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Old 05-23-2011, 11:15 PM   #1
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Exclamation Question: Riding Safety around Houston and surround areas

Lately I have been noticing a lot more people being severely injured or worse this season than ever.
Recently I lost two very close family friend's from the Cut and Shoot Hogs and I think it might have put me into a state of more awareness. Ever since then I have been questioning; Is Houston or even toward the Sam Houston Forest (Where I live) a safe place to ride?

I've been riding on and off for many years now and honestly starting to think about just keeping it to the track because of all the accidents. My question is:

What do you think is the general mentality of a Houston driver? Scale 1-10, 1 being worst.
Also, do you think this season has been more dangerous than past years?


I just wanted to bring up this thread because I keep hearing from friends that they won't even ride in groups. They're starting to park a lot more because of the unsafe riding conditions. I just really want to get a opinion of what the general consensus of MH has on this subject for the Houston area.


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Old 05-23-2011, 11:19 PM   #2
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1. I have to shoot around a car thats coming into my lane at least once a day, usually more.
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Old 05-23-2011, 11:43 PM   #3
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I ride everysingleday. well close to it. All over htown. If your on a bike, its dangerous no matter where u are. you can wreck in a quite little town, just as well as you can wreck in a busy street. I do pretty good in condensed traffic, speeders all around me. i can ride in groups in just about any condition. What im tryin to say is, you either worry about playing it safe and park your bike, or you become a better,more alert rider.

There are people here, whose tires never see under 100mph,and those who never break the law. The consequences of living on two wheels doesnt discriminate. Not that im excluding the factors and variables that contribute to that being short lived, im simply, just sayin. Htown is so diverse, from china town, to stupid people on the eastside, to people who are too busy multi tasking downtown, and those who just dont care. If you bring what your suppose to, to the table, you'll be ready for anything. I cant imagine parkin my ride,because the community around me. i say fk that . seriously.
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I just started riding and honestly MSF helped me realize a lot of stuff to look out for on the road. Just today I thought this car was going to turn in front of me, but he held off. I ride with my brights on during the day, and even at night for the most part. If you pay attention to your surroundings and do what you can to control the situation as best you can, letting people pass you, giving yourself space instead of riding people's , looking at intersections as you approach before going through them, you'll be ready to avoid almost any obstacle. But, that's just my newbie .02. I'd rather ride safe and be able to ride tomorrow than ride around in traffic like a jackass and it be my last ride
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Old 05-24-2011, 08:23 AM   #6
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I just started riding and honestly MSF helped me realize a lot of stuff to look out for on the road. Just today I thought this car was going to turn in front of me, but he held off. I ride with my brights on during the day, and even at night for the most part. If you pay attention to your surroundings and do what you can to control the situation as best you can, letting people pass you, giving yourself space instead of riding people's , looking at intersections as you approach before going through them, you'll be ready to avoid almost any obstacle. But, that's just my newbie .02. I'd rather ride safe and be able to ride tomorrow than ride around in traffic like a jackass and it be my last ride
My brotha,if everyone was considerate like that and safe(in cars as well),we'd all be living in a better place. Lol,riding like a jackass is the best man. Just wait till your forced to that point. Ull see what I'm talking about. There are gonna be times when u gotta lettem hang low! Can't let people walk all over you. Ride safe man
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well its a little hard to rate since I always feel a bit off riding in a towwn thas not my home but I think the issues here I face are

general lack of finincial responsibility (liability ins)
general lack of driving skills/knowledge of how intersections work etc...
a bunch of idiots who do makeup, read, text or do "other" things while drivinggeneral lack of knowledge of motorcycle/awareness

so what have I learned in about 3 years or 20somthin k miles around here

you need

1) uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage
2)theft coverage
3) a reflective high viz vest
4) to know people still wont see you in the vest, and some cagers fixite on the vest, I do notice more people get out of my way when I'm wearing it
5) that if your hit, someone brings the reflective vest to the law suit if you can't "if you didn't see this you were not looking" may be written on the vest with permenant marker
6) wear knee pads, ff lid, jacket with pads, gloves, boots, hi viz vest...you would not believe the that has bounced of my lids visor
7) sams has good wrinkle risistant pants for about $20, teach your wife to iron and use light starch
8) dont be in a hurry, if you think your in a hurry getting ready slow the f down before you drop your bike inthe driveway or something as stupid
9) yes that lady is going to try to run you into the wall and you shoud be ready
10) if you get in an accident, and the other person has no ins call the cops!!!
11) check your tire pressure often and clean your chain more than needed
12) do a track day, you will learn more than you thought you ever would


and the most important

13) chicks dig bikes
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My brotha,if everyone was considerate like that and safe(in cars as well),we'd all be living in a better place. Lol,riding like a jackass is the best man. Just wait till your forced to that point. Ull see what I'm talking about. There are gonna be times when u gotta lettem hang low! Can't let people walk all over you. Ride safe man
Exactly. I dont ride in htown, but I have put alot of miles on my previous bikes commuting around the beaumont area. I have noticed that the safest way for me to ride on the interstate is a little faster than everyone else around you. if people are driving 70, I try and keep it at 75. I try and make it a point to stay ahead of traffic because if you drive the speed limit on the interstate around here, people will try and run you over. I can only imagine what its like in Houston.
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I think this is just good general info for any man.
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I just started riding and honestly MSF helped me realize a lot of stuff to look out for on the road. Just today I thought this car was going to turn in front of me, but he held off. I ride with my brights on during the day, and even at night for the most part. If you pay attention to your surroundings and do what you can to control the situation as best you can, letting people pass you, giving yourself space instead of riding people's , looking at intersections as you approach before going through them, you'll be ready to avoid almost any obstacle. But, that's just my newbie .02. I'd rather ride safe and be able to ride tomorrow than ride around in traffic like a jackass and it be my last ride
Aww..you're still riding from the MSF book...that's so sweet....

FYI - turn the brights off at night. That's a good way to find yourself on the wrong end of the brights from a car which can blind you - and cause you to discover first-hand just how well your gear protects you. No - your headlights are not brighter than the ones in a modern car, but they are bright enough to off that cager who will happily give you a face full of modern HID high beams.

Another thing - "safe" does not mean "slow'. As a rider, you should never be moving with traffic speed - always just slightly faster...Why? Simple - you can scrub off speed a lot faster than you can gain it, and that throttle will save your far more times than the brake will
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A lot of riders wont wear overpants because their dress slacks will get wrinkled.

Thankfully, I dont work in an environment where my appearance matters and I can show up wearing the same heavy denim i wear when I ride to work.
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A lot of riders wont wear overpants because their dress slacks will get wrinkled.

Thankfully, I dont work in an environment where my appearance matters and I can show up wearing the same heavy denim i wear when I ride to work.
That makes sense
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if at all possible i try to move slightly faster than traffic so that I am moving faster than their frame of reference, if you are moving at the same speed as them you blend in with the background a lot easier...
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I recently bought a bike after not riding for a couple of years, I live in the inner city and ride at least 4 or 5 time a week. The key is being aware of your surroundings. For everyone that "plays it safe " and parks their bike, that is one less biker for joe public to need to be aware of. Enjoy your bike dont live in fear.
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Aww..you're still riding from the MSF book...that's so sweet....

FYI - turn the brights off at night. That's a good way to find yourself on the wrong end of the brights from a car which can blind you - and cause you to discover first-hand just how well your gear protects you. No - your headlights are not brighter than the ones in a modern car, but they are bright enough to off that cager who will happily give you a face full of modern HID high beams.

Another thing - "safe" does not mean "slow'. As a rider, you should never be moving with traffic speed - always just slightly faster...Why? Simple - you can scrub off speed a lot faster than you can gain it, and that throttle will save your far more times than the brake will
I'm not saying I ride slow and by the MSF books, but the safety-mentality if that makes sense. The fact that you DO need to be aware of your surroundings. I don't necessarily ride slow, I try and pop ahead of cages when possible, I'll take a corner at 70 in a 55 (turn at 30 psh ) As for the headlights, I'll keep that in mind, but the roads I travel at night don't have street lights, so that's the only reason why, and most of the time it's on a divided road. 2 lane roads when a car gets close enough that I know what is ahead I will put the lows back on while the car passes. When I am comfortable with the bike I know I'll ride more spirited, just letting it break in and getting used to it


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Exactly. I dont ride in htown, but I have put alot of miles on my previous bikes commuting around the beaumont area. I have noticed that the safest way for me to ride on the interstate is a little faster than everyone else around you. if people are driving 70, I try and keep it at 75. I try and make it a point to stay ahead of traffic because if you drive the speed limit on the interstate around here, people will try and run you over. I can only imagine what its like in Houston.
major highways you HAVE to ride faster on a bike, i understand this. it's bad enough in a car, a bike you have to be even more vigilant...speeding is no concern to me on the highway haha, it's just on the back roads in turns and such

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My brotha,if everyone was considerate like that and safe(in cars as well),we'd all be living in a better place. Lol,riding like a jackass is the best man. Just wait till your forced to that point. Ull see what I'm talking about. There are gonna be times when u gotta lettem hang low! Can't let people walk all over you. Ride safe man
I don't let people walk all over me, just trying to be safe is all while i gain some experience In a couple weeks, I'm sure my riding style will change a lot


As for the OP's question, Houston is a city to drive in no matter what, let alone ride in. As others have stated, it really is just about knowing your surroundings and leaving yourself an escape route if need be. Just pay attention to what's going on around you and be able to adjust accordingly...same goes for a cage.
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I'm not saying I ride slow and by the MSF books, but the safety-mentality if that makes sense. The fact that you DO need to be aware of your surroundings. I don't necessarily ride slow, I try and pop ahead of cages when possible, I'll take a corner at 70 in a 55 (turn at 30 psh ) As for the headlights, I'll keep that in mind, but the roads I travel at night don't have street lights, so that's the only reason why, and most of the time it's on a divided road. 2 lane roads when a car gets close enough that I know what is ahead I will put the lows back on while the car passes. When I am comfortable with the bike I know I'll ride more spirited, just letting it break in and getting used to it
Just giving you dude. Glad you're not one of the slow ones, and no, there is nothing wrong with riding by the book - i do too.

As long as you dip the high beams whenever you see something else approaching - that's cool. Some newbies forget that their lights are bright enough to be an irritant, and that a face full of high beams from a modern SUV can blind you long enough to field test your gear...
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