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Old 03-17-2011, 04:58 AM   #21
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Old 03-17-2011, 06:41 AM   #22
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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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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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never get between a car on your left and an off ramp.


TO ALL THAT........

I rather get on the freeway all day everyday other then city riding, too much going on and too much to worrie about like cars pulling out or other craps on the road you know.

You got a lot of info from this guys so at this point GTFO.... and go ride!
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Old 03-17-2011, 08:24 AM   #26
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After 40 plus years of riding on two wheels, I will easily say freeway riding is the safest of all as there is not cross traffic to pull out in front of you.
NEVER ride beside a car on in blind spot, continually change lines not to get got in a "pack of cars" (did I say weave?), DON'T tailgate, and if someone is tailgating you just move over.
And if you are in heavy morning or afternoon traffic, be aware of your surroundings (people on cell phones, putting on make-up, eating breakfast....)
Sounds like a lot, but seriously highway driving is MUCH more safer than city driving.
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Old 03-17-2011, 08:29 AM   #27
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After 40 plus years of riding on two wheels, I will easily say freeway riding is the safest of all as there is not cross traffic to pull out in front of you.
NEVER ride beside a car on in blind spot, continually change lines not to get got in a "pack of cars" (did I say weave?), DON'T tailgate, and if someone is tailgating you just move over.
And if you are in heavy morning or afternoon traffic, be aware of your surroundings (people on cell phones, putting on make-up, eating breakfast....)
Sounds like a lot, but seriously highway driving is MUCH more safer than city driving.
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Learn to swing a ball and chain with your left hand. Seems to keep the cars away for me.
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Also, though it won't be a problem your first time out, don't get complacent! Freeways can be pretty boring, they are long, straight, and your speed is relatively constant. This is true even in heavy traffic, just add a silly amount of clutch use.
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Just keep your head on a swivel and watch out for the blind lane changers. You are comfy on the streets so you shouldn't have a problem on the freeway...assuming you already drive a car on the freeway
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Thanks everyone for the tips,I got on the freeway this morning at around 7ish.I must say you all were right,the hwy is more fun and safer.today was the first time my bike got to reach 70mph lol.what I did was get on and get off every other exit.wasn't bad at all.I guess riding with someone or a group would be more fun.thanks again everyone
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Thanks everyone for the tips,I got on the freeway this morning at around 7ish.I must say you all were right,the hwy is more fun and safer.today was the first time my bike got to reach 70mph lol.what I did was get on and get off every other exit.wasn't bad at all.I guess riding with someone or a group would be more fun.thanks again everyone
Ballsy move to go on your first time during rush hour. I like hardy toll road on Sunday's. No traffic.
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Sunday mornings are the best time to ride the freeways. Little or no traffic with good light. You will rapidly build your confidence for freeway speed and interaction with traffic. Go for it.
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Keep your head on a swivel but do not fixate. Once or twice, I have looked to the left or right for a few seconds only to find traffic stopped directly in front of me.

Also, accelerating up a hill is a bad idea, too. Cars can be stopped on the other side. Cops generally sit on the downside of hills with radar, as well.
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Keep your head on a swivel but do not fixate. Once or twice, I have looked to the left or right for a few seconds only to find traffic stopped directly in front of me.

Also, accelerating up a hill is a bad idea, too. Cars can be stopped on the other side. Cops generally sit on the downside of hills with radar, as well.


I always want to jump big hills. I always had both wheels leave the ground on my old Bandit 1200 when I cross the railroad tracks on Wayside and near Navigation.
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