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Old 02-15-2011, 08:19 PM   #1
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soo i was out on the ninja around 5:30 after work and the sun went down quickly i dont know if its just me or people are insane after getting out of work. i got cut off sooo many times even going above speed limit. i was told not too ride at night but i couldnt help it. any tips for riding? i wanted to go out with a friend but since his accident he refuses going out at night.
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Old 02-15-2011, 08:27 PM   #2
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Rush-hour traffic is more dangerous. Try not to stay side-by-side with a car. If possible stay ahead or behind of cars in the lanes on either side of you. If not, stay near their door so they can see you. When an opportunity presents itself, move into a location where you can maintain that space.
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Old 02-15-2011, 08:29 PM   #3
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i try to not ride at night. on the fwy i move through traffic and get there quick. nothing worse than someone riding my .
surface streets- thats a little tougher. try to go through intersections with a car next to you. otherwise expect someone to pull out in front of you
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Old 02-15-2011, 08:39 PM   #4
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what part of town are you in? I can give you some low-traffic places to ride.
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Old 02-15-2011, 09:16 PM   #5
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45s near the amc. I can practice on fuqua cause its really not that crowded but since they are fixing the streets its sorta a one lane kinda for a section
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45s near the amc. I can practice on fuqua cause its really not that crowded but since they are fixing the streets its sorta a one lane kinda for a section
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Don't do it. Lots of people just trying to get home and don't care about you.
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Old 02-15-2011, 09:23 PM   #8
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here's a thread i made asking for tips on night riding. hope this helps

http://www.motohouston.com/forums/sh...d.php?t=127365
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You said "practicing" which I wouldn't recommend at night. Too many variables...I would recommend riding with a group (Like this WED). Much better chance of being seen and if something were to happen then you would have people there to help you.

On a side note:

People are generally idiots when they drive; but after work it's just a whole nutha level. All they can think about is their whiney kids and fat husband/wife who sat around all day watching TV. Nobody gives a about you and your bike on the road.....except for those of us who ride.
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Old 02-15-2011, 09:58 PM   #10
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I only ride on wed nights after dinner. It helps a lot to ride in a larger group that way you are more visible for the cagers.
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Old 02-16-2011, 04:14 AM   #11
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i only ride at night, but usually it's around 1-2am bc there's no cars on the road
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I wouldn't mind riding at night. But I am weary about doing it. Not to mention my wife would pitch a fit. She forbids me to ride at night. I guess I can't blame her considering it was like pulling teeth to get my bike in the first place...
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As you get more daytime experience you should get comfortable with the way people drive around you at night. Make sure you dont go so fast that you cant react to what you suddenly see with your headlight. Speeding at night isnt a wise thing to do.
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soo i was out on the ninja around 5:30 after work and the sun went down quickly i dont know if its just me or people are insane after getting out of work. i got cut off sooo many times even going above speed limit. i was told not too ride at night but i couldnt help it. any tips for riding? i wanted to go out with a friend but since his accident he refuses going out at night.
Put your head on a swivel and ride aggressively defensive
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Old 02-16-2011, 07:23 AM   #15
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oh wow! be careful out there!
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I primarily commute (read solo) at rush hour morning and night. All year and I ride very differently from the way most on this site advise. I ride at or under the speed limit, try to stay in the right lane, stay off of surface streets and wear a blaze orange reflective vest.

The primary danger that I face riding on Houston freeways are vehicles in adjacent lanes moving over into my lane while I occupy the space. I have found the best way to avoid getting run over is to make yourself more visible. Try to guess the most likely lane next to you that would have a vehicle move over on you, then get close to that lane. Yes close. This will make you more visible to people checking for blank spaces behind the vehicle you are following. Also at night watch for the tell tale "wiggle" that vehicles often do before changing lanes. This will give you a heads up before the cager who couldn't be bothered to signal swoops over on you.

Your first instinct when a situation arises may be to mash on the brakes, but this could land you in more trouble than you need (loss of traction). Try to plan an escape route to dodge into; this could be riding the line almost against a car in an adjacent lane, the shoulder or ahead of the idiot causing the concern (gas it!). Remember a bike can fit in much smaller places than a cage.

Lastly assume you are invisible and plan a reaction strategy for every car around you. This is mentally taxing, but will keep you safer. Once you have ridden a while you will become better able to predict which cars have idiot pilots and increase your vigilance on them. That being said never get complacent; any ride could be your last.

Good luck, ride safe.
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Old 02-16-2011, 07:41 PM   #18
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thanks everyone. i dont think that i should be stopped from doing something i really like for peoples stupidity, like Bevo said ill "ride aggressively defensive" cause thats what i see other motorcyclist do when im driving my car. stay away as safe as they can during traffic. i just gotta get out there more.
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