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post #1 of 52 (permalink) Old 07-29-2015, 08:43 AM Thread Starter
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Relatively new rider. Question for you guys that ride 10K+ miles per year. Where do you have the most close calls with cars?

Every time I see someone in the left turn lane in oncoming traffic the hair on the back of my neck stands up. On my first ride after I got my license, two cars pulled out in front of us and my buddy (ahead of me) had to stop pretty quick. So I'm sensitive to that. What else should I be sensitive to? I ride mostly city/highway, but I imagine I'll be on the interstate at some point.

Any thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks!
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I ride like every single person in a 4 wheeler is trying to kill me... That way I am always ready.
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The Q-tip(old person) that pulls up from a side street, looks directly at you and pulls out anyway

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I ride like every single person in a 4 wheeler is trying to kill me... That way I am always ready.
^^^ +1 -- Exactly!!

That, and I find that watching the wheels of the car in the lane ahead and next to you will indicate the exact moment when they are about to change into YOUR lane without warning. That's when I hit the air-horn!


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Trust no one. Practice emergency stops. Watch for traffic changing lanes on freeways and such. Try not to ride in their blind spot. Be safe!!!

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Most common for me is people changing lanes into me. Just happened yesterday. I am usually looking them right in the face through their side mirror and I always get a good look at the "oh shit" look on their face as they whip it back to the other lane and slam on the brakes to avoid the car they were trying to speed around.
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Sorry! You do not belong in heavy traffic or someone will be calling a relative about you.

As a new rider you need to steer away from traffic and ride safer less traveled roads even if it is out of the way.

No one sees you! No matter the colors or pretty lights on your bike. Someone is always out to get you and you need to be so attuned and focused on that ONE time you thought you were safe... and in the blink of the eye, it happens.

Give yourself some time! Riding is great fun and experience makes it even funner...
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Sorry! You do not belong in heavy traffic or someone will be calling a relative about you.

As a new rider you need to steer away from traffic and ride safer less traveled roads even if it is out of the way.

No one sees you! No matter the colors or pretty lights on your bike. Someone is always out to get you and you need to be so attuned and focused on that ONE time you thought you were safe... and in the blink of the eye, it happens.

Give yourself some time! Riding is great fun and experience makes it even funner...
That is a very one sided opinion. When I first started riding, I HAD to learn to ride in heavy traffic right out the door. It is heavily dependant on where you live.

Now, I will go as far as to tell a new rider to stay out of the express lane. Don't even try to cut across to it. That is looking for trouble as a new rider.

Also, take an experienced rider's course. You don't have to have any great experience behind bars to take the course, but the instructors will teach you a thing or two you never knew and you'll learn more about your bike in a day than you might in a few months. Things like; Your bike has more skill than you probably ever will and can take just about anything you throw at it.
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Most of my close calls have been from people trying to run up my arse. When ever you are stopping , keep a close eye on your rear view, and look for ways to get out of their way as you come to a stop.

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I HAD to learn to ride in heavy traffic right out the door.
Well! Glad that worked for you. Not everyone has the right stuff mentally to do that. They can swim with the sharks but freak out when they see a mouse.
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