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10 Things People in Cars Should Know About Motorcycles
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10 Things People in Cars Should Know About Motorcycles - September 21, 2006, 08:35 PM

1. There are a lot more cars and trucks than motorcycles on the road, and some drivers don't "recognize" a motorcycle; they ignore it (usually unintentionally). Look for motorcycles, especially when checking traffic at an intersection.

2. Because of its small size, a motorcycle may look farther away than it is. It may also be difficult to judge a motorcycle’s speed. When checking traffic to turn at an intersection or into (or out of) a driveway, predict a motorcycle is closer than it looks.

3. Because of its small size, a motorcycle can be easily hidden in a car’s blind spots (door/roof pillars) or masked by objects or backgrounds outside a car (bushes, fences, bridges, etc). Take an extra moment to thoroughly check traffic, whether you're changing lanes or turning at intersections.

4. Because of its small size a motorcycle may seem to be moving faster than it really is. Don't assume all motorcyclists are speed demons.

5. Motorcyclists often slow by downshifting or merely rolling off the throttle, thus not activating the brake light. Allow more following distance, say 3 or 4 seconds. At intersections, predict a motorcyclist may slow down without visual warning.

6. Turn signals on a motorcycle usually are not self-canceling, thus some riders, (especially beginners) sometimes forget to turn them off after a turn or lane change. Make sure a motorcycle's signal is for real.

7. Motorcyclists often adjust position within a lane to be seen more easily and to minimize the effects of road debris, passing vehicles, and wind. Understand that motorcyclists adjust lane position for a purpose, not to be reckless or show off or to allow you to share the lane with them.

8. Maneuverability is one of a motorcycle's better characteristics, especially at slower speeds and with good road conditions, but don't expect a motorcyclist to always be able to dodge out of the way.

9. Stopping distance for motorcycles is nearly the same as for cars, but slippery pavement makes stopping quickly difficult. Allow more following distance behind a motorcycle because it can't always stop "on a dime."

10. When a motorcycle is in motion, don't think of it as motorcycle; think of it as a person.


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September 21, 2006, 08:51 PM

I had a bike with self cancelling turn signals. This should be posted in cager forums - most of us here know those things.


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September 29, 2006, 11:17 AM

There's probably a section in the driver's road manual with it but I agree.
This stuff yould be useful for drivers to be aware of before getting behind the wheel.


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February 17, 2008, 07:27 PM

11. Share the road...dont be a doosh bag
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12. get the fuck off the phone


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14. so is shaving and reading the daily newspaper.

15. cigarette butts inside leathers suck ass. use the ashtray your freakin' car came with.


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February 18, 2008, 07:46 AM

5. Motorcyclists often slow by downshifting or merely rolling off the throttle, thus not activating the brake light. Allow more following distance, say 3 or 4 seconds. At intersections, predict a motorcyclist may slow down without visual warning.

Wouldn't hurt for us, the bike riders, to use the brakes, just so the light does come on.


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12. get the fuck off the phone
Got that right! I'm tired of seeing peeps driving and talking on their cell phones especially when changing lanes and worse text messaging while driving... geez...


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Got that right! I'm tired of seeing peeps driving and talking on their cell phones especially when changing lanes and worse text messaging while driving... geez...
good list...i wish every cager would be required to read it though


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I text when I ride but I make sure no one is around me when I do lol


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I text when I ride but I make sure no one is around me when I do lol
Just make sure you do that on 66 or 495 since its mostly straight and you don't have to stop and go compared to back streets w/traffic lights...


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August 9, 2008, 10:45 AM

13.hows about using some dang turn signals instead of just stoppin in the middle of the rode.
14. Stay on the road and stop playing with the radio or phone...rocks kicked up from the shoulder hurt and not to mention ruin the nice paint.
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August 9, 2008, 03:47 PM

I've noticed a lot more recently that a lot of people just don't use their signals at all. HUGE pet peeve of mine. It's such an easy thing to do.


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had a lady almost run me and my g/f over on 270 talkin on the cell phone. wtf is wrong with ppl. I wanted to kick her windows out
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16. Honk all you want. I'm still passing your slow azz. Go home and cry to your wife who is a lot more sympathetic to your inadequacies.
17. Does cellphone taste like chicken? Wanna find out?
18. No, your 'stang is not as fast as my sportbike. Here, let me show you... AGAIN.
19. Which is more trouble for you, putting on your turn signal or taking your stupid camry in for repair estimates?
20. Peapod, people. Peapod. At least until you learn how to F&^%! drive!


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