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Old 05-21-2009, 12:33 PM   #1
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By friday I'll need more than a cup of joe

Need a cup of coffee and the weekend.... need to chill. I was riding this morning. 99% of the time I chill and don't ride hard during traffic riding very "non-aggressively" (other than keeping a decent cruising speed and moving safely through traffic), but for some reason rode more aggressive today. I guess I was just tired of being so "reserved" in my riding so I was definitely more aggressive (splitting to a traffic light, hitting 85-90 on the beltway, I try to set max 85 during normal days on wide open traffic...etc)

Funny thing was the only time I had a "close" call was in the parking lot. I decided to NOT jump around a slow car though I knew I could, be patient, and so was waiting for them to go over the speed bump... when they threw their car in reverse and started backing up not even paying attention, I was seriously t'd off. I was already 2-3 feet sitting there waiting for them to get over the speed bump since at (that my bike fits through without touching anyway)....I'm sure you could picture me trying to scramble backwards on my bike to move out of the way. I then jumped around then after they hit they're breaks. What morons, didn't even check?

geez. I need a cup of coffee and a long weekend. :-) you 2 probably.


MORAL: Riding aggressive in traffic only serves to make you more on edge, risk your day ending with a bumper collision, and stressed.
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Old 05-21-2009, 01:36 PM   #2
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I've had a similar situation in a parking lot years ago. Female driver backed out of a space - no problem. Then proceeded to back up past two cars in full reverse (WTF?) leaving me nowhere to go. I grabbed all the brakes for all I was worth, and she looked up when my tires chirped. Probably thought I "appeared out of nowhere" - right. I wasn't in the same universe she had her head in that's for sure.

Just yesterday I had an Infiniti try to knock me off the bike. Got pretty close. Closest call I've had in years in fact. Maybe with the long weekend coming people have already got their hats on.
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Old 05-21-2009, 03:13 PM   #3
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just grabbed lunch on the way back was riding ready to turn right into parking lot... put blinker, cars moved out of way, flash brake lights many times, and then a dufus nearly rearends me that had moved out of the lane... what was he thinking?

Well.... i'm done with moto commuting as of friday :-( and :-) I'm giving the ex500 back to my friend and bikeless for a bit since the ex250 bit the dust due to mechanical failure. I'm hoping in about a year to get back on with a motard.

I'm personally wanting to actually ride to enjoy it, not just survive trafffic so I guess though I'll miss riding, I'm glad I'm doing the beltway a little more in the cage.... too many idiots to enjoy the ride each morning. After almost 2 years of it... i'm ready to ride for ENJOYMENT.
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Old 05-21-2009, 03:33 PM   #4
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One of my Instructors was hit last week just like that. Woman saw a parking spot she wanted, put it in reverse and literally floored it. He was lucky, just tore up his front end a little. No injuries.

That one just me off. How friggin hard is it to look out the back when you're backing up.

Glad you ended up ok.
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Old 05-21-2009, 03:38 PM   #5
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parking lots are VERY dangerous places for both motorcycles and pedestrians.

You try driving and texting at the same time and see how easy it is.
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Quote:
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You try driving and texting at the same time and see how easy it is.
straight. It's hard as to drive with a latte in one hand, blackberry in the other, knee on the wheel and head up the .
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