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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.

Shit comes in packages of three!!
I headed home, I needed a drink, big time!!
 

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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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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...... :wink2:
 

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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.....:grin2:
 

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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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I saw a fatal accident this week, sportsrider rode past me and was lane splitting in california freeway and a white sportscar pulled into his line, and he got hit really bad. I stopped traffic behind the rider, called 911, and it was not a pretty sight
 

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That SUCKS! vibes are sent for all...

Prayers as well.

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We also have quite a few deer in my area, but one incident that happened to me a few years ago stands out when out riding a nice back road. Coming up over a small rise followed by a dip, there was this huge cow elk (elk and bison farm nearby) standing broadside in the middle of the road. Problem was, I was riding my KLR at the time with it's extremely weak brakes! I swerved to the right as she was pointing to the left. I still don't know how I managed to avoid her.
 

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That's a good tip. Swerve the opposite way of which the animal is pointing. I'll have to practice that one as I've had many encounters with large animals.
I think deer often turn and run back the way they came, so not sure this is a very valuable tip. 50/50 at best. Some think you should aim for the middle of them, that way no matter which way they run, you have best chance, unless they just stand there of course.
 

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Yeah, it is the time of year the deer start getting bad. I typically do not ride at night much anyway....was out of character for me but it has been very hot. The deer really start crossing roads in October as mating season begins. Right now in Kentucky they are on the sides of the road where grass is mowed, in the mornings an evenings, because the grass has dew on it.

Short mowed grass with dew.....it is very yummy to deer.

Almost time to get the rifle out.....and make steaks out of them.
 

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Pantzoften, would you mind telling us where these things happened? Sounds like an area I'd like to avoid.

Aside from the car I t-boned when the driver pulled out into my path from a stop sign the only really close call I've had around here was on Hwy 50 coming down from Tahoe with my wife on pillion when an oncoming sports car tried passing someone in a no-passing zone. He apparently saw my Goldwing at the last second and jerked back into lane, tires howling.

Strangely I wasn't really scared. My only thought in that brief moment was that our daughter would be heartbroken to lose both parents like that, and that made me very sad.
 

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It is dangerous out there and getting more so. There's four to five times more vehicles, on the road, then when I started riding 50+ years ago. Plus, there are 100+ decibel level radios with enough bass to vibrated mirrors off your bike. Also, Kindles, cell phones, no knob radios (got to look to push correct screen area) and on and on...all taking attention from looking while driving.

All that said, about two months ago a Honda Shadow in front of me (at 65 mph), with 63 year old riding and 10 year old granddaughter on back, had a dog simply run across the road in front of them...granddaughter was hurt and grandfather was killed.

Vehicles or not...it is (more) dangerous out there every day.
 
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