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Old 03-16-2012, 10:19 AM   #51 (permalink)
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Sold my bike after someone pulled out in front of me as I was passing 2 tri-axle dump trucks.. Guy didn't even look, missed me by like a foot IF that..
I've been tempted to get a bike for so long - but stuff like that makes me hesitant about pulling the trigger. I've seen a car obliviously hit a biker, it's just sad how some drivers are so unaware of their surroundings.
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Old 03-16-2012, 02:32 PM   #52 (permalink)
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Slowing down won't help much, the driver was going much slower than I drive in the same conditions. You need to actually pay attention to what you're doing and know how to control a slide if you want to be safe. It doesn't matter if I'm driving my jetta, 318i 'vert, or RX-7(all way too old for traction control), I'm still passing everyone when it snows. The difference is I've spent countless hours sliding for fun in all conditions and a couple track days, I don't overreact when I start to slide, 99% of the time I'm drifting on purpose I don't care if you're doing 10mph, if you hit a patch of ice or a slush pile on the side of the road and you crank the wheel, what happened in the vid might happen to you.
I think everyone should know how to come out of a slide or put yourself in one if need be.
The only way too learn is to practice.

I enjoy driving, & had a chance to play on an Indy lite race car. Oh, now that is fun. You get to feel jet fighter G forces.

I can also drive in a perfect straight line, completely sideways, for as long as I want. In the snow, that is.

23 years of burnouts & donuts in snow covered parking lots.
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Old 03-16-2012, 03:44 PM   #53 (permalink)
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I've been tempted to get a bike for so long - but stuff like that makes me hesitant about pulling the trigger. I've seen a car obliviously hit a biker, it's just sad how some drivers are so unaware of their surroundings.
I wouldn't let that stop you, as a rider you can get pretty bloody good at being in tune with traffic flows and predicting what the unpredicatble will do. If your heads in the game it is a relatively safe sport. Also, if you can get out of a dense population area to where the roads open up, there's nothing like it!

One time I took a trip to my dads house and back on a weekend just for something to do. My dad lived 500 km away from me so it was about a 5 hour ride there, and I took the long way home, across a 1.5 hr ferry ride, and rode home into the night Sunday night. There's something about it being just you and the bike out there...

I REALLY MISS MY BIKE!

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Old 03-16-2012, 06:57 PM   #54 (permalink)
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^Thank you and in no way was I saying it could withstand a semi. The plastic body panels are pretty sweet.
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Old 03-16-2012, 07:51 PM   #55 (permalink)
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I used to have a Saturn and as much as I didn't like that car I almost feel the need to defend the poor thing

My boyfriend (at the time) decided to take it for some light off road-ing and ended up rolling it over. This was the SC2 sports coupe mind you, not an SUV We rolled three times, got out, flipped the thing back over and drove it from Lake Havasu to back to LA. Good times! It looked like crap but it ran fine. The plastic body parts sheared off, so I was crusing around with a bare frame for awhile.


Had the stupid thing fixed only to be rear ended by some senior citizen who was asleep behind the wheel on the way home from a Vegas trip. Hit me hard enough to push me UNDER the huge pick up truck in front of me. Poor car was crunched to a 1/3 of it's original size. Again, we both walked away totally unharmed, but that was it for the Saturn!!!

That said, I am sure it would have exploded if I ran it into a big rig.
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As a pilot, I have annual currency requirements that have to be met and every 2 years, I have to take a Flight Review with a flight instructor to make sure I remain safe and competent in the air. I really think this should be a requirement of driving too. The flight review process is also a relaxed, friendly educational experience, not a pass/fail thing. It is an opportunity to get some extra education and have bad piloting habits pointed out. Every pilot I know comes out of a flight review as a safer, better educated pilot. I think this approach would really help reduce a lot of senseless bullshit on the highway.
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Old 03-19-2012, 02:48 AM   #57 (permalink)
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Being reared ended by an asleep senior citizen coming back from a Vegas trip.....now that's comical.
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