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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 05-31-2015, 12:23 AM Thread Starter
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how NOT to pull out into traffic

Pretty much just a reminder to be careful out there and keep your eyes open.

Despite looking twice, I didn't see this guy coming, I have no idea how. Could have ended up really bad.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vd-5oYmE688

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Glad to see that was not worse than it was! Could have been really bad if it was a T-bone. Second, how did you not see that truck?!! Made my azz draw up watching it on video.
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Wow, that was close! Any damage on either vehicle?

How did the post incident discussion go?

I tried to blame part of it on the speed of the pickup, but it's hard to say. I see two dark blobs down the street at 2:06-2:07 and by 2:15 the truck is at your buddy's five o'clock.

Very lucky day, I think I see the truck wheel already turning left, otherwise it could've run flat over you.

Give you credit for posting the video, some people would have just erased it.

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There was no damage anywhere. Best I can tell my engine guard had hit his wheel, or more likely his tire, as there were no marks on his wheel or on my engine guard.

The discussion was quite civil, other then a WTF from his side of things as he got out of the vehicle.

It's quite possible he was speeding. the posted limit there is 25mph, and it took me about 10 seconds to reach where I stopped AFTER I cleared the car in front of me at the red light. It was approximately 6-7 seconds from the point my brother looked away from the direction of the light (and a clear street) to the time I impacted the side of the truck. Also, when still framing through the video (at least the original) you can see how high the truck bed rose from the force of braking.
HOWEVER, I'm not sure that's really enough to say that the guy was speeding excessively.

It's possible that my brother sitting in the position he was, was enough to block my line of sight, even though I did lean forwards and backwards to try and look around him.

I still maintain that when I looked, I saw a completely empty street.

Without having a camera on my helmet to have captured my point of view, it's pretty much impossible to get any more details.

......I'd rather wake up in the middle of nowhere then in any city on earth.

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There was no damage anywhere. Best I can tell my engine guard had hit his wheel, or more likely his tire, as there were no marks on his wheel or on my engine guard.

The discussion was quite civil, other then a WTF from his side of things as he got out of the vehicle.

It's quite possible he was speeding. the posted limit there is 25mph, and it took me about 10 seconds to reach where I stopped AFTER I cleared the car in front of me at the red light. It was approximately 6-7 seconds from the point my brother looked away from the direction of the light (and a clear street) to the time I impacted the side of the truck. Also, when still framing through the video (at least the original) you can see how high the truck bed rose from the force of braking.
HOWEVER, I'm not sure that's really enough to say that the guy was speeding excessively.

It's possible that my brother sitting in the position he was, was enough to block my line of sight, even though I did lean forwards and backwards to try and look around him.

I still maintain that when I looked, I saw a completely empty street.

Without having a camera on my helmet to have captured my point of view, it's pretty much impossible to get any more details.
Good save. You obviously looked twice and it is hard to believe you couldn't see the truck, however, the A pillar on my dodge ram pickup is only about 6" wide and has blocked entire vehicles from my view as well. Glad it worked out OK for all!

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Man that was a blessing. It could have been much worse. Someone was looking out for you.

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You're lucky.

Oddly before I watched your video I had just finished watching this one:

http://youtu.be/yvAsvXq39Bo

Not sure how he missed a whole semi coming at him either.

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You're lucky.

Oddly before I watched your video I had just finished watching this one:

http://youtu.be/yvAsvXq39Bo

Not sure how he missed a whole semi coming at him either.

Glad you and the bike are OK
How did the approaching truck not see that other truck pulling onto the road? Seemed like it could have stopped.


on the motorcycle video - what the **** were you looking at before you pulled out? Was the other guy blowing you a kiss or something?

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The approaching truck did see,as he turned a little to the right.and no,he didn't have time to stop.trucks can't stop that quick.

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Sometimes when I'm beating every other bike on my sportster, I can't stop that quick either.

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