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Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Monroe, LA
Almost a Bumper Sandwich
Had one of those moments you'd rather avoid on my ride home today. The vehicle behind me was yo-yoing between too close and way behind me. As we approached an intersection where there is a lot of traffic in and out of a large subdivision, the Dodge pickup in front of me hit his brakes. It wasn't easy to see his lights because the sun was at his back and he had those aftermarket chrome "Ram" covers on his tail lights. I had just checked my rear view mirrors and the following vehicle was several seconds behind me. I had no trouble stopping with plenty of room. Then I heard the squeal of sliding rubber behind me.
The road shoulder along this particular road is wide enough for a car to travel, and I was preparing to go in that direction to avoid becoming a bumper sandwich. But when I looked over my right shoulder, that is where the vehicle behind me was. There was oncoming traffic on my left, so I stayed put. Fortunately, the driver was able to stop before they got to me. The pickup turned left (they rarely use turn signals in Louisiana), I made a "what were you thinking" body gesture to the vehicle behind me, and continued on. The vehicle stayed well back for a mile or two, but eventually got too close again. I "waved" the driver back, they backed off, and I gave the thumbs up "thank you" sign. It didn't last long, and they were too close again.
I was looking for a convenient place to pull over and let them pass when the driver turned onto a side road. I'm not sure, but I suspect she was on her cell phone when she almost rear ended me.
I'm keepin' all the left over parts. I'm gonna use 'em to build another bike!
1989 VN750 acquired December, 2008, 6,711 miles
Currently 23,298 miles
2001 Honda CMX250 Rebel acquired July, 2008
1987 VN750 project bike, acquired August, 2009, 33,000 miles and balancer sticking out of the case, currently awaiting attention and parts