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post #1 of 12 Old Nov 23rd, 2007, 10:45 am Thread Starter
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Loves Those Squids!!

Monday morning on my way to work I get into some fog and traffic slows, so I start splitting on the double yellow. I see a squid come up behind me, and I did notice that he came on fairly quickly, but I didn't think anything of that because most riders that commute are very good riders, wether it's HD, Squid, or Sport Tourer/Tourer. However, ALL of "The Stupids" are squids, so I guess I should have been more careful.

Anyway, I see him, so I look for a spot to slide in and let him by. I see a spot that looks good, but as soon as I start to move into it I realize that it's too small, and the car is slowing down too much, so I move back-out to choose another gap, and you guessed it! The Squid was RIGHT NEXT TO ME sharing a 3 ft wide lane with me. We didn't touch, and as he sped away he was shaking his head like I was a moron.

An entire two seconds elapsed from when I ducked-in to when I returned. The only possible way he could have been on me so fast was to just crack his throttle as soon as he saw first movement from me. I've seen guys going 30-40 mph faster than traffic when splitting, and thought they were really stupid, I now fully realize just how stupid.

Last week on Friday I heard on the radio that two motorcycles went down during the morning commute and yelled in my helmet, "What are you guys doing? We have to watch out for each other.....nobody else will." And I learned one day latter just what they were doing.

30 Years of riding experience has taught me, and continues to teach me that you cannot look out for yourself too much, and you have to be as critical of yourself as you are of others. I made a huge mistake assuming that all MC commuters were good riders, and that he would provide me ample room to find a safe spot to let him by. What "A Stupid" I was

The good news I learned a great lesson without scratch, and for now I get to keep my perfect record of never dropping a street bike. I hope you can learn from my experience as well.
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OK...it's been awhile since I've started a small riot, so here goes nuttin'.

Sounds to me like your own account of the events incriminates only YOU. If I was behind you and you "ducked-in" behind a car (yes, even for an instant), I would've blown by you too. The only mistake the "squid" made was he didn't do it fast enough.

Next time, perhaps you should check to see if you have enough room before changing lanes and then coming back over.

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Good to see you back on the board Joe....

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OK...it's been awhile since I've started a small riot, so here goes nuttin'.

Sounds to me like your own account of the events incriminates only YOU. If I was behind you and you "ducked-in" behind a car (yes, even for an instant), I would've blown by you too. The only mistake the "squid" made was he didn't do it fast enough.

Next time, perhaps you should check to see if you have enough room before changing lanes and then coming back over.

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Nice to see you admit to your average IQ. Most people have them, but few admit to it. I call dibs on your mirrors the next time you part-out your bike!
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I see and somewhat agree with Joe's point, but the other rider has a responsibility in this scenario as well. "Stupid 1" (just using your terminology, Kevin ) needs to make sure that there is ample space and the traffic speeds aren't changing drastically before committing to move into the space between cars when merging back into the traffic flow for whatever reason. "Stupid 2" (sportbike rider, maybe not so squidly) needs to be responsible and make sure "Stupid 1" is clear of the path of travel and able to stay in the space he's moved in to to allow "Stupid 2" to safely pass.

Hopefully both "Stupids" learned from the experience, which will make them both better riders.

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Nice to see you admit to your average IQ. Most people have them, but few admit to it. I call dibs on your mirrors the next time you part-out your bike!
Last checked, it was at 156. But that's another thread entirely.

But let's both agree that I am of "average intelligence". At least I haven't grown to the point of being "unteachable".

As for calling dibs on my mirrors . . . just how are you going to mount '06 GT mirrors on that LT of yours?! Then again, maybe if you had GT mirrors mounted, you would've seen the "squid" passing you...instead of pulling into HIS lane and nearly slamming into the side of him.

Having fun yet?

OK, I'm done. Umm . . . for now.
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I call dibs on the moniker "Stupid 3" because I got 2/3 through the original post before realizing Calyrider was in California (duh!), and had been thinking "holy smokes, the guy was tired of waiting and decided to SPLIT LANES? Is he NUTS?"

And for the record, I only ASPIRE to an average IQ, my friends and I on the short bus have been told that we won't ever achieve that!


Yo, Joe, give the guy props for one thing, at least...an LT AND a sportbike side-by-side between lanes of regular traffic is pretty impressive under any circumstances, Evil Knievel can kiss my hairy butt!

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Yo, Joe, give the guy props for one thing, at least...an LT AND a sportbike side-by-side between lanes of regular traffic is pretty impressive under any circumstances...
True true. That's the part I would've paid money to see. Oh...and to hear that leather sucking sound.
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I just read your signature line, Joe...you keep spewing that venom and it'll be a long wait for your next kiss!


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OK...it's been awhile since I've started a small riot, so here goes nuttin'.

Sounds to me like your own account of the events incriminates only YOU. If I was behind you and you "ducked-in" behind a car (yes, even for an instant), I would've blown by you too. The only mistake the "squid" made was he didn't do it fast enough.

Next time, perhaps you should check to see if you have enough room before changing lanes and then coming back over.

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Crap I have to agree with Joe. Lucky it is near the end of the year and I can start fresh again in a month or so...
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OK...it's been awhile since I've started a small riot, so here goes nuttin'.

Sounds to me like your own account of the events incriminates only YOU. If I was behind you and you "ducked-in" behind a car (yes, even for an instant), I would've blown by you too. The only mistake the "squid" made was he didn't do it fast enough.

Next time, perhaps you should check to see if you have enough room before changing lanes and then coming back over.

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+1

Sounds to me like you changed lanes twice without properly assessing the space available.

Glad to hear you came out without a scratch, maybe you should look into some blind spot mirrors

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Calyrider,
Thanks for sharing with us and to remind us to be extra diligent especially in heavy traffic. I understand that aggressive driving makes for less predictable behavior. You have been riding for a long time without incident so my benefit of doubt certainly goes with you.

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