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Entry-Apex-Exit Points – 3403

Nick Zarras | STAReview Managing Editor

For me, highway driving can be more dangerous than intercity driving, even though many of the statistics may differ. The highway has denser merge lanes with larger differential merge speeds. That can lead to bad situations in all road/weather conditions. There was a bike accident where a driver tried to swerve out of the way of another car who stopped unexpectedly in front of him. The first car clipped the car in front and spun to a stop. A motorcyclist, in the lane he spun into, did not have sufficient room to stop. I had the same motor vehicle hit and spin situation in front of me that week but gladly I had no problem. Could allowing some more room between the motorcyclist and the normal highway vehicle in front have helped? When I ride I leave more space in front of me than when I drive my car. Leaving more space provides me a better view of possible vehicles merging uncourteously into my lane. The rule says maintain a minimum of two seconds following distance from the vehicle in front of you. On the highway it is difficult to maintain that with other vehicles constantly merging in. But that extra “breathing space” has proven to leave me more air to breathe at the end of the day.

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Entry Apex Exit Points – 3402

Nick Zarras | STAReview Managing Editor

Many of us ride for years without incident. And it seems like as a whole the percentage of accidents involving MSTA riders is much lower than what I see reported on the television among the general populous. Let’s look at one such major accident locally and see how it differs from how we ride. It was a seven motorcycle accident on a two lane highway in midday. The weather was somewhat overcast, around 50 degrees. The road was dry. The following data is preliminary but sufficient for using it as an example. The first motorcyclist pair passed on both sides of a large tall vehicle then slowed down. The second set of bikes passed the same way and the third set passed the same way along with one final motorcyclist. The second and third pair and last single motorcyclists collided with the other bikes in the group. It can only be surmised that the trailing motorcycles lost sight of how close the first pair of bikes were from the large tall vehicle and misjudged their closure speed as they passed the large vehicle. The last single motorcyclist saw the closure speed and bailed off their bike and that bike ran into an obstruction. So why did this group of seven riders crash where most MSTA group rides end without incident?

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Entry-Apex-Exit Points – 3401

Nick Zarras | STAReview Managing EditorNick Zarras | STAReview Managing Editor

Chill-in out. For most of us it is getting on the motorcycle in open countryside and letting the flow take you. Little traffic and a load of bikes in front of you set the stage for a lovely backdrop memory for the day. But chill-in out also states you are relaxed or in the zone. For a new rider on a new bike being relaxed tends not to be the norm. It comes with training, confidence and letting your body set the speed you are comfortable with. When I did a MAP (Member Assistance Program) I always checked behind to insure my speed was in the comfort zone for my new rider. The new rider must know to relax. More rigidity in the arms prevents the bike from turning effortlessly. It also counters your body position inputs. Tightness in the bars in a turn can result in straightening your line and not making the turn. Zen is one term used when you find yourself with a clear mind while riding. You have a rhythm going and find yourself traveling at a much higher speed in the turns than you normally would for your focus is just on technique, and the road ahead. You have cleared your mind of all of your daily worries, cell phone interruptions, your breathing is calm, and you are letting the zone determine your speed. To have an enjoyable day on the road, focus on becoming one with the bike and one with the spirit of your environment.

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