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post #1 of 35 (permalink) Old 04-29-2013, 02:02 PM Thread Starter
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just a reminder to be extra alert this riding season. there are even more brain dead cagers on the road this year than there were last. while out stretching my 82's legs sunday, the inevitable car pulled out of the driveway without looking and i was forced to lay my bike down. luckily, i only received a few cuts and bruises as did my bike as this all happened at less than 30mph but be alert this riding season and happy trails to all.

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Glad you're OK with only a few scratches! I had two close calls a week ago Saturday (both on the same day) and both were because of inattentive cagers. Be safe and alert every one!


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The beginning of the riding season is always the worst, as they haven't see a motorcycle for months now.....

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My bike is big and red like a fire truck and I had someone trying to change lanes into me over the weekend. I guess I need to get one of those sirens too!

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Motorcycles are common around here all year, the combination cage drivers/cell phone operators still don't see them. Seems like every time I go out on the bike I have a near miss or two. Never actually went down though. When this kind of thing happens on a daily basis, you learn to expect it, look for it, and be prepared to deal with it. I can usually spot somebody about to do something stupid from far enough back to have time to avoid it. They sometimes surprise me and DON'T do something stupid, but that is the exception, not the rule. Always better to be prepared.

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Happens all the time and I am glad you are not hurt.

However I hate to hear the phrase "I had to lay the bike down". Truth is tires, steering, and brakes give you the option of stopping or swerving to avoid a collision, Plus you are relatively well protected when still on the bike. A dropped and sliding bike is a bike that is out of control and will slide much much further than a bike that is still upon it's tires, plus you have given up any chance of control over steering, braking, or acceleration, and you are also now sliding down the road yourself with nothing to protect you but your helmet and jacket ect, which will now also need replacing.

Obviously I was not there and cannot judge your actions when confronted with a brain dead and blind cage driver, but please look into some advanced rider training like the MSF Experienced Rider Course.


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Glad it wasn't worse, even at 30mph real bad things can happen.

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post #9 of 35 (permalink) Old 04-29-2013, 10:58 PM
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I agree about laying thebike down nt the best idea but not being there I cannot critisize (spelling?) I have had to do several emergency stops and keeping the rubber side down works.Full control and controled braking is the way to go,But whatever works as long as you are OK.
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