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The basic and the real:
The basic—move over and let them pass or pick up your pace to create some space.

The Real—If you are experiencing this "a lot" you are probably just riding too slow for the roads that you're on. A common problem I see with some riders and cagers is that they get stuck on the "posted speed limit" when they should be focused on the road, conditions, and riding with the flow of traffic. If the posted limit is 55 but traffic flow is doing 70, you should be doing 70 as well.

Trying to maintain 55 in such a situation makes you a doorstop to other vehicles including trucks and buses. That is much more dangerous to you than you matching traffic flow at 15 mph over the posted limit. Don't hold up traffic. Just move over and then continue your stroll if you insist. You may also need to upgrade your engine size if you feel your bike is straining to keep pace.

A. Scott
Laurel, MD
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
I do the same as Fayne W.—a one-time, strong, open-handed push-back gesture with my left hand to motion ... "get back." Then a check in my side mirror. Let's them know they are too close. It works the majority of the time. If they are still too close, I let them go by. Many people here are saying the same thing ... many people aren't aware they are trying to be your rear passenger, but if push comes to shove, the big boy with four wheels is going to win.

Ride safe and keep the gremlins off the bike!


JR
Portland, OR
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Position yourself so you're in line with the driver (in Australia, that's the right-hand side of the lane, in USA it'd be the left).
You do this so that you are blocking their view; usually they're tailgating you because they have a clear view ahead and think they're safe.
Block their view and they tend to drop back.

Robby
Canberra, Australia
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Most states have laws about impeding traffic or delaying vehicles. So if you're a slowpoke either move to the right or get off the roadway. If you can get a speeding ticket for going 5 mph or more over the limit you should get an impeding ticket for 5 mph or slower!

Ed Davis
Chelan, WA
Saturday, December 3, 2016
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