Saw a riders stupidity nearly cost his life

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by Nacho911, Jun 30, 2012.

  1. car94

    car94 What's this Box for?

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    I'm old and have had sportbikes for a long time. How old do you have to be to automatically hate one type of Motorcycle? Get off the Highway grandpa's!:fyyff


    :muuttSee It must be the those stupid old guys, who should have given up the Motorcycle thing a long time ago! You old guys on cruisers/BMW/KTM's/Dual sports are giving those of us who know how to ride a bad reputation.:deal:bert
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  2. Craneguy

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  3. TheAntiCage

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    +1
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  4. davevv

    davevv One more old rider

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    You're saying there is a yield sign at the bottom of the exit ramp for people coming off an interstate highway? I've never seen that anywhere. The yield signs I see, and they are at every off ramp, are always for the traffic on the service road to yield to the traffic coming off the ramp. And if it is a wide service road like your four laner, there are often yield signs on both the left and right sides of the service road, or the traffic coming off the ramp is funneled into a lane of it's own that has no traffic coming up behind it. It wouldn't make much sense to require traffic to stop that may quickly back up from the bottom of the ramp onto a high speed interstate just because the service road might be busy. What am I missing here?
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  5. KX50002

    KX50002 NooB, my ass

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    Nice video, but shouldn't Jonny BigRig have been in the right lane????
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  6. AlabamaGetaway

    AlabamaGetaway New 'Round Here

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    Nope, I'm saying there's one at the top of the ramp. :D In this case, the intersecting road (SR25/Highway 411) is higher than the interstate (I-20).

    This is not a service road by the definition I am familiar with (a parallel road).

    This picture might make things clearer (or not). You also have to remember, this is Alabama. We don't necessarily do things based on sense. For example, this highlight from when high gravity beer was being debated. :freaky
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  7. Qwik

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  8. GSequoia

    GSequoia Where are my tools?

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    Video said Australia. Was kinda fun ot watch that vehicle get flipped around at such low speed.
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  9. GSequoia

    GSequoia Where are my tools?

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    I ride every day in Los Angeles, I keep my eye out for blind spots and my left thumb spends a lot of time hovering over the horn button. I never tailgate (be it in any of my cages or on the bike) and I watch other traffic like a hawk. I watch my blinds on/in everything, I even have 2" convex spot mirrors on both of the KLR mirrors.

    As for stupid shit the most common thing I see (aside from excessive speed) is irresponsible lane splitting. I split lanes often but I will only do it in situations where if I get taken out I'll just end up really pissed off as opposed to really dead. If I hit third gear traffic is moving fast enough to tuck back in.

    Another thing that annoys me is passing across double yellows and on shoulders (you see that a lot with squids on any of the big name twisty roads here). It really bothers me when I see Senior Squid and his buddy Captain Shittyrider pass a car at the same time, one on the wrong side of a double yellow on a blind curve, the other on the shoulder. They don't seem to realize that a natural reaction when you suddenly hear a loud sport bike on your left is to move right. :eek1

    My watching my blinds and paying attention to traffic saved a graybeard some trouble over Memorial day weekend. I was in one of my Jeeps coming up to the turnoff to my campsite on the Western Divide Highway when this moron decides to pass me against the double yellow.. As I was slowing down with my left turn signal on..

    Here's the spot
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    I had to abort the turn and turn around up the road, I noticed his fellow big man HD rider friends doing the same fucking thing to my father in his Jeep behind me (same scenario too, slowing for turn, signal on), I called out on the radio and warned him in time, they passed and he made the turn.



    That still annoys me if you can't tell. :freaky
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  10. WVhillbilly

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    My work truck is horrible for this, a car can hide in the blind spot from the A pillar.

    I had a sport bike tailgating me on Rt 33 in WV the other day. We were in the Jeep so I know I wasn't setting any speed records.
    Three passing zones, then passing lanes. I move into the right lane, so does he and stays right on my back bumper :huh
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  11. Bacon_Grease

    Bacon_Grease Arrogant Bastard

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    Agreed.

    Three years or so back, I was driving the GropenVagen (green E150 conversion) and was t-boned by a small Saturn who pulled the classic "Oh, I didn't see you" line. Talk about scarey.

    While the GropenVagon was in the shop, they put me in a Dodge pick up. The visibility out of that pickup was absolutely atrocious. I lost mid size SUV's behind the mirrors and A pillars I wound up returning the loaner in favor of a minivan.

    Now that I'm in the market for a new vehicle (the GropenVagon is nearly 20 years old now...) and ALL of these new cars have what I would call criminally large blindspots in front of them. While this is no excuse for not looking around, I am much more aware that other drivers are far less aware of other vehicles - both from inattentive / distracted drivers AND blindspots being built into them.
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  12. ray h

    ray h Been here awhile

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    Tailgating: Youve got three kinds of tailgaters.

    The first kind are the people who are too lazy to drive. The "Zombie" tailgater feels good tailgating because its easy. They dont have to worry about their speed, they just match whatever the guy in front is doing. They are basically just letting the guy in front make their decisions for them which is so much easier than actually having to do it yourself.

    The second type of tailgater is the "Its all about me" He's the one who thinks he needs to be in a hurry so he attempt to "push" you down the road faster. I say "thinks he is in a hurry" because he usually has plenty of time to get where he is going and even if he were 3 minutes late, no one really cares anyway. He thinks his mere presence in your mirror should make you drive faster, even though this hardly ever works, it still pisses them off when it doesnt.

    The third tailgater is the race car driver wannabe. The "Wannabe" will drive faster than the rest of the traffic, no matter what speed they are going, and will "draft" because thats what his NASCAR brothers do so it must be ok, and they think that somehow this proves they are a better driver than everyone else and it's the most excitement they get out of life. Much like the "Its all about ME" tailgater,you will see him swerving between lanes, tailgating, cutting people off, ect. The big difference is the "Its all about ME" doesnt give a shit what he is doing to you while the "Wannabe" is doing it because its fun. The same person will often switch back and forth between Wannabe and "ME" and they both hate the "Zombie" tailgater.

    Next time you are on the road look around and try to figure out which one is tailgating you, or better yet, think about which one you are next time you find yourself too close to the vehicle in front.
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  13. Sic Semper Tyrannis

    Sic Semper Tyrannis Plays with Banjos, Boats and Bikes...

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    This blind spots are courtesy of the feds. You see to meet the roof crush tests they had to beef up the a pillar. You beef up the a pillar you make them huge. And cars ans mc disappear behind them and people die.

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  14. _Davi_

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    We ARE their blind spot. :lol3
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  15. HooliKen

    HooliKen Awesome is a flavor

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    The fed's are given out blond spots now? Sweet! Maybe cover up some of my grey. :D
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  16. randyo

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    I will freely admit, every close call I've ever had on a bike was my own stupidity or brain fart

    am I different from other people that blame their offs on everything from cold tires to an idiot cager


    almost EVERYONE follows too close, minimum 2 seconds but 3 is recommended as same, most people ride/drive 0.5 seconds or less

    at 40mph, 55-60 yards, at a ton, a whole tenth of a mile
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  17. Ahboon

    Ahboon Re-Cycled

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    Agreed: A-pillar "shadow" has featured as a "near-miss" cause a number of times for me. Not just on the bike and sometimes my fault while driving as well!
    Goes with the "Constant bearing, deminishing distance rule".
    [First thread, this Forum]
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