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Hi! My name is Patti and I am a new member to the forum. I love riding even though it isn't a "girlie" thing to do. I am starting to get a little nervous with the crazy traffic and the people who have no respect for bikes. I am a careful driver but they are insane. I ride a V Star Classic 650.
 

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Welcome to the forum, Patti. You'll find there are a few other lady riders here so make yourself at home. The 650 is a great bike and lots of others here with them who can offer advice and answer any questions you might have. We're kinda big on pics here so post one of your ride when you can!
 

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Welcome from Houston, Texas. I feel your pain with other drivers. I ride as if no one can see me. I always have an out planned if I need it. I commute daily, see picture below as I'm in there somewhere every day. This is picture on I-10 in Houston. Ride often and safe.

 

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Patti, the one thing you have control over with the bad drivers is to reduce your risks.

I grew up on a bicycle in the city when I was a teenager, and later commuted to work on a bicycle sometimes over the years.

On a bicycle you really have to control your risks, limit where you ride, try to stay on bike paths and residential streets whenever you can...

Its not that much different on a MC. I commute everyday when its not raining or snowing. I dont ride on highways, and I avoid 4 lanes roads, esp ones that become 6 or 8 lanes at intersections - there are too many vehicles to keep track of.

Maybe Im lucky because I can ride around the city on the edge of the suburbs to get to work and back. Im not taking the fastest route, but its definitely safer. Im not riding a MC to get to work as fast as possible. In fact when its nice after work I often take an even longer route to get home, just to enjoy the ride. Its normally 30 minutes, the longest I have taken so far was 2 hours to get home.

I would rather get up a bit early and have a great ride, than to have to deal with half awake drivers coming at you from all directions. Im actually skirting farm land on some parts, and watching the deer prance across the road is more of a danger than the light traffic.
 

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Welcome from N Florida. KCW makes GREAT points. Be alert and aware. Stay off of backed up highways when possible. Idiots think changing lanes 5654651418941651 times gets them to where they are going faster. They do not care who is next to them or coming up. Enjoy your bike, take the scenic routes. :)
 

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Hi Patti, welcome to the forum. I can't add much more than my fellow members have previously stated. If you haven't taken an MSF course nearby, I'd highly recommend it as it'll teach you how to deal with cagers and build your confidence in the seat.
We have several female riders here and I'm sure they'll chime in and I'm seeing more lady riders all the time. I'd recently read where female riders are up over 30%. Please share some pics with us and ride safely!


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