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Pilbs76

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Pilbs76 says:

Motorway Riding

Just after a quick bit of advice really!

I passed my test a couple of weeks ago and am picking a beautiful GXR on Saturday. I am due to be going from Ashford (Kent) to Basingstoke for a work meeting in early September. obviously this involves getting on the dreaded M25. I am a car driver and have been for over 15 years, but this will be the longest ride and possibly the first or second time on motorway on a bike - has anyone got any hints and tips on how to handle the ride?

Do you ride any differently? Right hand side of the lane to avoid lorries? Give more space to driver in front??

Any advice would be a bonus!!

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mobileenoph

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Posts: 1990

mobileenoph says:

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Take it easy at first and just ride defensively, be very alert of other road users changing lanes without indicating, also when passing trucks/buses etc you will probably be affected by cross winds so allow yourself plenty of room....Observation...good luck:wink:

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arryace

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arryace says:

m/ways

plenty of space to the car in front as the car behind will probably be too close.

as you say move away from large vehicles

dont wait for vehicles ahead to change lanes before you do, try to pre empt others actions so you can take action early

dont sit next to other vehicle be infront or behind just in case they change lanes

watch out for the grooves made by HGV's in lanes 1 and 2 on a busy motorway i try to stay in the two outer lanes away from HGV's

 

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eatcs01

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eatcs01 says:

M'Way riding

Make sure you check over your shoulder before you change lanes.

DO NOT sit alongside any other vehicle, as you'll be in their blind spot.

Remember, car drivers are blind idiots and are out to kill you.



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preunit

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preunit says:

As

said, too easy to become complacent and and be sucked into tunnel vision,think 360' and make sure the gap in front is big enough.Not a great difference for us bikers tbh,it's just that the enemy, "oops "car drivers are also tunnel visioned along with the truck drivers,and they are a tad larger than us.

Use the skills you've learned,stay sharp and it'll be quite enlightening, also it'll help to make you a better rider.Enjoy:smile

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lee711

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lee711 says:

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Try and stay relaxed, it's common to tense up and start gripping the bars with clenched fists and holding your body stiff, keep a safe area around and you use your mirrors regularly so you are aware equally of whats going on behind as well as in front of you. Life savers are essential and just be aware of wind blast when passing large vehicals and lorries.

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bbstrikesagain

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Posts: 881

All of the above, and

give yourself more time, wind it up gently a lane at a time when you join, and wind it off gently again well before the exit, keeping an eye on the speedo if you don't want to find yourself having to try to tip it into a rouadabout at 60+...

Remember a gixxer won't stop as fast as a Ford Ka etc, and will be a whole lot when really testing your stopping prowess, so keep bigger spaces in front and behind, and keep an eye what's happening as far as possible ahead, well beyond the vehicles immediately in front.

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