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post #1 of 18 Old 02-29-2016, 06:57 PM Thread Starter
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Got hit today

It only took about 2 months of daily commuting on Atlanta's hyper-congested surface streets for this to happen. I was riding in the left-turn lane with a long line of stopped traffic on my right. With maybe 30-40 yards to go until my turn, and the turn lane free and clear, a van from the stopped traffic on my right suddenly decides he's going to make a U-turn across the turn lane. Naturally he's not looking for a bike so he does this right smack in front of me. All I could do was swerve to my left, around the front of him, and his van clipped the back of the niner as I passed. To my relief - only damage was the right rear lollipop turn signal. If I'd been 1 second farther back I woulda had to just plow into him.

I'm blaming myself for this one though. Cagers are gonna do stupid s**t, we know this, and I'm supposed to be predicting it. After a lot of incident-free days, I think I was probably going a little faster than I should have (maybe 20mph?) and not being as vigilant as I used to be.

Here's my takeaway: try and remember how cautiously I rode around other cars when I first got on a bike, and RIDE LIKE THAT all the time.

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post #2 of 18 Old 02-29-2016, 07:10 PM
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Glad to hear you're ok. I guess it's a balance between "coulda been worse", and "coulda avoided it altogether". That whole vigilance thing is hard when we get comfortable and accustomed.

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post #3 of 18 Old 02-29-2016, 08:21 PM
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Glad you are OK man and thanks for the reminder to stop doing stupid shit. I catch myself taking a few too many risks lately.

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That visualization of all cagers pointing a gun at you really stuck since my msf classes, can never be too careful specially around the city where people are too busy to look/care.

Glad you're alright. Is the driver paying for damages?

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post #5 of 18 Old 03-01-2016, 07:25 AM
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Most important thing is you're safe. Second most important thing is that now is the perfect time to perform that turn signal upgrade you've always been talking about right?

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Always ride 95-5 because even though the other people don't know it, they are actually out to kill you.

Happy to see that you are still here to discuss this today.

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Big city traffic commutes in a car ( on a bike, no way) are too crazy for me & I race a ChumpCar.

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post #8 of 18 Old 03-01-2016, 10:13 AM
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Glad you're ok. No matter what I'm doing or how I'm riding, I always assume no one sees me and that they don't give a shit about me. That mentality has served me well and is a good reminder to not get too comfortable.

If you had a situation where you had to react, then you're not paying close enough attention. Be as proactive as you can in every situation you find yourself in.

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close call. you just leveled up in your biking skill. use the experience for next time and stay safe.

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post #10 of 18 Old 03-01-2016, 03:58 PM
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Atlanta is way too fucked up to commute on a bike. If you want to get through traffic quickly buy an old Chevy Caprice, knock the rear window out of it and then drive around slightly erratic while wearing a ski mask and constantly looking behind you. The cars around you will get the hell out of your way!

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post #11 of 18 Old 03-01-2016, 06:30 PM
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Have to be careful out there, especially when it comes to windowless vans, especially when they say free kittens and candy on the side. Jokes aside, it coulda been worse and will improve your skills in the long run. We all need a reality check every now and then to keep our guard up. Glad that you walked away with minimal damage to yourself and the 9er.

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Glad to hear it wasn't worse! This is why I ride in the woods, keep away from the gen pop that don't see us... I had quit riding for five years because of a very lose call one morning on the way into work, then I found the 919!

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Atlanta is way too fucked up to commute on a bike.
That is what I was trying to say. I have relatives in Atlanta & in Kennesaw & Peachtree City. My grandmother lived in Decatur for many years.

Atlanta is not a safe place to ride, much less commute in the traffic every day.

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I have said this before to groans on this forum. My motorcycle is a recreational vehicle, not a utility vehicle. Is driving in traffic fun? No. Is riding to work when Im half awake and riding home when Im tired from a days work fun? No. So I don't do it. At All. Friends at work keep asking when Im going to drive my bike to work. I tell them: never. I dont do milk runs and I dont ride around town.

I ride on the weekends, away from cars. Its fun. Keep it fun. Its way safer.
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I have said this before to groans on this forum. My motorcycle is a recreational vehicle, not a utility vehicle. Is driving in traffic fun? No. Is riding to work when Im half awake and riding home when Im tired from a days work fun? No. So I don't do it. At All. Friends at work keep asking when Im going to drive my bike to work. I tell them: never. I dont do milk runs and I dont ride around town.

I ride on the weekends, away from cars. Its fun. Keep it fun. Its way safer.
The whole commuting thing is an experiment. Been a few months now of riding every day that's not raining, down into the 30s even. Saves maybe 5-10m in the morning but 15m in the evening, and there have been cases where I've had to go my kids' school after work, which would have been 90 minutes, and it took 45 on the bike. Of course it's less safe than the car and I didn't really intend to start a debate about it, but I'm trying to determine if the extra risk is worth the easier commute. I just cannot handle sitting in gridlock and going nowhere fast. Especially now that I've got a taste of riding. Anyway we'll see, the experiment may fail if this happens with any regularity.

And no, dude did not pay for any damages, he took off. In fact it turns out all he did was pop the orange cover off the blinker, and it popped back on. It was an old 80s minivan with ladders on top. Those guys aren't legal and aren't insured so they're not stopping unless their vehicle is disabled. Has happened to me before, in a car.

With shorter mini-indicators he wouldn't have touched me at all.

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Reminds me, there was another thread where a guy was asking about moving to Atlanta, and LDH your comment is pretty accurate - but not because the drivers are bad. There are bad drivers everywhere from what I've observed, and by and large most Atlanta drivers have been really cool about letting me ride through/past/around them when they're sitting still. Usually they're engrossed in their cell phones and don't even notice. Seriously.

The problem isn't the drivers, the problem is the congestion. It has to be lived to be believed. I kid you not, my 9 miles after work takes easily 50 minutes in a car, and over an hour once every few weeks on average. It's misery. Do not move here.

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No they are bad drivers. I have been on a 7 or 8 lane freeway outside Atlanta that branches in 2 directions with 2 lanes going one way and all the other lanes continue on and those dumb sonsabitches will ride the farthest lane away from the 2 lane branch they need to be on until the very last second then grind traffic to a halt while they make their way across 6 lanes of bumper to bumper traffic. It's stupid people at their worst plain and simple.

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... those dumb sonsabitches will ride the farthest lane away from the 2 lane branch they need to be on until the very last second then grind traffic to a halt while they make their way across 6 lanes of bumper to bumper traffic.
That's not just Atlanta

I think it's a bit of stupid with a twist of a 'me first' attitude. They don't care that they're screwing up the traffic flow for everyone; they're more concerned with getting past a few more cars and feeling like they've accomplished something.

If you get a chance, come to Huntsville! Much less traffic.

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