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So, I figured I would make a thread for all of us to post our stories about cagers doing dumb things when you're on your bikes. May help us all look out for certain things. :)



Well, mine happened last Sunday. Jeremy & I were riding in The Villages, FL, which is essentially old people central. We went out there for the flea market and vinyl records. Anyhow, we were cruising down 4-41 going about 55-60 when this jerk riding directly next to me (literally) started coming over into my lane with no intentions of stopping. I slowed down quickly by applying both breaks which gave us enough of a gap for him to finish coming into my lane...it's no doubt in my mind that is I wasn't checking all my surroundings he would have hit me. Needless to say my hand gestures following weren't very ladylike...
 
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In was going 50 down a road last night and had a last leaving a casino (so I'm guessing she had been drinking) pull out right in front of me. Has to pull the old msf quick stop. Both brakes. Clutch in and down to first. Immediately check behind, and luckily no one was coming up quick enough that I had to take off. I laid on the horn and flashed my brights for a few minutes til I turned.


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I had the same experience as TGR. I try to keep a visual buffer zone so to speak. I check the space between the car's tire and the white lines, in my part of NC it's usually about 2 or 3 inches. I've gotten really good at using my peripheral vision to keep a constant gauge on that buffer and if I see it increase or decrease even the slightest bit, I'm on alert.
We have a serious problem with illegal immigrants here that will take off after they dump you off your bike. Gotta be on high alert at all times
 

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i almost got rear-ended by a drunk doing 90 in a 50 on my way to work one morning... but that would have almost happened if i was in a car anyways. as it was being on the bike was to my advantage because instead of having 6 inches between door panels when he swerved out of the way, i had 3 feet.

bonus: as soon as he ran the redlight at which he nearly killed me, coppers lit him up and got him off the roads...
 

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Not my personal experience, but I've seen it happen to a rider. I was on a 2 way country road following a group of cars ahead of me. So 2 cars and then me. A motorcycle caught up to us and was looking to pass. For no apparent reason the line of cars started to gradually slow down, do I started to lightly apply my brakes. The motorcycle decided not to brake, instead taking the opportunity to pass on the left against oncoming traffic. There was no oncoming traffic as he passed me, but then the lead car pulled put to the left, intending to turn into a hidden driveway.

The motorcycle attempted to steer and then brake to the left, clipped the front bumper/corner of the car, and flew into a ditch. Sooo, be careful when passing, be patient, and think twice about passing instead of braking.
 

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Lane mergers scare me and I remember them teaching at safety class to never drive along side a car or allow a car to drive along side of you. I always to try to speed up or slow down so that a possible no look lane merge from a cager will not take me out. Everyday of riding I experience some bone head move from a cager and wonder If I do the same thing when driving my car lol

I'm seeing the road much differently since learning to ride. Be safe out there.
 

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I haven't really come close to an accident other than some retard in front of me not paying attention and slamming on his brakes... but here's one about motorcycle haters.

Was riding with my buddy, letting him have the lead. We were about 1s apart (staggered) and merging on to the interstate. Some old lady in an SUV see's us coming up, slams on her gas and gets on my buddy's ass and tried to push me off the side of the road, even while I was honking and waving at her. She intentionally sticks her nose up higher and slightly turns her head away from me as if she was shunning me for NO fking reason. I was wearing a reflective vest and all my gear with a blinker and it was like 11AM on a sunny day. NO excuse except for ignorance. I still get so angry thinking about it, but all I did was let her go ahead and then went around the bitch.

edit - My girlfriend was following us at this point so we could go out to eat and saw the whole thing. She honked and flicked her off and then cut her off. <3
 

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i have lost count the number of times i had cagers try and drive thru my farings cos they wanted to change lane, and i was coming past them on the outside lane, they don’t bother to indicate, they dont bother to look at their rear vision mirrors , they just think indicators and rear vision mirrors are accessories. anyhow, my airhorn has saved my life countless times on my suzuki gsx250f and no doubt it will on the kwaka as well
 

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I'm seeing the road much differently since learning to ride. Be safe out there.
this x a million. It's got me wondering what sort of bad diving techniques did/do I use.



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In Oz you need to give taxis a wide berth!
I would think you'd have to be on the lookout for munchkins on the Yellow Brick Toll Road :-D

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It's got me wondering what sort of bad diving techniques did/do I use.
Amen to that. I notice I am a much more cautious cager now that I own my own bike.
 

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Had a bad ride home from work earlier in the week. Lots of cars simply not indicating! People trying to merge into my lane but the worst ones are when i'm riding on the left half of my lane (buffering right) as there was a car in the 2nd lane and as soon as they pass the car behind me slowly creeps and shares my lane as he merged into the 2nd lane. Had i not seen him we would have touched for sure as i was going to move to the right half of my lane... My lane is mine dammit :(
 

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Lane mergers scare me and I remember them teaching at safety class to never drive along side a car or allow a car to drive along side of you. I always to try to speed up or slow down so that a possible no look lane merge from a cager will not take me out.
+1 This!

One of the most important safety lessons i recall from my learning course :) definitely don't want to be 'next' to a cager. Slow down if you can otherwise speed up so you're ahead and can be seen :D
 

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Lady in my residence backing out of here driveway came inches from hitting me. She wasn't going slow or anything. What makes matters worse is that she was looking straight down when this was happening. I laid on the horn for about a minute. She got out of the car and started cussing me out. When I asked why she didn't stop, her response was "I didn't see you in my backup camera". Now if I'm not mistaken...I am pretty sure those cameras say, check all surroundings.
 

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2nd day on the bike decided to go for a night ride. Almost got taken out 3 times within a 1 km stretch of Sydney's greatest road (Parramatta rd).

There's a big 2 lane round about on the way to work (best part of the commute), I turn right at this round about and you can get some good lean through it.
Every now and then about 3/4 into the turn some shithead decides to enter the round about right in front of me giving me very little time/space to react.
Eventually I'm gonna end up in the drivers door, and if this does happen i hope my head goes through the window and breaks the drivers face.
 
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