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two blocks from home. Doing about 30 on a two laner, in town. An idiot, parked on the right side, flips a u-ie and cuts in front of me. Pulls out hard, pretty hard on the throttle. I saw it coming and got into the oncoming lane (thankfully the lane was empty-I couldnt go the right cuz there was cars parked that I would have rear ended), hit both brakes and the horn. I pulled in front and was about 4 feet in front of him.

My heart was in my throat. The good news is that I did see it coming and was able to react in just the right time to keep it from being onlya close one.

Ride like you are invisible. You probably are.

Living to ride another day.

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Well done UBarW and I'm glad you made it through that alive.

Times like that make a guy wish he had rocket launchers mounted on the front of the bike to vaporize clowns in traffic that only see their own hood ornaments instead of looking out for other traffic and sharing the road.

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Well done UBarW and I'm glad you made it through that alive.

Times like that make a guy wish he had rocket launchers mounted on the front of the bike to vaporize clowns in traffic that only see their own hood ornaments instead of looking out for other traffic and sharing the road.

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Yep. Thats the main reason I don't carry my pistol with me. I might use it!

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Hey Bob, congrats on post number 500!:clapper::weightlifter:
 

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Another reminder of how qiuckly it can all go so wrong, glad you were doing the right thing and keeping your wits about you.:clapper::clapper::clapper:

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I figger I have between 15-20,000 miles since I have had bikes. This is really only the 2nd close call I have had. I suppose you could look at it like I am either overdue, or have beaten the odds.

Either way, I am glad to be here today. As it works out, since nothing happened, no big deal.

I am tempted to drop by and leave a note on that car, that says something like-

"Good morning from the guy on the motorcycle that you tried to kill yesterday. My wife and kids are glad I was paying attention, cuz you werent".

Have a good day, all
 

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:clapper:Good going, stay alert!
 

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AZWinger wrote:
ubarw wrote:
Hey Bob, congrats on post number 500!:clapper::weightlifter:
Thanks ubarw! I hadn't even noticed! :action:
AZ, I think that wins you a free "Deer Whistle"!:clapper:
 

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wingdawg101 wrote:
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ubarw wrote:
Hey Bob, congrats on post number 500!:clapper::weightlifter:
Thanks ubarw! I hadn't even noticed! :action:
AZ, I think that wins you a free "Deer Whistle"!:clapper:
Thanks wingdawg101! I could use a horse and mule whistle more though. I have come closer to hitting one of them than I would care to think about, on a few occasions!:shock: They roam the highway and roads at work.

Bob :11grey:
 

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I certainly can identify with you there,I was out yesterday on my 650 suzuki ,just enjoying the day,A tractor trailer was approaching me from the opposite direction,we were about 500 feet apart when a woman in a minivan talking on a cell phone pulls out from behind the truck,passing it,she was so close to the back of that truck i didn,t even see her there,luckily my suzuki has excellent brakes and i was able to pull it over on the shoulder and get stopped,this was on a major highway with traffic traveling at 60 to 70 miles an hour,she never even looked sideways when she went by me,the trucker piled on the brakes and she just kept on going.after my heart slowed enough to continue i went on my way about 4 miles further down the road a deer jumped out of the ditch in front of me,I got off the highway at the first exit and came home on secondary roads,much slower,but I still enjoyed my ride,a person needs about 6 sets of eyes to see everything but i am going out again today,just going to be very cautious
 

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It seems some days everyone is out to get us. Like you, I was heading back to the office from lunch (hour of riding) going through a intersection and who makes a right on red turn. A woman on a cell phone. I saw her make a slight glance for traffic and pull on out. Luckily I was able to move to the left lane quickly. As I went by her, she never looked over. She was too involved in her phone conversation.

When I got home later in the afternoon, my 4 year old daughter said Daddy, I thought you were dead. I asked why she said that. She goes, Daddy, there are bad people out there. Be careful.

Be safe out there.

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Robo wrote:
It seems some days everyone is out to get us. Like you, I was heading back to the office from lunch (hour of riding) going through a intersection and who makes a right on red turn. A woman on a cell phone. I saw her make a slight glance for traffic and pull on out. Luckily I was able to move to the left lane quickly. As I went by her, she never looked over. She was too involved in her phone conversation.

When I got home later in the afternoon, my 4 year old daughter said Daddy, I thought you were dead. I asked why she said that. She goes, Daddy, there are bad people out there. Be careful.

Be safe out there.

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Kudos to all of you for being alert.

This is exactly why I use the phrase "Ride like you are invisible-you probably are".
 

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It never fails to amaze me how STUPID some cage drivers can be. My wife and I were returning home from a all day ride with friends. As we came into the small town of Abingdon, a young gal made a turn into a car wash, with plenty of room to spare to us. No problem so far. She had to see us at that point, headlight mod. going, late afternoon. But no, what does she start to do?? Instead of pulling on in to the car wash, she's making a U-turn in the lot. I noticed that she wasn't slowing down and would ultimately pull out either right in front of us or hit us in the side. I immediately threw out the anchor sort to speak and laid on my obnoxious horn/airhorns. The combo of the stock horns and airhorns hurt the ears when your standing in front of the bike. Plus the mod. that I use deeply flashes the high beam when I use the horns. Fortunately, she screeches to a stop, with her cell phone still glued to her ear. She glared at me, I gave her the universal signal of disdain with my free hand.

We moved on. Yep, we're invisible and I ride like I am. My wife notices that my thumb is on the horn button anytime I see a potential sign runner or anything where a little more attention is necessary. I also practice emergency stops(with only me on the bike)to haul the bike to a stop as quickly and safely as possible. You have to be able to controlyour bike to best of your and its capability.

Glad you managed to avoid disaster!:clapper:

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Good call on the emergency stop practice. That makes great sense. I have done that too, and, I have been working to make it practice to always use both brakes to stop. Not only does it ease the wear on the back end, but it will stop the bike quicker, and more in control.

I fugger that if I get used to doing it, it will be second nature in an emergency situation.
 

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unfortunately where i live there is no need to practice emergency stops,it is a regular thing around here for people to pull out in front of you,luckily in 22 years of driving motorcyclesi have only actually hit one car that has pulled out in front of me,cost me a blinker and a few scratches,it cost the woman about 800 dollars to fix the door on her car.then she got a lawyer and came after me to pay for her car,that didn,t happen,thanks to the police report,
 

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I think that people using cell phones while driving should be placed in the same category as drunk drivers and suffer the same criminal consequences if they cause an accident. They know how that phone can affect their ability to drive safely before they get on the phone same as a drunk knows what canhappen if he drinks before driving.

One of the stupidest cell phone incidents I've ever witnessed happened a few weeks back and it happenedwith a Harley driver. I was standing in a parking lot watching the whole thing happen. This Harley chopper guy was driving down the road and his cell phone rang loudly. He removes his helmet and sets it between his legs on the tank and answers his phone, then drives slowly with his free hand while he talks away, then he slightly bumps the curb and almost upsets his fancy bike. Had anyone pulled out from oneof the driveways he passed I'm sure that he wouldn't have noticed them and maybe couldn't have stopped since he was so busy with other things.

What the heck is wrong with these idiots and their cell phones. Maybe the law should propose fines against cell phone companies that would make the cell phone provider responsible in cases of accidents since it seems that most people are too stupid to realize that cell phones can severely distract your attention enough to cause accidents that can kill people.

I would be willing to bet that if cell phone providers had to pay out large loss of life claims thatcell phone providerswould soon come out with technology that would prevent cell phones from operating within three feet of a running vehicle.

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One of the sales agents in our office called a customer on his cell phone. The customer said to hold on while he pulled to the shoulder. When asked why the customer said in the state of New York you can be fined $100.00 for using a cell phone while operating a motor vehicle on public roads and highways. I think all states should adopt that law.

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