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Almost got wacked today.
« on: July 04, 2014, 12:23:08 am »
I was pulling out of a gas station into a 6 lane highway but it was an intersection so I had to cross a turning lane to get to the outside travel lane. The light had just turned red, two cars went by me and stopped at the light but the third stopped and waved me in.  I checked for traffic which was clear but just as I released the clutch and applied throttle the jacka$$ in the fourth vehicle in line swerved into the turning lane without a signal and accelerated to the corner and turned right. I had to brake hard to avoid getting wacked. My bars were turned right and I went down. Was on my 99 VFR which already had some right side damage and the drop only made it a little worse. Me, I hopped off and rolled gracefully onto the grass shoulder, not a scratch. Might be sore in the morning but feel fine now.

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Re: Almost got wacked today.
« Reply #1 on: July 04, 2014, 12:53:52 am »
Dang...  That sucks.  I'm glad you saw him in time, and are okay!
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Re: Almost got wacked today.
« Reply #2 on: July 04, 2014, 02:08:34 am »
The whole no turn signal thing really chaps me . Is there anywhere where they actually enforce turn signal laws ? The police in Texas sure don't , half of them don't use them either .
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Re: Almost got wacked today.
« Reply #3 on: July 04, 2014, 03:56:41 am »
Its outta control! In the city you gotta plan on the last three cars running the red light.

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Re: Almost got wacked today.
« Reply #4 on: July 04, 2014, 01:20:38 pm »
Glad to hear that at least there was no contact with the car.

Everyone is in a gigantic hurry these days. Most are not very attentive to their driving. It makes for a lousy environment to ride a motorcycle. I hugged the east coast on the way back from the rally in TN and got to ride through Washington and NYC. Washington drivers are past 'in a hurry' and well into panic mode but at least they seem to pay attention. NYC on the other hand is full of people who seem barely able to drive and just not capable of driving well. Lots of stop- and- go traffic, lots of accidents which stop cars but would cause substantial injury to a rider on a bike. No way to avoid it that I can find other than to avoid those areas but I live in the congested northeast (not NYC or Boston but still pretty congested) so leaving the driveway is risky.

Unfortunately I think the we (riders) are going to suffer higher numbers of 'arguments' with autos. Years ago, I thought we could be extra vigilant and shave the odds; today there are so many cars being really badly operated that I do not think it is possible to stack the deck anymore. We are all targets and shear odds suggest that some of us are going to become victims when riding. Not a very pleasant picture but I think that is the reality.

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I was pulling out of a gas station into a 6 lane highway but it was an intersection so I had to cross a turning lane to get to the outside travel lane. The light had just turned red, two cars went by me and stopped at the light but the third stopped and waved me in.  I checked for traffic which was clear but just as I released the clutch and applied throttle the jacka$$ in the fourth vehicle in line swerved into the turning lane without a signal and accelerated to the corner and turned right. I had to brake hard to avoid getting wacked. My bars were turned right and I went down. Was on my 99 VFR which already had some right side damage and the drop only made it a little worse. Me, I hopped off and rolled gracefully onto the grass shoulder, not a scratch. Might be sore in the morning but feel fine now.
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Re: Almost got wacked today.
« Reply #5 on: July 04, 2014, 02:16:22 pm »
I live in a small town with many fun roads nearby with little traffic (although the bumpkins you do see don't seen to understand about the yellow lines ::) ) but I go to the metro at least once a week. If it gets worse I'll have to suck it up and take my gas guzzling cargo van. It doesn't lose many "arguments".

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Re: Almost got wacked today.
« Reply #6 on: July 04, 2014, 03:39:09 pm »
Glad you're OK.  It sounds like you did what you had to, and came out walking and talking.  This is the best possible outcome.

It's amazing how dramatic the humbling effect is with me on a motorcycle.  For this
very reason, I will stand in sweltering heat, sweating my @$$ off and wait, and wait,
and wait for an 'all clear'.  If that doesn't seem possible due to congestion, I wuss out,
make the right, and find a safer way to get through down the road...

What I would "go for" in a car is far off from what I consider safe on a bike.  Like I said, I'm a wuss.
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Re: Almost got wacked today.
« Reply #7 on: July 04, 2014, 09:32:47 pm »
You are smarter than me. Unfortunately  I get  superman syndrome  when  I get on a bike.

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Re: Almost got wacked today.
« Reply #8 on: July 04, 2014, 09:53:50 pm »
McFly - I do the "turn right and turn around later" in cars, too. You're A-OK in my book. :-)
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Re: Almost got wacked today.
« Reply #9 on: July 05, 2014, 06:44:22 am »
I hugged the east coast on the way back from the rally in TN and got to ride through Washington and NYC.

I suppose I should have mentioned this BEFORE the Johnson City event, but there's a good way to cut a hundred miles of that bad craziness of the northeast corridor right out of your trip.  My mom and dad live in Wilmington, DE and I use this route when we drive up from Tampa for a visit.

Take US50 eastbound out of DC.  It's at the 3 o'clock position on the DC Beltway.  50 will take you past Annapolis and across the Bay Bridge (toll going eastbound; free going westbound) where you can pick up US301 going northbound.  301 is a beautiful 4-lane divided highway - exactly like the Interstate but without all of the traffic and with occasional surface-level intersections.  There are many options once you get to Dover.  I prefer 896, but I'm going to Mom's house, not straight through.  I've included an attachment so you can see the general idea. 

The observant among us will take a look at that map and say, "Hey!  I could pick up 301 just north of Richmond and take it all the way!"  This is a terrible mistake.  301 is an urban road almost all the way to Maryland.  And before you get to Maryland, you'll have to cross the Harry W. Nice Memorial Bridge.  It is NOT a nice bridge - steep and prone to crosswinds, it's one lane each way and definitely not motorcycle-friendly.  Too many oncoming trucks weaving in the wind for my taste.

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Re: Almost got wacked today.
« Reply #10 on: August 04, 2014, 06:14:36 pm »
I hugged the east coast on the way back from the rally in TN and got to ride through Washington and NYC.

I suppose I should have mentioned this BEFORE the Johnson City event, but there's a good way to cut a hundred miles of that bad craziness of the northeast corridor right out of your trip.  My mom and dad live in Wilmington, DE and I use this route when we drive up from Tampa for a visit.

Take US50 eastbound out of DC.  It's at the 3 o'clock position on the DC Beltway.  50 will take you past Annapolis and across the Bay Bridge (toll going eastbound; free going westbound) where you can pick up US301 going northbound.  301 is a beautiful 4-lane divided highway - exactly like the Interstate but without all of the traffic and with occasional surface-level intersections.  There are many options once you get to Dover.  I prefer 896, but I'm going to Mom's house, not straight through.  I've included an attachment so you can see the general idea. 

The observant among us will take a look at that map and say, "Hey!  I could pick up 301 just north of Richmond and take it all the way!"  This is a terrible mistake.  301 is an urban road almost all the way to Maryland.  And before you get to Maryland, you'll have to cross the Harry W. Nice Memorial Bridge.  It is NOT a nice bridge - steep and prone to crosswinds, it's one lane each way and definitely not motorcycle-friendly.  Too many oncoming trucks weaving in the wind for my taste.

301 is a great choice on the Eastern Shore. I grew up just south of Dover, DE - it's our route to the Bay Bridge.

I lived in Richmond for a time and rode Route 2/301 from Richmond to Route 50, then across the Bay Bridge to visit family in DE. Route 2 parallels I95 for about 30 miles north of Richmond, then you go eastward around DC (across that tall, 2-lane narrow bridge...exciting!). Yea, it's a longer ride, but can be much better than going up 95 and 495 around DC (yecch!) At least it's always moving, and through some nice roads...though Upper Marlboro in MD as you approach Route 50 becomes ugly.

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Re: Almost got wacked today.
« Reply #11 on: August 04, 2014, 08:04:05 pm »
Hey, the very same thing happened to me yesterday- I almost got wacked. And then, less than a millisecond later, I DID get wacked! Waiting on the adjuster now.

Little different tale than yours though; I was riding with another guy and we had a mix-up at an intersection (I stopped, him not so much). My first bike crash in 39 years. Nobody hurt, both bikes ridden away from the scene so not bad at all.

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Re: Almost got wacked today.
« Reply #12 on: August 08, 2014, 03:32:18 pm »
Doh! 

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Re: Almost got wacked today.
« Reply #13 on: August 08, 2014, 05:07:41 pm »
We could probably keep this thread going forever. Today as I was coming around a wide sweeper on a county highway, a semi that was coming the other way was half way over the center line! I was in the left half of my lane and had to quickly move right to avoid becoming a smear on his bumper. If I had been in my car I would have been well onto the shoulder. I don't know if the driver was falling asleep or just going too fast, but you aren't safe in the country either.  :character0029:
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Re: Almost got wacked today.
« Reply #14 on: August 13, 2014, 02:23:27 pm »
Yikes.

But it cuts both ways. I was in my cage this morning, headed to the gym. A HD rider I often see there was trying to pull out as I was headed in from across the street. He didn't have his turn signal on and I couldn't tell which way he wanted to go. So I held back when traffic cleared, waiting for him to make a move. Traffic started approaching and he decided to turn left against traffic coming from his left. He pulled out way late and came within a few feet of getting broadsided by an oncoming car.

Made me yell outloud. Thought I was going to have a ringside seat for a major splat. Oy.

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Re: Almost got wacked today.
« Reply #15 on: August 15, 2014, 08:50:48 pm »
In my 25 mile commute to work , which consists of rural highway for 60% to light city for the rest but involves several different potential routes to arrive at same end point, I have started to take a mental count of distracted drivers (mostly texting or on the phone to oblivion) It is downright scary and the fact that it is a 295.00 fine seems not a deterrent at all.  :o
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Re: Almost got wacked today.
« Reply #16 on: August 16, 2014, 08:38:52 am »
Texting while driving was made an offence here in Florida a year ago this October and it seems to be making not the slightest bit of difference.  :(

http://www.winknews.com/Local-Florida/2014-08-14/Texting-in-FL-how-drivers-are-being-caught-cited

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Re: Almost got wacked today.
« Reply #17 on: August 16, 2014, 11:53:26 pm »
The other day I saw the worst case of texting and driving I've ever seen. But it wasn't a cager, it was a motorcyclist! I was walking my dog and I saw this guy coming toward me on a KLR. He had a cell phone in his left hand and was looking down at it then up at the road, and then down again. I could see from the way that he was holding it that he was not just reading, he was entering text. And just to make it worse, he was coming up on a blind curve. This is a residential road, so cars pulling out, kids riding bikes down the middle of the road, etc. happen all the time. I don't usually do this, but I yelled at him to put it away. Don't know if he heard me over the engine and through his helmet, but I just couldn't let that pass. I foresee a Darwin award for this guy if he doesn't wise up soon.
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