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Aug 13th 2018, 09:45 AM   #16
 WarpShatner7's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Here

In traffic I ride in the middle or a bit to the left depending on conditions: oil (not that much of a problem these days) debris, frequency of manholes.

If the driver in front of me is smoking (or I even see their hand come out) and I can't get out of that lane or pass I increase the gap and move to the right until the opportunity to be somewhere else opens up.

When I remember to (and I usually do if the car behind me has been following too closely) I come to a stop on the side with the better escape prospects. Sometimes if there's a rider behind me I'll stop to the left so they can tuck in to some extent and we take up less road space. So far no rider other than a buddy has pulled fully alongside.

On the open road I take up the whole lane, except on long straights.
Aug 13th 2018, 09:59 AM   #17
 
  Mar 2018
  Gig Harbor

  2008 BMW R1200GS Adventure
Interesting range of responses. I agree thereís reason to be in the right rut or on center sometimes. Iím talking specifically about the people that simply ride there by default.

In Florida, there is a Rider Safety Course you have to take for your endorsement. Includes written test and riding assessment. Assuming it is the same here?
Aug 13th 2018, 12:36 PM   #18
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  Apr 2016
  Kitsap

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Originally Posted by Didley
Interesting range of responses. I agree there’s reason to be in the right rut or on center sometimes. I’m talking specifically about the people that simply ride there by default.

In Florida, there is a Rider Safety Course you have to take for your endorsement. Includes written test and riding assessment. Assuming it is the same here?
A course isn't mandatory, but it's an option (the best option, IMO). Passing the written and riding tests are required.
Aug 13th 2018, 01:18 PM   #19
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  Jun 2016
  Poor Tortured

  2015 Kawasaki Concours 14 - The Origame Sea-Dragon
I think one cool thing about this thread is that it might cause someone to think about what they are doing as they do it, and possibly quiz themself on their riding technique: is this the best lane position? how's my following distance? should I wear these shorts and motocross boots to ride my CBR to the bar for some Jaeger shots? Stuff like that.
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Aug 13th 2018, 01:37 PM   #20
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  Jan 2016
  Issaquah

  2015 Yamaha FZ-07
I typically ride in the left. When I am in the HOV (far left) lane, I will ride in the right side of the lane.
Aug 13th 2018, 04:06 PM   #21
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  Sep 2016
  Seabeck

  Africa Twin
Don't follow me, I'm all over the fucking place.
Aug 13th 2018, 04:54 PM   #22
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  Jan 2016
  Here

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Aug 13th 2018, 04:56 PM   #23
 Bald Guy's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Kennewick

  KTM SAR Husqvarna Strada, Ural Patrol and a shit load of BN125
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Originally Posted by WheelJouster
A course isn't mandatory, but it's an option (the best option, IMO). Passing the written and riding tests are required.
And they teach you to use the whole damn lane, depending upon road conditions, seeing and being seen as well as escape paths.

Dusty
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Aug 13th 2018, 05:28 PM   #24
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  Jan 2016
  Hazel Dell, Wa

  Honda VFR800, Husqvarna TE 610, Ducati Hypermotard 1100S
Wink

I'm waiting for @PeteN95 to come aboard and ask where the lanes in single track or dirt track are...
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Aug 13th 2018, 05:55 PM   #25
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  Jan 2016
  Washington County

  H-D
Dirt track? Blue groove or cushion, take your pick. I miss those days.
Aug 14th 2018, 12:27 PM   #26
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  Jan 2016
  renton aka the dirty south

  Suprduke990 / Tiger800 / 625sumo / TE300 / 12wr450 / 03wr450 / wr250 / CB350 / XR100 / CRF50 / TTR50
I rarely note other riders lane position.
I'm usually not around long enough for it to bother me one way or the other.
I tend travel slightly faster than the flow of traffic. In my experience you stand out more when your moving through vs hanging out in a blind spot.

When coming up on a Bike/Trike/Prius/Truck/Bus/Etc I just look for the best way through.
Then I continue on my way..

Zero fucks given for oily-tired noobs w/ poor lane position waiting to be hit by the next texting prius.
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Aug 15th 2018, 05:02 AM   #27
 
  Mar 2018
  Gig Harbor

  2008 BMW R1200GS Adventure
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Originally Posted by sunofnun
I rarely note other riders lane position.
I'm usually not around long enough for it to bother me one way or the other.
I tend travel slightly faster than the flow of traffic. In my experience you stand out more when your moving through vs hanging out in a blind spot.

When coming up on a Bike/Trike/Prius/Truck/Bus/Etc I just look for the best way through.
Then I continue on my way..

Zero fucks given for oily-tired noobs w/ poor lane position waiting to be hit by the next texting prius.

Haha! Iíve complained to my wife numerous times about the concentration of Twats that drive a Prius. Itís got to be something psychological that attracts them to one of the ugliest cars ever made while also making them complete shit at driving.

Itís sad, but when I see a Prius I immediately expect them to do something stupid before I can get past them. Iím rarely disappointed.
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Aug 15th 2018, 08:32 PM   #28
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  Jan 2016
  renton aka the dirty south

  Suprduke990 / Tiger800 / 625sumo / TE300 / 12wr450 / 03wr450 / wr250 / CB350 / XR100 / CRF50 / TTR50
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Originally Posted by Didley
Itís sad, but when I see a Prius I immediately expect them to do something stupid before I can get past them. Iím rarely disappointed.
Its funny because its true!

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