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Are you a Centerline rider or Predominately a Center of the Lane Rider?

Bazza

Well travelled
Location
Scotland UK.
Aussie so ride/drive on the LHS. I tend to ride just left of the centre of the road when out in the countryside as I like to think it gives me an extra nanosecond to respond to wildlife with no sense of self preservation (pretty much all Australian native wildlife) coming out from the bushes on the left. Naturally any vehicles heading my way or intersections coming up I move to more central in my lane, heavy vehicles coming my way much further to the left. If enjoying twisty roads then centre or left of centre of my lane as I'd prefer not to head butt an oncoming vehicle on a right hand bend.
G'day, just a note regarding right hand bends. Would it not be wiser to move to the left kerb / verge so as to see further round the bend, and avoid getting your nod knocked off. Just a thought.
 

Langers(SA)

Total noob
Bazza I agree, the intent is to not put oneself in any danger, as such I'm also mindful of leaf litter, gravel etc so I tend not to get too close to the verge on a right hander. I'm not and never have been a knee dragger - I don't have the talent and I'm also a firm believer that if you want to play those games, go to a track day.
 

Bazza

Well travelled
Location
Scotland UK.
Aye, I forgot , when i was over there in 87 the nearside was a bit dusty and littered with twigs and empty beer bottles and cans. Mind that was NSW. :unsure:;)
 

Clogboy

Well travelled
It's not just oil spills, but also dirt and debris that gathers where the wheels don't come. Depending on vision, visibility and upcoming curves (I take the outside line if I can), I ride left or right from lane center. If I can I ride in the same line as where other peoples driver seats are, and if there's opposing traffic I move over to the outside of my lane for max visibility. Otherwise I prefer to be able to see between the cars, not so I can filter, but so I can see quicker when it's starting to slow down. Not to mention, lane center is usually on a hump so if you lose control, it's harder to recover when sliding off said hump. But that's just my gut instinct.
I'm from the other side of the world (Netherlands) and just got 2000 km on my Hunter but I think most of the ideas translate.
 

Roy Gavin

Well travelled
G'day, just a note regarding right hand bends. Would it not be wiser to move to the left kerb / verge so as to see further round the bend, and avoid getting your nod knocked off. Just a thought.
Some native trees in Oz have roots which travel a long way in search of moisture, sometimes finding it under the nearest sealed road, so the outer edges of some roads can be a bit corrugated by the intrusion, which can discourage some from taking the "racing" line!
Others have described me as a cautious driver, which might mean I instinctively take up the road position I feel safest in, at the time.
Which might make me little different from everybody else, we all probably respond to the road conditions we ride in, self preservation is a powerful instinct.
 

Bazza

Well travelled
Location
Scotland UK.
Some native trees in Oz have roots which travel a long way in search of moisture, sometimes finding it under the nearest sealed road, so the outer edges of some roads can be a bit corrugated by the intrusion, which can discourage some from taking the "racing" line!
Others have described me as a cautious driver, which might mean I instinctively take up the road position I feel safest in, at the time.
Which might make me little different from everybody else, we all probably respond to the road conditions we ride in, self preservation is a powerful instinct.
You're not wrong Roy, most riders have their own idea as to the correct / safe line, like you, I do my own thing, and some folks just don't like it, and they sure let me know.
So, most of the time I ride alone. AAhh, peace, the rumble of exhaust, and Meeeee.!!
 

Langers(SA)

Total noob
Here in Aus the new norm in road maintenance is Spray Seal which is spraying a thin film of bituminous binder on the road and covering it with aggregate (gravel). At that point it seems to be 3.30 pm and time to get ready for knock off. Being a Friday, knock off is early as the pub beckons. Half a dozen pints later someone may think, bugger we forgot to sweep the gravel from the road. She'll be right mate - we've left the 25 kph signs up for the entire weekend.
Come Monday, the boys will turn up nursing massive handovers and do a particularly shite job of sweeping the gravel from the road, often ignoring the bends. It is for this reason I tend not to get too close to road verges on corners. 😁
 

Turbofurball

Well travelled
Location
Catalunya
Here in Aus the new norm in road maintenance is Spray Seal which is spraying a thin film of bituminous binder on the road and covering it with aggregate (gravel). At that point it seems to be 3.30 pm and time to get ready for knock off. Being a Friday, knock off is early as the pub beckons. Half a dozen pints later someone may think, bugger we forgot to sweep the gravel from the road. She'll be right mate - we've left the 25 kph signs up for the entire weekend.
Come Monday, the boys will turn up nursing massive handovers and do a particularly shite job of sweeping the gravel from the road, often ignoring the bends. It is for this reason I tend not to get too close to road verges on corners. 😁
That's what they used to do on rural roads in the UK too, only without the sweeping - you just had to take it easy till it settled. Very cheap maintenance for roads that are light on traffic!
 

Scrapyard Sorcerer

Well travelled
Location
Lincoln
That's what they used to do on rural roads in the UK too, only without the sweeping - you just had to take it easy till it settled. Very cheap maintenance for roads that are light on traffic!
Surface dressing will have a sweeping procedure. Once the polymer modified bitumen is laid and the chippings have been rolled in with rubber wheeled rollers, it's then down to traffic to do the rest. It can be up to a week, depending on traffic flows. For high traffic areas, first sweep might be within 12 hours. If put down correctly, it can extend carriageway life by up to 10 years. It is used on dual carriageway high speed roads too.
 

Roy Gavin

Well travelled
In this State there are two standards - Highways- main roads, whatever and Council/ county, whatever.
Highways is two layers of pre coated interlocking usually 10/12 and 5/7 mm quartzite chips , with rolling, sweeping , whatever and it is used on main highways.
Council spec is, er, variable, but is usually one coat of uncoated 5/7 chips, to whatever standard the contractor can, er, convince, the council is acceptable, but there does not seem to be any uniform standard.
Problem is that it not always easy to tell what you are actually riding on, and grip varies considerably.
Tough on tires too, on some bikes---!
 

Dabrakeman

Well travelled
Location
Michigan, USA
I take what I consider the safest line at all times. Very similar to driving a car in the winter on icy or potentially icy roads. Assume you may lose traction at some point and then where will you go. Back in the mid 80's when I was on my 'round the country trip riding every day got your confidence up pretty high. Nonetheless, after a couple "Oh sh#$%^t" experiences riding In the mountains I learned to just forget about pushing the cornering on inside corners because you never knew when debris from the hillside would be washed out onto the road. Outside corners gave more visibility so could have a little more fun. I think my fun bar is at little lower now though anyway.
 
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