our Redwood Forest run. They are kayak dry bags with ROK straps. It was a cheap solution since he didn't want to spend the money on permanent luggage.

He wasn't very happy with them in the end. Every night he had to pull them off and store them in his tent, and it seemed everything he wanted was always at the bottom. Also when he went through the border on the way home, they had him empty out both bags completely. Me they just waved on through. I guess the border guys think those bags looks suspicious.
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I think every time I go out into traffic now that I see a rear window sticker or bumper sticker that reminds to "look twice for motorcycles". Sadly, I'm opposed to the stickers focusing my attention anywhere but on the process of driving.

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I think every time I go out into traffic now that I see a rear window sticker or bumper sticker that reminds to "look twice for motorcycles". Sadly, I'm opposed to the stickers focusing my attention anywhere but on the process of driving.
don't have one on the bumper of my truck, but I have a big one at the edge of my driveway





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You guys are lucky. I'm waaay too paranoid to be complacent.

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I no longer do the idiot things I did when I was younger on the bike (wheelies, blasting down the interstate, trying to protect my lane when I know others want in it, etc).

You hit a hot spot with me on the lane "protection" . While I don't mind passing a bunch of cars or doing 8/10 corners on the street, my philosophy is to make the driving experience as pleasant for others as I can. I make room for cars/bikes. I NEVER protect my lane. I get out of the way if I sense that someone wants to be in my lane. I don't know why they do, but it must be important to them and it's not worth 50' of road progress to argue about it. As Rodney King is quoted as saying, "Why can't we just all get along?" If you push your right of way, some people will push back. In the best case, you've aggravated another driver/rider and possibly yourself as well. Why not help others to have a pleasant day and if you do you will find your day is better as well. If you need to "win", let 'em in, change lanes and pass 'em. Aggression on a bike on the street is a recipe for a visit to the ER. Bobby
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