Not sure what to title this - Kawasaki Vulcan 750 Forum : Kawasaki VN750 Forums
Motorcycle Safety Discuss safety ideas/tactics or safety-related products.
Ride Smart!

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 04-01-2012, 09:44 PM Thread Starter
Sparky!!!
 
slimvulcanrider's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 8,695
iTrader: (3)
   
Garage
Not sure what to title this

Last week, my wife and I were in town running some errands. It was rush our, so lots of traffic on the roads. The roads Down town are 4 lanes (two in each direction). We had just taken off from a red light in the right hand lane. There was a semi-truck and trailer in front of us in the left lane, and a minivan in front of us in the right lane. we made it half way down the block when all of a sudden this bike materializes in front of us right behind the semi heading broad side through our lane of traffic. Thank god my wife is always on the look out for us Biker's, so we were able to slow down enough to keep from hitting the guy. But the guy still wasn't so lucky... due to his miss judging and inpatients, hit a wet spot on the side road and went down...

My point to all of this... Take your time out there guys, its not worth it to be in a hurry on your bike... the guy had plenty of time to sit and wait for us to go by... we were the last ones through the cycle due to the semi, and there wasn't any one in the oncoming lanes... so he had plenty of time to wait until the oncoming traffic cleared, also I am sure he couldn't see us due to the semi.
slimvulcanrider is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 04-02-2012, 09:38 AM
Senior Member
 
LibertyPilot's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Titusville, New Jersey
Posts: 6,388
iTrader: (0)
   
That's a good reminder Slim, thanks for that. You were running errands so I assume you weren't on the bike?
LibertyPilot is offline  
post #3 of 15 (permalink) Old 04-02-2012, 09:53 AM
Old Fart
 
Knifemaker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Catawissa, MO
Posts: 11,634
iTrader: (4)
     
Garage
My rule on this is pretty much a no brainer...

If you can't see what's on the other side of a truck, van, semi....always assume there's a vehicle there. (And remember bikes are easier to hide....)

If You Are Not Sure If I Am Joking or Not....I AM !!Photos:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/knifemaker1954/sets/
Knifemaker is offline  
 
post #4 of 15 (permalink) Old 04-02-2012, 09:54 AM Thread Starter
Sparky!!!
 
slimvulcanrider's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 8,695
iTrader: (3)
   
Garage
nope, we were in the cage... its going to be a while before I can ride again.. damn army regulations.. I have to take another MSF course before I can ride... unfortunately they say it has to be a specific class that isn't offered any more this season. so... I am not sure when I will be back on two wheels... in the mean time.... MOD and CHOP the bike some more.

KM thats good advice, and a rule of thumb we use as well.
slimvulcanrider is offline  
post #5 of 15 (permalink) Old 04-02-2012, 10:02 AM
Senior Member
 
LibertyPilot's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Titusville, New Jersey
Posts: 6,388
iTrader: (0)
   
^ Right on, glad you had your wits about you...

Last edited by LibertyPilot; 04-02-2012 at 10:15 AM.
LibertyPilot is offline  
post #6 of 15 (permalink) Old 04-03-2012, 08:27 PM
Members who have donated towards server costs
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Chandler, Arizona
Posts: 2,850
iTrader: (0)
 
I'm already betting it was a sport bike. They do that all the time around here, weaving in and out of traffic with just inches around them. They also ride between cars (lane splitting is illegal here) and will use the bicycle lanes to get to the front of a long line of traffic, also illegal. That's probably why the insurance on my former Ninja 500 cost more than all my other bikes put together. Even though it wasn't very fast as sport bikes go, it was still a sport "type" bike, and the insurance company knows very well how that type of bike is usually ridden. They are also about the only type of bike with the maneuverability to ride like that. (No, I did not ride mine like that)

I am a motorcyclist, NOT a biker.


1997 Vulcan 750, purchased about a week ago
2006 Sportster 1200 Low
2013 Royal Enfield Bullet 500, converted to carb
2001 Yamaha XT225, heavily modified
2004 Honda Rebel 250
1979 Vespa P200E
2002 Vulcan 750 parts bike
1994 Yamaha XT225 parts bike
VN750Rider/Jerry is offline  
post #7 of 15 (permalink) Old 04-03-2012, 09:18 PM Thread Starter
Sparky!!!
 
slimvulcanrider's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 8,695
iTrader: (3)
   
Garage
actually it was a Kawasaki KZ750 Twin... and ridden by a guy with a grey beard... go figure.. didn't fit the typical stereo types at all..
slimvulcanrider is offline  
post #8 of 15 (permalink) Old 04-04-2012, 03:51 PM
Members who have donated towards server costs
 
Gemguy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Long Island, NY
Posts: 812
iTrader: (1)
 
hey Slim, glad you and the wife are OK and not involved in the biker's bad judgement. We look at it as a "brotherhood" and it always hurts to see a biker do something stupid.

2003 Wine/Gray VN750 bought in 2005 w/2000 Miles
LED Tail/Brakelight & License Plate Light;Chrome Inspection Sticker Plate ;Battery Charging Quick Plug;Kuryakyn LED Battery Voltmeter;Throttle Rocker Palm Rest;Optronics Driving Lamps;KnifeMaker Floor Boards;Halogen Headlamp Bulb;OEM Engine Guard;Iridium Spark Plugs;OEM Luggage rack;Stebel Air Horn;Handlebar Clock; Handlebar Thermometer; Sealed Battery; Marbled; Leather Grip Covers; Rectangular Mirrors

~VROC~ # 389
Gemguy is offline  
post #9 of 15 (permalink) Old 04-04-2012, 03:59 PM Thread Starter
Sparky!!!
 
slimvulcanrider's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 8,695
iTrader: (3)
   
Garage
the worst part of it is... its guys like him that are making it real hard for me to ride... so many new regulations for me to ride while being in the army.. i now have to take my 4th msf course... it seams like i have to take one once a year
slimvulcanrider is offline  
post #10 of 15 (permalink) Old 04-04-2012, 05:46 PM
Patriot Guard Rider
 
The DEUCE's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Torrance, CA
Posts: 825
iTrader: (20)
 
Hey Slim,

Doesn't the Army mandate you take the MC course only if you are riding on Base?

1986 Black Kawasaki Vulcan VN750 "Black KAWK"
VN750 #9300 & VROC #33453

EMGO Handlebar, V&H Exhaust, Drop Shocks, Raised/Painted Fork, MeanStreak Seat, Tank Bib, ME880 Oversize Tires, Engine Guard, Custom Mirrors, Chris Products Turn Signals, Ear Shave, 150/42 Jets, PINGEL Fuel Valve, MCCT, Volt Meter, Shendegen R/R, AGM Battery, Coastered, .020 Coils, Relo Gauges & Headlamp, SilverStar Ultra, LED Flashing Brake Light, Center Stand Delete, WOLO Airhorn.
The DEUCE is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Bookmarks

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Kawasaki Vulcan 750 Forum : Kawasaki VN750 Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

Once registered, your User Name"cannot be changed". We can make exceptions within 7 days, but after that, it is set in stone.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome