Way too close.
Riding home yesterday. On 101...four lane freeway. I was in the third lane in. Next to the fast lane. I always keep a good eye on everyone around me. Few cars in front of me. Few way back. And a gold Honda Civic in the slow lane about 15' behind me. I was getting ready to merge left into the fast lane. Checked the mirrors. Good. Checked blind spot with a head turn...good. CHECKED AGAIN right as I was starting my change (less than seconds between the two head checks). On the second head check I see the left edge of the bumper of the gold Honda about three feet behind me, and a woman looking down texting. I hit the throttle and pushed on the right grip hard. She looked up and screamed...we were now right next to each other.
She drifted FOUR lanes. If I had trusted my mirrors, or even settled for the first head check, I would be in bad shape or dead right now. And, honestly, I think if I didn't regularly go do parking lot practice, practice swerves, practice in general, I don't think I would have been able to react appropriately. There was NO time. Luckily it is ingrained now. But a moment of target fixation, or not knowing how to stop the handlebars from wanting to slap and I would have been down with a Honda on top of me.
Moral: Practice even more. Check blind spots like your life depends on it. It does. Muscle memory is a wonderful thing. Scared the crap out of the chick in the Honda (she was pretty...and pretty oblivious). I wasn't scared...just glad I was ready.
"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
Soon, we ride.
AKA JD Mader or you can call me "Dan" just not early for dinner.
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2008 KLR 650
RIP DM - Soon, we ride.
Last edited by Lockjaw; 03-08-2009 at 03:25 PM.