Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Just north of Annapolis Maryland
Nearly run over Easter Sunday, naw, not what you think...
I posted this over on another forum I belong to but I figured that the "warning value" was too great not to post the gist of it here. Out of all the scenarios I’ve imagined having to take action to avoid; this one had never come to mind. Weirdest darned thing ……
After celebrating Easter with my youngest daughter, I decided that it was too nice out not to go for a nice ride. I had stopped for gas and pulled into the outside pump lane. I crossed the inner lane, paid the man and as I walked back across the inner lane, the electric hybrid car began driving off….without a sound…...he slammed on his brakes and stopped with his bumper actually touching the pant leg of my jeans just below my left knee! If he would have hit me, even at the slow speed he was going, it would have snapped my leg like a toothpick given that his electric motor generates practically full torque from 1 rpm! I looked at the driver, his hands held up in an apologetic manner. I knew it wasn’t his fault anymore then it was mine. We (I’m) so used to listening for cars that when the silent car was sitting there, I didn’t assume it held any risk. I nearly paid for that mistake.
As more and more electric/hybrid cars take to the streets, I could see this becoming a real problem, especially in parking lots when we have our children in tow walking into and out of the malls/stores. We have no way of knowing that they are going to move like we do with IC propelled cars. I wouldn’t be surprised to see some type of requirement in the next couple of years for bells and whistles indicating impending movement…once a few lawsuits are filed unfortunately.
I returned to my bike, filled it up and had a really nice ride as the country roads were empty. After a couple of hours I headed back towards home, stopping to join my sweetheart for a nice Easter dinner. While I certainly don’t think I was in any danger of losing my life, it still could have turned out much differently…..screwing up a perfect day!
Just a word of warning to all….be careful, with technology we get new dangers.
My VStrom 1000 K7
Stock bikes: a
purple '74 RD350 in great shape,
All-original 1975 H2 750 triple (purple of course),
1974 H2 750(my go-fast), a scary fast & fully ported street machine!
'82 Yam 650 Turbo- running 18PSI, Be sure to be pointed where you want to go!
'75 GT550 built up & ported,
'75- H1 wrist-rocket- HOLY GOD ALMIGHTY!
'75 S1 Kaw 250 baby triple w/ lifted and ported 350cc cylinders/28mm flatslides
To-Restore list: '72 H1, 1-'75 H1, 1974 GT750