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Old 06-09-2012, 09:00 PM   #1
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Angry left lane SW freeway blues

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Man, riding today on 59 inbound from Sugar Land I tried the "safe" far left lane. I was doing 70-75 and watching my rear and entire 360. Cagers behind me three times came up on my rear at 90 mph plus. Frankly, I have decided to abandon the left lane during freeway rides. Houston drivers are just too aggressive. One guy did a last second swerve around me and accelerated even faster. These freeways suck. Hence is why I almost never drive my bmw cage in the far left lane either. Rant over...

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Old 06-09-2012, 09:04 PM   #2
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if your bike is slow stay off the freeway player
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Old 06-09-2012, 09:06 PM   #3
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stay safe bro.. i ride 59 all the time.. I would say it would be the scariest part of my commute... but i start and end on bellaire. Bellaire by HongKong 4, on a Sunday... is fakking scary.
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Old 06-09-2012, 09:09 PM   #4
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I always get a chuckle when I'm going 70-75 in the left lane and someone zips around me at 90+ like I'm the only to get pulled over a couple miles ahead. Has happened twice now.
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Old 06-09-2012, 09:10 PM   #5
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Isn't left lane usually the fast (passing) lane? :X
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Old 06-09-2012, 09:20 PM   #6
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Thanks for your encouragement. Yes alex, left lane is passing--right you are. It is also often quoted as the safest lane for freeway riding. I disagree in Houston, on the SW freeway. The Ninja is plenty fast, I prefer not to do 90 though. Speed kills.

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Old 06-09-2012, 09:21 PM   #7
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I tend to use it only if the second to left lane is going slower than 70. If someone is coming up I change back in or if lane is clear
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Old 06-09-2012, 09:22 PM   #8
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sux that others engage in speed racer mode when they see us
try the 2nd leftmost lane that way you can still pass people and let the looneys go by on the left
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Old 06-09-2012, 09:57 PM   #10
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Camping out in the left lane isn't 'safer' if you're forcing faster traffic to weave around you. Got to think in more dynamic, fluid manner. What's best/safest is goin to change minute by minute.

That said, weekend nights are freaking scary on the southwest freeway!
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a 500?
Compared to a ZX10R? No, lol. I'm sure it's fast in it's own right, though.

This coming from the guy with the 250, HAH!
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I usually ride in the left most lane as well. Depending on the highway I usually ride 80 or 10+ flow of traffic. I try not to go less than 75 because that's just too dangerous on the left lane. If I see someone coming real fast or too close behind me i just switch lanes and let them pass.
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i live outside of town, thankfully, and rarely have to ride in or thru town but when i do and it gets too crazy, i'll kick back in the slow lane and run with the flow there. do whatever it takes to arrive alive.
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There is NO best lane, utilize all of them, I prefer the clearest ones w the least amount of cars , but taking into account the incoming or exiting traffic

also don't block up the "passing lane" , not your job to police the populac
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If you pay close attention to traffic flow, you'll occassionally come up to one car holding up the left lane up ahead, a semi slow car closing the passing gap on the lane next to him.. and 4 dickwads lane dancing to try and squeeze between the two. In this case, I hop over 3-4 lanes and hang back about 10 cars away.. (4-6 seconds away.). By that time, if you keep watching them, the fastest one will get stuck realizing he cannot squeeze in, the other three following will slow down and tail him. At this time, they will stay constant speed for about 4-5 seconds. This is YOUR time to get in front of them because they are still deciding if the gap will open enough to squeeze in, tail the slow guy in the left lane, OR.. slow down, go around the car next to the left lane and pass them both. By the time they decide what to do, you will be ahead of traffic.
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Why do people drive in the left lane anyway? It's etiquette to only use it for passing.
That said, maybe you'll be safer if you haul in the left lane of 59.
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Why do people drive in the left lane anyway? It's etiquette to only use it for passing.
That said, maybe you'll be safer if you haul in the left lane of 59.
same reason why people buy Harleys....

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Well if you're not going too slow I don't see why not.
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Why do people drive in the left lane anyway? It's etiquette to only use it for passing.
Not only etiquette but also the LAW in Texas that no one obeys.
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