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post #1 of 67 Old 08-15-2014, 06:11 PM Thread Starter
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Bad decisions on today's ride

Out for a ride today on one of my favorite mt. roads. It can have some traffic on it but generally the traffic is light and most are polite and will pull over for a bike.

So I'm on my way back home and came up behind a new full size truck. I don't tailgate and stay back a respecful distance. He is going just under the speed limit. He isn't inclined to pull over so I wait for the one section of the road where there is legal passing. We're coming up on it so I throttle up a bit to build some momentum to pass. We hit the short passing section and I swing out and give it full throttle. Just at the moment he must have floored the truck. I'm along side and not making much progress. The passing section is quickly coming to an end so I downshift and swing in front of him. He didn't let me in in fact he's pretty close and not backing off.

Well now I'm concerned so I try to put some distance between us but I'm not creating much of a gap. I go through about 1 mile of corners faster than I should have and finally get to a section that has a pullout. He roars on by and avoids eye contact.

Looking back on it I shouldn't have commited to the pass in that situation. I also shouldn't have ridden at an accerated pace under pressure.

No harm no foul on this one but it had potential.

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I'm glad you escaped unharmed. We have our share of "drivers" like that in my area too.

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You on a 650 or the 1000?:mrgreen:
:mrgreen: my question also. My Vee would make most 4 wheelers grow small in my mirrors rather quickly.

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Yeah that's pretty effed up. On four wheels it was just second nature to cut those idiots off and let them eff themselves with those, "No you can't pass me," shenanigans. But on a bike it's a losing situation... you'd rather have Mr Crazy ahead than behind you. Still, it would be nice to throw a couple of zombie spiders in his window before you fell back.
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"new full size truck" - meaning this guy already, probably, had an attitude of look at me in my big bad, new, truck (dopes). Couple that with a decent engine for that truck and it'll gain speed quicker than trucks used to. I've been in these situations before and can usually tell when someone floors a vehicle just to give me hard time in passing them. I back off the throttle and make a stop or turn onto another road to put as much distance between them and me. It's never worth it to aggravate the situation. Bikes vs. "any" cage = bikes lose...:beatnik:

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"new full size truck" - meaning this guy already, probably, had an attitude of look at me in my big bad, new, truck (dopes). Couple that with a decent engine for that truck and it'll gain speed quicker than trucks used to. I've been in these situations before and can usually tell when someone floors a vehicle just to give me hard time in passing them. I back off the throttle and make a stop or turn onto another road to put as much distance between them and me. It's never worth it to aggravate the situation. Bikes vs. "any" cage = bikes lose...:beatnik:

I'm riding the gen2 650. I was in 5th @ about 60mph when I swung out. The passing section is only about a 1/4 mile long. I was looking up the road and didn't realize that he was picking up speed quickly until I was along side. The end of the section goes into a blind turn so I'm trying to keep an eye on that and the truck. I had a moment of indecsion and then downshifted and pinned the throtlle. I just got in front of him before the turn.

You're right I should have backed off and dropped back. I had to do that a few times when I rode a KLR. This was only my 3rd longer ride on my (new to me) Strom. Maybe I overestimated the reserve power, just seems like an abundance compared to the KLR!

His reaction caught me off-guard my bad for sure. He had been putting along before that so don't know what his problem was. I wasn't being rude behind him and did wait for a legal passing area.

I was having a fun day getting in a nice riding groove, not thinking about situations like I do in traffic.

Moral of the story (for me) be less aggressive. I had been riding at an elevated pace most of the day, nothing dangerous just enjoying the bike. I wanted to continue at the pace so that motivated me to get around that guy.

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Sorry officer, I'm not quite certain how that brand new truck with the .45 hole in the side got in the ditch, last I saw he was endangering my life.

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I had something like this happen to me in my car a couple months ago. I was driving to work, which is a 15 mile long stretch of almost completely straight, flat two-lane highway between two towns. Coming out of the town I live in I ended up behind an Impala with Arizona(?) plates doing about 50 in a 55. Normal traffic on this road goes ~65. I was kind of close to him (he was going really slow) but nothing overtly aggressive. As soon as I got the chance to pass him, I did. As I'm going around him I see him yelling and waving and flipping me off. Just generally freaking the eff out. He motioned for me to pull over. When I started to move onto the shoulder he followed me. Thinking better of pulling off on the shoulder of a busy two way during rush hour to have an altercation with a guy I kept going, putting a little distance between me and him.

A few miles down the road is a pole barn with a u-shaped gravel drive in front. "Well, let's see if he's still interested." I pulled in and he went right on by. I pulled back onto the highway and fully expected to have to repeat the same situation all over again. To my surprise he floored it and took off. Unfortunately for, well, everybody, I find stuff like this highly amusing so I took off after him.

He ran like hell. Triple digit speeds all the way to the next town. It was the dumbest, most confusing, entertaining thing that's happened to me in a long time.

Anyways, sorry about your ride being ruined. That's always a bummer. And I've never understood the mentality behind not letting people pass. I'm behind you, I don't want to be behind you. Let me get past so I can get out of your hair and you don't have to see my annoyed face in your mirror anymore.
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Sorry officer, I'm not quite certain how that brand new truck with the .45 hole in the side got in the ditch, last I saw he was endangering my life.
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