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Old 03-16-2011, 09:39 PM   #1
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Tips for frwy riding...

What's going on everyone,I'm in need of some advice or tips to get on the freeway.driving on the streets,neighborhoods,and the feeder are no problem.but for some reason I can't build my confidence up to get on the frwy since theres careless drivers at times.if any one can help with tips I'd really appreciate it.
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Old 03-16-2011, 09:39 PM   #2
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Start out by going on the freeway, exiting, repeat.
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Old 03-16-2011, 09:42 PM   #3
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just give it a little more speed. there was never that problem for me; I just got on the freeway and gave it gas and travel at a slightly faster pace lol
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Old 03-16-2011, 09:43 PM   #4
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I tend to ride faster than the cars in the freeway. I also make sure that I am in front of cars or behind cars. I Never stay in their blind spots. Ever since I changed to an aftermarket exhaust, I noticed that I am rarely being cutoff by cars.
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Old 03-16-2011, 09:58 PM   #5
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Practice. Stay in the left lane as much as possible there is only one side cars can come over into your lane when you are on the left. Stay in the middle to outside of the lane so you have room to get over if someone takes your lane. Don't ride next to people and stay out of blind spots. Speed up when going next to a car until you are in front of them. Try to anticipate people coming over. Watch them carefully as you are getting closer and if they start to come over you will be ready for some evasive ninja . If there is traffic you need to really concentrate like you're playing a video game where you only get one life and everyone is trying to kill you. Go faster than traffic. If someone rides your try to get away or swerve around in your lane for some reason people get off my when I do that. Oh and don't ride in the right lane because people making last second exits will ruin you day. That's all I can think of now get out there and practice grasshopper.
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Old 03-16-2011, 10:03 PM   #6
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just do it. it's not as bad as you think. I actually like it better on the freeway because no car can pull out on you. They can switch to your lane, but other than that, it's all straight.
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Old 03-16-2011, 10:15 PM   #7
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The freeway isn't bad once you get on it. Intersections worry me a lot more.
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Old 03-16-2011, 10:17 PM   #8
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The freeway isn't bad once you get on it. Intersections worry me a lot more.
Very true. 10 times more accidents happen on surface streets. No one can pull out in front of you and so if you are in the left lane and going faster than traffic then there is only one thing to watch out for and that's people on the right coming in your lane so it's pretty easy to avoid an accident.
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Old 03-16-2011, 10:20 PM   #10
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Go a tad faster than traffic.
Stay out of blind spots.
Watch for people coming into your lane.
Watch for debris like car bumpers, and 2x4's

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Old 03-16-2011, 10:21 PM   #11
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Thanks everyone,I'll give it a try early in the morning since I hardly see many cars on the weekends at least on 59 heading north(kingwood area)....thx again
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Old 03-16-2011, 10:22 PM   #12
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I say go with your gut instinct. There will come a day when you see that entrance ramp, and you just decide to hit it, no worries. If it seems daunting you'll get nervous and that's how mistakes are made. In this case mistakes are fatal, literally.

But when you do get to that point...
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That's pretty much like how it is. Anything can happen at any time. People drive sleep deprived, drunk, under stress. People are on the phone and texting, changing radio stations or CD's, yaking with passengers. Situations that cause courtesy from one driver induce road rage with another. People have blowouts, stalls, wrecks and heart attacks behind the wheel.

Tell ya something else too: some people don't like motorcycles. At all. It's usually dim-witted middle aged soccer moms whose goal in life is to play the blame game. They'll gladly put your life at risk - intentionally - because they feel justified, as it's your fault for existing. For everyone else, bikes are invisible.

Got behind a car that was driving right beside a pickup one time; stuck behind these 2 for probably about 5 miles going 55 (in a 65). I finally whitelined between them and the lady in the car swerved into the shoulder honking wildly -- 5 miles of me weaving back and forth to shine my headlights in all 3 mirrors, tailing and easing off, and she never saw me.

Anyway, you'll get there. Show up for a meet and ride with a slower group if you'd like some backup your first time or two.
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Old 03-16-2011, 10:28 PM   #13
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If you can't see the road a few hundred feet in front of you then slow down and fall back a bit or switch lane positions. I was following a truck once, maybe 2 or 3 seconds behind him so not that close and definitely time to react if he had to brake hard, but I couldn't see the chunk of 18 wheeler tire that he just drove right over no problem. Luckily I swerved to avoid it just in time. Hitting it would have been bad, definitely a flat tire or ER visit from a chunk missing from my leg.
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If you can't see the road a few hundred feet in front of you then slow down and fall back a bit or switch lane positions. I was following a truck once, maybe 2 or 3 seconds behind him so not that close and definitely time to react if he had to brake hard, but I couldn't see the chunk of 18 wheeler tire that he just drove right over no problem. Luckily I swerved to avoid it just in time. Hitting it would have been bad, definitely a flat tire or ER visit from a chunk missing from my leg.
Stay away from trucks. Especially a dump truck hauling gravel. One hit a bump as I was about to pass him at 100+.

I didn't go down but let's just say... it hurt. Bad.
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Great advice by all. if speed is an issue practice on the feeder, get on the fway and then get back off
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It took me a little time to build my confidence up enough to get one the freeway (2 months). If I were to do it again, it would be at night when there is less traffic to look out for.

Take your time and get comfy with your new environment. If your not ready then your not ready.
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Old 03-17-2011, 01:07 AM   #17
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I'd be happy to ride with you if it want. Sometimes it helps if you're following someone and when you are in a big group you feel pressured to keep up or ride outside your comfort zone. Let me know.
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as longest you watch every car that is around you you will be ok..i had the same issue when i started riding after a few months you wil get used to it,trust me i had the same problem. just think of it like your in your car.just more carefully.
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just remember every cage is out to kill you, but you're faster and more agile. get in the habit of paying attention to every car around you and you'll be fine
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I'd be happy to ride with you if it want. Sometimes it helps if you're following someone and when you are in a big group you feel pressured to keep up or ride outside your comfort zone. Let me know.
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Same thing you would do in any other vehicle

Stay ahead of the game
Don't stay in anyone's blind spot
Check YOUR blind spots before changing lanes
Keep in mind they will never see/hear you so act as such
The horn does nothing if you use it
Keep your distance from the vehicle in front of you
All gear all the time.It could keep a chunk of your skin from missing.
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