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Re: Which side of your lane do you ride in
« Reply #15 on: June 08, 2011, 07:40:35 pm »
Mostly left hand but depends on situation.
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Re: Which side of your lane do you ride in
« Reply #16 on: June 08, 2011, 08:02:51 pm »
That's interesting. In my MSF class, I was taught to ride in the center...

In WI we were told to stay in the left part of the lane unless in a group, then stagger left / right, but never in the middle.  Different DOTs have different recommendations I guess.

I prefer the left part of the lane anyways - especially on county roads / highways.  Some of the roads I ride have the outer white line and then only an inch or two of asphalt before you are in gravel.  Not much room for error and a lot of gravel gets kicked up.  I've also noticed around turns on such roads I see a lot of gravel in the middle but not on the left or right sides because the cars tend to clear it out. 
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Re: Which side of your lane do you ride in
« Reply #17 on: June 08, 2011, 08:57:16 pm »
One of the reasons we were taught to "base" in the center was for corners. Out in NC, where I took the class, the MSF guy said that a lot of riders who got in fatal accidents were from riding too far left, leaning left in a left curve. Even though the MC is in the correct lane, the riders head was not, and that was fatal. So, whether or not it was policy or not, I don't know. (The guy was pretty relaxed about everything, it wouldn't surprise me if he went a bit off track...)

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Re: Which side of your lane do you ride in
« Reply #18 on: June 08, 2011, 09:19:39 pm »
Well....I agree with most of what I have read, however when approaching a hill on two lane roads I stay to the right. Too many distracted drivers talking on cells and TEXTING...Agggggggggg. Hate Em!!!. Have seen many cars on or over the center line on hills....You need all the right lane you can get in these situations. Remember..... you do not know what is on the other side of that hill, Yet... 8) 8)
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Re: Which side of your lane do you ride in
« Reply #19 on: June 09, 2011, 04:54:27 am »
One of the reasons we were taught to "base" in the center was for corners. Out in NC, where I took the class, the MSF guy said that a lot of riders who got in fatal accidents were from riding too far left, leaning left in a left curve. Even though the MC is in the correct lane, the riders head was not, and that was fatal. So, whether or not it was policy or not, I don't know. (The guy was pretty relaxed about everything, it wouldn't surprise me if he went a bit off track...)

I was taught that when approaching corners to move to the opposite side of the lane. So when taking a left I move right and when taking a right curve I will move left, although not as important because of the potential of leaning over the line on a left curve and being too far left.

My instructors also warned us that the middle of the lane can potentially be very hazardous with spills from cagers. Here in upstate NY riding in the RH side of the lane can be a challenge because the roads are usually patched or tarred there. I do move to the right when approaching hills as well when I ride alone.

Slabbed it to MA a couple of weekends ago and did about 3 hours in the RH side of the lane with Blaise in front and to the left. Saw LOTS of bikes hugging the RH white line or sitting in the middle. I guess people learn differently from place to place.
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Re: Which side of your lane do you ride in
« Reply #20 on: June 09, 2011, 05:10:26 am »
I normally move back and forth to the opposite side for making turns into roads or when playing at speed. IMO, it gives you better visability through the turn and well as less of a lean angle (not such a tight turn), or in otherwords a better line. People all have their own reasons for where they ride. The only one I do avoid is just riding in the middle of the lane. Kathy again has already explained this, and I think that way also. I guess I agree with Kathy a lot in the thread!


I was taught that when approaching corners to move to the opposite side of the lane. So when taking a left I move right and when taking a right curve I will move left, although not as important because of the potential of leaning over the line on a left curve and being too far left.

My instructors also warned us that the middle of the lane can potentially be very hazardous with spills from cagers. Here in upstate NY riding in the RH side of the lane can be a challenge because the roads are usually patched or tarred there. I do move to the right when approaching hills as well when I ride alone.

Slabbed it to MA a couple of weekends ago and did about 3 hours in the RH side of the lane with Blaise in front and to the left. Saw LOTS of bikes hugging the RH white line or sitting in the middle. I guess people learn differently from place to place.

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Re: Which side of your lane do you ride in
« Reply #21 on: June 09, 2011, 06:09:42 am »
My default position is LH side..primarily to aid cagers in front seeing me in their side view mirror. As for those who stay too far left in a left curve, their problem is what Kathy points out.. that's not where you should be. You 'set up' in the RH side for a left curve (and visa versa) and then arch your way to the inside as you negotiate the curve..for those familiar with track riding, you want your 'entry' outside so that you can 'drive' through the exit on the inside of the curve.. it's the fastest way through. However, that's track but I try to utilize similar concepts on the public roads. Interesting post.

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Re: Which side of your lane do you ride in
« Reply #22 on: June 09, 2011, 07:14:36 pm »
I never ride in the center! I stay in the left tire tracks of the highway lanes, except for the passing lane (right tire tracks). When leading a group in a staggered formation, in the passing lane I will take the left tire tracks. This way, every rider will remain in the same tire tracks as before.
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Re: Which side of your lane do you ride in
« Reply #23 on: June 10, 2011, 05:17:51 am »
I guess I agree with Kathy a lot in the thread!

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Re: Which side of your lane do you ride in
« Reply #24 on: June 10, 2011, 05:35:28 am »
Somewhere in between the yellow and white lines.  Just depends on the situation.
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Re: Which side of your lane do you ride in
« Reply #25 on: June 10, 2011, 11:11:13 pm »
This has been very informative to me & I believe I have learned a lot from all of your experience...Thanks for all of the replys
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