Nope. Posted in this thread. I have a problem tracking different people across different platforms (often with different handles).
I was asking about personal take-aways that you'd do differently. Say, when stopped, leaving extra room between you and the vehicle you're behind, in gear, and head on a swivel; ready to move out of your spot when you track that approaching vehicle on your 6. You know... things you reflect on personally when there's no ego to defend in front of others.
Bounce hits the nail on the head with this point. If it means anything, I am a Canada Safety Council (CSC) certified Chief Motorcycle Riding Instructor. I've been riding for going on 37 years and teaching and licensing riders for 19 years. One of the exercises we do in the Gearing Up program is emergency braking and collision avoidance. Before we even talk to the students about how to brake or swerve in an emergency, we discuss what needs to be done to avoid those situations in the first place. There are three (3) things that, regardless of who is at fault, are factors that are within the rider's control: Inattentiveness, Following Too Closely, and Speed.
When you cross through an intersection, do you do a traffic check on your approach? This shouldn't matter whether it's a through-intersection where traffic on your left and right has a stop sign or you're going through a green light. Do you check your mirrors after you crossed through the intersection? The situation behind you is likely to change after you've gone through an intersection. When at a stop in traffic, whether you're waiting at a light or traffic is just backed up, how frequently do you check your mirrors? When you are just riding along in traffic, how frequently do you check your surroundings and your mirrors? We run an M2Exit course which is a road test for riders getting their full M license. On that course we teach that riders should be checking their mirrors every 10 seconds in residential and commercial areas and every 5 seconds when riding on an expressway. Seems like a lot, but there is a lot going on and you need to be aware. And even when stopped in traffic, you need to be checking your mirrors regularly. This is also why we teach The Ready Position - whenever possible, stop with your left foot down, right foot on the brake, right hand on the throttle, and left hand on the clutch with the bike in first gear. That is the best way to ensure that you're ready to go. I see too many motorcyclists who stop at intersections with both feet down, no brake applied, and the bike in neutral. That's a recipe for disaster.
Following Too Closely:
The best thing a rider can do is put time between them and other traffic. Distance equals time. When riding along you should always maintain at least a 2-second gap between you and the vehicle in front of you whenever possible. This gives you time to brake or swerve if/when required. Increase that gap if you're about to go through an intersection as oncoming vehicles may not be able to see you if you're too close to the vehicle in front of you. Always make sure you have a good forward view of the situation ahead of you. Distance also matters when you're stopped in traffic. Always, always, always make sure you have an escape route. That means at least a bike length between you and the vehicle in front of you. Also, when riding along on a multi-lane road, stay out of the blind spots of the vehicles to your left and right. Maintain a space cushion between you and all vehicles.
This doesn't just apply to riding faster than the posted limit. It's about riding the appropriate speed for the situation. I like to ride at a "spirited pace" and have been known to scrape a foot peg now and again. That being said, there is a time and place for everything. If you are stitching through traffic at 30 km/h faster than the other vehicles around you, those other drivers and riders won't expect you and don't be surprised when someone pulls out in front of you because they didn't see you. Speed equals time. Almost 20 years ago I was riding in the Allegheny National Forest with two buddies. We were having a nice afternoon ride when we came upon a road where the asphalt was in questionable condition. I struggled to make it around a pothole infested curve - my two buddies were not so lucky. The one right behind me ran his bike into the ditch and the third rider dropped his bike on the shoulder and broke his wrist pretty badly. We were not exceeding the posted limit but we were definitely riding faster than conditions warranted. A rider needs to assess the situation continuously and adjust their riding accordingly.
My final recommendation is for continuous learning. Forums like this are great for learning riding tips and there are many great books out there. One of my favourites is Proficient Motorcycling (I and II) by David Hough because it gets right to the basics but there are many other great books. I can't stress enough how important and valuable it is to take an advanced rider training course. I don't care how long you've been riding, there is always room to improve your skills and no better way to do it than on a parking lot or track with a professional instructor providing feedback. I took Advanced Rider Training https://advancedridertraining.com/
last year, a one-evening classroom and two-day parking lot course run by Sgt. Ryan Austin and it was money well spent. We were going to run all of our 35 instructors through it this summer but COVID-19 put a hold on that. Hoping to do it next year. I will definitely take his course and others like it in the future. If you measure your riding career in decades and think you've learned all you can about riding, I hate to break the news to you but you're not as good as you think you are.
That does it for now. This post was intended for the benefit of the entire group. Stay safe out there, everyone!