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Old 03-29-2013, 05:59 AM   #1291
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Didn't know it was there. It wasn't in the left lane when I checked to move over. And it wasn't behnd me. My guess is that it was speeding up in the right lane and then moved to center.
Your cam told on you.

You were not keeping an eye on your mirrors. It is just as important to watch those two shiny things as it is looking ahead.
Now, IF you had been watching the mirrors, you would seen him long before.

Pretty sure the mini van was hauling ass, BUT, on a bike, there is no right or wrong. There is just survival. You lose either way in a crash.


I have operated vehicles with miles adding up somewhere in the neighborhood of 2.6-2.9 MILLION miles. 3 crashes since 1985 (on the road, offroad does not count ). No tickets in.... 15 years....well, on my record anyways.

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Old 03-29-2013, 06:00 AM   #1292
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I've read in some places that yellow signs before corners and freeway ramps are just suggestions, and the white line is still the limit. True or false?
True.

on the legality side.


Reality side is, every sign and road marking is a suggestion.
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Old 03-29-2013, 06:37 AM   #1293
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So, coming home from work yesterday I passed a home made solar car

Dude was clipping along at 20-30 mph I would guess. I gave him a big as I rode by. I love seeing someone (or a team) doing stuff like that.
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Old 03-29-2013, 09:05 AM   #1294
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Looks like they make the southbound traffic yield so that traffic doesn't back up in the left lane of 77 northbound (since it's a left lane exit). It's still a poor highway system. I hate traveling through Akron, half the time I'm lost.
You're probably right, Had not thought about the left lane exit part of it.

The highways around here were designed by morons... at least they closed the entrance ramp onto 76W at wolf ledges. That thing was fun on my KTM, kinda like playing frogger. I refused to get on there with my car though, not enough balls to get moving.
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Old 03-29-2013, 09:28 AM   #1295
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This one was last summer on my old Honda Shadow. I just started learning to edit so all the action is in the first 30 seconds. Nothing much to see after that (unless you want to check out the "beautiful" city of Winston Salem).




The second one was earlier this year. Same road (business 40).



The last was just a couple of weeks ago. Also on the same road.



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Old 03-29-2013, 09:37 AM   #1296
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This one was last summer on my old Honda Shadow. I just started learning to edit so all the action is in the first 30 seconds. Nothing much to see after that (unless you want to check out the "beautiful" city of Winton Salem).
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The second one was earlier this year. Same road (business 40).

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The last was just a couple of weeks ago. Also on the same road.

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Pretty typical stuff and well handled by you. In the first clip, I think you needed a few more mph when merging.

I have air horns on my GS for just this sort of thing. I only seem to use them once every year or so but when I do the effect is quite dramatic.
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Old 03-29-2013, 09:45 AM   #1297
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In situations like those you have to be decisive, but there's not much you can actually due. I personally would slow down if I wasn't yet passing the vehicle (like in your 1st video) or speed up if I was already passing the vehicle (like in the last video) just so that I wasn't beside the vehicle for in case the idiot didn't notice me. I use but never rely on my horn because motorcycle horns are junk. I have a somilary thing happen to me before, except the person didn't notice me until I shot out ahead of him. He didn't look for me and didn't hear my horn so if I didn't move I would've been hit.
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Old 03-29-2013, 10:28 AM   #1298
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I don't remember seeing those. Were they a short lived experiment, or did I just blow through them not even realizing they were there?
That was around, say, '85-87 or so. I'm pretty sure they were in longer than that, but I didn't move there until '85.
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Old 03-29-2013, 10:46 AM   #1299
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That was around, say, '85-87 or so. I'm pretty sure they were in longer than that, but I didn't move there until '85.
Oh, I was 6 at the time No wonder I don't remember them.
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Old 03-29-2013, 10:50 AM   #1300
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This one was last summer on my old Honda Shadow. I just started learning to edit so all the action is in the first 30 seconds. Nothing much to see after that (unless you want to check out the "beautiful" city of Winston Salem).




The second one was earlier this year. Same road (business 40).



The last was just a couple of weeks ago. Also on the same road.



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Can't see perfectly well on my tiny phone screen but I brake hard if my front tire isn't yet past the rear fender of their vehicle. I also like to linger in the lane a bit to give folks time to realize I am there before I start passing. When I do pass I pass very quickly, it irritates the people behind me when I go from 70 to 85 then back down to 70 again.
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Old 03-29-2013, 11:25 AM   #1301
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Can't see perfectly well on my tiny phone screen but I brake hard if my front tire isn't yet past the rear fender of their vehicle. I also like to linger in the lane a bit to give folks time to realize I am there before I start passing. When I do pass I pass very quickly, it irritates the people behind me when I go from 70 to 85 then back down to 70 again.
In a situation like this I ride in the right wheel track of the left lane. First, it keeps me out of the oil and grease. Second, I'm more visible in the drivers side mirror for a longer period. Most people have their mirrors adjusted in so they can see the side of their own vehicle, and riding wide, you're in their blind spot. If you can't see someone's face in their own mirror, they can't see you. Third, you're inviting someone to change lanes by following at the distance you are. Either stay behind that van's rear bumper or get next to the driver's window where he can see and hear you. Anything in between is hazardous.
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Old 03-29-2013, 12:36 PM   #1302
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I agree with ttpete. I don't think you did anything wrong, and you handled the situations well. However, you may have been able to prevent them by riding farther to the right of your lane, avoiding their blind spots until you're almost next to them.

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Old 03-29-2013, 01:09 PM   #1303
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Thanks for all of the info and advice guys. Okay. Here's the last one I have. This one I think is the best (or worst depending on how you look at it). All of you have a safe and fun weekend.

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Old 03-29-2013, 01:17 PM   #1304
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Yeah, I don't know the laws where you are, but here at least we are supposed to have 4 seconds once the yellow light comes on before it turns red. If you have anything like that, then that guy at at least 5 seconds of yellow or red to look at, and he just kept going...

It is good that you were watching and anticipated his actions.

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Old 03-29-2013, 01:30 PM   #1305
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In a situation like this I ride in the right wheel track of the left lane. First, it keeps me out of the oil and grease. Second, I'm more visible in the drivers side mirror for a longer period. Most people have their mirrors adjusted in so they can see the side of their own vehicle, and riding wide, you're in their blind spot. If you can't see someone's face in their own mirror, they can't see you. Third, you're inviting someone to change lanes by following at the distance you are. Either stay behind that van's rear bumper or get next to the driver's window where he can see and hear you. Anything in between is hazardous.
I ride the same way, I do a little swerve to the left tire track when passing as well
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