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post #11 of 20 Old 08-13-2019, 07:15 PM
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I'm VERY lucky ,my commute is only 3 miles one way. 2 traffic lights and a walmart later and I'm in the driveway.

Thats why it's almost nonsense to ride the bike to work as it barely even gets warmed up and then has to sit outside in the sun all day.
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Unfortunately this kind of driving is becoming commonplace. The risk is real and it truly is up to us to keep ourselves safe. I used to think I could ride the interstate comfortably as long as I could ride faster than traffic. That method worked for a while, allowing me to see moves ahead of time and take evasive action. If traffic was moving at 73, I rode at 74. That is no longer possible, as freeway traffic is too fast for me and I can't begin to ride fast enough. Safe following distances are a thing of the past and driving is simply one of the many tedious tasks being performed by the worlds most efficient (boneheaded) humans. Lots of low performance drivers in high performance cars. Better brakes, better acceleration, better excuses. I now avoid the interstate if at all possible.

The real problem as I see it is that there's no way back to a normal, respectful, responsible driving standard for our highways. It is apparently OK to kill or injure with negligent or careless driving and face no consequence. I hate to see more young people being "taught" to "drive" in this manner. Industry's answer is the self-driving car, which they say is never distracted. Baloney.

So, there's my little rant. We're in this thing together. Have a nice day! DD
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post #13 of 20 Old 08-15-2019, 07:17 PM
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As a Long time motorcycle rider I find myself at the mercy of no other drivers. I do what I can to make
myself visible to everyone. If they think I'm a cop behind them thats fine. I wear bright colored clothing
and my head on a swivel just waiting for the A hole driver to show his or her ugly hand. Common to see
texting while driving, even reading while driving as the norm. Just driving is not enough. So many of us
just have to do or want to do these distracting things while at the wheel. We motorcycle riders are not able to do.

I just like the fact I can take coffee with me in a thermos when I ride to work. That alone makes my day, Does not hurt
or endanger anyone else. If I never got another phone call or text message would not bother me in the least.
Knowing that I do my best to be alive when the trip ends pays big dividends.
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I had a close call the other day as well. Riding along on the highway in the left lane and keeping safe distance behind the van in front of me. It was hard to see past the van so no idea what traffic ahaid was doing but the guy in the van in front of me started to emergency brake due to following the guy in front of him too closely as traffic slowed. I laid into the brakes pretty firm and stopped in plenty of time, feet not down yet and all of a sudden I heard that noise you never want to hear of loud screeching tires as the car behind me was not paying attention and started skidding towards me. I immediately went to the shoulder to the left of me and passed the van that was in front of me and the guy behind me came within an inch of hitting that van. I looked at the van driver and said nice job as I shook my head in disgust and rode around him with my heart beating a little bit faster. You never know what these idiots are thinking sometimes. I usually try and ride much faster then traffic and stay far away from anyone who looks like they may be a potential problem, lol.

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People are just plain out of their minds these days. Glad you avoided that one.
Not long ago I was on a rural 2 lane state highway in Colorado doing 65 or so, there was a double yellow but clear line of sight and no oncoming traffic, all of a sudden a Corvette comes hauling ass by me on the right, half in the lane, half on the shoulder. Scared the crap out of me because it was just so unexpected. People are crazy.
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I have found a way to avoid these issues. I do not ride my bike to work, unless I have enough time to take back roads all the way. Riding in a city during commuting hours raises the chance of becoming roadkill much higher.

I use my car, I have a better chance of battling the idiots this way.
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I would bet you that following too close behind the next driver is half the reason people get rear ended.

Just because your riding a motorcycle in front of the guy in a car or truck , moving van, whatever does not mean they
are going to give YOU more room. If YOU the motorcycle rider desides to play it safe and hang back a bit just in case,
Some A hole will cut in on the space between you and the gap you left. And then you guessed it + slam on the brakes....
With steam eminating from your visor and a long string of foul words later you catch your breath and push your heart
back into your chest. Does this scenario sound familiar ?

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I may have to start consistently wearing hearing protection as it sounds like my helmet is getting slapped around.
You might want to look into an aftermarket windscreen. Mine came with a Givi and I get no wind buffeting around the helmet, which is really nice. Not exactly cheap but if you ride a lot, well worth it.
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1) Wear ear plugs. All the cool kids are doing it. I, for one, would like to have some hearing left when I'm 60. Yes, you can still hear other vehicles and sirens and such just fine.

2) If you haven't dodged half a dozen credible murder attempts on an average ride to work in a city, you're not paying attention.
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I have the ear plugs, I just have to remember to put them in. Riding has been uneventful since that day last week.

People not bothering to shoulder check or turn on blinkers, trucks trying to run you out of the lane, etc, that's nothing new.

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