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Thought this might be a good place to share some experiences and maybe some insight from your closest call...

Experiences shared can sometimes be the best teacher...
Hopefully save someone's hide !!!

My closest call...
While cruising one of my favorite two lane roads, I came around a sweeping blind right hander and found myself staring at a cager in my lane.
The idiot was trying to pass four cars and a dump truck...
I was doin 55 and he was about mid-pack in his errant pass...
No one would let him over and we were headed straight at each other...
He was able to get close enough to the yellow line and give me just enough space to go by...
Good thing I didn't panic as there was NO escape...
Nothing but a small ditch and hillside and a gravel drive in that order and all would have surely spelled death for me.
A few miles down the road I stopped and got a pop and contemplated what had just happened...
Almost made me give up riding...almost.


I just shared a couple of techniques in the "What have you done to your Vulcan today" thread and it has spurred me to start this one...

So here goes...
When you are caught in traffic and having to stop at a red light, flash your brake light as if you have a modulator, if you don't already have one.
Next is to scout for an escape route and stop at an angle with you front wheel pointed towards it while watching in your rearview for any cagers that "don't see you."

Chicago_Cheech shared that he got rear-ended in a similar situation and I myself have had at least two or three close calls like this...

I'm sure this has happened to many here as well...

For the sake of some of our newer riders I thought it worthy of sharing...

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This one time, I had to choose between a semi, and - well, a semi. I almost gave up riding . . . ok, no I didn't. I was back on my bike as soon as possible.

This ain't for the faint of heart.
 

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Had my share of cars pull out in front of me and left turns and that sort of thing. It happens. Defensive riding and a well maintained bike generally get me out of it.

A couple years ago an uninsured commercial truck with an unlicensed (revoked due to DWI's) driver made an extraordinarily wide right turn out of a driveway and ended up completely into my lane, and side swiping me as I squeezed my bike onto the edge of the shoulder. I managed to keep the bike up with nothing more than a damaged saddlebag. I definitely fared better than he did. He left the scene, I made the report to law enforcement, and went home. Later that evening I was informed he was in custody, and even as much as two years later I was STILL getting "victim updates" from the prosecuting attorneys office. All misdemeanors (no injuries and not enough damage to make it felony hit and run), but with his already suspended license, existing pending stuff and so forth; he was in a LOT of hot water. And so was his company! He worked for an auto-body shop and was picking up a clients vehicle (again, in a truck with no insurance and without a license, much less a CDL)

That was my 'closest call' I guess. Never crossed my mind to stop riding but I didn't ride the rest of the day. We had just started out ride, and that event ended it. Rode home and stayed home the rest of the day. One of those "Let's try again tomorrow" kind of days.
 

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I've had a few, people going the wrong way for the near head on collisions. Not seeing mine and pulling out.


My worst, the one that almost ended my riding and my life,

I was on the highway coming up to a clover leaf on ramp, this one In particular is a bad one, you come off it at 25 and the highway speed is close to 70mph. Anyways, I'm in the left lane i see the two young girls coming up the ramp, i slow down just a bit so we are meeting at the same time, i do this regardless that I'm a lane over, well they never looked over and jumped the lane into mine, on my left was a concrete median and on the right the suv.

My handle bar was roughly 3" from hitting the median, on my right the suv, i was closer to the driver then the actual passenger was.

I should have slowed down more I guess, i do know those girls once they saw what happened i could visibly see they were shaken up.

I don't often pray, i thanked god that day.
 

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Headed south through Lawrenceburg Indiana right before the turn into the gambling boats a girl in the left straight lane was texting and driving. Well traffic starting backing up because of people turning into the boat and her straight lane started slowing down. Well she decided to come over to the right straight lane and I was in it! Me and the wife was on our Goldwing, she just started over and never looked back or over, both hands were on her phone and she was driving with her wrists on the wheel. She forced us clear over against the curb and never looked till I started kicking her pass. door, then she freaked out. We sold the wing and gave up riding for a few years.
 

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This was a few years back. I was on my Kawi 440 LTD and moving with medium traffic at about 50 mph. I was in the right lane and the guy behind me moves over to the left lane to pass. As he's passing me, another cager pulls out right in front of me. I couldn't move left and the car that pulled out was now right in front of me with no room to slow down. I went right and headed for the sidewalk. To my surprise and delight there was almost no curb. I rode about 1/2 a block on the sidewalk until there was a good spot to slow down and catch my breath. A guy mowing his grass gave me a thumbs up for managing to stay on both wheels.

I sold the bike with a dented front wheel and didn't ride for years.
 

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I've had a few, people going the wrong way for the near head on collisions. Not seeing mine and pulling out.


My worst, the one that almost ended my riding and my life,

I was on the highway coming up to a clover leaf on ramp, this one In particular is a bad one, you come off it at 25 and the highway speed is close to 70mph. Anyways, I'm in the left lane i see the two young girls coming up the ramp, i slow down just a bit so we are meeting at the same time, i do this regardless that I'm a lane over, well they never looked over and jumped the lane into mine, on my left was a concrete median and on the right the suv.

My handle bar was roughly 3" from hitting the median, on my right the suv, i was closer to the driver then the actual passenger was.

I should have slowed down more I guess, i do know those girls once they saw what happened i could visibly see they were shaken up.

I don't often pray, i thanked god that day.
Glad you didn't collide but I have to ask why do you slow down while driving on a highway, especially driving in the left lane, when approaching an on ramp to 'meet' people coming onto the highway? I bet people behind you love that! :eek:

If you hadn't slowed down there would have been no close call at all by the way you described it.

Even if no one is behind you that's really dangerous...
 

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Hindsight is 20/20. Given what we know we could all analyze one anothers experience and solve every issue. But sometimes things don't happen in a 'textbook' fashion. The way some people whip out across both lanes, I do the same thing. If I can't speed up a bit to 'overshoot' them, I'll slow down just a bit to make sure if they cut through both lanes, they've got room.
 

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I agree with you Romans5.8,
As I have gotten older I'll usually opt for the "slow down" method...
Doing the flashy thing with my front brake all the while...
Not in a panic, mind you, but making sure everyone behind me has my attention...
Yet another reason for the additional lights installed on the rear of my scoot...


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I had gotten off some back roads between Lowell and Stanley (small rural towns south of Charlotte NC). I turned right onto a 4 lane road with no middle turn lane because it would drop off into another empty twisty road. At first I was in the right lane for a while but merged left because I needed to go straight. No sooner did I complete my lane change, a cage crossed the double yellow to drive the wrong side of the road around stopped traffic in his lane. Luckily I was directly center of the lane and had room to miss him. It wasn't until I passed through the next intersection did I process the event.
 

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Must have been March 14th, when that young woman waited until I was a few feet from her to pull a left turn in front of me. No time to brake, swerve, or even roll off the throttle. I have my poor little Honda all repaired, new forks and exhaust headers, turn signals, brake handle, paint touch up, tool bag repair. Now I'm just waiting for my broken ankle to heal, my fibula is already good to go, three more weeks on the ankle. Lucky I wasn't killed, after my wild somersault over the car. Car was totaled, by the way. :)
 

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My close call was last year in July. My wife and I were headed through town at slow speeds when I turned left through a light. As I began to accelerate (still only going about 20 mph) I catch a glimpse of a small pickup headed for me from the left. I locked, he hit my front left side, threw me to the right and my wife over my back, through the windscreen and over the hood of his truck. He had tried to shoot the gap between two vehicles which were sitting still. He intended to go across all lanes into a gas station but didn't see us despite our orange shirts.

We were pretty banged up but nothing broken. While in the ER with my wife I thought "that was probably her last ride" but as soon as someone asked her she said "Nope. We knew there were risk when we started. We have gone places and met people we would never have enjoyed had it not been for riding." Then she looked at me and said "Looks like we are going to need a new bike"

I will say when going through similar situations like that with traffic all around I am even more cautious than before. I don't ride scared as I believe that is a recipe for disaster. But even more than before I expect people to pull out.
 

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Must have been March 14th, when that young woman waited until I was a few feet from her to pull a left turn in front of me. No time to brake, swerve, or even roll off the throttle. I have my poor little Honda all repaired, new forks and exhaust headers, turn signals, brake handle, paint touch up, tool bag repair. Now I'm just waiting for my broken ankle to heal, my fibula is already good to go, three more weeks on the ankle. Lucky I wasn't killed, after my wild somersault over the car. Car was totaled, by the way. :)
Sucks to hear about that. I had something entirely identical happen in spring 2013, luckily I didn't have any broken bones. Hope your recovery goes well.
 

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Mine was unfortunately also not a 'close call.' I came over a crest into a corner covered in gravel in mid April the result of which was me low-siding. Two broken ribs, two broken bones in my shoulder, road rash on my left elbow and left hip was the worst of it. My Vaquero needed a new left saddlebag, outer and inner fairing and the tank is being replaced along with the left crash bar and highway peg. I was able to slow down quite a bit fortunately. Should be riding again in a month or so hopefully. Ride safe!
 

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A driver (so happened to be a woman), decided at the last moment she wasn't going to blast through a yellow and started emergency braking. Guy behind her started braking as well (I could see he was wobbling his car as he was braking possibly looking for a way out and stopped just centimeters behind her bumper). I think I was changing lanes then and went hard on the brakes as well. Locked up the rear and felt it flickr like a piece of paper. I passed the 2nd car and tapped it with my right saddlebag, stopping at the level of his front and her rear bumpers.

There were other situations that happened before and I've taken lessons home, but this one truly gave me something to think about.
 

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The only really close call I've had was while driving a CAGE and almost running over a motorcyclist! I'll never forget that and it happened several years ago before I started biking again.

A lot of cars have blind spots on the right side. Even if you look in your rear view mirror and glance over your shoulder, there's still a possibility a motorcyclist may be rapidly overtaking your vehicle around the right side if there's an open lane there, and you'll miss him. In heavy, fast moving traffic, that's just what happened. I attempted to merge into a right lane at the same time a sport biker was quickly going around me and passing to the right. Once I determined that everything was clear, I nearly ran him over! And it was completely my fault! We didn't collide thanks to his quick reaction, but it scared us both for different reasons. And we BOTH learned from that.

Motorcycles are hard to see in some circumstances. Period. It doesn't help when their driver is too quick on the trigger either. One split second they're not there, the next they are.

I'll never forgot that and think of it every time I'm near to or adjacent a vehicle.
 

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Had a green left arrow,proceeded ,lady coming from front of me decided to blow thru the red lite,slammed on her brakes,stopping at my front tire,told her to open her f,,n eyes,wheww close
 

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Was dating this girl ,thought she was "THE ONE". Was about to ask her "THE QUESTION". When she asked when was I going to sell the bike?


That was a close call.
 

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Was dating this girl ,thought she was "THE ONE". Was about to ask her "THE QUESTION". When she asked when was I going to sell the bike?


That was a close call.
Hehehe.

"If you had to choose between your wife or a new bike; what color would it be?"
 
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