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Old 07-10-2013, 02:39 PM   #1
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Your welcome sunshine, and you don't even know it.

The short version. You changed lanes right into me. You never looked, you never signaled. I hit the brakes and veered away. You only noticed me about five seconds later, when you finally looked in you mirror. Your adv sticker right there on your trunk.

The longer version. Three lanes of highway, heavy traffic. I'm in the far right, BMW RS1200 in the far left, coming up from the rear. I notice first because of the bike, I also notice his head never moves. He's not looking around. Gradually he passes up toward the front. Turn signal comes on, and without a glance he moves right, to the center lane, right up tight behind a slow moving semi trailer. Turn signal turns off. But he keeps moving to the right, across his lane. I already know what's coming, so I'm slowing down. And here he comes, picking up his pace a bit, right on over into the far right lane. Again, without a glance, right into the space my car had been (I knew what he was going to, so I got out of his way. I only veered because picked up his pace, and I was being tailgates by an SUV). Several seconds later, a glance into the mirror! A double take by him. Seems he was surprised to see a car there. Pretty adv sticker on the lower left corner of the trunk bag.

Yea, your in "all the gear". But I'd suggest you not try to use it so hard. Pay attention to your surroundings instead. And don't go making others keep you from splattering yourself.
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Old 07-10-2013, 03:42 PM   #2
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Good on you for being as alert in the cage as we all should be on the bikes.
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Old 07-10-2013, 08:57 PM   #3
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Old 07-11-2013, 03:45 AM   #4
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Did you use your horn? It might hurt somebody's feelings, but often folks that do stupid stuff like this don't even know that they do it... I think of the horn like saying "Hey buddy, you cut me off! Don't do that again.". Without it, a bad rider may come to expect folks to move out of his way, and when a driver fails to do that, they get hit.
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Old 07-11-2013, 08:05 AM   #5
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Did you use your horn? It might hurt somebody's feelings, but often folks that do stupid stuff like this don't even know that they do it... I think of the horn like saying "Hey buddy, you cut me off! Don't do that again.". Without it, a bad rider may come to expect folks to move out of his way, and when a driver fails to do that, they get hit.
Good idea. I don't think an advrider would be offended by a quick beep from the horn (polite reminder) vs. a long blast (electronic yelling). If someone beeped me, I would probably wave as a thanks.
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Old 07-11-2013, 09:37 AM   #6
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Old 07-11-2013, 09:39 AM   #7
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Old 07-11-2013, 09:51 AM   #8
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Good job on being aware. A little off topic but I believe that 98% of drivers out there are kind, considerate people that are just trying to get to their destination in one piece. It's those other 2% that you have to watch out for
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Old 07-11-2013, 10:56 AM   #9
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You identified someone about to make a stupid move, avoided them when they made the move, life goes on.

I try to not take it personally, whether it's a bike, car, SUV, semi truck, or something else. As long as I can spot a dumb move before it enters my "safe space" and I can avoid it, I'm happy.

Your chances of identify one in more than 200,000 ADV members is pretty slim.
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Old 07-11-2013, 11:43 AM   #10
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Maybe say where you're at, someone might recognize themselves.
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Old 07-11-2013, 12:25 PM   #11
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Old 07-11-2013, 12:41 PM   #12
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Seems the message to me is,,,,,,,,

Had a non-motorcyclist been in the cage that he/she pulled in front of, and had they not been attentive enough to have at the very least, a good idea of what was about to happen,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

The outcome could have been very poor. THEN all the inmates would be out for "justice" because a rider was plastered.

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Old 07-11-2013, 12:50 PM   #13
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foxtrapper,
Wasn't me but doesn't hurt to remind us all to do a head check.

txwanderer,
"The outcome could have been very poor. THEN all the inmates would be out for "justice" because a rider was plastered."
Yep, we would all be screaming bloody murder.
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Old 07-11-2013, 12:59 PM   #14
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he learn't nothing

if you had positoned your car so that he would have sioddled sideways into it he might have gottne a wake up call AND lived to tell about it. Just a thought.
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foxtrapper,
Wasn't me but doesn't hurt to remind us all to do a head check.
That was the intent.
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