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winter isn't quite here, so i took a break from winterizing the house and went for a short ride. coming back home, 1000 feet from the house and i come upon 2 pickups on opposite side of the road stopped and talking to each other. as i got closer they quit talking the one in the opposite lane started moving. the guy in my lane just sat there as i started to pass him. and just as i was suspecting, he started to make a U-turn right in front of me. fortunately i was only doing about 30 mph, but i stopped quick enough that the engine died. then the guy just leans his head out of his truck and gives me a brain dead stare and slowly backs back up to the curb. he didn't say a word.

last summer a friend of mine had a Ford F150 do the same thing, but he ended up under the truck with most of his bones broken. every time now that i get on the bike i think about him and wonder if i'm next.

why don't these drivers make some kind of acknowledgement that they almost killed you? :doh:
 

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That's a good opportunity to sound your horn so the guy knows someone's around.
 

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That's a good opportunity to sound your horn so the guy knows someone's around.
Flite is right guys. The horn should be used to signal your intention to pass anytime you think you may not be noticed. Even Ma Kawi`s anemic little beep, beep roadrunner horns may have been heard in the OP`s experience, as the drivers window had been rolled down, and maybe still was.

But if you are serious about having half a chance to be heard with the cage windows closed, the stereo blaring or that [email protected]#*ed cell phone glued to the drivers ear, get a LOUD horn. I have a set of Fiamm Freeway Blasters mounted on the front in place of the OEM horns, AND just got a WOLO BAD BOY air horn on sale for ~$16 (identical to a STEBEL NAUTILUS COMPACT) that will be going on the left side under the ear.

The Wolo/Stebel is loud (probably not the advertised 139 dB, but still loud.) But it is too high pitched in tone IMHO. The Lo-tone Fiamm is probably enough to balance out the sound of the air horn, but the Fiamm hi/lo pair gives me redundancy if the air horn fails, slightly increases volumn when all three work, and also retains the esthetics of a symetrical front end.

Edit: Deleted double post. Sorry KM:(
 

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why don't these drivers make some kind of acknowledgement that they almost killed you? :doh:
Because that would be an admission of being the moron that they are.
 

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I agree with the horn bit, my Sportster has a bit better horn than the Vulcans did, and I am sure it gets the point over and they don't like it one bit when you horn them for something stupid they did and let others around see'em...

BTW-Here in the U.S. if you didn't back your clock up an hour last night, don't forget it this morning...lol...
Have a good one...Old Dog...
 

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why don't these drivers make some kind of acknowledgement that they almost killed you? :doh:
Because that's what some of them really want to do? There are some people out there who really hate bikers.

One day this Summer, I was riding around the Madison, WI Capitol Square. I was behind a cager, who suddenly stopped for a pedestrian. Now, I'm all for stopping for pedestrians who are in the crosswalk, but this one was on the sidewalk, and hadn't even started across the street!

I just blew it off to a driver who wants to be extra cautious around pedestrians. However, when we got rolling again, I pulled into the right lane to go around the cager. He cut me off right there, and I had to slam on the brakes. When we rounded the corner, I went into the left lane, and got along side the guy. I looked right at him, and he wouldn't look at me. He knew exactly what he did. He pulled both those stunts, because of me riding behind him.

Another time, a guy was tooling down a country highway in a new, black Camaro. He got behind a couple of other cars that were going slower. He was a fair distance back from those cars, so the first passing zone I had, I pulled out to pass him. He floored it, and stayed right along side of me to the end of the passing zone, and a car was coming from the other direction. I didn't notice he did this at first, because I was looking ahead. I looked at him, and put up my arm, like, "What gives?" He shrugged his shoulders, and kept going.

Needless to say, you gotta stay vigilant.
 

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winter isn't quite here, so i took a break from winterizing the house and went for a short ride. coming back home, 1000 feet from the house and i come upon 2 pickups on opposite side of the road stopped and talking to each other. as i got closer they quit talking the one in the opposite lane started moving. the guy in my lane just sat there as i started to pass him. and just as i was suspecting, he started to make a U-turn right in front of me. fortunately i was only doing about 30 mph, but i stopped quick enough that the engine died. then the guy just leans his head out of his truck and gives me a brain dead stare and slowly backs back up to the curb. he didn't say a word.

last summer a friend of mine had a Ford F150 do the same thing, but he ended up under the truck with most of his bones broken. every time now that i get on the bike i think about him and wonder if i'm next.

why don't these drivers make some kind of acknowledgement that they almost killed you? :doh:

Whew! Glad you're ok man, heads up ridin' there. Every time I see any vehicle stopped on the road, I assume they're going to wait for me to get close then do whatever they're doing - like flippin' a bitch. People are aiming for you broseph. I approach slowly and use caution. If it's Sunday and it's between football games, assume you're dealing with buzzed drivers...or worse.
 
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