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Old 06-05-2011, 11:37 AM   #21
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I commute to work frequently, from Conroe to NE Houston, about 50 miles one way. I really have had no issues at all. The only close call in traffic that I can recall in the past year or so was a school bus that came over on me, most likely because I was next to it passing, trying to get out of the blind spot as soon as I could. I guess keeping it weird in austin involves running over motorcycles.

That stretch over on 610 near mccarty is a mess ever since they been doing that construction in the area. I have made more than a few runs on the ambulance for crashes in that area.
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Old 06-05-2011, 11:38 AM   #22
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The best advice I've taken is avoid driving in the traffic, cars tend to travel in cluster or packs on the road- stay in between the groups not in them. You will have to accelerate to pass up these packs of cars.
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Old 06-05-2011, 01:07 PM   #23
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Schools out, so you've got more inexperienced and/or asstarded drivers out there.
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Old 06-05-2011, 01:42 PM   #24
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People are on edge as of late. I've noticed it and I haven't rode in a year or so. This translates into careless and aggressive driving.
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Old 06-05-2011, 01:48 PM   #25
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there's ur problem right there

i don't ride much on the highway in Houston. ive seen enough stupid in my car. i take back roads i'm comfortable with and grab a few curves when i can. Highways are crazy risky IMO inside the loop
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Old 06-05-2011, 01:59 PM   #26
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I think it has alot to do with a few bad apples. I drive by PP1 to work and honestly, sometimes i just wanna come out the car and beat the living out of some of these punks. I ride too, so i try to be considerate to all my biker community but if you ride like a DOUCHE. you know what's coming for you.

And you are making it worse for all other riders too!!
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Old 06-05-2011, 02:12 PM   #27
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Austin traffic sucks anyways it full of college students driving while texting and
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Old 06-05-2011, 03:04 PM   #28
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Seems to be an Austin thing.
It is getting bad in austin. I don't bother with austin traffic anymore. I live and work in Buda so I stay on the country roads. I'll take the screwy pothole roads of Old San Antonio rd. before I'll get on 35
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Old 06-05-2011, 04:16 PM   #29
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i don't ride much on the highway in Houston. ive seen enough stupid in my car. i take back roads i'm comfortable with and grab a few curves when i can. Highways are crazy risky IMO inside the loop
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Old 06-05-2011, 04:23 PM   #30
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When I lived in ATX, I only took I-35 once for a few miles north of 183. Otherwise, I avoided it and took Mopac and felt drivers there weren't too bad for riding around town.

Funny when I moved to Houston, I haven't ridden ever since living in Austin except when riding the bike to Houston. I've been only caging it and feel Houston drivers are the worst. It seems the opinion of which Texas city has the worst drivers always varies among everyone, but it's been my observation.

Yesterday driving back from Galveston on 45, I see a nicely geared up sport rider so I stayed behind him to cover his rear in the fast lane with a good 2+ second gap. A moron with a donut on his Cougar going well north of what how fast a donut should be going changes into my lane between me and the rider with less than 5 feet gap between his rear and my front bumper. I'm starting to get . Then traffic comes. The rider does the smart thing and stays wide toward the left of the lane against the shoulder. As traffic starts to go <40mph and stopping, the Cougar gives the rider probably a 2 ft gap as if he's not even there. By now I'm super and making hand gestures hoping the guy would have some common sense knocked into him. A few minutes pass and the rider wisely bolts from the lane into the others.
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Old 06-05-2011, 09:17 PM   #31
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Yeah, I have to say that I don't experience anything like these problems in Houston. Whereas in Austin I'm nervous like a cat in a room full of rocking chairs.

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The best advice I've taken is avoid driving in the traffic, cars tend to travel in cluster or packs on the road- stay in between the groups not in them. You will have to accelerate to pass up these packs of cars.
One of a number of important survival habits!
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I split cars everyday and I usually do over the speed limit going to and from work in light to moderate traffic conditions. And I am the guy you see weaving around traffic. But I never do anything crazy like go past 100mph and buzz by cars at light speed.

I honestly don't care anymore what people think. I have been riding for a solid year as motorcycle only and I have not had any issues. I know when to do certain things. And when not to.

Because of the aggressive riders that I deal with here in South Florida (Currently living in South Florida) I ride the way I do. I actually miss Houston drivers because of the way they drive down here.
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Old 06-06-2011, 04:57 AM   #34
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I didnt read the full thread. Just first post.


Riding everyday, EXPECT to see some crazy . More than likely it seems crazy, because you havent ridden in some time. Years ago, I asked my brother if I was doing something wrong, avoiding so many accidents every day. He said "Assume they are out to get you 24-7. It's not just you, it is every rider"

Since then I learned "the game". The moment you swing leg over seat, they will TRY to kill you, until you get off the bike.


It hasnt got worse, you have just been away from it in daily ridng form.
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