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post #1 of 35 (permalink) Old 07-10-2012, 08:48 PM Thread Starter
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Near hit!!

I just had a lady pull out in front of me while I was traveling 40mph... she made a right hand turn directly into the lane I was in. And the funny part is, she was putting on her SEAT BELT!!! Thankfully the truck to my left was paying attention and slowed quickly enough to allow me to swerve into his lane and avoid her. But man was it scary. The guy in the truck even made an attempt to catch up to me for him and his daughter to give me a thumbs up for my semi skills.

The things I take from this are:

I need to pay more attention to the cars on the side streets, I have become focused on watching my front more than anything else... I will fix that.

Also, that not all cagers are idiots, the guy in the truck was spot on.

And I hit my horn pretty good, but couldn't hear it with the ear plugs in.....

Stay safe out there.

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Way to go brother !...those are the kinda reflexes some can NEVER assimilate, even after years...
Was that old lady a jewish looking woman resembling Joan Rivers ??...lotta "Joan Rivers" types down in Fla...
Buddy of mine lives in Beverly Hills, FL...78 yrs old, great driver (helluva vet and CMOH)...and HE gripes about the "retired transplants"....
Thing to remember for FLA...."if you see gray, stay away !"....lol....



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Thumbs up on the riding skills.

If you aren`t familiar with James R. Davis and the msgroup forum, you might want to spend a little time reading his safety tips:
http://www.msgroup.org/

I also recommend every mc rider, from newbies to the old hands, get copy of David L. Hough`s books on "Proficient Motorcycling" and read them over again at least once a riding season. Old riders don`t get to be that way by accident. (Pun intended. )
http://www.amazon.com/David-L.-Hough...ntt_dp_epwbk_0

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Glad your ok!

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I had an oncoming driver make a left hand turn across my lane, cutting me off, while coming home from work yesterday but I was prepared as I always cover my brakes when riding through traffic. In all honesty I was not in the best position to be seen by him though. It was a 4 lane undivided main street, (speed limit 30mph) just between the commercial sector of downtown and a residential area. I was in the right hand track of the left lane, following a few car lengths behind a truck or SUV and so was not realy visible to the oncoming driver until the truck in front of me was almost past him and he had started to turn. MY Bad!

I know from reading safety forums and books menioned in my previous post that usually the best place to be positioned to see and be seen in that situation is in left track of the left lane. I was just about to move over when the incident occured. It was really a non incident I guess, because I was prepared to slow or stop. I really couldn`t be upset as the driver waved and mouthed "sorry", even as he crossed in front.

It would have been a lot worse if I had been tailgating the truck.
Be careful out there guys, and strive to ride as well as you know how to!

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good ridin man.glad you are safe.i allways ride like someone is gonna hit me.i read a post on here once about a trick to make your bike more visable.if you see someone who you think is gonna pull out in front of you,start weaving back and forth in your lane to make yourself more visable.most people don't see bikes until they are right on top of them because they are not that wide.moving back and forth makes you more visable.i have been using this technique for a couple of months now and have not(knock on wood)had anyone pull out in front of me

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Thanks guy. For me it was definitely all instinct. There was no real thought in the process. I am lucky enough to have been blessed with quick reflexes and what has seemed to be the correct instincts all my life. I actually realized that I barely even looked to the left before using it as an escape route. Lucky me!

Glad to see you made it through OHC. I certainly will be paying better attention from now on(once the bike is back up).

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I really couldn`t be upset as the driver waved and mouthed "sorry", even as he crossed in front.
Yes you could. Saying sorry doesn't cut it when you put another person's life in danger. Of course, getting the "sorry" is better than the a-holes who get pissed like it's YOUR fault they turned in front of you.

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Thumbs up on the riding skills.

If you aren`t familiar with James R. Davis and the msgroup forum, you might want to spend a little time reading his safety tips:
http://www.msgroup.org/

I also recommend every mc rider, from newbies to the old hands, get copy of David L. Hough`s books on "Proficient Motorcycling" and read them over again at least once a riding season. Old riders don`t get to be that way by accident. (Pun intended. )
http://www.amazon.com/David-L.-Hough...ntt_dp_epwbk_0
may I also suggest Keith Code's "A Twist Of The Wrist II"
and
"Total Control: High Performance Street Riding Techniques" by Lee Parks
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Ya know (to all)...books are great...they give ya things to look and strive for...but IMO, there are some things a new rider can learn only ONE way (same fer driving a cage)...time doing it...
New riders should stay on the back/sideroads fer a year...away from traffic...check yer reflexes when a squirrel runs right in front....and Ill tell ya, after being on the road since the 70s, only road experience will truly teach you...that, and its almost inborn too...some got it, some dont...like the neighborhood kid that never could really ride his bicycle w/o falling...I think with practice, most can handle it...but some, will never "get it"...like Korean immigrants in cars...(not meaning to be racist, just truthful)...



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