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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.

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glad to hear it went as well as it did FC,did any body on here ever here of the pyramid of danger,here is the way it works at the bottom of the pyramid are several times we do something without thinking or use the old I've done it before excuse and nothing bad happens,next layer up is near misses and then after that comes the two or three minor accident layer with the one or two with injury accidents and we know what the top of the pyramid is serious injury or death. this is not something I dreamed up one day but was taught to us in our annual safety retraining when I worked in the mining industry.I have observed it to be true in daily life and gives us something to think about .
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Glad your alright bro - lotsa stories lately - Hope it wasn't on your way to the post office!
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Good to hear that everything worked out. This is the reason I added a second super bright LED brake light at the top of the sissy bar. It is only activated by the brake, so it gets their attention. It works just as well as the third brake light on a car and I've had numerous comments that it is effective. When they get too close, I just blink it and they back off.


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Good to hear that everything worked out. This is the reason I added a second super bright LED brake light at the top of the sissy bar. It is only activated by the brake, so it gets their attention. It works just as well as the third brake light on a car and I've had numerous comments that it is effective. When they get too close, I just blink it and they back off.
I replaced the two stock brake lights with LEDs. When brakes are first applied, they flash rapidly for five seconds and then stay on. May add some more LEDs when I get my hard bags installed. If folks aren't paying attention, not sure what would work. Stupidity kills, but not always the stupid ones.

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Glad your alright bro - lotsa stories lately - Hope it wasn't on your way to the post office!
Nope, headed there next. Wish me luck!

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I`m glad to hear you are ok FC. It`s hard to protect yourself from others stupidity, that`s for sure.

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I gotta tell ya - you were way more forgiving than I would have been. If someone almost runs me down and then keeps riding my ass, the next red light they're gonna get a visit at their window. Simple enough. Not to try and fight or anything but to ask them WTF their issue is. Usually just putting the bike on the kickstand is enough to wake some people up IME. The only flaw in the "pulling off" method is that unless there isa lane dedicated for that turn, you run the risk of getting swatted as you slow down for the turn. And before I accidentally start a debate I gotta say that each situation is different, and in the end all that matters is that we get out of it safe.

FC - glad your situation didn't take one of those horrible turns we hear so much of lately.

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I gotta tell ya - you were way more forgiving than I would have been. If someone almost runs me down and then keeps riding my ass, the next red light they're gonna get a visit at their window. Simple enough. Not to try and fight or anything but to ask them WTF their issue is. Usually just putting the bike on the kickstand is enough to wake some people up IME. The only flaw in the "pulling off" method is that unless there isa lane dedicated for that turn, you run the risk of getting swatted as you slow down for the turn. And before I accidentally start a debate I gotta say that each situation is different, and in the end all that matters is that we get out of it safe.

FC - glad your situation didn't take one of those horrible turns we hear so much of lately.
Thanks. I was lucky, and in the driver's defense, she was taking the shoulder to avoid hitting me. I've talked to a couple of folks about proper driving techniqe around motorcycles. Trouble is, I'm not the most self controlled person, and know that if my temper is high, my tongue will say things that are not constructive. I have to be in the right frame of mind to have a shot at making the encounter a positive one. If I say something offensive to the recipient, all I've done is add to or create a negative attitude toward motorcyclists, and that is not good. I consciously chose not to speak with that driver because of my frame of mind, and, based on her demonstrated driving skills, I didn't think it would have any effect.


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CLOSE ONE! That screetching sound never fails to pop a vessel in your brain stem, does it?
Yes, it does. Almost got whiplash when I turned my head to see if my exit route to the right shoulder was still open. And since you are a medical professional, you'll understand why my anal sphincter went into tetany!

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1987 VN750 project bike, acquired August, 2009, 33,000 miles and balancer sticking out of the case, currently awaiting attention and parts

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