Commuting…The strange. The Odd… And the FUN

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by DAKEZ, Jun 8, 2011.

  1. Hot Stuff

    Hot Stuff Road Dragon

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    Not commuting today, just out riding. But I came around a corner and there was a Main Battle Tank in my lane! :eek1

    There was a whole line of them. Some asshat had parked his car in the oncoming lane and the tanks had to drive around it. I wish they had just pushed his POS over them embankment.
  2. Mgbgt89

    Mgbgt89 Long timer

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    Exactly.
  3. Andy Mc

    Andy Mc Adventurer

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    Had a great two-tank ride today on the RT, only 12 miles on the slab; of course that led to the Oh Sh__t moment...the Murfreesboro police car screaming up the exit ramp the wrong way right at me. Decided that was a great time to stop for a little while.
  4. steve3b3

    steve3b3 Been here awhile

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    Riding down the Mass Pike this morning on the Strom.
    I'm usually doing about 75 indicated in the right lane, and that's where I was this morning.
    I came upon a slow mover in the right lane, and went to pass.
    I've gotten in the habit of doing a quick head-check before changing lanes, and did this one as I began my lane change.
    Black car was ALSO changing from the left lane to the center!
    I checked-up and rolled off throttle, and all was good again...

    Steve
  5. LuciferMutt

    LuciferMutt Rides slow bike slow

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    That happened to me on Saturday. Pissed me off too, because he had no reason to change lanes, and then just hung out in the left lane. :baldy
  6. slartidbartfast

    slartidbartfast Love those blue pipes

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    There is always a danger, whether on a bike or in a car, when you are moving into the center lane, that someone else will be doing the same thing from the other direction. The worst is when you are passing a truck and go to move back in front of it and realize some dumbass just passed it on the right, and is trying to move over into the same place - often moving pretty fast and making aggressive lane changes. I have had it happen many times and am always looking out for it.

    You should ALWAYS check your blind spot before changing lanes, or even when moving across your own lane if there are other motorcycles about. I had an unknown motorcyclist follow me for a few miles along I-12 at the weekend. He dropped into a staggered location behind me but a couple of times he got so close I was afraid he would hit my rear wheel if I moved over. A heavy twist of the wrist finally fixed that problem.
  7. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    All that is irrelevant. Get the funk and stay the funk out of the left lane unless there's traffic to pass. Its not like you can't do exactly the same speed in any other lane.

    Lane discipline. The US needs more of it. :nod

    M
  8. trc.rhubarb

    trc.rhubarb ZoomSplat!

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    Road repair. The US needs more of it. :lol3
    Right lane sucks to travel in most places.
  9. JonU

    JonU Been here awhile

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    Agree with you 100%. I didn't ride a bike when I was in europe but I absolutely loved how nobody sat in the left lane unless it was a traffic jam.
  10. ttpete

    ttpete Rectum Non Bustibus

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    Michigan allows 162,000 pound loads, and the right lane of the interstates is beat all to hell because of it. I've been on the shoulder and watched the blocks of pavement bounce up and down as the trucks go by. Then the state comes along and saws out the bad parts and puts in patches that turn the lane into a washboard. Michigan roads suck.
  11. the_sandman_454

    the_sandman_454 Been here awhile

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    Funny, I've never let that stop me from utilizing the right lane, even in MI, a state notorious for horrible road conditions.

    If I were suddenly ruler of the world, speed enforcement would take a back seat to left lane enforcement.
  12. trc.rhubarb

    trc.rhubarb ZoomSplat!

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    So nobody on the road, nobody behind you and you would ride through potholes and broken pavement rather than the smooth road? I don't buy it. I'm not saying that you don't yeild to faster traffic, but no way im beating up my bikes and my body for an imaginary faster vehicle.
  13. the_sandman_454

    the_sandman_454 Been here awhile

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    Yes, I do run the right lane regardless of its' condition unless passing. The only exceptions are to occupy the left lane temporarily to give broken down motorists or emergency vehicles more room on the right shoulder (courtesy for both a specific legal requirement for emergency vehicles, well, move over or slow down, and I'm not slowing down) or avoid huge obstacles like a sink hole, deer carcass, burned out hulk of a car, etc. I do this in the cage and on the bike. Avoid obstacle, return to right lane. Repeat as needed.

    Bikes (usually) have a suspension system for things like bumps. My KLR does, even though it is made from pre-stone age technology. If the road is so bad that your suspension can't handle it, maybe slowing down is in order.
  14. WVhillbilly

    WVhillbilly Long timer

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    :eek1 Blasphemy
  15. B.Curvin

    B.Curvin Feral Chia tamer

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    I never hang out in the left lane regardless of traffic/conditions.
  16. Ghostyman

    Ghostyman Been here awhile

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    Hi guys, I'm new here and want to argue about stuff on the Internet.

    I drive* in the left lane all the time. As noted, the pavement is in better shape because trucks and trailers don't drive on it.

    If there are no cars in front of me, I will move over immediately when a car starts gaining ground on me from behind. "Slower traffic merge right" might be the most important courtesy rule on the road.



    *I don't ride in the left lane because I have a DR350 and I have no business being there.
  17. B.Curvin

    B.Curvin Feral Chia tamer

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    Hey doofus. If you get (STAY) in the right lane, I'll bet my left nut they signal, move to the left, pass you, move back over and go about their merry way. YOU are the one being an ass.

    When I come across people like you I move to the left lane and ride the rumble strips til they get the @#%& outta the way. Then I pass and move back to the right (CORRECT) lane.

    YOU, are my biggest irritant/pet peeve when driving. Well, you used to be. I no longer drive for a living and I'm much more relaxed. I'll still flip you off though.
  18. B.Curvin

    B.Curvin Feral Chia tamer

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    How's this for an argument. You're a dumbass.

    Do you move over if someone in the right lane is gaining on you?
  19. slartidbartfast

    slartidbartfast Love those blue pipes

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    I strongly agree with the general principle and always follow it if there are other vehicles about. If I have the road to myself I will pick the lane with the smoothest surface (or at least avoid the one with the worst surface - usually the right). At night in deer areas, I want as much safety margin as I can get, so will ride well away from the right side of the road if there are trees or long grass near the road. I keep an eye on my mirrors, however, and will move back to the right well before the unusual arrival of vehicles approaching from behind
  20. steve3b3

    steve3b3 Been here awhile

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    Yep. That's why I do a head-check. Did that one as I started moving over, so he startled me a bit, but I WAS looking, he was moving faster, and it all worked out. I don't get upset about this stuff. That's why one looks. It's part of commuting on a bike.

    Steve