Fil­ter­ing tips: some­thing to add

Motorcycle Monthly - - Have Your Say -

I am al­ways pleased to see the mo­tor­cy­cle press pub­lish sound ad­vice on rid­ing, as it may save an in­ex­pe­ri­enced rider from be­ing crip­pled or killed. So I read with in­ter­est your clear guide to fil­ter­ing, which is the way we get the most ad­van­tage from us­ing two wheels in town.

But I would like to add to your ad­vice. Pass­ing mov­ing traf­fic is dif­fer­ent to pass­ing sta­tion­ary traf­fic so the need to con­tin­u­ously adapt as you fil­ter in stop start con­di­tions is vi­tal. As traf­fic slows down and stops, pedes­tri­ans love to sprint through with­out look­ing (are they al­ways late?) and cy­clists will move to the out­side to main­tain their speed if blocked on the in­side and, of course, they rarely have mir­rors. As the traf­fic moves off again, watch for op­por­tunis­tic lane chang­ers and U-turn­ers frus­trated by the in­evitable de­lays we all en­dure.

I firmly be­lieve that when pass­ing mov­ing traf­fic the rider should travel only a lit­tle faster, say 10mph, than the ve­hi­cles he is pass­ing so as to be able to stop for the un­ex­pected, par­tic­u­larly if there is not much width to spare. If the speed dif­fer­en­tial is greater then the rider must be wider as you have pointed out. Road po­si­tion is ev­ery­thing for safe rid­ing.

Another piece of ad­vice to the new rider; how­ever hot the weather, al­ways wear gloves, the pro­tec­tion of the hands is sec­ond only to the head in im­por­tance! Richard Lee,

Mitcham

Hi Richard, good points to add to our ar­ti­cle on fil­ter­ing, thanks for send­ing them in – and we ab­so­lutely echo the sen­ti­ment about gloves. Fin­gers can be re­ally man­gled in a spill if you don’t wear gloves. TC

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