Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Southwest United States
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.