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Old 12-19-2011, 04:32 PM   #1
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The only reason I hate the holidays..

The reason is the holiday shopping traffic. Every cager is even more preoccupied than usual. My case in point...I decide to go for a nice ride yesterday since the weather is just about as good as it gets. I gear up, start on my journey and onto Voss going north maybe going a tick over posted in the far left lane and no traffic in front or behind, so I think cool, no traffic.. Bonus!
Well, that thought was short lived as a SUV pulls out of a Kroger parking lot from the right about 20-25 yards ahead of me , looking in my direction and obviously not seeing me, continues to cross two and half lanes..so I pucker, clutch, front brake until it started to chirp, then a little rear brake..curb on the left, she was coming in from the right.. I'm thinking oh sh**, this is gonna hurt...Luckily, she finally see's my headlight, on high-beam no less, and slams her brakes which gives me enough space to come to a stop just in front of her in the median/turning lane..2 feet from her front bumper! She started apologizing profusely and of course saying..(all together now class).."I didn't see you!!"
I kinda took it easy on her(as she was not talking a phone) and told her to pay better attention so she doesn't make the mistake of killing or severely injuring someone and having bearing that burden for the rest of her life, and to have a merry freaking Christmas!
The moral of this story is to never let your guard down, even when it looks like the coast is clear, don't panic when you have to make evasive/emergency maneuvers...and whenever possible, be a gentleman.
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Old 12-19-2011, 04:36 PM   #2
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Quick question, Is it me or do more SUVs pull out into the middle lane of traffic instead of the immediate lane to the right when coming out of a parking lot onto traffic? I've seen more close calls then I can count when that happens. And, I might add, they usually seem to be more of the feminine nature. I'm just saying because when I ride I am usually always in the middle or left lane. Who knows are cares right? Lol!
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word. just my .02, but if you want to decrease braking distance, i believe its supposed to be rear brake first, then front. the way you did it, w/ fronts already chirping, applying the rear brake would not help w/ braking, as your back tire is already unloaded. load the back first by applying rear brake first, then front to take the brunt of the braking forces. im sure some track day experts will chime in.

but anyways, good thing u didnt end up on her hood.
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Old 12-19-2011, 04:47 PM   #4
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word. just my .02, but if you want to decrease braking distance, i believe its supposed to be rear brake first, then front. the way you did it, w/ fronts already chirping, applying the rear brake would not help w/ braking, as your back tire is already unloaded. load the back first by applying rear brake first, then front to take the brunt of the braking forces. im sure some track day experts will chime in.

but anyways, good thing u didnt end up on her hood.


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Old 12-19-2011, 04:54 PM   #5
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No never touch your back first always your front.

And I totally feel your pain. Has happened to me at least once a week the past month on Westheimer. Hit one guy. Lucky on the motard hurt him more than me. But screw them all. Second time I avoided a collision but think the guy in the Range Rover next to me his pants. Both times full size vehicles were next to me so there was no I didnt see you excuse to be used. Just a I a selfish hole thug that doesnt care about your life. In my case both times were thugs. One guy paid the other I thought real hard about breaking on his car when he got caught at the light but thought twice.
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Quick question, Is it me or do more SUVs pull out into the middle lane of traffic instead of the immediate lane to the right when coming out of a parking lot onto traffic? I've seen more close calls then I can count when that happens. And, I might add, they usually seem to be more of the feminine nature. I'm just saying because when I ride I am usually always in the middle or left lane. Who knows are cares right? Lol!
seems females like operating large vehicles beyond their skill range for the sake of "safety" or day to day practicality, which only puts everyone else at risk and increases their chance of hitting something.
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Old 12-19-2011, 05:26 PM   #7
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word. just my .02, but if you want to decrease braking distance, i believe its supposed to be rear brake first, then front. the way you did it, w/ fronts already chirping, applying the rear brake would not help w/ braking, as your back tire is already unloaded. load the back first by applying rear brake first, then front to take the brunt of the braking forces. im sure some track day experts will chime in.

but anyways, good thing u didnt end up on her hood.
I usually apply both front and rear simultaneously under emergent hard breaking but in this instance,
I completely missed the rear brake lever due to the extremely high pucker factor!
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When braking, use both for 100% effectiveness....

Front has 70% braking power and rear has 30%....
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