Following is much safer than leading out. Yes really. I know there is strong bike culture to hate following anything. Rules. Laws. Convention. To pass everything on the road to prove that you can't be caged in. And to try to out ride your commonly worthless mirrors (except on the CBR250R) since you have no clue what is going on behind you. But here again I am objective and don't automatically fall in with the way everyone else does it. It is much safer to follow a vehicle, any vehicle, in the city or on the highway, than it is to lead out on an open road. Anything bad that can happen, such as a car or an animal running into the road, will happen to THEM. I have 500,000 miles of safe driving to prove my concept. Once you become accustomed to a following riding style with a blocker/ guardian angel, you will realize how utterly naked you are to hazards running into, or turning across your lane when leading out alone. Wherever there are deer crossing, I feel much safer with a blocker in front of me. Big trucks are probably the best choice on the highway at night and in bad weather. They are pros and drive millions of miles. They sit up much higher and can see even better in bad weather. My feeble motorcycle lights work better bouncing off the back of their rig and light up like it is day. Their actions and reactions show you advanced warnings of hazards way up the road before you would have seen them. Their big tires temporarily plow a clear path on the pavement from standing water so I have a better surface to ride on. Hypermilers don't go much over the speed limit so now it is nice that speeders coming up behind you are already planning to move around the truck from much father back and don't blame you for being "some slow guy in the way". Large cars and trucks get seen. Motorcycles are invisible. Daydreaming drivers will wake up when they see the vehicle you are following and then will also see you. Following is much safer than leading out.
Really Sendler, Really?!
Following a transport well get your ass killed. Do NOT do it.
First, when a transport runs over some crap on the hwy they kick it up a couple feet off the ground. You will not have time to evade. Getting hit with anything, let alone something a couple of feet of the ground gets you buried.
Second, transport blow tires constantly. Ever pass a transport and hear the rhythmic slapping coming off one or more of the tires? Thats a tread delaminating. When they do go they go off big. Like explosively big. Tire snakes flying everywhere.
Third, I absolutely garuntee that they know your behind them, except they can't see you. Your a liability to them. They don't want you back there. They can't see you. They WILL run closer to the shoulder to throw rocks and debris at you to get you to move past them.
Fourth, on a two lane you just effectively made the truck that much longer. Now cars have to pass both the truck AND you. At the very least you now have cars squeezing in between you and the truck, at worst, their going pass BOTH of you; we know which one of those two scenarios is most likely to happen.
Fifth when following a transport, your going to be in the left vehicle track. Meaning vehicles on your side of the hwy attempting to make a right turn ONTO the hwy can't see you. If they don't cut in front of the transport causing him to hit the brakes, you can bet they'll turn IN FRONT OF YOU. Hey, "I didn't see him"
Sixth, Do not run in FRONT of transports either. Cars passing can't see you until it's to late. They can't stop worth anything. You nail your breaks, your going to be run over.
Seventh, Do not stop behind a truck, any truck at a red light without leaving at least 40 feet between you an the truck. I've had it happen a number times where the truck rolls back slowly. Usually the car behind you is sitting on your ass. Fun stuff. Go ahead, blow your horn 'meep'. Did he hear that? No. Your about to be a sandwich. I personally know somebody that this is happened to. The only thing they could do was to step off the bike and watch it get pinched.
I've got about 100,000 miles touring in the last 4 years. Probably close to a half a million miles on bikes lifetime. Most of my friends have a similar amount. Not one of them will linger around a truck longer that in takes to get the hell away from them. Anytime your around anything that causes ppl to do ANYTHING other than travel in a straight line you can bet your going to lose.
Gaurdian Angel you say? More like the Grim Reaper.
WORST. ADVICE. EVER.