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James600zx

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James600zx says:

Invited to undertake.

What do you do when you come up behind cars in the outside lane of a motorway and they indicate right?

Do you accept their invitation to undertake, appreciating their courtesy and awareness?

Or do you point to the left lane and wait for the lazy buggers to move over like they're supposed to?

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jaffa90

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jaffa90 says:

undertake

Never in 40 years have come accross this situation but i have undertook with a powerful bike with the car only doing 70mph and hogging the outside lane with nobody in the middle one.I would not do this with an under powered bike because there`s only one loser if anything goes wrong. 

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philehidiot

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philehidiot says:

undertaking

Just get on with it. They're lazy, stupid prats who can't work out what a lane is for and can't be bothered thinking about what they're doing.


Ensure they know you're there and get past whilst they're busy groping themselves over Brian Perkins reading the shipping forecast on Radio Four.

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triumphrider600

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i would

agree, that in that situation I would accelerate and nip under them. However you would be making a reasoned gamble that if anything went wrong it would be your fault and if the boys in blue saw you, invite or no they would be your points and fine. At the end of the day 70mph in the outside lane is what they are supposed to be doing. But as Jaffa says, in 30 years of riding i've never come across anyone who has done that to me.

Tom

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beaconsman

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beaconsman says:

undertaking

nope, never would undertake anywhere...too risky a move..they have metal around them, airbags etc..u ahve leathers (hopefully) for the up and coming tarmac...

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James600zx

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James600zx says:

You've...

... never come across this situation? That really surprises me.
:huh:

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andyms999

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andyms999 says:

apply caution

i would apply caution, undertaking is dangerous however tempting. Use your means of communicating your intent, flash headlights ect to show them you are there. It usually works and they get the message to move. If they dont its worth just toughing it out, like the other poster said, its your points if the police catch you and you will be the looser of the car moves when you undertake. Stay safe

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yellowtechie

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yellowtechie says:

Having driven all over the world,

a right indicator in the "fast" lane (or left if traffic drives on the right), normally means "I am not prepared to move over". You have to make a decision and stick to it. I would probably undertake but as said above, the risk is yours as would be the points and the fine.

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James600zx

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James600zx says:

Undertake or wait.

I've taken both actions depending on my mood. I'm aware of the risks and I deal with them. It just surprises me how ignorant /arrogant / discourteous people can be when in charge of a ton of speeding metal.

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bmwgs

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bmwgs says:

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if the cops see you under taking then you will end up in trouble.

 

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steveb

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steveb says:

James

I HAVE seen that situation on various occasions, and have in the past like you taken either action depending on my mood and a thorough understanding of what other traffic was around and what it was likely to do in my opinion.

These days I rarely have cause to ride on motorways so I'm more likely to park myself in their right hand mirror with my right hand indicator on, unless the middle lane is busy. I'm far less likely to lane split at motorway speeds under a car indicating right than I was 10 years ago.

I have seen far too many very close calls with cars moving to the left as bikes were undertaking them to partake in that game anymore.

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