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Questions about riding on country roads - May 25, 2014, 08:02 PM

Wanted to ask you guys few questions:

  1. Is it bad if I am strictly following speed limit?
  2. On twisty roads, following posted speed limits for turns?
  3. If there is a car behind me and I am following speed limit, maybe 5mph over the limit and person is trying to tailgate, should I accelerate and increase the speed or just keep cruising on the same speed?
I would really appreciate if you guys have any other input or advise too.


Thanks so much for helping out.


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May 25, 2014, 08:08 PM

Never increase speed beyond what you're comfortable with for any reason, drivers can wait
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Wanted to ask you guys few questions:

  1. Is it bad if I am strictly following speed limit?
  2. On twisty roads, following posted speed limits for turns?
  3. If there is a car behind me and I am following speed limit, maybe 5mph over the limit and person is trying to tailgate, should I accelerate and increase the speed or just keep cruising on the same speed?
I would really appreciate if you guys have any other input or advise too.


Thanks so much for helping out.
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May 25, 2014, 08:21 PM

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Never increase speed beyond what you're comfortable with for any reason.
A big huge +1 on this ^

If you are doing the speed limit you have nothing to apologize for to anyone. You're not doing it "wrong".

All that said, different folks are comfortable at different rates of travel. I'd recommend that you make it easy for them to be on their way by pulling over when you have a good place to do so safely or back off the gas a bit when there is a good spot for them to pass you and motion them to go around.

There is no sense in being distracted by someone behind you and no reason not to just let them go. You continue your day, they continue theirs. Everyone is happy.


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May 25, 2014, 08:24 PM

Ride your own ride, Syed.

If you've got someone tailgating you, wait til you can safely pull off and let them pass.

As far as riding at or just above the speed limit on back roads, if that is what you enjoy more power to you. Some people have fun doing that, some have fun going balls out on back roads. As long as you make it home in one piece I don't see a problem with either.


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May 25, 2014, 08:25 PM

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May 25, 2014, 08:37 PM

Thanks so much everyone, I really appreciate all the input, advice and help.

Thanks again 'BDub', 'windblown' and 'Camelhumps'.


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May 26, 2014, 08:08 AM

As has been said, ride your own ride at the pace at which you are comfy.

And it doesn't matter if you think you know the roads. I know these roads around my area. I can ride them on autopilot. Except I don't. I posted the thread the other day about the pile/strip of gravel in the middle of the lane on one road. Wednesday afternoon, I was stuck behind a piece of farming equipment that took up over 75% of the total roadway. Can you imagine coming over that hill crest or around that curve to find a thresher or hay baler and not enough time/space to react? Or how about the fact that people are out doing lawn maintenance and don't seem to give a rat's ass about throwing fresh, wet grass clippings out into the road way? And the dead animals and/or the vultures...

Out of curiosity, have you taken any of the MSF courses? BRC, BRC2, etc... In the BRC we cover this stuff.


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May 26, 2014, 01:55 PM

Thanks so much for your advice, you are so right, never know what can come on the road.

I have not taken MSF course yet, but planning to take it through NVCC.


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The MSF course is really good. In the military we have to take the MSF sport bike course after the basic MSF and then again every 3 years.

Anyway, when I ride on the back roads if a fast group comes up from behind me I wave them past. If it's cars/trucks I pull over.
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Thanks so much for your advice, you are so right, never know what can come on the road.

I have not taken MSF course yet, but planning to take it through NVCC.

NVCC is usually booked months in advanced. I work for Apex and I know I have openings in my afternoon class this weekend at Manassas GMU.

If you want some more info, shoot me a PM.


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May 27, 2014, 09:23 AM

The guy tailgating you isn't going to scrape your corpse off the road if you have an accident. In fact, you'd be lucky if he pulled over to see if you were ok. You OWE it to the guy in the car behind you to ride at whatever speed you like. Period. Even if that's less than the speed limit.

But letting him pass isn't a bad idea. Usually just slowing down by blinking your rear brake lights and waving him around in a straightaway is enough.


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If you are doing the speed limit you have nothing to apologize for to anyone. You're not doing it "wrong".
+1 Unless you're in the left lane on the highway!


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May 27, 2014, 10:28 AM

Hey man, hopefully we can link up soon and I can give you some pointers.

Took me a long time really get comfortable on some roads.

1. Ride your own ride. NO matter what. (I usually put new guys INFRONT of me and let them have at it at a reasonable speed. This way they dont try to keep up pace with me. My slow pace could be too fast for you.)
2. LOOK. Look as far as you can, this will help with you being smooth on the throttle and maintaining a nice line.

If you dont feel in the zone one day, back off that throttle. Enjoy the scenery. Ride your ride.

If cars are tailing you, wave them around.

Hope to see you out there soon bud
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