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post #1 of 48 Old 07-22-2015, 03:56 PM Thread Starter
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Highway / Freeway riding any advice

I am hoping to go on a weekend trip this weekend and part of it requires riding on the freeway I have rode only a few miles on highway so this will be more miles than I have done and just was wondering if there is any advice before I head out?
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Stay out of peoples blind spots, remember in the centre lanes you have no real blocking (visibility) position, don't treat the freeway like a race course.

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and just pretend they are all out to kill you. Get rid of any distractions and don't trust any of the other folks out there on the road.
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You probably know this as it's basic stuff but just in case:

When in the right lane try and stay in the left tire track. When in the left lane try and stay in the right tire track. Try and stay out of the middle lane.

Try and stay far enough back that if cars suddenly stop in front of you or move to avoid debris that you have lots of time to react and avoid the situation.

Keep up to speed with traffic.

Trucks can be a bit un-nerving if you aren't used to riding around them. The blast beside them can surprise you and buffeting behind them can be an issue.

If you have a pre-2012 DL650 or Pre-2014 DL1000 lowering the front of the bike by raising the forks can pay huge dividends in stability around trucks and in gusty conditions.

If you are caught in cross winds or other wind effects relax your grip and let the bike move around a bit. It will tend to stay fairly stable if you don't fight it.

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On the freeway I stay in the cars rearview mirror and drivers side mirror. That puts me in the left track.

Don't hang around trucks. There's a lot of buffeting around them and bad stuff has been known to happen beside them. If there's a car in front of me going by a truck I hang back until they are clear and then get by the truck quickly.

Stay in the left most lane (US) for the most part. That way you only have to watch one side for cars encroaching. Go a bit faster than the average speed but let the speed demons by.
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Understanding why?

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You probably know this as it's basic stuff but just in case:

When in the right lane try and stay in the left tire track. When in the left lane try and stay in the right tire track. Try and stay out of the middle lane.

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I'm always learning more about riding and would like to understand why you want to be in the right lane and the left tire track or left lane and the right tire track. I try to stay where I can see the driver in the mirrors but also like to be in a position where I can bail out to the shoulder of the road, especially in traffic - giving me the option to get out of the way if traffic stops and the car behind me doesn't or a car comes towards me from the center lane.
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I'm always learning more about riding and would like to understand why you want to be in the right lane and the left tire track or left lane and the right tire track. I try to stay where I can see the driver in the mirrors but also like to be in a position where I can bail out to the shoulder of the road, especially in traffic - giving me the option to get out of the way if traffic stops and the car behind me doesn't or a car comes towards me from the center lane.
if you're in the left tire track of the left lane your buffer zone is gone, cars can easily move into your lane to share it with you forcing you onto the shoulder/on coming traffic.

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All the above and practice/maintain good situational awareness all around you. Don't forget your mirrors and no hanging out in blind spots. Stay where you can see their face but don't assume they see yours.
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SO you can switch lanes and see beyond the vehicle ahead.

Strategy changes a bit for 3 lane + each way expressways.

Right lane is generally most dangerous with entering and exiting traffic plus trucks but new riders like to cling to it.
Very nerve racking.

Left lane is statistically safest but also fastest so you need to be willing to keep up with traffic....something new riders may find unnerving.....hell at times in Toronto I find it unnerving as it's prime territory for tail gaters at speed.

I'll try and isolate myself in a bit of a bubble of cars that are in the fast lane, stable speed and not tail gating.

Middle lane can be comfortable in flowing traffic but you have both sides to deal with. Good ear plugs are critical as wind and buffetting at freeway speeds is violent and can be unnerving as well as tiring.

I tend to find, and stats show it that moving slightly faster than traffic i useful as peoples vision pick up relative movement - when you are stationary in relation to another vehicle you tend to disappear....just the way our eyes are designed.

Slower than traffic is dangerous....just get off if you are not comfortable.....it's never racking for every one.
Also - your speedo is off by 10% so if you are showing 80 mph it's closer to 70.

Cross winds in fast moving traffic can feel like you are being pummelled from all sides....in particular the vortex off the back corner of a double trailer upwind of you can hammer you very very hard.
Be prepared for it when going by and if possible avoid getting in the downwind shadow of a long trailer in a cross wind.
Even a single transport can pack quite a punch off both the rear downwind corner AND the bow wave as you emerge out of the wind shadow.

It's fun once you are comfortable....kinda not so fun for a new rider...
Take it small doses at time and be super vigilant is you do ride in the right lane. Most accidents occur there.
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SO you can switch lanes and see beyond the vehicle ahead.

Strategy changes a bit for 3 lane + each way expressways.

Right lane is generally most dangerous with entering and exiting traffic plus trucks but new riders like to cling to it.
Very nerve racking.

Left lane is statistically safest but also fastest so you need to be willing to keep up with traffic....something new riders may find unnerving.....hell at times in Toronto I find it unnerving as it's prime territory for tail gaters at speed.

I'll try and isolate myself in a bit of a bubble of cars that are in the fast lane, stable speed and not tail gating.

Middle lane can be comfortable in flowing traffic but you have both sides to deal with. Good ear plugs are critical as wind and buffetting at freeway speeds is violent and can be unnerving as well as tiring.

I tend to find, and stats show it that moving slightly faster than traffic i useful as peoples vision pick up relative movement - when you are stationary in relation to another vehicle you tend to disappear....just the way our eyes are designed.

Slower than traffic is dangerous....just get off if you are not comfortable.....it's never racking for every one.
Also - your speedo is off by 10% so if you are showing 80 mph it's closer to 70.

Cross winds in fast moving traffic can feel like you are being pummelled from all sides....in particular the vortex off the back corner of a double trailer upwind of you can hammer you very very hard.
Be prepared for it when going by and if possible avoid getting in the downwind shadow of a long trailer in a cross wind.
Even a single transport can pack quite a punch off both the rear downwind corner AND the bow wave as you emerge out of the wind shadow.

It's fun once you are comfortable....kinda not so fun for a new rider...
Take it small doses at time and be super vigilant is you do ride in the right lane. Most accidents occur there.
Good luck.
I have a quibble with this, the left lane is not the FAST lane, it's the passing lane, stay out of it unless you're passing.

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