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Ok, things are starting to get nuts. Got the bike in May and all through the summer, no issues. Now every cager behind a wheel wants to put their car in my sights. I have had 3 'close' calls in the past 2 weeks. I have read about numerous crashes resulting in injury or even death in the past couple of weeks. So who can beat my 3 close calls in 2 weeks.

#1 Leaving the light East bound on Grand Ave & 35 a lady merges, without looking, across 2 lanes into my path. Action taken: Heavy dose of front brakes, release and swerve to inside lane and racked the D&D once clear of danger.
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My reaction:

#2 West bound on Hwy 79 Passing under 35 onto the access road. An 'old man' exits the U-Turn lane, once again without looking, easy brake app as I saw it coming and once again racked the D&D. I still don't think he ever saw or heard me.
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#3 East bound on 3406. Cager pulls across 2 lanes and a center turn lane into my left lane. Mini van to my right and with no time to stop, I pin the throttle and hug mini's left quarter panel.
Cager reaction:
My reaction:   followed by head snap and eyes that sent the message die you MF'r!!!!!
 

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Way to go on riding defensive. I get tons of close calls each summer, can't even list how many. It comes with the territory unfortunately
 

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bladerrx : sounds a pretty dangerous place to ride a bike there mate
I thought so as well until I read ND4's post. I now feel a little better about a *few* occasions. I guess those years racing and training on the bicycle are paying off!!
 

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we are quite lucky in the respect that i live in a village and have loads of quiet roads to play on so we keep out of the large cities
 

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For my first couple of years of riding in Los Angeles, one or two like that every day. I used to make myself deaf by screaming at them inside my helmet.

Eventually, I got better at predicting stupid behavior, and it went down to about one every other day. They never got me though. They sure tried hard enough.
 

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I had two close calls last week. They were both with cars on the interstate changing lanes into my space. The lane changes were such that I was left with the impression that their actions might have been intentional. Thank goodness for the 954's quick throttle response and acceleration to get me out of trouble. Definitely have o keep your head on a swivel out there.
 

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Odd... when I first started riding, I'd have several close calls a week. The more I rode, though, the fewer close calls I got. It dropped to one a week, then one every couple of weeks, one a month... now it's down to one or two a quarter. Since all the cagers around haven't become more careful, considerate, or attentive, it must be me. I have apparently changed my riding to the point that instinct takes care of most of the danger zones, and I hardly ever get in a position to have a close call

My most recent one was about a week ago. Idiot dump truck driver ran a red light (by about 2-3 seconds) right through an intersection through which I was about to proceed. He was actually laughing as he ran through it, like 'Golly gee, I almost flattened a ricer!' Had I been aggressive at that light, I would've been either in the hospital or most likely, dead, but experience made me check just one last time before letting her rip. About the time I was swiveling my head to the left (my intended turn)... WOOOOOOOM went the truck, not even trying to slow down, even though my light had been green for about 2-3 seconds, and the last car to go through had done so about 7-8 seconds sooner.
 

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Yeah, I get at least one or two a week. Every once in a while, you get the one where your heart stops for a minute, and you realize you are sweating.. Happened yesterday. I was in the carpool lane, and traffic was heavy in the four uncarpooled lanes. The traffic let up for a second, and for the cars it's like a race to the next bumper, well they cut it too close, and I was watching them bunch up. I saw it coming and really had no course of action. When they were bunching up they all eventually started locking up their brakes. So one moron figures the only way to avoid hitting the person he is tailgaiting to begin with and now about to hit is to redirect to the carpool lane, just as I am about to pass his location. I saw him coming into the lane with me. I started to react, and he slid to a stop. I don't know how close I came to him, but it was too close for the difference in speeds. For a second, I played what could have happened in my mind, and it went something like him slamming into the bike somewhere in the middle sending it flying sideways, and me highsiding. Problem was a get off in the carpool lane with a traffic jam in the other lanes doesn't leave much room for not bumping into something. It was close and I would have just been along for the ride.

You can have the record if you want though. I don't feel like attempting to break it..
Fig
 

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I didn't have any close calls that were anyone's fault but my own this year. Of course, I didn't ride on the street...

Hitting the banking at Gateway and bouncing out of the seat was probably the biggest pucker-inducing moment.
 

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All I can say is.....Thank God for Austin!!! From the tales I hear, 3 in 2 weeks isn't bad at all. I tend to ride very defensively so I can't understand the increase in incidents. I was thinking like 2OH. The more you ride the fewer incidents one should experience. I thought that someone was spiking the water with something with all the recent carnage the fellow forum followers have experienced. I guess ' Austin ain't so bad after all.'
 

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Fig : You can have the record if you want though. I don't feel like attempting to break it..
Fig
ROFLMAO.....NO, you can have it!! That was part of the reasoning behind the post....to make me feel better. Sort of like Tigerblades 'Happy Place' in the Offtopic section.
 

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I HATE riding to my Honda dealer (yet top rate people/shop) as I must struggle to get across an old/outdated 50 plus yr 2 to 3 lane bridge (only one across the Okanagan Lake into Kelowna & only way out & back home THIS is part of Hwy 97) PLUS the traffic is always travelling to fast or simply crawling with twits trying to ease the front end of their cage up my arse.

Fortunately the Yamaha dealer is prior to stupid bridge & bumper to bumper traffic in the city of Kelowna ------ so they do most of the work on my bike or this is where I deal for m/c products.
 

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take a trip to the following countries (to list a few):

China
Thailand
Taiwan
(to some extent) Japan

Close calls every 20-30 seconds. I kid you not. I was in a car in China with scooters/bikes, pedestrians. It's the first time in my life I've voluntarily put on my seat belt as the back middle passenger. I was pretty scared. 50 yr old grannies on scooters dodging cars, lane splitting.... Hella scary.
 

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asiliat : take a trip to the following countries (to list a few):

China
Thailand
Taiwan
(to some extent) Japan

Close calls every 20-30 seconds.  I kid you not.  I was in a car in China with scooters/bikes, pedestrians.  It's the first time in my life I've voluntarily put on my seat belt as the back middle passenger.  I was pretty scared.  50 yr old grannies on scooters dodging cars, lane splitting.... Hella scary.

Scaaary. I wouldn't want to ride or even drive in those countries, especially Thailand and Taiwan. It's really a free-for-all. Two-lane road? Sure, there's plenty of room for four abreast. Lane splitting? Maybe the concept wasn't born here, but it is taken to the extreme daily.
 

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You're much nicer in your reactions than I am. I have 3 standard ones that I use:

1. Ignore them.
2. A bag of marbles. (you figure it out )
3. A size 10 foot-dent on their door.
 

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You ain't kiddin'!!! I was in Korea for 2 months and they do some crazy over there. Not just driving in the traffic but they treat the bike like truck!! Boxes stacked on the back 2-3ft above the riders head. Crazy doesn't come close to the description.
 

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Mavic : I have had 3 'close' calls in the past 2 weeks.
Wow, it must be nice to ride somewhere  with so few near-misses  Its sad when its easeir to count the days you almost wern't killed.  I'm sure it depends on were you live, but around here in LA, like Fig said, its part of the game, a way of life.  Deal with it or take the cage.
 
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