Close calls are part of motorcycling. Some days are worse than others. Today wasn't so bad.

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  1. Freebird

    Freebird Is Above PSL Advanced User Premium Member

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    Today seemed like someone painted a bullseye on my head lol.

    1st one I would just classify as a Moron. Pulls out and I have to play what's he going to do?


    Next up blind spot lane change. I was looking far ahead and saw him moving over outta the corner of my eye. So I just surrendered the lane.


    Next is slow motion Bambi crossing ahead of me. Not at all close but got my attention. See 10-12 Second mark.

    Slow motion Bambi crossing



    Stay Safe Guys!
     
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  2. erickonphoenix

    erickonphoenix I never lose, I only run out of laps, gas or time. Advanced User Premium Member

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    Nice vids, you guys have a lot to contend with.

    You get mad props from this cager. I'll leave the Left Lane open for you any time. :waycool:
     
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  3. Freebird

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    Thanks Erick, That guy moved into my lane for no reason what so ever, no one ahead of him. Then he gets butt hurt and speeds up, so I give him his Darwin award of the high beam treatment lol. I will load up a couple more of how I finally got fed up with those guys bunching up and I went on offence and created myself a nice space cushion :). Oh an I think I got a new accidental power wheelie in there somewhere. Just on the gas hard and the front came on up :eek:. Not intentional but not surprised. Gotta love that power to weight ratio.

    Oops.
     
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  4. erickonphoenix

    erickonphoenix I never lose, I only run out of laps, gas or time. Advanced User Premium Member

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    When I used to drive on the single lane HOV I would move over to the right side of the lane for the motorcycles, give them one tap of the left blinker to let them know to pass and they'd cruise by. Always got a thumbs up from them on that move.
     
  5. Freebird

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    That's a very polite gesture. We surely appreciate those things and when drivers do make a mistake and cut us off due to our being hard to see, just a wave of sorry goes a long way. We all know we are hard to see and the mature riders just take it as part of the price of admission.

    Ok heres the rest of how Darwin in the Carolla played out.
     
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  6. Heywood

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    Appreciate the gesture , but please don’t pull on the shoulder when motorcycles are behind you.

    The signal maybe, but the shoulders are full of sand and pebbles. It doesn’t do anything but sandblast us. That’s where all the crap goes. Same with the middle of the lane outside of the wheel tracks.

    Your better off to just wave us by from inside the vehicle or a hand out the window. We’re watching you in your mirrors more than your watching us. Just stay steady and hold your speed.


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  7. Freebird

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    I think you misunderstood what he is doing there. He is not moving over on the shoulder, he is just moving to the right side of the lane, and sharing the lane for the bikes to pass to his left. In California bikes can legally lane share, and moving to the side of the lane and motioning a rider past is common.

    Totally agree with no dropping off on the shoulder due to sand blasting ;)

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    Most of the time when people hear a horn they move back to their lane, not this moron. So I just stayed in the lane also. I need a train horn.


    More Therapy lol
     
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  8. tempnexus

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    Close calls are nature's way to level up your attention and handling skill.

    each time it happens an invisible: "Reflex Skill increased by +1" shows up
     
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  9. warnerwh

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    Being a rider I am sure you know to just pretend everybody is trying to kill you. I finally got tired of it because it was affecting my enjoyment of riding so I sold my bike. However I did ride for many years, it was when I got to my 50's before the people trying to kill me finally got the better of me. Also remember to always dress for the ride, not the weather.
     
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    Most days don't even require to pretend.
     
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  11. Freebird

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    I need a train horn.


    More Therapy stress relief lol
    Absolutely. I ride with the mindset I am invisible and it's kinda like flying a spacecraft thru a constant barrage of asteroids. Hit one and game over. It gets old sometimes and takes away the enjoyment like you experienced, but then the days of open roads and very few cars (Sunday Morning) balances it all out for me for now. I have given it up a few years due to life's ups and downs and then I return with a renewed vigor. I am 52, and still feel very sharp and in control but we all know it's what I do not see coming that I have no control of that can be the most dangerous to me. Someday I will lose the sharpness and the desire, and it will be time to hang it up. But for now the fire still burns strong and the addiction still has a hold, so I ride every day like it could be my last. I can't help it, my Dad raced Desert Cross Country and Moto X into his 70's. It's hardwired in me :p.
     
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  12. warnerwh

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    I will confess I do miss riding every summer. Btw I don't know about where you live but for some years now people have been putting a bunch of gravel in corners out in the country where everyone likes to ride. Pretty sick but it's there. I was warned about it, forgot, and a short time later I caught myself in the middle of some gravel in a corner.
     
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  13. Freebird

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    Haven't heard that one but it does not surprise me. Some people are evil and some just downright hate motorcyclist. Hell, I can't stand a rider on a Harley with straight pipes blowing by, but I would never think of taking action against him. When I was a kid racing enduro's, property owners would string wire across the trail to close line riders, and do all kinds of stuff like that.
     
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  14. warnerwh

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    Just guessing I'd say they put out gravel in corners because there are groups of sport bike riders hauling ass through their area. And like you said many people don't like motorcyclists. It's unfortunate there are people who could put others in so much danger. Sliding into oncoming traffic could kill or cripple someone.
     
  15. Freebird

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    I am going to say you are 100% correct. Probably sick of Sport bikers hauling arse down their road (running race exhaust) and its their way to show them a lesson. I am not excusing their actions (putting gravel down) but a lot of motorcyclist bring negative actions on themselves.

    That's of the reasons I do not run an aftermarket race exhaust, because yea it sounds good ripping by on a 150 MPH fly by at the track, but it is annoying as hell when someone does that through a community at 3 AM. These bikes make more than enough power, and adding a race exhaust just creates a lot of noise pollution IMO.
     
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  16. warnerwh

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    I am in total agreement sport bikes have more than enough power but there's no way people aren't going to try to add more power. When a little 600cc bike can get into the 10's you have plenty of power. I don't know if I have the strength to hold on anymore to go WOT on the bigger bikes.
    That's very respectable your dad could still in his 70's. I have a lot of respect for people who stay in shape into 50's and beyond. It's really not very hard to get a little exercise and eat healthy but most let themselves go. You have an excellent example to follow.
     
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  17. Freebird

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    I see it coming from my right, so I gas it to get outta the way.

     
  18. PointerCone

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    Florida and motorcycles just don't mix. Heck, Florida and cars don't mix. Everyone there owns the road and the left lane too (in my best @The Only Sarge voice) : "As a matter of fact, I do own this road, bought and paid for with my taxes and I will drive as I like." )

    Good ole Pinellas County FL.........
     
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  19. WNCmotard

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    I've never known anyone to intentionally put gravel down in corners, and we did plenty of laps on one particular road that does have some houses on it. What does happen, is that rain washes it into the road, and cagers that can't drive for shi.t dip their hot tires off into the gravel, then drag it back onto the pavement. We always did one inspection lap to look for trouble spots, then ramp our speed up on each successive pass. Lots of things here in the mountains that will try to kill you that you'd never think of. Every hit a snake in the middle of a blind corner? Or a stick laying in the corner? Both have roughly the same effect.

    I actually hung up the leathers just over a month ago, just too many close calls here now that it's a moto / sports car mecca for asshats who've never been through a corner in their life, not to mention that's in addition to the crazy amounts of people we already get May - October. Or worse, they've never seen a mountain, so they'll stop in the middle of a blind corner, all four doors open, and stand in the road taking pictures when there's an overlook within sight of the car. I kid you not.
     
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  20. blah

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    Oh they do. People are crazy.

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