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Old 01-25-2011, 06:49 PM   #61
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So you are saying to ride faster then the flow of the other ppl?
Not to answer for triumphant but this is what I do as well. I'm almost always either ahead or behind of the groups of cars. I will never ride directly next to vehicles unless I absolutely have to. Keeping the distance cuts down on the chances of being merged onto by a car that doesn't see you or any type of bad situation.
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Old 01-25-2011, 06:52 PM   #62
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Old 01-25-2011, 07:03 PM   #63
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Not to answer for triumphant but this is what I do as well. I'm almost always either ahead or behind of the groups of cars. I will never ride directly next to vehicles unless I absolutely have to. Keeping the distance cuts down on the chances of being merged onto by a car that doesn't see you or any type of bad situation.
exactly. when you take your MSF, they'll call this your space cushion.
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Old 01-25-2011, 07:05 PM   #64
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I know its diff. when you ride a bike or a car.....but the closets im behinde someone is atlest a car length.....drive the posted speed and always look in front of the person in front of you for there brake lights
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So you are saying to ride faster then the flow of the other ppl?
Here's a lil something I posted a while back... seems relevant:

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Think of traffic is a dynamic, ever changing entity. Unless no one is on the road, I don't think you should ever ride at a set speed. A rider should constantly be judging what lies ahead, next to, behind, and adjust your speed accordingly. Try not to ride with a pack of cagers. Find the pockets in between the packs... if possible.

One can usually predict when a cager will change lanes. There are many tell-tale signs cagers usually exhibit. Learn them, but don't rely on them.

Secondly, lane position. Assuming you have a good shoulder to work with a good spot to be is in the far left line hugging that yellow line. That way, if someone hits their brakes, changes lanes into you, or comes in hot from behind, you have a good escape route. I think this is especially good with really thick traffic.

Also, (now this one is probably debatable) I think a rider should be comfortable with lane splitting. It is illegal and yes, dangerous; HOWEVER, in the situation you described earlier, splitting the lane to get away from a cager sandwich sounds like the lesser of two evils.

Like they say, "ride like you're invisible".
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Not to answer for triumphant but this is what I do as well. I'm almost always either ahead or behind of the groups of cars. I will never ride directly next to vehicles unless I absolutely have to. Keeping the distance cuts down on the chances of being merged onto by a car that doesn't see you or any type of bad situation.
I can 3rd this conversation. I took the class at awesome cycles and it was a hoot. Had a great time and the instructors are super helpful. I have been riding for over 30 year with mostly dual sport and dirt bikes. Street is a whole new animal with some of the same principles.
On another note the first day I bought my new motorcycle I was on 290 and was run off the road on to the shoulder. Some douche passed me and he was in my lane. I was going the speed limit and should have been going a bit faster. I was boxed in and I had no where to go. I wasn't hurt and the bike was not damaged. I was very lucky and almost my pants when it happened....
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Oh come on man - you were new once too...


Ahh - i remember your first right turn...used all 4 lanes of Highway 6...

Now of course you barely use the bicycle lane, but you didn't get there overnight...

At least he's taking a class FIRST, unlike a lot of people on this board....(and in the morgue)
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So If I go A lil faster and try to getopen as much as I can I will be fine?
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Old 01-25-2011, 07:33 PM   #68
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if I had an asian hooker for every one of these threads, I'd have a whole staduim full of . I never argue with ed, cuz he's being honest and trying to keep people from buying bikes with their dicks and killing themselves.

people will buy whatever they want, regardless of whether or not statistics say good idea. this has happened before and it will not cease. at least you have brad helping.
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Old 01-25-2011, 07:34 PM   #69
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So If I go A lil faster and try to getopen as much as I can I will be fine?
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so well this be a good question for the instructors at awesomecycles?
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so well this be a good question for the instructors at awesomecycles?
Any question is a good question at your MSF.
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Old 01-25-2011, 07:57 PM   #73
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I still scare the out of myself on my SV on a regular basis. I was all gung ho about going to my first track day with 6 months of experience somehow expecting I'd be kicking and taking names off the bat. Realizing how much faster my 'slow' SV650 is than me was a truly humbling experience.

Incidentally, you should look at the SV650. Gen 1s are in your price range and pretty sweet bikes.
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I still scare the out of myself on my SV on a regular basis. I was all gung ho about going to my first track day with 6 months of experience somehow expecting I'd be kicking and taking names off the bat. Realizing how much faster my 'slow' SV650 is than me was a truly humbling experience.

Incidentally, you should look at the SV650. Gen 1s are in your price range and pretty sweet bikes.
Dude that is a sweet bike
just dont like the naked look
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Old 01-25-2011, 08:22 PM   #77
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Old 01-25-2011, 08:28 PM   #79
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+1 on the SV...if u don't like the naked look there is an "S" version which has some farings
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