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A man was killed on his bike yesterday 4 miles from my house, when an SUV pulled out in front of him. He was on a 4 lane, SUV pulled out to cross it from a 2 lane. You can see an unobstructed 1/2 mile in all four directions. Obviously the SUV driver had his head up his ass. But I think the biker did as well. I fully expect every vehicle I see to do just that, and am always ready for it. Sooner or later, somebody will. According to the skid marks of the bike, he never got on the brakes hard until the last second. I don't understand why anyone riding a bike takes his path for granted. There is no such thing as having the right of way on a motorcycle. They can put that on your headstone. Trust nobody, ever.
I don't understand why anyone riding a bike takes his path for granted. There is no such thing as having the right of way on a motorcycle. They can put that on your headstone. Trust nobody, ever.
You may differ but I NEVER trust eyesight. People can look RIGHT AT YOU and it does not register.
Very true, I "attempt" eye contact, but don't depend on it. I watch for wheel movement also. I consider myself fortunate I'm not a city dweller. I won't ride in town.
On the 14th of April my friend Randy got killed
I’m a fan of Dandan the Fireman’s YouTube vids. Lots of forensic MC crash analysis based on helmet or chest camera video footage. In most of them, it’s the car driver’s fault, but would have been avoidable if the rider had just acted sooner/been more aware. He also has some vids of him riding his Scout and narrating his actions…why this lane position…look out for that guy up ahead, and so on. I believe he’s a certified MC safety instructor. Even for an experienced rider, watching his vids are like being a pilot in a flight simulator. Invaluable.Mike
And then there are people like this . . . https://www.wjhl.com/news/regional/tennessee/thp-carjacking-suspects-arrested-in-east-tenn-after-speeding-177-mph-in-stolen-rolls-royce/
When a vehicle stops in front of me and I am forced to stop I pull to the right edge of the vehicle. I next keep my eye in the mirror for cars behind me as well as have it in 1st gear with the clutch pulled in. If I see a vehicle closing too fast behind me I will dump the clutch and head off the berm. I feel safer and more at home off road than I do on road. I have had to do that more than once in my 50+ years of riding.
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