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post #1 of 18 Old 05-31-2008, 09:57 PM Thread Starter
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Angry My first close call

Tonight while taking a ride I had my first close call. A car pull out in front of me, then spotted me with the deer in the head lights look and stopped. He stopped blocking both lanes of travel, leaving only the shoulder open. From reading things on this and other forums I was prepared. As I was coming up to the intersection, I saw the car and could see him edging up. I knew he was going to pull out, I had let off the throttle, covered both brakes and clutch. I was able to stop in time with no problems, all the car driver could do was look at me, never tried to move his car.

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post #2 of 18 Old 05-31-2008, 10:01 PM
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WOW, absolutely glad to hear your ok. But even better that you were prepared and acted accordingly. All the more reason to try and never get complacent when riding. Always be prepared.

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post #3 of 18 Old 05-31-2008, 11:58 PM
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Had one of those afew weeks ago myself, was headin up a 4 lane and this gal was at the exit of a burger king, I looked dead at her and could see she had no clue I was there, she went and I was already leaned over and headin behind her, if I hadnt of done that I woulda T boned her, she never looked ,slowed or even seamed to have any clue as to how close it was

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post #4 of 18 Old 06-01-2008, 02:22 AM
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I was riding through a mall parking lot today and had to stop quickly to avoid being hit by a girl on her cell phone. She never saw me at all. I had to see over a bunch of parked cars to spot her. If it hadn't been for the high seat of the KLR, I might not have had time to stop.

I would not be averse to slapping one of those "maybe you'd drive better with that cell phone up your ass" stickers on my green plastic.
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post #5 of 18 Old 06-02-2008, 11:29 AM
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I had an older guy cut me off last week. As I approached another road which Td the road I was on ( I had the right of way) to make a left. I saw him stopped and just new he was going to cut out infront of me. Good thing I was going so slow and I also already was prepared with the clutch and brakes. He looked right at me, waited until I was about 10 yards from him and then pulled out.
I approach all intersections with stopped cars assuming they will pull out infront of me.
I gotta say, since Iíve had my bike,,, the absolute worst drivers are young girls! They just are not careful drivers!!
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post #6 of 18 Old 06-02-2008, 06:01 PM
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Some people are just Fin pricks if you ask me. It's absolutely amazing how we can make direct eye to eye contact with people and yet they still pull out right in front of us. Or the other pricks who we see stop then wait and wait with absolutely no traffic from either direction coming so we figure they must have seen us and are waiting for us. Then, at the last Fin second they pull out like they didn't see us at all. It's like..WTF!!!!!!!! were they doing sitting there all that time without any traffic. It has to be a deliberate act.

I think people just hate motorcycles in general. We are harder to see so they just ignore us all together or create dangerous conditions on purpose thinking we deserve it for some reason.

Then again, most people these days can't drive anyway. They change lanes near intersections. They drive in the far right lane blocking people from being able to merge at the on ramps. When they see your turn signal they floor it to block you from changing lanes. Speed limits don't seem to exist, you either have people driving 5 under or 5 over and never the exact speed so it's a 10mph gap between the two. Then you have the people who don't understand that braking does not need to begin a 2 football fields away from the light. They brake, let off, brake, let off, brake, let off and the final braking that takes them 6 car lengths at a snails pace to finally stop the damn vehicle. !!!!!!COME ON... JUST FIN GET UP THERE AND STOP ALREADY!!!!!!! It's endless the shit people do on the roads.

Combine all these idiots and it's a total cluster**** on our roads.
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post #7 of 18 Old 06-05-2008, 08:57 AM
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As I read these tales of close calls I realize why I bought my KLR. I have had my share of close calls, even lost a close friend to a drunk driver qagmeyer. The KLR offers one of the best defensive riding positions there is. I have had my share of cruisers both Harley Davidson and metric. I took a friends Suzuki bandit for a spin last summer and I was hooked on the upright riding position. I always keep it in the back of my mind that we are a speed bump to the 4 wheeling public.
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I think I've undergone some Pavlovian conditioning since I got my bike. The mere image of a woman with a cell phone in one hand and a steering wheel in the other is enough to send my heart into my throat. Sometimes I'll be standing on the curb and I'll see a female driver on her cell from many yards away, and instantly my palms go cold. Add gum-chewing and a vacant stare to the mix, and you can change "leaping heart and cold palms" to "stopped heart and wet pants". Okay, I'm exaggerating, but not by much.

I think their cells should be literally shoved up their asses. I mean, if I were a proctologist and I had the faintest suspicion my young female patient was a habitual cell-phone driver, I'd be like, "I'm Dr. Cabron. May I see your cell phone, please?"
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post #9 of 18 Old 06-05-2008, 08:22 PM
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I forgot one of the most annoying situations....

Your off ramp/turn lane is coming up and there is a vehicle in front of you draggin their ass. You arrive at the turn lane and the car in front had no turn signal on and continues in its lane while you make the change to the turn lane and as you start to proceed the other car finally decides to make their lane change to the turn lane and just heads right over never considering somebody has already entered the turn lane and is proceeding past them. Why these people wait half way or even a third way down a turn lane before entering is completely beyond my understanding.
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YES! Barring extreme circumstances, that painted line dividing the off-ramp from the right lane of the freeway should be treated like an iron wall.
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