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Important Motorcycle Safety!

Discussion in 'Motorcycle Talk' started by MissAudacious, Aug 25, 2012.

  1. We've all see the signs "Look twice, watch out for motorcycles," but maybe the rest of Washington/Oregon hasn't seen it enough.

    Please do your part to remind drivers on Facebook, at work, and family and friends to do just that:
    look twice
    watch out for motorcycles
    and share the road

    also remember you can always take the motorcycle safety class to tune up your skills.
    You are invisible, so please ride knowing that.

    I just don't know how many more death reports family and friends can bear to hear this summer:angry7:

    feel free to reply to this thread with safety tips and ideas on how to make our roads safer for riders.

    image compiled from a couple of my own pics and the slogan from a share the road website.
  2. When I ride I always make sure to be moving, compared to the cars around me. LOL. That made sense in my head. What I mean is

    When I'm in traffic, I'm never "sitting" in one spot around other vehicles. I always make sure I'm either moving to pass them, or I'm slowing down to be behind them. I'm never "stuck" in one spot when there is traffic around me. Constantly being in motion compared to the traffic ensures that I'm more likely to be seen, because I'm moving at a different speed then them, AND it ensures that I never sit in a vehicles blind spot.

  3. I'm not sure I get the keep moving thing. I've found that staying in place, for a while, gives driver more of a chance to see me. Rear view mirrors, in general, are pathetic. The right side mirrors (on cars) are the worst of the three. You can tell something is there, but they are too distorted to accurately judge distances. If you're only in their field-of-view for a short time, odds are they will miss you or misjudge the distance. Most people don't study their rear view mirrors, they just glance at them. They only know where you were - a second ago. Not real time.

    Of course this is if they glance at their mirrors at all. Usually they are engaged is some kind of living room behavior.
  4. RedKat600

    RedKat600 Vintage Screwball Staff Member

    Ride like you're invisible and no one can or will see you! Assume every driver is out to get you.
  5. Texasl

    Texasl Totally Charming Retired Moderator Staff Member

    To the human eye, things that do not move tend to blend. Many times a driver firsts detects something by the change in the visual cacophony.
  6. If you're talking about moving side to side, in your lane. Yeah I agree, I'll do that. But moving fore and aft, or threading traffic? No I don't agree. Ask any cop that is trying to bulldoze their way thru traffic - with their lights going full out. Their siren is what gets peoples attention.

  7. Not Invincible!!!


    For real, ride safe, watch out for ass clowns trying to take you out, gott a be Neeeenja! :ninja:
  8. You don't mean ride responsibly ... do you? :shock: You're setting the bar pretty high.
  9. The reason for that is the vast majority of drivers do not check their mirrors or surroundings unless they intend to change lanes. If they aren't changing lanes, their eyes are fixed forward or down. Hell, some of them don't bother even when changing lanes - they don't look away from whatever is right in front of them, ever, for any reason.

    We simply hand out licenses like candy in this country.

    Actually, wait...strike that. I've never been handed candy for free by any government agency. We hand out licenses much more freely than candy.
    kd7svh likes this.
  10. +1 :thumbup:

    That is why the whole visibility thing is misunderstood. Making yourself visible is one thing. The are tactics and (of course) plenty of things on the market, for you to buy, that will make you more visible. But ... in the end ...

    They (drivers) have to be looking. Making them look, is a whole different subject. Maybe this is why car manufactures are developing cars that can drive themselves. What with people having so many important things to do, while in their cars and trucks, driving the vehicle is starting to get in the way.
  11. Texasl

    Texasl Totally Charming Retired Moderator Staff Member

    Another benefit from the side to side movement is that you can open up different sight lines through traffic to aid in your down range scanning.

    I'm not a big fan of moving fore and aft a lot in a lane position. If you have one of those (many) followers that want to ride your tail it just make them speed up and slow down, thereby creating a hazard in the traffic flow.
  12. james1300

    james1300 Track School Dazed

    Last edited: Aug 25, 2012
  13. I'm still trying to find some streamers for the bar ends that can withstand 80mph, but at least I know I can get a sand pennant at short notice!
  14. ftfy
  15. Loud Pipes Save lives!!!

  16. james1300

    james1300 Track School Dazed

    So do horns. And they don't piss as many people off or, alert LEO's!:mfclap:
  17. I have a loud horn also.....:secret:
  18. #YOLO!!

    Bring on teh neg repz biches.
  19. When approaching a car that is going to be turning into or across my lane, I give a lil wiggle side to side.

    On the Hwy, I typically ride around 10 over. Most cars seem to be around 5 over. This puts me slightly faster, and lowers the danger coming from behind. Obviously its still there, but less exposed to it if you will... When passing a car doing this, I don't hang out or pass slowly. I wait until there is room to pass, even on a 2 or 3 lane Hwy. Once I have room to be sure I'm clear, I mobe my happy ass at a bit higher pace to be in the danger zone as little as possible. If there is a left lane camper (would NEVER happen in Washington right?) I pass on the right, quick like a bunny. Again, to expose myself to the hazard for as little time as possible.

    The vast majority of the "close calls" I've had is when I was just tooling along going the same speed as everyone else. People trying to change lanes into me, merge into me etc...
  20. Seriously considering giving you neg rep if for no other reason than you used that stupid ass term. Lol
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