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Ever surprise yourself with some unexpected display of skill in the act of avoiding impending doom by blind-deaf-and most probably dumb (no offense to those who really are of course) cagers?

I had the most incredible experience today. It's high school graduation time here and as tradition (believe it or not) the whole family has a party from morning till evening and everyone drinks, including the drivers. I sometimes see police escorts on a train of vehicles because the drivers have most likely been drinking and they're trying to keep tabs on the incidents.

Well I'm on the highway from the city to my villa, only about a 5 mile ride (8km), it's a small highway, only 2 lanes. On the left there is a group of graduate vehicles (easily recognizable by the loads of balloon (bombs) that they have trailing their vehicles), I merge on from the right, and stayed on the right lane because I try to keep my distance from these guys. Right lane was moving slowly, around 40mph. I see a 7 series BMW waiting to get on from a gas station, spotted him about 500meters up the highway. I'm generally a paranoid rider so whenever I see someone getting ready to merge, I assume they've inadvertently planning to kill me.

Well this guy was deliberately doing so. Just about 50m before him I move to the left tire track just incase - he took that as a welcome sign and floored it out infront of me. I lean like I've never leaned before - (surprisingly enough, the bike felt sooooo stable) it was a first reaction before the thought was even processed. But the left lane was full of f****** graduate drunks flailing from their sunroofs screaming at each other. I leaned back the other way in what seemed like less than a second, managing to get around the 7 series and just missing a merc on the left lane (don't think that driver even noticed what was happening).

Thought I was safe, well just about 2 seconds after I regained composure, the 7 series dude comes barrelling down my left side I could see him in my mirror like a bullet with my name on it. Mind now, there is still a car to my left so I'm think where the f*** is he intending to go. Before I finished my thought I'd leaned over to the right lane line while he squeezed though.

I hope that poor 17 or 18 y/o who is celebrating with dad like that will stay a live long enough to realize just how f****** stupid the whole thing is/was.

Anyway, looking back on it, home, getting ready for dinner, bike safely in the garage, and I have to wonder, when my number comes up, is some asshole cager gonna be holding my ticket one day!!!

The way I see it, it was a mix of skill, and sick handling bike and luck that the dude in the merc was likely too dazed from the wine and cognac to want to change lanes what would have been the perfect moment to ruin my day.
 

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Don't forget your rules. You were able to assess hazard way before it became one to you. Your anticipation (and of course riding skill) saved you today. Never underestimate doing things to minimize your chances of getting killed.

If you didn't anticipate him and his moronic behavior, no skill in the world would help you.

This is a good lesson to all about the 12 second rule.
 

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Most of the time my living through a close call is attributed only to awareness. My lack of riding skill forces me to see and anticipate hazards as soon as humanly possible and usually take proper evasive actions to either make damn sure they don't happen or go ahead and assume they will. Although it is difficult to admit, I just have not developed enough skill to count on that to save my life. Glad your ok!!
 

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I recently was following my friend through Washington DC. I couldn't find my way from one building to one across the street in that town which makes me have to pay attention to a lot more than usual since if I get separated I have no idea where to go. In city traffic I follow about 1/2 car length behind. He passed an area where a cab wanted to turn right, into my/our lane, the cabbie watched him drive by, never looked left and pulled out. I was able to swerve to the left around the cab BUT even though that part was reaction and skill, the left lane being open for me to do so was luck or divine intervention because if there had been a car next to me I would have had no where to go.
This may sound pessamistic but living in a heavily populated area with a lot of people that must have gotten their licenses at Wal-Mart, every time I leave the house I kiss my wife goodbye as though it may be the last time I get to. I never know what my life has in store for me and everytime I get home safe I thank the powers that be that I did so.
 

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When you realize that are about to enter a "fatal funnel", your only logical course of action is to slow down and even stop prior to entering. Otherwise your risk of being hit increases significantly. I use to press the issue myself...until I was hit by a car. I learned the car always wins over the bike.
 

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When you realize that are about to enter a "fatal funnel", your only logical course of action is to slow down and even stop prior to entering. Otherwise your risk of being hit increases significantly. I use to press the issue myself...until I was hit by a car. I learned the car always wins over the bike.
At the time, I didn't feel I had any option other than to get around him. Truth is - perhaps I'm too paranoid but when in such tight traffic, braking hard is just about the last thing I'm going to do because I just don't just the drivers behind me to take notice in time. I've had sooooo many close calls in my car when braking and the funniest part is when you're watching the whole event unfold in your mirror realizing if this dude's brakes are off just a bit, you're in for a long day. So general, especially on the bike, I look for a way out that's either forward or to the side of me.

I'll be the first to admit I'm overly paranoid but dudes, I've seen way too many accidents here, they are some scary sh*t. I personally have never been in an accident (knock on wood) with another vehicle, neither on the bike or in the car, but I've seen so many flipped cars on the highway or people that rear end each other because someone wasn't paying attention while someone jammed the brakes causing a domino effect. I've avoided many by the skin of my teeth.

You know, I haven't lived in the states for 5 years now, so perhaps my memory is just all rosy, but I don't remember ever seeing such blatant stupidity on the roads and I lived in NYC for 16 years.

Gotta say, sometimes when traffic is thick and people are being stupid, I get the urge to just get off and walk my bike :sing - so far though - it's never been bad enough for that.
 
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