panic attacks in car after spending all the road time on the bike

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by luckygrownup, Jun 14, 2013.

  1. Mgbgt89

    Mgbgt89 Long timer

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    The blind spots get me. I feel like i'm going to merge into someone because i can't see shit. Drive like a grandma because the car has absolutely no power compared to the bike. Not even worth the wasted gas of trying to accelerate.

    My bike blew a radiator at deals gap last year and a guy gave me a ride to Robbinsville in his truck to get some JB weld. I almost threw up at the first corner. That was a nerve racking ride.
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  2. ShardPhoenix

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    I won't go as far as to say I get panic attacks when I drive a "cage" after using the bike 95% of the time.

    I do get a little uncomfortable and I more or less refuse to drive my wife's car unless for some reason I have to. Feel really closed in and like I can't see anything.

    In my truck, I feel like I'm taking up the entire road and can't fit anywhere. Takes me 10 minutes or so of driving to get readjusted to driving it. When I get back on the bike I almost let out a sigh of relief because I'm out in the open again.
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  3. LuciferMutt

    LuciferMutt Rides slow bike slow

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    What the fuck is wrong with you guys? :lol3

    You can learn how to ride safely but you can't handle driving safely? :deal
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  4. ShardPhoenix

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    Just get used to different vehicles.

    When I spent 99% of my driving time driving a CMV, I experienced the same thing when I was home and drove smaller vehciles. I'd drive my pickup like it was a 65 foot long combination vehicle until I got my brain back into "4 wheeler" mode. Didn't operate unsafely at all, just did silly things like take turns wider than I needed to and would reach for a shifter that wasn't there. Oh, also felt like my ass was dragging on the pavement. In the wife's car it was as if I was going down the highway sitting on a skateboard.

    Simple psychological conditioning. Brain gets accustomed to a particular environment and when that environment changes it takes a few minutes to readjust. Or, in the case of my wife's car I just plain hate driving it because the visibility out of the windows is horrible. Dodge Intrepids suck.
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  5. chazbird

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    No car/truck since 1990. I do drive friends cars now and then. But as a passenger when friends drive, man, do I notice how bad their driving is. It doesn't do any good to tell them either, I have, but they just keep it up. I know 2 of them will have a certain kind of accident, hopefully when I'm not with them. Crass to say, but they are not taking any advice - what can you do?

    As far as traffic and locus of control issues: Last week coming back from a hike the traffic got (predictably) bad on the freeway, stop and go. The same driver and spouse as above driver decide surface streets, up into the hills and back down. Very clever they think. I know, know, it will take 40 minutes vs 15 minutes, even on the clogged highway. They will not have it. Off we go. Half way in the hills the driver says "shit, I'm running out of gas (to make it better, its diesel). "I only have 2 miles left". No good to tell them, hey, we just climbed a big hill/mountain, its calculating off of that. What do they do? They cut short their short cut and, to them, barely make into town and then spend 15 minutes looking for diesel - all the while the computer is saying 4,5,7 miles left, counting up. Total time for "I beat the (15 minute) traffic jam": 1 hour.
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  6. rob30

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    Not sure I understand this...
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  7. atomicalex

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    The other bike?
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  8. stoke

    stoke ocean minded

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    I think when you first get a bike, you're "hyper aware" of what's going on around you, so the differences of getting back into a car are even more pronounced than they would be for a more experienced rider. At least that was my experience.

    Besides the ridiculous blind spots, like someone else mentioned here, I don't even bother to accelerate the truck much to get it up to speed. Once you get used to a motorcycle, it's kind of like, what's the point?
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