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post #1 of 52 (permalink) Old 05-20-2009, 10:01 AM Thread Starter
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Automobile drivers on my ass (literally)

I don't know if it is just Rhode Island drivers but it seems every time I go out some idiot wants to be up my ass. Most of the time I'm talking close enough to where I can't see their headlights in my mirrors. Do they just not understand that if the slightest thing happens and I need to stop or I lay down the bike they will not be able to stop if they are that close? Anyway. I just had to get that off my chest.... I mean ASS!

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Rhode Island doesn't have a lock on idiots. They're everywhere.

The best method I've found in dealing with tailgaters is to gently "wave" them back. Extend the left arm with the hand toward the ground and slowly move it as if you are pushing them back. If they back off, give them the thumbs up signal to thank them. If they don't, find a good place to let them by. It may be hard to use a gentle wave and avoid the other rigid digit sign when they are extremely close, but keep your cool. Folks respond better to requests, which is what the gentle wave is, than demands, and leaves a better impression of bikers. Plus, you are educating them for other bikers.

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ya, i hate it in my truck when they do that, its even worse on the bike. i usually try to get there attention by doing mirror checks, if that don't work i give a slow down wave, left hand to the side & back a bit & wave my hand like im petting the dogs head. if nothing works i get myself out of there.

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I have two methods to combat the butt-huggers.
1 - I extend my left arm downward and push back as does flightcontrol, adding in a few taps of the foot brake to enhance the experience with a bit of light. Almost always works.
2 - at rest I turn and point out the sticker on the back of the bike that says "Tailgaters Suck". They laugh and back off when we're moving again.

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I have two methods to combat the butt-huggers.
1 - I extend my left arm downward and push back as does flightcontrol, adding in a few taps of the foot brake to enhance the experience with a bit of light. Almost always works.
2 - at rest I turn and point out the sticker on the back of the bike that says "Tailgaters Suck". They laugh and back off when we're moving again.
I gotta get me one of them stickers

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Rhode Island doesn't have a lock on idiots. They're everywhere.

The best method I've found in dealing with tailgaters is to gently "wave" them back. Extend the left arm with the hand toward the ground and slowly move it as if you are pushing them back. If they back off, give them the thumbs up signal to thank them. If they don't, find a good place to let them by. It may be hard to use a gentle wave and avoid the other rigid digit sign when they are extremely close, but keep your cool. Folks respond better to requests, which is what the gentle wave is, than demands, and leaves a better impression of bikers. Plus, you are educating them for other bikers.

Good luck.
First time hearing this, GREAT idea flite. I usually get frustrated and romp on it a little but this is way, WAY better. The fact that we're educating people is definitely the best part of it, not to mention that its effective. Thanks for posting this.
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sometime i wish i had a LED sighn board on the back of my bike so i could type a message to those that feel like the have to occupie the same space that i am f=riding in . have thought about getting a sticker that reads " IF YOU CAN READ THIS YOU ARE TOO DAM CLOSE , BACK OFF!!! "

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man i need to learn how to control myself...last time i had a tailgater i stopped in the middle of the road and vent out all my anger at the driver...he tried to be a smart ass so i took my helmet and slammed it on his hood making a big dent!!!!! I know my reaction was very immature but couldn't help it. when i think about it , i feel bad....but at the moment i felt in danger knowing there is a truck (lawn mowing truck) full of dudes tailgating my butt!!!

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sometime i wish i had a LED sighn board on the back of my bike so i could type a message to those that feel like the have to occupie the same space that i am f=riding in . have thought about getting a sticker that reads " IF YOU CAN READ THIS YOU ARE TOO DAM CLOSE , BACK OFF!!! "
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The best method I've found in dealing with tailgaters is to gently "wave" them back. Extend the left arm with the hand toward the ground and slowly move it as if you are pushing them back. If they back off, give them the thumbs up signal to thank them. If they don't, find a good place to let them by. It may be hard to use a gentle wave and avoid the other rigid digit sign when they are extremely close, but keep your cool. Folks respond better to requests, which is what the gentle wave is, than demands, and leaves a better impression of bikers. Plus, you are educating them for other bikers.
I 100% agree with this. You are totally vulnerable on the bike so be nice. If they pull over when I pull over to let them pass, I get my 40 handy.

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