Join Date: Aug 2011
Year/Make/Model: 2014 Kawasaki Vulcan Vaquero ABS SE
Color: Orange SE
I don't want to get too deep into the lane splitting argument but I've seen a handful of rear end collisions and things are pretty hectic. What's to say the car to your left or right isn't hit and slides into you slamming you between the two cars? The point is, nothing is perfect.
Prevention is important, bright taillight and a visible rider help I think but there are going to be distracted drivers. I, personally, generally keep my bike far to one side of the lane or the other at a stop. At some stops, it enables me to escape. And it offers a driver who looks up at the last second a place to swerve. I'd like to think most humans would instinctively take the back of the pickup over the motorcycle. Maybe not, but you never know. Eventually you do have to come to the conclusion that riding a motorcycle can be risky and it just is what it is.
I've actually read the advice that you should stop your motorcycle nearly on the bumper of the car in front of you to reduce the amount of forward rolling if you were hit. I have a few problems with that though. For starters, I doubt it would work. Second, though we are a rare and dying breed, there are those of us with THREE pedals in our cars. I don't personally roll back at a stop (I'm quick enough with the clutch I guess), some do. So that seems like a disaster. I dunno, just seems like a bad idea.
Really, it seems like most ideas for avoiding damage/injury in a rear end collision are interesting but probably not all that effective. Just stay on top of things, plan ahead, and if possible, plan an escape route! For example, when coming up to a car with a turn signal on, or sitting at a driveway, I immediately make an 'escape plan'. It's just a subconscious thing anymore. Is there traffic oncoming? Do I have a clear shoulder? In other words, if they turn/pull out, aside from braking, what am I going to do? That's saved my bacon a couple of times.
"8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us."
Romans 5:8 (NIV)
2014 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero ABS SE
iPod Connector Kit, Kuryakyn Highway Pegs, Mustang Touring Seat, Marvella's Hitch, Kuryakyn Trailer Wiring Kit, Haul-Master Tag-a-Long Cargo Trailer
2011 Honda Shadow Aero 750 (Wife's)
Memphis shades quick-release windshield, OEM Solo Seat, Mustang Fender Bib, Chrome Solo Luggage Rack
Past: 2006 Vulcan 900 Classic LT