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post #1 of 3 Old 01-06-2013, 02:49 PM Thread Starter
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Don't relax in the cage, either

I'd have gotten nailed right in the driver's door in the cage today if not for bike-tuned paranoia.

On a back street, 30mph limit, driveway on the left coming out of a shopping center. There was a van in there at an odd angle, sitting still. Just something about it twitched my spidersense...

Watching the hub caps as usual to spot any movement and slowed down a bit and sure enough just about the time they would have hit me in the driver door had I kept going as before they started out.

Got on the horn and they jerked to a stop and were very shocked shocked to see other traffic on the road, what with it being a public street and all. Judging by their expressions I think they were just standard oblivious cagers instead of dicks.

But no excuse. The van had lots of windows, I could see their heads in there as I was going along; they just flat did not look.

It's long been a theory of mine that the "I just didn't see him, officer!" excuse is code for "I just didn't look, officer!" and this reinforces that... I wasn't even on the bike, but in the cage. They didn't see that? Pffft. They didn't look.

So always keep your two-wheeled paranoia in full swing, even in the cage.

Ride safe.
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post #2 of 3 Old 01-06-2013, 03:55 PM
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Good call. And good job!

"In a car you're always in a compartment, and because you're used to it you don't realize that through that car window everything you see is just more TV." R. Pirsig

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post #3 of 3 Old 04-10-2016, 09:04 PM
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Logic and training don't overcome simple human error. They are called accidents for a reason. Most accidents involve riding to fast or following to close. Can't do much about someone leaping out in front of you.
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