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This morning's commute:

On a 3 lane road, I was doing the speed limit in the right lane. Some well-to-do woman in a red Honda accord coupe was obviously in a big a$$ hurry in the middle lane. Fixated on me, she sped up trying to pass me. She didn't see that the lane in front of her was already stopped. I did and began to roll off. She finally noticed almost too late and had stomped on the brakes. Unfortunately, her swerve was right into my lane. Panic brake. Engine killed. (need to work on that). Too much rear, back end starting to kick out…Compensate with front…Too scared to panic…Rear end going the other way…Compensate again…stopped. In time. Fear starting to kick in. Restart engine. Rolled up on the driver.

Her:
“OH MY GOD! ARE YOU OKAY!! I’M SO SORRY!”
Me:
“DO YOU REALIZE THAT YOU ALMOST KILLED ME!”
Her:
“I’M SO SORRY!”
Me:
“I HAVE A WIFE! WHAT’S WRONG WITH YOU!”

I left. I was shaking so bad I had to pull over and lay down.

Paying attention to traffic flow was the only thing that saved me. Please ATTGATT, and ride safe.
 

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Good save and a nice piece of riding to get it down to a stop w/o spilling. I tell new riders all the time....learn to stop, it's a whole lot important then learning to go fast. Especially when that last 5 feet is TRUCK!! I usually always have 2 fingers wrapped around the front brake and I know how and when to use it, and use it hard!

Keep your eyes wide open!!

Jeff
 

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I'm glad to hear you dodged that one.

A similar thing happened to me on the way home last night.

I was following a long line of traffic going about 60 mph down a long hill on a three lane highway, when I saw a minivan up ahead parked in the median for no apparent reason. I knew that two things were going to happen:

1. People were going to slow down thinking it's a cop.
2. People were going to slow down to gawk at nothing.

I rolled off the throttle in preparation of the slow down, but the group of cars in front of me were stopping faster than I was decelerating. I grabbed my front brake and checked my mirrors. A large black car was coming up fast! As I applied the brakes even harder, I moved onto the shoulder to get the hell out of the path of the black car and give him/her more room to slow down. As I watched the black car in my mirror I noticed that the driver had fixated on my move to the shoulder and was following me!!! I let off the brake and ended up next to the car in front of me. The black car stopped within inches from the corner of that car's bumper. If I had stopped on the shoulder, he/she would have run me over.

Be careful out there!
 

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Confused?

You may has sent some confusing messages, first you said you almost were killed in an angry way, then you told them you were married, so what is it did you want to live or not?:twisted:
 

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Glad you made it out okay.

I had a similar incident last spring.

Since then, I've gotten in the habit of tapping my brake when I slow down in traffic.
It gives them a little head's up, if they're paying any attention at all.

Keep it safe.

Norm
 

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'Back Off' Tail light modulator. Remembers to warn following drivers when you forget :D It's not a silver bullet but it gives me a little piece of mind and I think it helps a little.
 

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I do employ flashing led stop lights in addition to the regular brake lights, probably saved me from a rear-ending.
 

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You may has sent some confusing messages, first you said you almost were killed in an angry way, then you told them you were married, so what is it did you want to live or not?:twisted:

I thought he was just trying to tell her that he had a wife, and didn't need that driver to make him crazy!:rolleyes:
 

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I'm old enough to remember the way things used to be. Maybe he meant he had a wife he supported, so killing him wouldn't help her a lot. ;)
 

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Got me to thinking

Wouldn't it be great if your brake light would flash at each downshift?
 

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Glad you got it stopped in time. I'm sure nearly everyone on here has had pretty much the same experience, usually caused by another, inattentive cage driver. Mine was 20 years ago, but I'll never forget it.
 

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drivers test..

though it may have been quite awhile for some of you but about 4 yrs ago on my motorcycle driving test the mean old lady was intent that I was to stop on the line going as fast as I felt comfortable with. I assume they have roughly the same test everywhere a line with two lights in front of it.. you get up to a certain speed and they begin to flash the lights if both flash you have to stop on the line if either the right or left flash you swerve in that direction and follow a couple of slow corners back to the start line..

I guess with this little experience it makes people realize there is a reason they give test such as these..
 

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Wouldn't it be great if your brake light would flash at each downshift?
That's interesting...
It would be very easy to do. Just mount a switch that would be activated by the shift lever whenever it travels down, and tie it in parallel with the rear brake switch.
 

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Dark, you used the single most important piece of safety equipment available to motorcycle riders: your brain. You maintained awareness of what was going on around you, you analyzed what could potentially happened, you decided what needed to be done considering the circumstances, and you acted. It's classic SIPDE, right out of the BRE course (scan, identify, process, decide, execute).

Good job!

P.S. It reminds me ... I engine brake a lot, probably 90% of the time, but I have been making a more conscious effort to tap my brake a few times when slowing down to alert the cagers behind me. That and I "pre-slow" when coming up to stop lights and signs, to bring the overall pace down a little bit.
 

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Delicious irony

About 4 years ago I was hit from behind while driving a car. I'd stopped on the freeway , at the end of a stalled line of traffic. I was watching my rear view, and pumping the brake pedal like crazy: One , two, three, four, five BANG !

The guy who hit me was a 17 y.o. on his way home from a defensive driving class.

Had I been on the bike, I would have simply split lanes to avoid being the one hit. In the car, I was boxed in.
 

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While we are on the subject;

I'm on my way (in my car) to Couer D'Alene, ID for some much needed vacation from the Seattle area. Less than an hour into my drive on east bound I-90 I see a blue truck 20 car lengths ahead start losing control on the inside lane of a three lane road. The truck starts sliding off into a wide dirt median. I see a truck tire hurdling through the area towards me as a large cloud of dust continues to get larger. I avoid the tire, look to the top of the dust cloud, and see the body of a person sommersaulting through the air. My wife is freaking next to me and I am thinking, "I can't believe this is happening."

I pull to the side of the road and stop. The dust clears and I see what looks like a teenage male lying on his side in the median. I am the first one there and procede to keep him stable (not moving him due to spine issues) until medical aid arrives. He's still breathing and continues to breath with no outward signs of broken arms or legs. Long story short, I spoke with Washington State Patrol who said the 17 year old is still hanging on as of two days later.

Injuries; fractured neck, spine, pelvis, skull, lacerated spleen and liver. I am a police officer by trade and have seen a lot of bad things. I don't share the story to gore anyone but am reminded of how quickly things can go bad on any road. Within minutes of the accident a lone motorcyclist rode by. I couldn't help but think if he was a few minutes sooner how things could have been bad for him or any one of us that ride.

Stay safe, don't get lulled to sleep on the open road. Don't practice "what if's" practice "if thens."
 

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Clamp, hell of a way to start the time off. Hope the young fellow pulls through somehow. Was this young fellow driving the truck without a seat belt which could possibly have prevented a lot of grief and pain ???
 

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Unfortunately you are right. He was not wearing a seatbelt and ejected through the driver side door (almost ripped off the hinges). Probably would have been in a lot better shape.
 
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