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I almost got nailed by a cage, last night! I had been helping my wife cater a Christmas party for her sister, and, as I was on my way back home, some idiot pulls out of the local Wal-Mart, comes across 2 lanes, and cuts me off! OK, I had just turned onto the highway (US41) and I was getting on it a little. The problem was that the guy appeared not to have even looked in my direction!
Thank God I don't drink when I ride, and that I was kind of watching for just this sort of thing, having seen it before. Anyway, I moved to avoid the car, hoping to go around, but he just kept coming over to my lane. I hit the brakes, the rear a little too hard (skidded the rear tire for just a teensy bit!), and got 'er slowed down enough to dodge around them into the median.
Thankfully, here in Florida, the grassy medians are flat and hard, so I rolled through the grass at, by then, 15 mph, and carefully got back on the road behind the cage. I definitely need a Stebel horn!
I got away without injury, but things could have been so much different!Cagers don't see bikes, and they are out to kill us when they do, it seems!
Everone be careful out there!
 

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We're all magnets for cagers. ;)

Good save and keeping yourself alive!
 

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Glad you reacted fast enough to avoid the collision. A Stebel horn is a great mod you may want to install as soon as you get the chance. These cagers assume that motorcycles do not have the right of way :mad: .

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Nice maneuvering on your part. I don't think they are out to get us. I just think they are not taking the time to look good enough before they hit the gas.
That same jerk probably has other cagers throwing their hands in the air at his stunts.

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Any time you can get away clean, you did the right thing. Just glad you are OK and safe.
 

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I always make it a point to ride invisible. I assume that nobody can see me and ride accordingly. I always assume that every car is going to do the dumbest thing possible and I always leave myself an escape route. Sooner or later, they fullfill your expectations, so you are at least prepared for it. I guess this is what makes motorcycle riding such great therapy. It is hard to dwell on the problems of the day when everyone is out to kill you.
 

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"she looked dead at me too"

Wow...that doesn't sound too good.
 

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As I was reading your post...I was thinking that you needed a Stebel horn - and then I read the part where you mentioned it! I have one and also a headlight modulator - if they don't see me I want them to hear me! Stay safe!
 

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Allmost hit in sarasota...never happens. Got to love this time of year.

Glad to hear you kept your cool and wasn't hurt.

May we all be so fortunate when these things happen.

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I have the Stebel horn (wired in addition to my stock horn) plus the Headlight Modulator. Reading this post reminds me why I ride with my finger on the horn button!
 

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Nice maneuvering on your part. I don't think they are out to get us. I just think they are not taking the time to look good enough before they hit the gas.
That same jerk probably has other cagers throwing their hands in the air at his stunts.

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I guess I agree that they aren't out to get us, we just need to ride as though they are!

I have the Stebel horn (wired in addition to my stock horn) plus the Headlight Modulator. Reading this post reminds me why I ride with my finger on the horn button![/QUOTE]

Yeah, but I was shook up enough, that I couldn't find the button, momentarily! LOL

Anyway, I came out of it OK, and it really served to raise my awareness another notch. Meatball is right about this time of year in Florida, except, this time, I think it was a kid who was in hurry to get somewhere, not a visually challenged senior citizen. I pray that everyone gets out of any incident this fortunately, and I am thankful that all I got was a relatively cheap lesson in awareness!
 

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Happens all the time. THe last time it happened to me was three nights ago. I was on a 4 lane road with a median, riding in the left lane. A car in the right lane suddenly decided that he was about to miss his turn and cut over three lanes to get into the turn lane. I had to step/pull on the brakes hard to keep from running into him. No way that he checked for me as it was night and my light was clearly visible.

Its funny, but I always look at guys in the lane next to me as though they are going to cut me off. In this case, he did, but I was ready for it because I was expecting it. If I had not been riding with this attitude, I would have run into him without a doubt.

FYI I did not lay on the horn while braking as I was too busy trying not to die. However, I did let him know that I was there as I passed him afterwards.
 

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Good for you. I'm glad you didn't try to kick their bottom, like my usual reaction is. BADD...Bikers Against Dumb Drivers
 
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