After developing riding skills (braking, throttle control, balance) , perhaps the next most important task is to expand situational awareness, identifying probable threats and taking corrective action. Too many cagers drive in a fog, perhaps keeping track of the person ahead of them, but not paying particular attention to the road (or what's on it), who's next to them and behind them, who is approaching on possible collision courses at an intersection, or what might be lurking around a corner or over the brow of a hill. Considering the minimal protection, even with full gear, a rider needs to see and avoid. My personal mindset is that every driver out there is trying to kill me, and I plan so it is difficult for them to do so. Almost never use the horn, since that would assume that once they know I'm there they'll do the right thing (which is rarely the case). Locally the worst habit of cagers is following too close. On a bike, that will almost certainly lead to a fall when debris on the road will be unexpectedly presented to you in those few milliseconds between the time the car in front of you passes over it and the time your front wheel hits it. Use a motorcycle's capabilities to your advantage. When approaching an intersection with opposing left-turning drivers, stay to the right of your lane to improve visibility, and give a better chance to avoid the dumb oncoming driver. If in front at a signal, accelerate smartly to pull away from the pod. Don't ride next to a cage, or in a cage's blind spot if at all possible, to keep your options open.
Last edited by Jimding; 05-14-2008 at 04:34 AM.