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post #11 of 19 Old 03-07-2009, 02:00 PM
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never tried to chase an idiot down but I did have a moron try and run me down one time a few years ago. Apparently they weren't happy that I passed a buch of cars at a light on the shoulder so I could turn right {right on red an all that} they stayed with me until I hit the gravel road. I let them get close enough and then dropped about 3 gears and rocked the throttle hard. Do you know how many rocks a fairly new D606 will throw at a car ..... She does now. Saw the car a few days later. It needed a new windshield.

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I followed a guy once into a parking lot after being cut off and almost run into a curb. When I pulled up along side, I though he was going to pee his pants. He was that much inattentive in his driving! We had a polite conversation about looking around, then I left.

Mostly, since I lane split in California, I've stopped if I've tweaked someone's mirrors to check for damage (my cruiser mirrors are at the same height as trucks). I've only been yelled at once. Mostly the drivers are nervous at first when I stop, but then you can see them exhale when you're polite. It also lets them know that we are people too, not Hell's Angels degenerates.
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post #13 of 19 Old 04-12-2009, 12:25 AM
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It also lets them know that we are people too, not Hell's Angels degenerates.
Let me give you a "Hell" Yeah on that one! Chalk one up for the good guys!

One time, when I was cut off, this truck w/ a long trailer went to the same store that I was going to. Of course, I shook my head and held up my left hand to say, "What's up with that?" They followed me into the parking lot.

I got off my bike and started laughing at the guy. He was smiling and apologizing. I said you need to watch out for US (motorcyclists). He kept on saying, "Sorry." Before I left him, I made him vow to me that he would pay more attention to US, which he said he would.

I got my two cents in, too. I told him, once we were on good terms, you don't have the right to change lanes instantly when you flip your blinker. He took it nicely and still said, "Sorry."

Like you, I said that WE are not all "Hell's Angels." WE are people that have families. He got the message.

It is only a problem IF YOU THINK it is a problem. THINK about it.

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post #14 of 19 Old 05-01-2009, 01:07 PM
 
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I've learned to flash 2 fingers as in a peace sign when I really want to flash just one...get waves and apologies every time...
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post #15 of 19 Old 07-24-2009, 02:42 PM
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Angry

A couple weeks ago, I had a lady in a big SUV in the leftmost lane going my way, I am in the middle lane, nobody in the right lane. Buzzing about 50MPH.
Suddenly, she decides she just has to try to occupy the very same space/time co-ordinates I am in.....! Over she comes!
I lay on the horn, trying to check traffic around me but DO NOT want to take my attention from HER! So I back off without braking too hard, in case someone is behind me.
I made it safely behind her, and she is giving me the "Royal Wave", like the effing Queen of England gives the 'little people'!
Basically telling me, "Yes, I see you and know you are there, and I don't care if I kill you for that ten feet of air space you are sitting in!"
I tell ya, if looks could kill, she'd be burn't toast!
But, since she was acting 'squirrely' and was obviously willing to kill me, I dropped way back and changed to the rightmost lane.
KLR vs. SUV with a criminally stupid driver - not worth the fight at all.
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post #16 of 19 Old 07-24-2009, 03:50 PM
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None of these people are really sorry about anything, deep down they believe we are at fault for every incident. They will say whatever to avoid confrontation, but soon as they leave they are cussing motorcycles again.
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post #17 of 19 Old 07-25-2009, 07:14 AM
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Let me give you a "Hell" Yeah on that one! Chalk one up for the good guys!

One time, when I was cut off, this truck w/ a long trailer went to the same store that I was going to. Of course, I shook my head and held up my left hand to say, "What's up with that?" They followed me into the parking lot.

I got off my bike and started laughing at the guy. He was smiling and apologizing. I said you need to watch out for US (motorcyclists). He kept on saying, "Sorry." Before I left him, I made him vow to me that he would pay more attention to US, which he said he would.

I got my two cents in, too. I told him, once we were on good terms, you don't have the right to change lanes instantly when you flip your blinker. He took it nicely and still said, "Sorry."

Like you, I said that WE are not all "Hell's Angels." WE are people that have families. He got the message.
ya know, that still doesn't mean I can't think about pulling the browning hi-power outa the paddle holster and dumping 13 rounds into the side of the car .....

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post #18 of 19 Old 09-18-2009, 12:39 PM
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Over the years, I have had some roadside discussions with car drivers that I felt needed etiquette lessons. It usually just gets everybody involved really pissed off and rarely solves anything. There are so many dumbasses driving on the roads these days, how am I going to teach them any manners?
One on one? so little time.
I ride like I am invisible, as if no one can see me.
I expect cars to pull into my path.
I don't ride in blind spots.
I don't presume I have the right of way.
I don't cross centerlines on blind turns.

Loud pipes won't save my life and helmets don't suck.
I gear up to crash, then do my best to avoid crashing.

And I still enjoy my rides. I try to not let people have the power to piss me off.
After all, I am riding and they are stuck in their cars, eating, putting on make-up, reading, texting, chatting, dialing, pretty much doing everything but paying attention to their driving. poor things. We can't really expect them to be watching out for us too.

Bottom line, WATCH OUT.
So right. And the big multi wheeled thingy will always win when it becomes mano et mano.

A couple of things to add to the list above.

Let the other person go first at the 4 way stop sign.

Keep a cap on the testosterone bottle.
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post #19 of 19 Old 09-19-2009, 07:42 PM
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Here's my personal favorite, never cross the intersection feeling safe because you have a green light. Always look to be sure it won't be your last intersection.

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