I don't care about the other drivers' eyes. Them seeing you is not about visual acuity, it's about processing the information. Motorcycles are small. Cement trucks are big. Cement trucks are a threat. Motorcycles are not a threat. People can see you one second and totally forget about you the next. I try to always cover the brake at least if not slow down whenever there is a chance someone could get in front of me.
I usually watch the wheel. Spoke wheels are the best, spinners totally suck a$$. Sometimes I give a little wiggle in the lane if I think they're not seeing me. If they begin to lead off too early for my comfort, I play that one note my Stebel horn plays.
P.S. Good stop! Any time I hear "I had to lay it down", that translates directly into "I don't know how to ride well enough to brake hard".
'04 DL650 - Blue, 57,000 miles, well personalized, gone but loved
'08 WR250R - Goes anywhere
2012 Yamaha Super Ténéré - makes the DL redundant
Last edited by Boondocker; 09-16-2009 at 08:36 PM.