they dont see YOU!!!!
June 3, 2008 at 11:12 pm #1465RydRyParticipant
so it was bound to happen and at 3,000 miles today- heck thats once across the country eh? I was on the highway and a lady in a honda suv just basically took me out of my lane at 70 miles per hour- amazing, I saw her coming over and I wasnt even in her blind spot, she came over and I moved over while slowing as safely as I could, it happened all too fast and I saw her tires inches from mine and then the guard rail came closer and the rumble strip and somehow she was in my lane with me and I thought. “wow where do I go Im going to crash now” but amazingly I didnt, she cleared off and sped away, i honked and she didnt even blink- when i got home my eyes were shaking as I closed them and my spine was tight as hell- I dont think one can live when crashing into a guard rail at 70 but maybe, either way I feel like it is important to just repeat it and say THEY DONT SEE YOU at all and often I forget just how dangerous it is out there for motorcycles, in a car I would certainly have hit her just to move her away so i wouldnt go off the road but on a bike??? we do put our lives in danger- heck Im a defensive rider but there is nothing you can do sometimes and this was oneJune 4, 2008 at 12:21 am #6949megaspazParticipant
How were you slowing down? Just front brakes or front+rear? Another way to help you slow down is to use engine braking. While you’re braking, shift down a gear and slowly let out the clutch, blipping the throttle a bit. Along with that, if you’re tucked, you can also get out of the tuck and sit up and use your body as wind resistence. But yeah, some cagers just don’t see and you did the right thing by attempting to slow down as much as possible. Grab a beer, relax… you’re still alive. With the possibility of road rage and the fact a cage will always beat a bike in a physical confrontation, it’s not worth getting all worked up over it.
Edit: I should say that you don’t want to downshift if in the middle of a turn or leaned over as you can cause the rear wheel to lose grip.
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around, I want it caught and shot now…June 4, 2008 at 9:44 pm #6999RydRyParticipant
thanks I agree- no need to get worked up but I think once I wrote that I felt better- plus its easy to act like this is a safe thing to do- good to check that once in awhile, its a HUGE risk and I know many disagree but to be honest to myself (I love it Im soooo hooked) but it is NOT SAFER to me than drivin g a car I dont care, if I had a car I would have bumped her thats it, on the bike I was inches from death-
anyway haaa theres some more therapy funny I had about 4 seconds time in all that and I couldnt do any thinking just react and so I let off the throttle sat up, steered over and pressed the brakes slowly no way to downshift as it would have required moving, thinking etc haa
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