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post #1 of 22 Old 09-05-2015, 01:48 PM Thread Starter
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All this happened within 30 minutes, yesterday!!

1. 2 lane road down to one lane for road maintenance for approximately 1 mile. I was the "last' vehicle behind a maintenance truck, I had to stop midway when the maintenance truck was trying to park at the work site. I then continued around 2 bends only to find the traffic coming directly at me, I was as shocked as they were. I had no place to bailout, one by one the cars swerved into the orange cones to avoid me. Fortunately they stopped and I continued to the end and told the traffic guy he needed to work on his communication skills.

2. Literally one minute after, going up a hill, I see a women in the oncoming direction driving a black car doing 50+ mph (45 zone) trying to avoid a cyclist by moving into my lane. I waved violently for her to move back into her lane, there was a drop off to my right, she didn't, and left me about 5 feet of room as she flew by. My nerves were getting rattled.

3. I turned off on a very desolate narrow, 2 lane country road I know very, very well. On a straight section I looked ahead and saw 2 cyclists riding slowly on the right side of the road, I was doing between 50 and 60 mph, just cruising along, there are no speed limit signs. As I approached I moved across the yellow line to give them extra room. I was 40 yards away when the biker in rear decided to do a 180 without looking, it was a dead t-bone. I jammed on both brakes, not enough time to maneuver, the abs kicked in and helped me from fishtailing, I distinctly heard the tires skidding as time was standing still. I stopped about 8 feet passed and missed him by an inch. I never screamed so loud in my helmet, every curse word I ever knew, my adrenaline was through the roof. Honestly, I'm not exaggerating one bit. Then I went after him (verbally), he was scared shitless. He kept saying I couldn't hear you because of the wind, I have a Yosh, baffle out, it was very windy, and I said did you ever think about looking before making a U-turn in the middle of the fokin' road. Let me tell ya, the brakes on this bike are just incredible, they saved my butt or his. If I was on my Vee1, I would not have missed him and it would have been ugly.

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I headed home, I needed a drink, big time!!

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post #2 of 22 Old 09-05-2015, 02:28 PM
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pantzoften I know what your saying all those things have happened to me but not all in a row. Holey Crap! Last year I started wearing one of those day glow yellow green jackets and I got to say it's made a big difference in people seeing me. I think they think I'm some sort of law or fire official because whenever I come up on cars in my local Cali twistys they pull over. My 12K DL1000 being black probably helps. Last month I finally removed that crappy Suzuki horn ( meep, meep) and mounted a set of Fiamis that I had setting in my garage for years and yes you need a relay. They sound like a set 60s Caddie horns. When I come up on bicycles, maybe a 100 yards ahead, I just tap the horn two short pops and they rush to the right side to make room for me. I've been told by bicycle riders that they can't hear a bike coming from behind them because of the lack of the Doppler Effect. I have Leo Vince cans on my DL1000 and they don't seem react till I get closer maybe 50 yards or less but when I tap the new horns they scamper to the right and I thank them as I pass. I don't use the horn much but when I do I want to be heard. Ride safe, Jim in Ojai CA
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Holy crap....glad the outcome was good. I bet after your first drink, you got another, and another, and another......glad you had skill on your side and luck on his side.

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The last incident where you almost hit the cyclist is one of those rare occasions where "loud pipes save lives" is true but he still might not have heard you.

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Cyclists can't hear vehicles behind full stop. Wind of passage past ears.
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Last year I started wearing one of those day glow yellow green jackets and I got to say it's made a big difference in people seeing me. I think they think I'm some sort of law or fire official because whenever I come up on cars in my local Cali twistys they pull over.
I wear a hi-viz vest that is practically identical to what the local police wear and yeah, people definitely take notice!

But they still try and kill me on a regular basis......

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Cyclists come from all over the planet to ride in my area. They have pro races here. On the weekends, I don't travel on certain roads, not because of the cyclists, but because cars don't know how to pass them and it creates traffic problems. I have seen 500 or more bicycles riding in charity events. It's not unusual to see cyclists riding 2 or 3 abreast, chatting away, leaving little room for cars to pass. I have seen 20 or 30 cyclists packed in the lane, usually they are very fast competent riders as opposed to the more social events. I have seen casual cyclists do incredible dumb things and I have actually stopped and spoke to them pleasantly as to why their maneuver was dangerous.
What I have never before seen was a cyclist doing a U-turn on a 2 lane road without looking or giving any indication, hand signal, body language, etc. that a turn was coming.
Believe me, I know how lucky I am to be typing from my home, not the ER.

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pantzoften I know what your saying all those things have happened to me but not all in a row. Holey Crap! Last year I started wearing one of those day glow yellow green jackets and I got to say it's made a big difference in people seeing me.
Jim, In the 1st and 3rd situation, I could have been wearing a pink tutu and a miner's helmet and it would not have made a difference, in the 2nd one, it might have. Hmm, pink tutu and a miner's helmet, that gives me an idea.....

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I was coming home last night from an old covered bridge out in the country on a narrow two lane. I was seeing lots of deer so my radar was on high alert. It was very dark...not city dark...country dark. A friggin small, jet black calf had gotten through a fence and was in a grown over ditch to my right. As I approached it about 35 mph the calf freaked-out and darted across the road right in front of me. It was past me before I could touch my brakes. Scared the crap out of me.

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We have dozens of deer near the roads every evening but virtually no vehicles on the roads at that time. I ride slow enough that a crossover is never a hit but it is always interesting and the coolest time of the day temperature wise right now. They are just expected and must be anticipated.

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