Your Biggest Fear on the Road

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#1 Unread post by Theweapon52 » Thu Jun 04, 2009 12:08 pm

I went on a rider earlier this morning and i swear to god that taxi Drivers do not shoulder check AT ALL. I was pushed out of my lane 4 times in the span of 30 minutes, by the 4th one i had half a mind to boot the guys door. I've seen 16 year old girls be more aware of what is going on around them that are talking to somebody on the phone and putting on lipstick at the same time.

So I'm just wondering what you guys worry about each time you put on your gear and hit the road?

I never thought that i would be worried about people who spend half their time driving other people around. But after today I'm going to be far more cautious each time i see a cabbie around.

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#2 Unread post by Gunslinger » Thu Jun 04, 2009 2:39 pm

What do I worry about? Other drivers.

Probably my biggest fear is the twitter girls making that infamous left turn in front of me. Second biggest is that bus or semi truck trying to change lanes without looking or maybe they do look but they don't care. Third fear is that my chain is going to come off and lock up the rear wheel at speed. I don't know why I worry about that one. I'm told it's pretty rare but I still think about it sometimes.

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#3 Unread post by Magna » Thu Jun 04, 2009 2:54 pm

I am always thinking about that THIN piece of rubber on my front tire, we are so vulnerable !!

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#4 Unread post by Lion_Lady » Thu Jun 04, 2009 3:36 pm

Theweapon52 wrote:I went on a rider earlier this morning and i swear to god that taxi Drivers do not shoulder check AT ALL. I was pushed out of my lane 4 times in the span of 30 minutes, by the 4th one i had half a mind to boot the guys door.
Hmm. Taxi Cabs = Transit Buses as far as I'm concerned. They're just smaller.

If you didn't expect it to happen, then it was your mistake. Especially after the first one. Letting it happen FOUR times in 30 minutes is just plain stupid. Taxis pull over. They pull out. They're always trying to get wherever they're trying to go, as quickly as possible and they'll snug into the smallest slot in trafffic to that end. "Looking" takes time, and what I"ve seen of most cabbies is that they expect YOU to beware of THEM (whether you're in a cage, driving a truck, or on a motorcycle). Its what they DO. One of the reasons they're often bright yellow, perhaps?

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#5 Unread post by TroubledMind » Thu Jun 04, 2009 4:32 pm

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#6 Unread post by Smilin' Jack » Thu Jun 04, 2009 5:39 pm

My biggest fear is simply not being seen.......by on coming traffic. cars turning left. cars changing lanes.
Was even bumped from behind while stopped at a traffic light. No injuries.....but pushed me into cross traffic.

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#7 Unread post by catnip » Thu Jun 04, 2009 5:49 pm

Oddly, I'm not fearful of other drivers. Amazingly, I can usually predict what someone is going to do even before they do! My biggest fear is deer, and they are plentiful here in PA.
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#8 Unread post by MZ33 » Thu Jun 04, 2009 6:12 pm

My biggest fear is that my attention will lapse at a critical moment.
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#9 Unread post by MTexile » Thu Jun 04, 2009 7:41 pm

What MZ33 said...
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#10 Unread post by Theweapon52 » Thu Jun 04, 2009 10:33 pm

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Theweapon52 wrote:I went on a rider earlier this morning and i swear to god that taxi Drivers do not shoulder check AT ALL. I was pushed out of my lane 4 times in the span of 30 minutes, by the 4th one i had half a mind to boot the guys door.
Hmm. Taxi Cabs = Transit Buses as far as I'm concerned. They're just smaller.

If you didn't expect it to happen, then it was your mistake. Especially after the first one. Letting it happen FOUR times in 30 minutes is just plain stupid. Taxis pull over. They pull out. They're always trying to get wherever they're trying to go, as quickly as possible and they'll snug into the smallest slot in trafffic to that end. "Looking" takes time, and what I"ve seen of most cabbies is that they expect YOU to beware of THEM (whether you're in a cage, driving a truck, or on a motorcycle). Its what they DO. One of the reasons they're often bright yellow, perhaps?

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Before you assume what bad judgements i made on the road how about look at the positive. The whole reason i didn't end up crashing was because i had to "look" in the first place and swerve to get out of their way. Yeah ill agree that putting myself in the situation wasn't smart, but what i think that counts is that i had the ability to get myself out of the situation.

No motorcyclist notices every potentially dangerous situation when they first look at it. Like i said earlier what's more important is that you can put learned information and skills to use and ride out of any given situation safely.

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#11 Unread post by mazer » Thu Jun 04, 2009 11:26 pm

Im with MZ33 - I can expect someone else to do something stupid. I fear the day I am suffering from HUA and wreck my own day and bike.

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Re: Your Biggest Fear on the Road

#12 Unread post by wrecks » Thu Jun 04, 2009 11:36 pm

Theweapon52 wrote:I went on a rider earlier this morning and i swear to god that taxi Drivers do not shoulder check AT ALL. I was pushed out of my lane 4 times in the span of 30 minutes...
Cabbies are known to do everything stupid in a vehicle. Especially the one's here in San Francisco. :x
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#13 Unread post by Grey Thumper » Fri Jun 05, 2009 3:33 am

MZ33 wrote:My biggest fear is that my attention will lapse at a critical moment.
+1

I tend to think any accident is - not necessarily my fault - but still my responsibility, and could've been prevented if I'd paid enough attention enough time ahead.
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#14 Unread post by Lion_Lady » Fri Jun 05, 2009 7:51 am

Theweapon52 wrote:
Before you assume what bad judgements i made on the road how about look at the positive. The whole reason i didn't end up crashing was because i had to "look" in the first place and swerve to get out of their way. Yeah ill agree that putting myself in the situation wasn't smart, but what i think that counts is that i had the ability to get myself out of the situation.

No motorcyclist notices every potentially dangerous situation when they first look at it. Like i said earlier what's more important is that you can put learned information and skills to use and ride out of any given situation safely.
Okay. You didn't get hit. A positive. BUT, if you had to swerve to avoid being hit (not once but FOUR freaking times), you aren't looking nearly far enough ahead. Especially in traffic. Maybe you were a bit tired, so you weren't on your game. But after the second time, I would have seriously considered heading back home.

A smart riders uses their knowledge to avoid having to use their skills.

As for what am I most worried about while riding? Anything I hadn't considered a threat, ie surpises.

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#15 Unread post by Gunslinger » Fri Jun 05, 2009 2:20 pm

MZ33 wrote:My biggest fear is that my attention will lapse at a critical moment.
I'd like to add that to my list as well. That's a good one and something that we all need to think about. I think we have all spaced out while driving a cage at some point. Fairly easy to recover from that in a cage, but on a bike I don't have to tell you it's a quick way to get messed up.

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#16 Unread post by havegunjoe » Fri Jun 05, 2009 3:30 pm

Every other driver on the road. Seriously! Any idiot can get a license and drive these days.
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#17 Unread post by MZ33 » Fri Jun 05, 2009 3:31 pm

suffering from HUA
What's HUA? My computer lingo is substandard. :oops:
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#18 Unread post by Amdonim » Fri Jun 05, 2009 3:36 pm

My biggest fear is letting my mind drift and missing something.
2nd biggest fear is a trucker losing control while im passing and splattering me.
My third biggest fear is losing traction while leaning way over. I know what my tires can handle, but I still don't trust them completely :(

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#19 Unread post by Gunslinger » Fri Jun 05, 2009 3:40 pm

I think HUA is Head Up A**.

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#20 Unread post by JC Viper » Wed Jun 10, 2009 10:50 pm

People failing to notice me stopped at a light. Even with all the reflective stuff on my saddlebags and jacket idiot drivers still can't seem to see a bright white SOLAS sticker.

Then there's the metal joints on the bridge where it curves in the rain.
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