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middle line not lane.
want to know something slicker, try a brick street in the rain.
Lowell has cobblestones, there's a nice ride in the drizzle. All the trapped oil seeps out of them but doesn't get washed away. Sportsters on ice.

Genius's in my town took this corner (if it shows up), an off camber right from Treble Cove Rd to Pollard St and painted a rubberized wide stop line and a crosswalk on it. If it's dewy out it'll get you. If you follow Treble Cove to Talbot to Old Elm to Faulkner, there is a SICK up and down ess out to Mt. Pleasant St.

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As a general rule you need to stay out of the middle of the lane and away from the edge of the road (right side for USA and similar and left side for UK and similar). Main place to position yourself is where YOU can see and that is usually as far from the edge of the road and out of the center of the lane as possible. Next, make sure as best you can others can see you and once again that it usually as far from the edge of the road and center of the lane as possible.

The center of a lane
This is where most oil, antifreeze and whatever else from cages usually drips, yes, even just out on the road and not at intersections, etc. could be anywhere the more traffic the worse it gets. Except for unknowing motorcyclist, it gets very little if any traffic, so it is pretty much still like a new road at least enough to increase the slickness IMO. Not as bad as closer to the edge of the road, but usually not the best for seeing and being seen.

Edge of the road
Most roads are usually sloped toward the edge of the road. Shit rolls down hill. The stuff from the center goes towards the edge. That should be self explanatory.
The edge of the road is usually the worst position to see what is ahead and to be seen. Cars going in the opposite direction getting ready to overtake traffic may not see you until too late, cars looking to pull onto the road may not see you, etc. some cars just pull out into the road some before looking to and WHAM! if you ride to close to the edge.

You should spend most of your time farthest away from the road edge in the driver side wheel rut, FACT, this has been shown to be the best all around spot. In reality you need to move around to avoid poor road conditions (pot holes, tar snakes, etc.), to help other drivers notice you, to look around large vehicles, etc. could require being in the middle or over near the edge or shoulder. Just be aware of the inherent dangers and move back away from the road edge when possible.

Just cruising in the middle of nowhere, country roads, little traffic, good visible side roads, etc. I do 99% in the driver side rut. Other than that, wide open roads with traffic and blind entrance side roads maybe 90% drivers side rut, moving enough to see and be seen avoiding bad road conditions, etc. In town, congested highways, crowded Interstates, etc. I move more as the situation warrants. When I say the drivers side rut, I mean pretty much from near the center of the lane to the lane divider line, so still moving some and dodging anything that looks like a hazard.
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