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Old Twistie Sticks Rider
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I've been ridin a good bit lately and I'm sure as everyone else I am constantly aware and paying attention to the cages afixin to pull out, my eyes are constantly flashin back and forth watchin them...
Well I went and traded my old 97 Mercury Grand Marquis for a 2010 Grand Marquis yesterday, and guess what happened this morning...
I haven't had a close call in a cage in forever, and I'm not carrying collision Ins. (I only put about 5K a year on my cage & PU usually)...
Tooling down Hwy 130 from Winchester toward Tullahoma at about 5-10 mph over the 45 mph limit, and at this little store on my right sits a red Chev./GMC PU with the driver watching a milk tank truck pull out across the road, my cycle instinct says that sucker is gonna pull out as soon as that truck clears him, well I even put my hand above the horn and foot off the gas and sure enough here he starts, I constantly blow the horn & brake hard, but evidently he is deaf as well as blind...lol... He don't see me till I have come within 10' of his drivers door, I come to a complete stop within 5' of him after he gives it a hard turn to the right... He apologizes and we are on our way again... Looked to be about 20 ish and must have had the boom box goin strong.... I'll have to say this Grand Marquis has the best brakes I have ever put a foot on, my 97 would have got him right in his door...
I haven't checked the passenger side dash for my wifes hand dents yet though...lol...
I give the credit to cycle ridin alertness, and a darn good set of brakes, he should thank a cycle rider when he sees one, as I think that is exactly what saved his parents a funeral bill...
Stay alert out there, and keep a watchin the sides, as it seems there are still some blind & deaf drivers out there...
Have a good one....Old Dog...
 

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glad you had the upper hand on that one. Its very easy to get distracted... even for a second. Stay alert = survival.
 

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It does seem like you develop a sense for when some body starts acting squirrelly on the road after a few years on a bike.Just yesterday i was riding up US 23,4 lanes mind you. and I saw a car sitting beside of the road on the right,with three big hairspray induced frizzies,and I thought they are going to pull out in front of me after checking to the left I darted over and sure enough she pulled out and I could look right in her window ,no signal ,no nothing just pulled out,and as I looked through the drivers side window she was on the phone now I ask you if she was parked beside the road why didn't she just finish her conversation there?Three teen age girls and when they looked my way I just shook my head and went on down the road ,today or then I think they have no idea that they pulled out right in front of me.I was lucky enough that I was watching them and had an escape planned.
 

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Hey Old Dog: Good stop. Interestingly enough I have both a vulcan 750 and a newer (2008) Grand Marquis. You have great taste in vehicles as well as good reflexes. I have panic stopped the Grand Marquis with antilocks, and was pleasantly impressed with the short stopping distance for a heavy car. I'm really glad no harm was done. It seems every time you get a new car, there's a dent or scratch waiting to get it broke in!
I too have found that riding makes me a more defensive driver in a car. Thanks for the post.
 

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OD,
We're all just glad you and the Misses are OK.

R
 

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OD,
We're all just glad you and the Misses are OK. R
Thanks Ron, but as far as anyone getting hurt it would have been my front end & that V8 in his driver door, he was really the lucky one...
Have a good one...Old Dog...
 

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The only thing I can really add to the discussion here is that I might put the credit for the better braking performance more on your shiny new tires than on your shiny new car.

Having just replaced an aging set of tires on an '89 Grand Marquis (I detect a pattern here) and a worn set of tires on a '97 C1500, while I haven't run any actual instrumented tests, I discern markedly improved traction limits in all maneuvering I have attempted with the new shoes.
 

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The only thing I can really add to the discussion here is that I might put the credit for the better braking performance more on your shiny new tires than on your shiny new car.

Having just replaced an aging set of tires on an '89 Grand Marquis (I detect a pattern here) and a worn set of tires on a '97 C1500, while I haven't run any actual instrumented tests, I discern markedly improved traction limits in all maneuvering I have attempted with the new shoes.
Actually even though it is a 2010 mod. it was used and rather high milage for a 2010, the car & tires had 21K miles on them, so not too new & shiny tires...
I really think the anti-lock brakes worked better than others I have had, actually showing signs of a wee bit actual near lockup... Little scrub, a tiny bit of screech etc. ...
I remember the first time pulling a bass boat with my shiny new 91 Chevy PU (my first anti-locks) and almost pulling the steering wheel off trying to stop, I had to start being more careful giving more stopping room, and eventually traded for a new trailer w/brakes, I had never had a problem before those anti-locks...
Someone said that this car had the good anti-lock brakes, not the pulsing ones...??? Beats me...lol...
Have a good one...Old Dog...
 
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