Thanks Thanks:  0
Page 1 of 4 123 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 38

Thread: Riding in the middle of the roads (safety tip)

  1. #1
    Senior Member Riding in the middle of the roads (safety tip) happy's Avatar
    Bike: BMW R1200GSA 2018, (Sold)NC700X-ABS-ManualTrans
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Location
    Switzerland
    Posts
    3,345

    Lightbulb Riding in the middle of the roads (safety tip)

    Always ride in the middle of a lane when traveling.

    Many bikers may be tempted to travel along a lane on the sides (width was designed for cars and trucks). It is not recommended because

    1. the car or truck behind will be tempted to overtake you, with 2/3 of the lane available to them
    2. the 2-thirds of the lane at its sides, are the most used part of the lane, and could have rubber-debris
    3. you may give the wrong impression that you are switching lanes

    Another tip, never ride on the white-painted lines or arrows on the roads. Many of them are "old type" paint from old days, and they are proven to be slippery and dangerous under certain wet or snow conditions. New regulations have since been implemented to ensure new paint (anti-slip) are used on our roads (in Switzerland).

    However, when one stops at a red-light (first in line), it is polite to stop with room for another biker to line up in parallel (but half body behind).
    Certain countries encourage this, while others disallow this.

    Hope you find this a useful safety tip and feel free to share yours.

    Ride safe
    Joe.
    ~Happy Joe
    LIfe's short, stop writing and start riding ...
    if everyone thinks like me, there is no need for a forum...

  2. #2
    Senior Member
    Bike: NC700X
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Location
    South Branch, MI
    Posts
    462
    If I am within 30' & behind a car (looking to pass) I ride in the left tire track of the car. My theory here is, if i'm in the center of the lane, and there's an obstacle in the center of the lane, odds are the car ahead of me won't move left or right to avoid it. I wouldn't have any idea it it was there until the car ahead of me passes over it, and I would have little time to react in order to avoid it.

    On the other hand, being in the left tire track of the car, if the obstacle is in this area of the lane, the car will move left or right to avoid it. When I see a car moving, I move along with them, anticipating that there is an obstacle I can't see in my area of the lane.
    Last edited by mpgandfun; 27th August 2012 at 06:49.

  3. #3
    Super Moderator Riding in the middle of the roads (safety tip) 670cc's Avatar
    Bike: NC700X, GL1800, KLX140G, CRF250L Rally, Ruckus 50
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Location
    USA
    Posts
    6,970
    Quote Originally Posted by happy View Post
    Always ride in the middle of a lane when traveling.
    Riders have different riding styles and reasons for doing so. With 38 years of riding experience behind me (and no crashes), I'll say I avoid riding in the middle of the lane. I ride in either tire track, and shift from one to the other as needs dictate. The middle of the lane likely has the most debris, such as tire scraps, screws, nails, oil, antifreeze, small cargo that has fallen from vehicles, etc.

    I adjust the lane position from one tire track to the other as needed to place the most space between me and a potential hazard, be it oncoming vehicles, wild animals, side road "snipers", etc.

    I do sometimes position myself to gain "ownership" of the entire lane in cases where another vehicle may take advantage of my narrow width.

    But, I never ride in the center as a rule.

    Greg

  4. #4
    Senior Member Riding in the middle of the roads (safety tip) duk2n's Avatar
    Bike: NC700X ABS
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Location
    Spain
    Posts
    1,024
    I'm with mpgandfun and 670cc, avoid riding in the middle of the lane and, if possible, select the left side instead the right one. I don't see a reason to ride in the middle other than keep the cops happy, the oil and the white lines are allways there
    -JL-

    Maño a mucha honra

  5. #5
    Senior Member Riding in the middle of the roads (safety tip) SuperMek's Avatar
    Bike: BMW R1200GS 2013
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Location
    Stockholm, Sweden
    Posts
    341
    I do avoid the middle of the lane of several reasons. One is oil spill or other slippery crap is more likely to find in the middle of the lanes. One other (and very important) is on roads with multiple lanes I do on purpose place the bike closer to the side towards the lane where you overtake other vehicles. This tend to help dramatically to avoid cagers (car drivers) to change their lane just in front of you! Try it and do find the different behavior of the cagers!
    / Christian

  6. #6
    Senior Member Riding in the middle of the roads (safety tip) duk2n's Avatar
    Bike: NC700X ABS
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Location
    Spain
    Posts
    1,024
    The only common behavior I have seen in cagers is they are going to do the most incredible, stupid and dangerous thing just in front of you.

    For instance: if they drive with the window open, you blink just a second and you will eat the ash from his cigar, or even the entire cigar. I hate cagers all over the world
    -JL-

    Maño a mucha honra

  7. #7
    Senior Member Riding in the middle of the roads (safety tip) Rocker66's Avatar
    Bike: 2017 NC750X
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Location
    Ashford Kent England
    Posts
    2,611
    I agree with you guys except of course I ride to the right side of the lane
    4 Wheels move the body 2 wheels move the soul
    Audere est Facere

  8. #8
    Senior Member Riding in the middle of the roads (safety tip) SuperMek's Avatar
    Bike: BMW R1200GS 2013
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Location
    Stockholm, Sweden
    Posts
    341
    Quote Originally Posted by Rocker66 View Post
    I agree with you guys except of course I ride to the right side of the lane
    I did the same when I visited your area this summer! :-)
    / Christian

  9. #9
    Senior Member Riding in the middle of the roads (safety tip) SuperMek's Avatar
    Bike: BMW R1200GS 2013
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Location
    Stockholm, Sweden
    Posts
    341
    Quote Originally Posted by duk2n View Post
    I hate cagers all over the world
    Nah José, you have to understand that the cagers just haven't seen the light yet! :-) In due time they will. I hope...
    This is a coaster I found in Berlin this summer. Feels like a proper thing to introduce in this thread :-)

    Last edited by SuperMek; 27th August 2012 at 13:14.
    / Christian

  10. #10
    Senior Member Riding in the middle of the roads (safety tip) dduelin's Avatar
    Bike: NC700XD, ST1300, Elite 80
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Location
    North FL USA
    Posts
    3,923
    I avoid the center of the lane for all the reasons previously posted. Active lane positioning places us in different parts of the travel lane depending on the circumstance but I favor left of center when there aren't reasons not to be there.

    Dave

    GL1800
    NC700XD




Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •