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Old 02-13-2009, 10:30 AM   #1
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Who's checking behind when they ride?

So in light of the recent passing of Roderick (RIP, brother), I have been thinking about my riding habit, esspecially on the highway. I do check my mirrors periodically but I can only see adjacent lanes not directly behind me. I don't turn around and look unless there is a reason to. I remember one time, when I got my speeding tix, I didn't see the motorcycle cop till he pulled up close to me with his lights.

So how many people on sport bike look behind you on the regular basis to that you would know if somebody is running up on you? If you do, how do you do it? Moreover, for the peep with no mirror, how do you do it?
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Old 02-13-2009, 10:44 AM   #2
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Always watching the mirrors

Now I'm thinking about getting some bigger mirrors and adding some blind spot mirrors as well.
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Always watching the mirrors

Now I'm thinking about getting some bigger mirrors and adding some blind spot mirrors as well.
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Old 02-13-2009, 10:45 AM   #4
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i do about every 3 - 5 seconds... using my mirrors, i hardly EVER aftually turn my head to look at something. If I need to turn my head more than a few degrees to see it, then it's not af any concern of where my bike is going at the moment. the most immediate hazards to a motorcycle is what it directly in front. I really watch my mirrors while stopping... and even proceed towards my escape route just to be closer in case i need it. i never stop directly behind a car... i'm always to either side of the rear of the car... no way in i want to be smashed between 2 cars
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Old 02-13-2009, 10:47 AM   #5
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Old 02-13-2009, 10:47 AM   #6
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i use my mirrors ever few seconds... and actually turn my head around to change lanes...
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Yea.. Always scanning. Always planning an escape route, position myself towards the outside of lanes, and stop in gear instead of neutral.
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Old 02-13-2009, 10:50 AM   #9
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Always checking the mirrors, and turn when change lanes. Always looking ahead
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Old 02-13-2009, 10:57 AM   #10
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i never stop directly behind a car... i'm always to either side of the rear of the car... no way in i want to be smashed between 2 cars
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i cant see behind me, just what my mirrors show me is pretty much left and right lanes but its no way a rear view mirror as in a cage. i do stop on the left or right corner of the lanes when on a freeway but lately i see that if i try to go left, so will most cagers. they go left no to run over you but then if you try to jump over there well i done that and it was not a good idea. actually for some reasone, going split lanes to my right is far safer when traffic is coming to an abrupt stop. just my opinion.

the best i can do to look over my rear is turn my head to my shoulder and then confirming the lane is clear with my mirror. it takes less than a second from your view in front but when changing lanes, be smart leave plenty of room for a abrupt stop.

it amazes me that even cagers wont turn their head to look over their blind spot over to their left because of fear of slamming into the car in front. for me thats stupid because obvoiusly you are too close the the car in front or you should have not gotten a DL since its required, even for a M license...you need to turn your head and see. cagers driving by me and see me turn my head over to their lane...wow you should see how they slow way down and give you plenty of space to mover over
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Old 02-13-2009, 11:34 AM   #14
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I check my mirrors for cops because I am usually riding a lot faster than the flow.
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Dps requires you to turn your head. I check mirrors often, but mainly turn head
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the mirrors on my Ninjette are setup so I can see behind me
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I got some convex bar-enders, I can see the whole show behind me. It's just too bad I have to look a little below and to the side of my hand to do it. They also have a tendency to fold at "passing" speed so I have to adjust them often both on the road and in the garage.

Still, it's the best solution I've found for a big guy on a fairly upright bike. The stock bugeye mirrors were very good for checking out my man . Come to think of it, I went to the gym more often before the bar-enders...
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