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Had my first experience with dumbasses

Ok so I finally got to experience first hand of the stupid drivers this week. Twice in one week and I could've went the rest of my life without having to deal with it. Wednesday night was bike night and I went out. I was heading north down the street and came to a stop light... passed it when it turned green... a car heading south (four lane wide street) decided to turn into a gas station on my side and for some odd reason decided to stop in my lane... mind you im in the curb lane. I had another car driving on the side of me and this jackass stopped in the middle and didn't feel the need to get the f*#k out the road so I had to use the skills that I don't really have yet to get out of hitting that car and avoid being hit by the car next to me... second time was on my way home from work yesterday. I was cruising west and started slowing down to turn on the side street and seen this car so I automatically slowed down sooner so if he was going to go he could but he decided to wait... so I thought, well he did. Another red car was heading east, it was a good distance down the road cause I wouldve had enough time to turn on the side street. Well Im just about to turn and the car at the stop sign decides he want to turn now and beat the red car heading east out, he was turning to head west... but I'm there trying to turn in. Obviously at that point and time I was in his blind spot, at least I hope I was (hopefully he wasnt just that much of a dumbass) and as the car takes off he finally sees me and I'm trying to avoid getting hit, hit my brakes and swerved to the right so I wouldn't get hit. God only knows how I didn't get hurt on that on. My mom heard the brakes squeal from my house and I still had a couple turns to go to get home. But thankfully God was looking over me cause that guy so would've ran me over, most scared I've been on my bike while riding, I was literally shaking. I think that they should make the law more strict when it comes to hitting motorcyclist then maybe people would take that one extra second to look again. A person could hit and kill someone in another car and get in a lot of trouble but if that car hits a motorcycle... well they didn't see them, not their fault... such bullshit. Ok I'm done with my bitching session for the day!

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glad you got home safe...in my experience the neighborhood riding seems to be the most unpredictable...i'm thinking its because the folks riding in their cars are more familiar with the roads and less vigilant....

 

Well THANK God you're alright! Yep, there are those cagers that just do not pay ENOUGH attention to what's happening in front of them or around them. If ya drive like everyone is out to get ya, ya stand a better chance. Always look ahead and behind. Sounds as though you're somewhat new to riding two wheels. You might consider a safety course that will give you some riding and defensive drivign skills as well.

Ride safe and enjoy every minute.

Byron

Well I'm glad everything turned out ok. It's good to see you didn't panic. Unfortunately we have to share the roads with these people so we have to be vigilant all the time. That is easier said than done. Just think of it as a on road learning experience an hope it will never happen again but until there is some sort of education for car drivers we will have live with these cagers.

Glad everything worked out ok...even though it scared the hell out of you.  Skeeter, is right.  We have to be as vigilant as possible (and it sounds like you were Amy) but there is no way that we can "see" or know every decision that cagers will make.  Continue to be vigilant and ride safe!

lol the main thing is not to bitch on the street

keep on watching they are everywhere. this time they gave themselves out but most of the times they don't.

let it be your last shaking experiense

So you have now discovered that you are invisible and cagers are, by and large, blind, deaf and dumb,  On the upside, learning from days like that will increase your riding skills!  As much as I hate to say it and not trying to minimize your feelings on it, sounds like a normal riding day for me.  I just take it in stride.  I laugh when folks say they are afraid of the freeway, but I have had more close calls (and got rear-ended once) on surface streets and no problems on the freeway!  Go figure!

Ride safe

Mike

got to go with gunne it had to be army

All comments made are good, and I'm glad you didn't get hit either. I've had my share of idiots in cages on the road, as well as made a few mistakes myself over the years.

One thing I've told every one who asks be about riding is to take the Motorcycle Safety Course. Just as a general statement, I was really impressed on what I learned from the course, and yes it was almost before they invented fire when I took it, but the awareness of those not watching out for us on bikes and what we can do if faced with a problem, is still with me.

glad you made it ok. A rider training would be great to practice those skills. Checkout more details in the discussion about motorcyclesafety

I KNOW! It's scary out there when your the one that's going to die when some idiot doesn't look twice. Glad you are ok!!!!

Good job Amy!  Glad you made it out of both situations in one piece.  You obviously DO have the necessary skills!  

The moral of the story - don't ever become compacent, not for one second.  Assume that motorists will do something stupid, because they will! 

Good job staying safe and keeping it upright, it wont be the last time either, there are far too many dumbasses out there.. stay vigilent and ride safe ..

Great job keeping an I on the other drivers.  Treat all drivers like dumbasses and be ready for the worst.

CoolCOOL the training WORKED..,. ALWAYS look ahead and never expect that idit in the car to see you. Always have a way out. Be safe and have a great time riding..Now you havethe skills to ride even better.. Keep it up..Glad you made it OK.Wink 

Anytime I'm in the situation where I'm on the "main road", and a dumbass has the opportunity to make a left into me ( from a side road ), I kick it down a gear. This will help me either accerlerate or brake faster, and makes the V&H Longshots roar to life - maybe waking up said dumbass...

I took the riders course through msf back before I really started riding which was in April. In fact I passed my test to get my endorsements on Easter Sunday! I thought I slowed down enough to let the one guy go. In fact I know I did! I was just getting into my turn to go down the side street when he decided to go. I was on that road and slowed down when I seen someone on the street I needed. It's an open street, not a lot of obstructions, in fact none along the street. So he had a few minutes from the time that I seen him and slowed down til I actually got to the point where he damn near ran me over. I know it's not the last time it will happen cause I'm not done riding! I think they should however stiffen up on other drivers though. Maybe make it part of the test to get your drivers license, that way they can be held accountable when something does happen and stop playing the stupid card. But on the bright side I'm still here to bitch about them and learned a lesson or two! Be safe everyone!!

glad to hear you are alrigth be safeCool

Bitch all you want, maybe some non bikers will get wind of their carelessness, usually they start to pay attention when someone they know, or know of, starts to ride and expresses a legitamate complaint. It makes them think!  I know it is not the ideal situation to comment on your skills, but they are improving,,

Ride on!

Sorry you had those experiences.  Glad you are ok!

Oh, I feel your pain...I get them often around here. Its enough to drive you nuts.

Just be as careful and defensive as possible.

Ride safe sister !

A few things my dad, who's been riding since the 40's, taught me about staying alive on a motorcycle.

When you ride... ONLY RIDE! Never let yourself get distracted, not even for a second (things can get really ugly in 1 second). They always say shit happens when your not expecting it... so if your always expecting it, it should never happen, right? Smiley-laughing

EVERY car out there is TRYING to kill you! Don't let them do it!

It's entirely YOUR responsiblity to see it coming and avoid it. Once it happens it won't matter who's fault it was... and the idiot in the car always say's the same thing... "I didn't see them" (that's how they justify thier stupidity in thier own minds).

Sounds like you doing well so far, but never let your guard down. Have fun... but be alert and safe out there.

A few things my dad, who's been riding since the 40's, taught me about staying alive on a motorcycle.

When you ride... ONLY RIDE! Never let yourself get distracted, not even for a second (things can get really ugly in 1 second). They always say shit happens when your not expecting it... so if your always expecting it, it should never happen, right? Smiley-laughing

EVERY car out there is TRYING to kill you! Don't let them do it!

It's entirely YOUR responsiblity to see it coming and avoid it. Once it happens it won't matter who's fault it was... and the idiot in the car always say's the same thing... "I didn't see them" (that's how they justify thier stupidity in thier own minds).

Sounds like you doing well so far, but never let your guard down. Have fun... but be alert and safe out there.

Ummm, sorry about the double reply... not sure how I did that, lol

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