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Hints on riding in the UK


Mike 40M

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Since many of you are used to riding in the UK, I'd like to get some hints on how to ride safely. I'm on my way to the TT and will hopefully be in the UK tomorrow. I have only been driving cars in Scotland and Australia in recent years. So I think I'll manage riding on the proper side of the road.
 

Vincent Brake

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i beleive on the mainland we have a obigation to give trafic coming from right hand side at junction, right of way priority.
in the UK its more like the one comes first, goes first. but if its true....

other than that, keep your eys open, and always think, (know) THEY DONT SEE YOU, so leave throttle, when you see a car.....
 

BigEd

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Since many of you are used to riding in the UK, I'd like to get some hints on how to ride safely. I'm on my way to the TT and will hopefully be in the UK tomorrow. I have only been driving cars in Scotland and Australia in recent years. So I think I'll manage riding on the proper side of the road.
Some simple but maybe obvious things that spring to mind:
  1. Petrol. There are not so many roadside garages as there used to be if you are not on main roads. Most larger supermarkets have a filling station. The fuel is usually cheaper there but often only have Regular or Premium grade petrol, no Super if that is what you need.
  2. Speed. There seem to be more speed cameras springing up all over the country. Lots of roads have average speed cameras especially if there are roadworks, often on motorways.
  3. Roadworks. If you can access the internet it is worth checking beforehand for roadworks and delays especially if you are on a deadline to catch a ferry. Allow yourself a little extra journey time. Better to be early and have to wait rather than be late and miss a boat.
  4. Roads. Look out for potholes. The road surfaces on some minor roads is poor. Many holes are marked for repair with yellow paint but after that nothing happens.
  5. Speed Bumps. In towns there are often speed bumps. Avoid following too close behind other vehicles so that you can see the speed bumps coming.
  6. Weather. We have had some really nice weather but if we get much rain try to avoid motorways. They are usually busy and if you are on a motorcycle with the spray from other vehicles you sometimes think you are riding under water!
There are probably lots of other things that might be suggested. Have a good time in the Isle of Man. Don't try to break any lap records, the walls are hard and unforgiving. ;)
 

A_HRD

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What BigEd said - plus - On roundabouts, ALWAYS give way to traffic on the roundabout coming from your right. Unless of course the roundabout is traffic-light controlled.
Peter B
 

vibrac

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No left turn on red .booooo
You can filter in traffic horray!
You often can't pay at the pump. And it's rare to be served ( I think horray but I can't think why)
Speed cameras are marked but some police cars are not ( ray boo?)
Do try the roundabout in Hemel Hempstead if you get a chance it's the only sensible one in the UK as far as I know.
 

Bill Thomas

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I like 2 mirrors, They will come past inside or outside.
leave lots of room in front, + a bit more !.
Avoid riding at night, Deer, + other things, Run into the road.
If you see a Lorry, Keep away, They have a law of there own, And they drop Diesel On rounabouts and other places.
Have FUN, Wish it was me. Cheers Bill.
 

Hugo Myatt

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No left turn on red .booooo
You can filter in traffic horray!
You often can't pay at the pump. And it's rare to be served ( I think horray but I can't think why)
Speed cameras are marked but some police cars are not ( ray boo?)
Do try the roundabout in Hemel Hempstead if you get a chance it's the only sensible one in the UK as far as I know.
There is one in Swindon too.
 

b'knighted

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It is a good idea to look over your right shoulder before committing yourself to any manoeuvre, especially one that involves moving to the right. Just occasionally you may see something that makes you change your mind. These checks used to be part of driving tests and were referred to as lifesavers.
 

timetraveller

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I would add, twin rear view mirrors, flashing indicators, rather than hand signals and, if your charging system will stand it, ride with your headlight on. This is to prevent being SMIDSY`d (Sorry Mate I Did Not See You). The fact that some of theses people have been taught to walk upright and not drag their knuckles on the floor does not mean that they should be driving cars.
 

Mike 40M

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Thanks for your hints. So far I’ve found british motorists beeing nice. Only problem I have is that when I’m in a roundabout, I feel a bit worried going before other traffic. Did a lap on the Mountain Course yesterday. Up on the mountain sometimes exceeded 30MPH. Way to much when I could see 30 meters in the fog.
 

BigEd

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Another thought:
If they still have a "Mad Sunday" beware! The mountain section of the course is one way from Ramsey hairpin for anyone to ride. The best thing to do is keep away as the nutters are a danger to themselves and to anybody on that bit of road.
 

vibrac

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To be correct to this thread the Isle of Mann is NOT in the united Kingdom nor is it in the EU
Now there is a thought......
 

Bob

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What BigEd said - plus - On roundabouts, ALWAYS give way to traffic on the roundabout coming from your right. Unless of course the roundabout is traffic-light controlled.
Peter B
And once on the roundabout beware of those approaching from the left who don't give way! Happens all the time.
 

vibrac

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So tell us where id it than?
Sure in the UK
I know the united Kingdom,Great Britian, England and the British Isles are confusing concepts a bit like Rapides,Comets,Black Shadows and Lightnings oh and Meteors
Have a look at https://www.gov.im/about-the-government/departments/cabinet-office/external-relations/constitution/
The Isle of Man is not, and never has been, part of the United Kingdom, nor is it part of the European Union. It is not represented at Westminster or in Brussels.
The Island is a self-governing British Crown Dependency - as are Jersey and Guernsey in the Channel Islands - with its own parliament, government and laws. The UK government, on behalf of the Crown, is ultimately responsible for its international relations. The Queen, who is ‘Lord of Mann’, is the Manx Head of State and is represented on the Island by the Lieutenant Governor.
 

Mike 40M

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I have now left the beautiful island with all "links fahren" signs. Once confused in the small streets in Peel, made a mistake, but thanks to that 99% of the motorists was driving/riding carefully, nothing happened. Since most days was rainy, except a few racedays when the course was closed, I didn't see any highspeed bikers. Guess that even idiots know that wet roads are slippery.
 

BigEd

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I have now left the beautiful island with all "links fahren" signs. Once confused in the small streets in Peel, made a mistake, but thanks to that 99% of the motorists was driving/riding carefully, nothing happened. Since most days was rainy, except a few racedays when the course was closed, I didn't see any highspeed bikers. Guess that even idiots know that wet roads are slippery.
Dear Mike,
I hope you enjoyed your time in the Isle of Man despite the poor weather. It is a magic place. I try to return every few years or so. It has changed quite a lot since I first visited in 1967 but seems to have that charm of its own with a "little behind the times" atmosphere.
 

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