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Old 12-20-2012, 01:50 AM
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Almost every time we go for a ride these days we are getting cut off.
Usually young femails busy with their friends or phone.Last time it was a young bloke that didn't even look.A looooooong blast on the standard Wee horn woke him up.
Just ordered a Stebel Nautilus Compact "Ear Cannon" If that as good as the name implies-- the next cutter better look out
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Old 12-20-2012, 03:33 AM
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Almost every time we go for a ride these days we are getting cut off.
Usually young femails busy with their friends or phone.Last time it was a young bloke that didn't even look.A looooooong blast on the standard Wee horn woke him up.
Just ordered a Stebel Nautilus Compact "Ear Cannon" If that as good as the name implies-- the next cutter better look out
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Old 12-20-2012, 06:34 AM
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Old model Exel with red "p"s and School uniforms are very scary,you will never ever change their attitude [we have been there] 18 and bullet proof ---old prick on the bike---caution--awareness--survival--you can bitch all you like,just ride with awareness as you do ,as we all do,no law or awareness campaign will change any thing,water off a ducks,You as the rider are responsible for your safety--If you enter a intersection/roudabout with the attitude "I have the right of way and f---em--,good luck.
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Old 12-20-2012, 06:50 AM
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Like the old advice, "never pick on those bigger than you" And don't pick in the smaller pushies either, as they often have cameras on board so as to make you a star on you u-tube.
One you get that "Ear Cannon" on board, you'll be looking for excuses to use it. Well, I would.
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Almost every time we go for a ride these days we are getting cut off.
Usually young femails busy with their friends or phone.Last time it was a young bloke that didn't even look.A looooooong blast on the standard Wee horn woke him up.
Just ordered a Stebel Nautilus Compact "Ear Cannon" If that as good as the name implies-- the next cutter better look out
See the SMIDSY stuff in my tagline.. perhaps there is something there that may help you understand and avoid these situations.

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Old 12-20-2012, 09:51 AM
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The horn helps most of the time, but sometimes they just look at you at keep coming. It's happened to me several times when some idjit tried to make a lane change into me. Throttle or brake at that point.
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People have always tried to run over me on my bike. But it is WAY worse on the vstrom. I assume its the dark color. And the fact that all my other bikes were obnoxiously loud and the strom is super quiet.
That was my first FARKLE super loud horn. Made a big difference, and I wont lie , it's kinda funny to wake up unatentive drivers LOL. Ultimately you gotta stay alert and ALWAYS leave yourself a way out! Horns and high vis are great but that big mushy thing that sloshes around in your helmet is your best protection.
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I've not had that many folks trying to invade my space. But I've got a pretty good retirement and can afford to pay attention to those around me and avoid the brain dead cagers.
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If you are having people move into your lane while riding then in almost every case you can pro-actively avoid the situation by changing your position in the lane and stay out of blind spots. I'm not saying the car is anywhere close to being right but we are the ones that suffer in a crash.

I have used my horns many times but have always thought that if NEEDED to use the horn then there was a failure on my part in the first place that allowed me to get into that situation. If you ride arouod ncars a lot then after a while you can almost get a sixth sense as to when a car is going to do something stupid.

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If you are having people move into your lane while riding then in almost every case you can pro-actively avoid the situation by changing your position in the lane and stay out of blind spots.
I do a lot of miles like you, Tom, (most in the cage) and that's true, and I try to avoid it, but around here, traffic is almost always heavy and if you give them any space at all, they WILL cut you off. I ALWAYS ride with my thumb over the horn button in heavy traffic. Saved my ass many times.

There's also a tendency for folks to put the blinker on and believe that entitles them to move over without looking. WTF?
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