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post #1 of 17 Old 06-27-2007, 04:11 AM Thread Starter
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Interesting Safety Tip

From www.svrider.com:

"Most collisions between bikes and cars take place when the left turning driver hits the on-coming motorcyclist. The driver inevitably says to the cop .. "I didn’t see him coming." And we all scratch our heads and ask how the hell that could be?

One reason that may go a long way toward explaining this (besides cell phones, screaming brats or old/young age) is that the human eye is much more proficient at picking out horizontal movement rather than vertical movement (like an on-coming motorcycle) across the visual horizon.

In order to counter this phenomenon, a rider can employ a quick left-right-left horizontal swerve (in lane of course) as he is approaching an intersection with a car signaling an intention to turn left. I do it even if they are not signaling if I so much as sense that the oncoming car is slowing and might turn.

I am not an ophthalmologist or a human factors expert. I can only offer anecdotal evidence of my success with this technique. But I will tell you this: Many, many times I have noticed a driver’s head pop up in recognition of the on-coming bike (me) where seconds earlier I had been invisible. I have seen many cars swerve back to their side of the road or jam on brakes in direct response to my side to side movements."

Never heard this one before, but can't hurt...

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Just be careful swerving coming up to an intersection, where there is usually a lot of oil laid down from the stopped vehicles.

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Good tip if done correctly. Don't give anyone the idea you are riding recklessly, but be noticed.

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great tip. I often make swoopy swerving motions whenever I sense danger and inattentiveness.

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great tip. I often make swoopy swerving motions whenever I sense danger and inattentiveness.
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Or ride with a side car. JohnnyB has never had an incident.

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I ride with the high beams on during the day in order to get the light directed up to eye level for most oncoming motorists. Just another idea, probably many already doing this???

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I ride with the high beams on during the day in order to get the light directed up to eye level for most oncoming motorists. Just another idea, probably many already doing this???
I do. The Wisconsin motorcyclist handbook that they give ya when you get your temps, recommends it.

Page 26(page 30 of the PDF file)

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One thing I noticed on Monday as ajcombs and his friend were following me to the track. His friend has a headlight modulator, and it almost constantly had my attention whereas aj's bike did not. I always focus on the bikes more when I see the headlights modulating.

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One thing I noticed on Monday as ajcombs and his friend were following me to the track. His friend has a headlight modulator, and it almost constantly had my attention whereas aj's bike did not. I always focus on the bikes more when I see the headlights modulating.
That works except that I want to throw a two by four in the front wheel of motorcycles with this 'feature'

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One thing I noticed on Monday as ajcombs and his friend were following me to the track. His friend has a headlight modulator, and it almost constantly had my attention whereas aj's bike did not. I always focus on the bikes more when I see the headlights modulating.
Weaving a basket will get you noticed, but that's not desirable in the rain.

I installed KisanTech's Head/L and Tail/L modulators months ago and happily confirm a huge reduction in close calls. Cars at intersections don't pull in front of me at the last second. Tailgating cars either back off or switch lanes and pass. Every time I read about someone being hit by a car, I debate if it would have been prevented with modulators.

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I usually just give people the finger. That usually get's there attention.

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That works except that I want to throw a two by four in the front wheel of motorcycles with this 'feature'
Ha Ha that's actually why my friend has one and mine doesn't!! Other than the cash!! Annoying is better than dead though, and has many have already stated before buy all the safety gear you can afford!

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What do we have to do to get noticed?

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Still a great vid.

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