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    Riding Technique

    Riding Technique

    To be fair, that was the only group of BMWs we saw that week that were riding poorly.

    We drove the van across the “Dragon” several times. And came across crashes every time. All but one involved Harleys, usually riding in large groups.

    There were many more instances of Harleys going wide in the curves.

    The groups were usually from Northeastern states and had ridden down to experience the “Dragon”.

    The one non-Harley crash involved a large pickup truck going wide in a left-hander and hitting a tree.

    None of the crashes required ambulances while we were there.

    Not criticizing Harley riders, they just happen to be most of the bikes there.


    Hand Signals

    This Fall while driving in the Deal’s Gap area there was a close call involving 3 BMW GSs.

    This happened on 28 coming back from Fontana Lake.

    We were on a very twisty section of road with no pull offs.

    First bike successfully passes on a blind curve but could have been taken out by oncoming traffic.

    He's up ahead approaching another left hand blind turn and sticks his arm straight out to indicate a car is coming around the curve.

    The second rider takes this as an all clear signal and starts to pass.

    We quickly move towards the shoulder as it's clear if we don't the 2nd rider will be taken out in a head on.

    There's no berm to move onto.

    So he's right next to us, sharing the lane with our van at 50 mph, as the oncoming car passes.

    It was that close!

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    Quote Originally Posted by wildbears View Post
    Riding Technique

    To be fair, that was the only group of BMWs we saw that week that were riding poorly.

    We drove the van across the “Dragon” several times. And came across crashes every time. All but one involved Harleys, usually riding in large groups.

    There were many more instances of Harleys going wide in the curves.

    The groups were usually from Northeastern states and had ridden down to experience the “Dragon”.

    The one non-Harley crash involved a large pickup truck going wide in a left-hander and hitting a tree.

    None of the crashes required ambulances while we were there.

    Not criticizing Harley riders, they just happen to be most of the bikes there.
    Yes, market share would result in HD's being the most common vehicle in these observations. But, a long wheel base and minimal ground clearance aren't good choices for riding tight radius turns. Group riding typically reduces reaction times and adds multiple risk factors (all the members of the group) which the rider must continually assess. Relative to demographics, the cruiser market customer is a post middle age group that can be training adverse....."front brakes are dangerous" and "Countersteering is BS" are typical statements. Accordingly, these riders are often older (slower reactions), riding in groups (less reaction time) and unaware of riding techniques that reduce braking distance and improve avoidance maneuvers.

    At least, they weren't riding single wheel forward trikes.
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    7 Ways to Avoid Deadly Blind Spots

    Lane position is one of the top strategies a motorcycle rider must utilize to avoid the most common multiple vehicle crashes. Here is a common scenario that illustrates the need to be hyper-aware of blind spots.

    Full article @: https://www.ridinginthezone.com/7-wa...y-blind-spots/

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