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Old 03-15-2012, 08:37 AM   #41
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Like someone else already stated, the HOV is the safest way if you're able to use it. Even then there are plenty of idiots on the HOV so you'll have to keep an eye out like always
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Old 03-15-2012, 08:43 AM   #42
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I usually try to keep an eye out for wheel chair plates, loose looking hub caps, putting on make up, people with the phone stuck to the left side of their face, whiskey dented cars, cars that appear to belong to broke , aggressive drivers, and old people. I prefer the left side of the left lane in most cases. I prefer to constantly over take traffic by running about 10 mph faster than traffic if possible. I try to look several seconds ahead for debris, tail lights, or any other signs of issues ahead. Near entrance ramps I always expect traffic to try and move to the left lanes. On feeders I always try to avoid the right lane. I constantly watch my 6. I always try to stay far from potential blind spots and leave myself an out.
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Old 03-15-2012, 08:48 AM   #43
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This is a good thread.
I would like to add that if you have not read
Twist of the Wrist, Total Control and Proficient Motorcycling
you should check them out.

Everything that is mentioned in this thread is explained in great detail in those books.

Personally I would suggest reading Proficient Motorcycling first if you have not read it already and the dvd version of Twist of the Wrist is viewable on youtube.
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Old 03-15-2012, 08:59 AM   #44
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Another one: make sure to flash your brake lights when you engine brake.
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Oh really? When I drive my Camaro I don't initiate races but guys on bikes sure like to try to get me to race. If it's a liter bike or something similar I won't bother because I know the outcome. If it's something I'm not sure about, I'll consider giving it a run. I'll even put an SV650 in it's place. But since so many people don't know how to ride their bikes, I usually just leave them be so that I'm not a part of them wrecking.
I was waiting for this

General statements always have one exception note I put 90%... you are part of the 10% congratulations.

I also took a bigger crack at the Mustang because believe it or not they are the ones I have had more trouble with.
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Another one: make sure to flash your brake lights when you engine brake.
I tap the out of my lever when I slow down. I want it to flash and be seen
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I don't normally ride my bike to work, due to the terribad traffic. Buuuuut I crashed my car today so the bike has to come with me.

Only issue I have is heavy traffic.. Ill be on the freeway around 6-6:30 in the morning. Rush hour... The already gets my blood pumping in a cage with so many idiots shooting for the fastest lane whenever theirs is at a halt. I'm worried someone might stick their nose in front of my bike taking me out. I may even just get up extra early for the couple of weeks I need my bike and just take the feeder all the way to work LOL.

So do you guys who commute on bike has any extra tips for me to stay alive? I just want to cover all my bases. Should I lane split the left shoulder as much as I can? Or do you guys look down upon that kind of shiet?

Also I don't think I have an HOV exit near the general area in which I exit the freeways, otherwise I'd just do that.
Besides the other tips - here are mine:

1) PAY ATTENTION. You just THINK they get your blood pumping when you're in the cage. You ain't seen nothing yet.

2) Ride like you're invisible - because you basically are. Not invincible mind you, but invisible.

3) Hi-viz gear is a plus. I don't particularly care for it but I'm starting to think about it.

4) If you need an escape route, don't worry about silly things like lane markings, speed limits, the fact that its a shoulder or you're not supposed to blow a red light - or any other traffic regulation for that matter. Your life is worth far more than whatever ticket you could possibly get.

5) Until you've been commuting for a while, don't listen to music while you're riding. You don't need the distraction.

6) Work on your low speed skills. It helps a lot in stop and go traffic if you don't put your feet down unless you absolutely have to come to a dead stop.

7) Remember you have a rear brake too - and learn to use it.
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Oh yeah - one more tip - full body armor and maybe figure out a way to mount a pair of .50 cals to the bike....
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You mean they aren't?
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Old 03-15-2012, 11:31 AM   #51
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Oh really? When I drive my Camaro I don't initiate races but guys on bikes sure like to try to get me to race. If it's a liter bike or something similar I won't bother because I know the outcome. If it's something I'm not sure about, I'll consider giving it a run. I'll even put an SV650 in it's place. But since so many people don't know how to ride their bikes, I usually just leave them be so that I'm not a part of them wrecking.
I own 2 Mustang GT ,a Vert & a Coup , both are modded , but I don't bother riders or have a desire to .
I very seldom street race now that I'm older , it just isn't worth it .
Tickets are high , you never know the condition of the other guys car , driving skills , etc ....
I ride a cruiser & to me , it is the guys mostly young in the ricers that follow you wanting to race.
Never saw the point in trying to race a bike in a car , bikes for the most part are quicker.
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Old 03-15-2012, 11:35 AM   #52
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I usually stay in the far left lane so if anyone does come at you, you can go into the emergency lane and just stay alert at all times. You eventually get use to the traffic and etc. You should try and take the HOV as far as you can before having to exit.
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Old 03-15-2012, 12:25 PM   #53
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check out this thread and my reply on page 4. I ride most good days(55miles on the freeway daily). And I posted the general rules that I ride by in that post.

http://www.motohouston.com/forums/sh...d.php?t=190661
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1)Stay in the fast lane as much as possible
--Now you only have to worry about people overtaking your lane from the right. Mid lanes are bad.
2)Go faster than traffic by 5mph
--Keeps your concentration on the forward and minimizes the chance of people rear ending you.
3)Glance behind you if you are going to stop, especially if its an unexpected or non-typical stop
--Drivers behind you may not notice you are stopping and their target fixation to stop by is usually the CAR in front of them, not your bike. Split a lane if you can't stop safely or the person behind you can't stop in time.
4)Scan way ahead, look for paths to get past everyone and avoid getting boxed in.
--The further ahead you read the traffic pattern the easier commuting is.
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I do over 10K a year just to work and back.

Keep moving. Staying stagnant in traffic makes you invisable.

Keep a eye on what is going on way in front of you. Not the car in front of you but
a few cars ahead and to the sides of them. You will recognize patterns real quick.

Don't ride in the middle of the lane. Most debris will be in the middle of the lane. The car in front of you may straddle that debris then boom, it's in front of you.

Relax. If someone does move over on you, just move out of their way. 99% of the time they didn't mean it and even if they did, there is nothing you can do about it.

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Stay in the left lane so that you'll have the shoulder as an 'out', plus it's better than having to monitor traffic on both sides of you.

Stay ahead of traffic. It safer than letting people pass you.

Stay on the left side of the lane so that you can see around the car in front of you and the guy in front can see you in his side mirror and rv mirror. If you can't see him then he can't see you.

Pay attention to what's going on behind you. Don't get rear ended.

If you're in stop & go traffic always be in-gear and ready to move, don't get rear-ended.

Do a trackday. Get used to being close to other vehicles at fwy speeds & practice your high speed braking.

Always evaluate your current situation, anticipate the other guys' next move.

Stay away from junker cars with no side view mirrors and tore up body work.
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These last 4 post have some real info.

One other thing that I haven't mentioned is that when I am riding behind a vehicle in the lane next to me. I use their mirrors to look at them and see what they are doing. Especially when I am moving faster and I am going to be passing them.

Many times you can tell if they are paying attention or talking/texting, etc. Before you get up beside them.
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95% of my riding is commuting. 61 miles/day. Incidents with aggressive cagers are rare. I pick whatever lane pleases me.

It's all about paying attention. Space is your friend. Space allows you to see.

Cages with dents (they earned 'em somehow - don't find out firsthand), a visor down when the sun isn't up yet (she's putting on makeup), head down (texting), head tilted (on phone), you can't see through his windshield (reading the newspaper) - stuff like that. It's easier to see this stuff from a bike.

Your mirrors are important. So's your neck. Turn your head.

Just being alert, keeping your cool and learning the anticipation game makes it fun. These days I don't get so when I get cut off, because I knew before the cager knew what he was going to do. They're like sheep. They don't really think, they just move. They just follow the car in front of them. It's kind of comical. You see the "open gate" before they do, you see them wake up, make their decision, and make their move.

And FWIW, on my side of town leaving 30-60 minutes early to "beat traffic" puts you in a different category of commuter. The early shift HAULS . 6AM northbound on 45S - my current bike can't keep up. I can only do about 85 on it. Too much slower than Jethro Leadfoot in his Chebbie pickup doing 120. In heavy traffic you don't have Donnie bearing down on you doing 40+ mph faster than everybody else.
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ride a comfortable bike and get comfortable gear

know the symptoms of heat exaustion and "stroke"

wear ear plugs, you can get enough to last you several years for about $22 to your door. just look for Howard Leight Max or Max Lite (box of 200 pairs) one pair will last weeks if you dont rub it in dirt...get the green Max Lite ones if you have small ear canal or are a pretty girl with nice pink toes.
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