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I have been told my thoughts on lane position are wrong. When I am alone I ride on the right side of the lane, by the side of the road. My thought is I stay further away from traffic and when I am watching the world go by I have more road to do it with. In other words, it makes it easier to glide.
Friends say I should be in the left side of the lane, closer to on coming traffic so they can see me. When traffic dictated I move there keeping with the thought of being in the cars mirrors. I don't really like being toward the middle when on country roads because of not wanting to be that close to oncoming traffic .
So, my question. What part of the road do you ride on? If on a quiet country road where you position your bike?
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When no traffic on country roads, I typically ride all over the lane, sometimes crossing the center line depending on the line of sight or whatever...

When riding with occasional traffic on country roads, I ride left of center for most auto traffic - especially if another vehicle of any sort is in front of me - I don't want to be hidden on the right of center...

When large trucks or other potential issue vehicles (tractors, etc.) approach, I'll slide right of center just to provide an additional buffer zone...

If I have no traffic ahead of me at the moment, I'll take whatever line of travel (within my lane) that provides the best riding surface...

As most oil drains on the center of the lane, I always try to avoid center, especially through corners - although, as necessary for gravel, etc., I will cross between left of center and right of center, even in a curve...

If I am approaching an intersection or a vehicle about to enter the roadway, I will weave slightly to cause the headlight to flash right & left of their position in order to attract their attention & avoid being invisible (if that's even possible)...

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That's a pretty good explanation. I play it by ear also. Mostly all over my lane avoiding the middle. I don't like riding at the center line unless I feel I need to at the moment to be seen. Too many people texting while driving... and weaving.. and drinking... turned around spanking their kids in the back seat... while doing 55-65 on country roads here. Tell your friends to ... well you know what I mean and ride where you feel you should or want.
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Really depends on the traffic for me.
Tend to stay in the right wheel track (we drive on the left). But move around so I can be seen. Don't buffer away from other vehicles, but will get out of blind spots.
Once the traffic is getting heavier, I ride on the line and go between the cars. Much safer than being in a position where I can be rear ended.
As far as quiet country roads. Start wide and finish tight. Something like a squared off racing line. Even more important on roads like MtMac and Cotter Raceway.
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Generally in the middle of the lane. It varies, depending on bends: to the left coming up to a right turning bend, and on the right coming up to a left turning bend, to see further around the bend.

On quiet country roads, the sort that is only about the width of one car: in the middle, or slightly to the left (we ride on the left).
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Florida says ride to the left of the lane so oncoming traffic can see you and maybe won't try passing coming at you, the only main road- highway is two lanes here. I also avoid the lane center oiled stripe.
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In Indiana it where there is the fewest pot holes. Like my favorite bumper sticker:

"Honest officer, I'm not drunk. I'm just avoiding the pot holes!"
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My lane position depends on where I can see the cars best, whether they are on coming or approaching from a side road. If I see a line of cars coming toward me, I will get to the right side of the lane so any driver behind the lead car, thinking about passing, can see me better. If I'm approaching an intersection, behind another vehicle, I will move to that side of the lane that allows any one coming from the side road to see me as early as possible. If I can see them better, I figure they can see me better. Doesn't always work, but it cuts down on the "OHSHIT" moments.
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going back to driving school, they recommend riding closer to the middle line, reasoning, your are more apt to be seen and it leaves room to avoid a collision. also, most people will correct to the right, depending where you live and road laws.
it can change by locations but riding only two abreast and really it should be staggered.

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I mainly ride to the left side with a few exceptions. When in the far left lane of a multi lane road/highway I ride to the right. The theory is cars are less likely to join you in your lane. However, I will shift positions as needed to be seen better or to move away from a vehicle that is moving erratically.

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going back to driving school, they recommend riding closer to the middle line, reasoning, your are more apt to be seen and it leaves room to avoid a collision. also, most people will correct to the right, depending where you live and road laws.
it can change by locations but riding only two abreast and really it should be staggered.

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all motorcycle should have this option, dang cagers!
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