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post #1 of 24 Old 07-19-2006, 09:59 AM Thread Starter
 
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Okay, I see this happening all the time during my commute.

I'm riding along, I have my requisite 2 seconds - or more - following distance between me and the vehicle in front of me and a person passes me and cuts into that space.

What do you do when this happens?
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post #2 of 24 Old 07-19-2006, 10:42 AM
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Do you have your handlebar mounted bazooka loaded at the time?

If its not loaded then you have no choice but to back off and wait for the next jerk to cut you off. The motorcycle will almost always lose in a battle with a car.

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They usually get the bird from me, and allot of harrassing to follow up with!! These people are also usually on the cell phone!!! :evil:

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This happens all to often for me. The first couple times I would give the drive a one finger salute. But figured after awhile someone would eventually hit the brakes or some other road rage thing. Now I simpley shake my head alittle and try and pass or back of a little. One time though I did give the driver a piece of my mind at the next light when I pulled up to him. He had that deer in the head lights look and said "I thought there was plenty of room". Yea until you hit the brakes or something.
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Getting cut off is always better than getting merged into. The last 2 people that tried to merge into me never even saw me, so giving them the one finger wave did no good. One was on her cell pnone in her Escalade(can you say stereotype), and the other one was about a 90 year old guy in a Buick with a death grip on the steering wheel and tunnelvision. I got a mile and a half into my first rided of the season when the guy in the Buick happened. Didn't take very long.
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At 60mph that 2 second distance is 176'. A trailer behind a semi is usually 55'.

I guess what makes me laugh is that you seem surprised when someone merges their car into a place that would fit nearly 2 semis.

Every other car on the road is 1/2 to 1 second apart in a busy metro.


Take a different road that has you feeling safer.
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Do you have your handlebar mounted bazooka loaded at the time?

If its not loaded then you have no choice but to back off and wait for the next jerk to cut you off. The motorcycle will almost always lose in a battle with a car.
That's pretty much the only tactic I've ever used. Not a lot of other options. They suck at life, but there's FA you can do about it out on the slab.

That said, I've considered doing the mirror-jousting foot more than once on those people.

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When you're on the outside of a 500lb vehicle in typical traffic, discretion is the better part of valor.

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For the brave at heart, try kicking the side mirror off, if it was particularly close. Kidding kidding, but it does make you feel better.

I agree not much of a choice, back off or pass. But if you stop next to him at the stoplight, gotta say something.
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At 60mph that 2 second distance is 176'. A trailer behind a semi is usually 55'.

I guess what makes me laugh is that you seem surprised when someone merges their car into a place that would fit nearly 2 semis.

Every other car on the road is 1/2 to 1 second apart in a busy metro.


Take a different road that has you feeling safer.
Exactly. The cager doesn't know any better and will have no idea why you are flipping them off, if they even look back to see you do it. As far as they are concerned, you left them more than enough space to safely merge.

Nothing you can do but slow down and reclaim that 2 second space until the next cage moves in. It's a viscious cycle.

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