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post #1 of 26 Old 07-09-2016, 02:46 PM Thread Starter
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Be SUPER careful...

This happened a bit ago, but I just got back on the forum (Thanks, Nick!). I was riding home from work recently. I cross the Benicia/Martinez bridge (Solano County, CA) on my commute. I was in the middle of the bridge in the fast lane when a Dodge Charger zoomed up and started to merge INTO me. I went to the far edge of the lane and honked. Looked into the car and it was two young women laughing. The driver blew me a kiss. They kept pressing. I went onto the shoulder and she tried to dump me. I hit the brakes with the left bar about an inch from the divider. There was a bunch of trash and I totally target fixated on the ONE thing I didn't want to hit (a metal thermos) - stupid, but it was insane. Hit it braking hard, but didn't dump the bike. (Another benefit of KLRs. Lot of bikes would have been done.) I managed to slow faster than her and pulled back out behind her. She slowed WAY down and I stayed behind memorizing the LP#. No way I'm trying to pass.

Got home, called 911 and the CHP. Since there was no contact or video, they didn't pursue it other than taking a statement, but a CHP officer called me on the DL that night and said he heard about it, ran the plates, and found out the chick is his neighbor. He was a biker and swore he'd put the fear of God in her.

Take-aways. I now own a contour roam3 and it is ALWAYS on. And I'm always in ninja- video game mode, but I'm stepping it up even more. I've had people mess with me on the bike before, but on a bridge with no escape route? I've never had someone deliberately try to injure me severely or possibly kill me. But it happened.

Be careful, y'all. I'd been thinking about a camera. This made up my mind.



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post #2 of 26 Old 07-09-2016, 05:16 PM
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Thank goodness you are OK. Stories like that make me shiver.

Really a shame that in this day and age of political correctness that the CHP officer couldn't have given you his address, then the two of you go to her house for a 'proper introduction'.
Then all she would have needed to do would be apologize for/ admit to her acts and I'd think law enforcement could have taken her away or not at your disgression.
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Hey Dan!
Good to hear that you managed to avoid a spill. I have no idea whats wrong with people these days, society is getting weird!

Ride safe bro!

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Good to hear that you managed to avoid a spill. I have no idea whats wrong with people these days, society is getting weird!

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Teach the Bitch a lesson

First I am glad that you got out of the situation in one piece! You have her plate number, find out where she lives and give all panels on the car a washing with brake fluid! cost the little bitch some money! I am sick of this crap. I had a good friend almost loss his life to fools like her.
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WoW!! Unbelievable!! She would have looked pretty silly if you had been packing.....Really, what is wrong with people these days?? Glad you are OK.
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Remember the "steelies" marbles as a kid?

I carry a few 1/2 inch ball bearings. A simple toss and nailing the brakes
will get their attention real fast. Auto glass doesn't stand a chance against
hardened steel. Pours out like water. Make sure there's no kids in there first.

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Oh man! That's insane! Glad you got out okay. Similar thing happened to my about 30 years ago. We can trade stories around our next campfire..

The camera is a great idea for commuting. Even if it's off it can be a deterrent to drivers behaving badly. I've done some testing where I have my helmet cam, but also have one mounted on my top case facing to the rear. I've noticed several occasions where a driver might be messing with me or driving aggressively, but once they spot the camera they totally back off.

Stay safe out there.
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Is cowardly violence the answer?

In my view, calling for violent retribution/retaliation appears irresponsible and counter-productive. Does cowardly aggression, such as defacing offenders' cars, flinging steel balls to shatter windshields (and perhaps blind occupants) as hidden road-rage vindictiveness solve any problem?

Similar calls for violence by black nationalist empowerment groups (e.g., People's New Black Panther Party) may have inspired the Dallas police ambush massacre shooter (Washington Post, July 10, 2016, p. A1).

The consequences of harboring posts calling for illegal, violent acts in response to perceived traffic infractions should be considered by forum moderation/management, in my opinion. Motorcyclists, though vulnerable in traffic, are NOT authorized to take the law into their own hands, functioning as judge/jury/executioner, IMHO.
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First I am glad that you got out of the situation in one piece! You have her plate number, find out where she lives and give all panels on the car a washing with brake fluid! cost the little bitch some money! I am sick of this crap. I had a good friend almost loss his life to fools like her.
Do you think malicious vandalism will make her (whom you label, "a little bitch") a better, safer driver, roadrash83? The vandal, one presumes, won't damage the property in daylight; how will she know who did it and what for? And what if the vandal is caught in the act?

Do you think your suggestion improves highway safety for motorcyclists?
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