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post #1 of 22 Old 11-03-2012, 08:57 PM Thread Starter
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Hey Fellow Troopers.

Just a friendly reminder to everyone to always take that quick glance in your rearview mirrors if you are stopping for a red light. Even on a controlled slow stop. Got rear ended recently and survived ok but my bike is probably totaled.

The guy admitted he "wasn't paying attention," (probably texting) and didn't see me at all, let alone hit his brakes. I was just glad he didn't run me over.

I've read about this happening a hundred times, but I'm just one more rider trying to encourage others to never take it for granted that anyone has your back except you!

The cop and paramedic that came to my scene were riders and they both had the very same thing happen to them. I read a study that said most motorcycle-car collisions happen within a 45 degree angle left and right of the rider's field of vision. I swear the rear end collision stat must be going up these days because of cell phones.

My best to you all, and thanks for all the community, advice and enjoyment that I've had on this site.
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post #2 of 22 Old 11-03-2012, 09:08 PM
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Glad your ok, I got rear ended about a month ago.

Any crash you can walk away from.


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Any crash you can walk away from.
Still sucks! Just not as bad.

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post #4 of 22 Old 11-03-2012, 09:42 PM
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When I was begining the Blue Ridge Parkway last week, i saw on the news, a lady passenger was killed, when their Harley was hit from behind. It seems to have begun to be as common as the left turn syndrome.
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I always watch my six, I always remain in gear till a vehicle is stopped behind me.

Didn't help in my case cuz the guy had been sitting behind me at the light for 2-4 min before he tried to drive through me.

Grrrrrrr


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When I see a vehicle with a busted up front end......I give them room. I figure if they aren't paying attention to a large object stopped in front of them , what chance do I stand. And Yes...I use my mirrors religiously at stops , in gear , to be on the safe side.

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post #7 of 22 Old 11-03-2012, 11:03 PM
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flash 'em

When sitting at stop lights tap your brake lever to flash your brake light. If I see a car coming up behind me I start tapping slowly and progressively tap faster until they have stopped. I'm not sure it's saved me and it may not save you but I've never been rear ended on a bike and I ride all over town for work.
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Yeah,
I usually do the tap thing too. I just didn't look back this time to see him coming. I also have a second tail light and a strip of lights across the back of the Givi case. Has anyone ever been able to successfully pull away quickly when they saw someone bearing down? I might go ahead and run those yellow lights from now on.
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Glad you are ok.

This is one good reason why lane filtering should be legal [only legal in some states here in Australia], I filter down through the stationary cars so I'm not last one in the line.

When I'm the only one stopped at the lights I flash the brake light using the front brake lever, keeping the bike in gear and ready to move out of the way if I need to.

I've survived 40 years on the road, been hit twice by cars- managing to stay on my wheels both times, after bouncing over gutters and dodging light poles/street signs.

In my first few weeks of riding when I was young an old biker on a Harley told me "ride like everyone else on the road is out to kill you, and watch your back!"

Stay safe out there people.

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I do not filter, but hug the inside edge of the lane pretty closely at stops. I figure that if they do not have time to brake, the second driver instinct will be to swerve to the outside.
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