Kept an ADV forum rider alive today

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by foxtrapper, Jul 10, 2013.

  1. foxtrapper

    foxtrapper Long timer

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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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  2. High Country Herb

    High Country Herb Adventure Connoiseur

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    Good on you for being as alert in the cage as we all should be on the bikes. :thumb
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  3. 2handedSpey

    2handedSpey bunned

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    You are a real hero. Thanks for being so awesome.

    You're all that, and some.
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  4. IndyChizzle

    IndyChizzle Hoping my skill exceeds my horsepower

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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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  5. High Country Herb

    High Country Herb Adventure Connoiseur

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    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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  6. KX50002

    KX50002 NooB, my ass

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    Cage needs LOUDER pipes:evil
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  7. 100mpg

    100mpg Self Imposed Exile

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  8. DR Donk

    DR Donk Been here awhile

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    Good job on being aware. :clap 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 :deal
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  9. scottrnelson

    scottrnelson Team Orange

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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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  10. corndog67

    corndog67 Banned

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    Maybe say where you're at, someone might recognize themselves.
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  11. FirstPath

    FirstPath Long timer

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    Wasn't me.
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  12. txwanderer

    txwanderer Been here awhile

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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.

    JMHO
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  13. Bar None

    Bar None Candy Ass

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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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  14. kiwi_outdoors

    kiwi_outdoors Been here awhile

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    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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  15. foxtrapper

    foxtrapper Long timer

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    That was the intent.
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  16. PalePhase

    PalePhase Humour Noir

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    You must not live in CA or drive a BMW, because if you did I'm pretty sure protocol would require you to sideswipe him. :D
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  17. Steve in ATL

    Steve in ATL How ya like me now?

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    As others have said - good job having your head on a swivel. I'm glad he didn't hit you, because I have friends who have been in accidents, not at fault, where others were injured, and it still haunts them.

    I've been guilty before of not keeping my head moving, and not double-checking before changing. Usually when I'm tired. One of those things that comes with experience, and developed habits, I guess. Luckily I didn't end up someone's hood ornament. I didn't mind the horn I got when I did mine - it was my fault.

    Thanks for looking out for a fellow rider even when he wasn't looking out for himself.
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  18. jalapenopete

    jalapenopete Adventurer

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  19. N-m

    N-m Captain 2 Sexy

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    I was thinking about this post while riding on Friday afternoon on 4 lane and some twisties. I actually check over my shoulder and then check the mirror even when I move around in my own lane. I also used my signals constantly but have to really watch on the canceling since I don't have self canceling.

    A few weeks ago the should check habit saved me while in traffic b/c with the shoulder check I saw a vehicle in my blind spot before moving into the fast lane. The vehicle was nowhere to be found in my mirror.

    BTW, I have no ADV sticker. I am not a good enough rider to have one. :eek1
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  20. gmk999

    gmk999 ____ as a Rotax

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    Did you have motorcycle tires on your cage?:hide
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