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Honky Incidents of 2018

By superfist, 04/18/2019
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These are my recorded incidents and close calls of 2018 where I used the horn.  Also, the sound on all of the clips was turned down by 5 decibels in the editing software. So the Denali Soundbomb Mini is plenty loud.

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It seems that horn was a wise investment! I can't say I've had as many close calls, but I've been considering fitting a Soundbomb or something similar. Great slo-mo footage at the end, had me laughing. Scary stuff tho. Good on ya for braving that Atlanta traffic.

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11 minutes ago, hawkeye said:

It seems that horn was a wise investment! I can't say I've had as many close calls, but I've been considering fitting a Soundbomb or something similar. Great slo-mo footage at the end, had me laughing. Scary stuff tho. Good on ya for braving that Atlanta traffic.

Oh man, her expression was precious!  My wife couldn't stop laughing either.  It's a nice reminder that people make mistakes and it's not malicious.  I try to maintain the "Keep calm and throttle on" attitude.

 

Atlanta traffic is what prompted me to start documenting my riding.  I started riding in the late 90's and I don't think I've had this many incidents in all that time before I moved to Atlanta in 2012.  North Georgia makes it all worth it though.

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Nice stuff - and a good warning to us all to stay alert!   D'you have DRLS or similar fitted?

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Good for you for no going postal on these cage pilots.  I am trying to not take it personally when I get cut off.

If possible, I will try to have a chat with the driver at the next light to the effect: "Gee, you almost killed me back there. Please be more careful and watch out for motorcycles."

Usually they are relieved I'm not dumping a ration of sh^t on them and apologize profusely. We all make mistakes...   (Male pickup truck drivers seem the most defensive!)

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2 hours ago, wordsmith said:

Nice stuff - and a good warning to us all to stay alert!   D'you have DRLS or similar fitted?

I don't have DRLs or any additional lighting.  It's definitely something I've been considering.

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Would be very worthwhile, IMHO, while not guaranteeing that others may respond, or even see them!   There are scores, if not hundreds, of different sorts on E Bay, and wiring them in is as easy as can be - even I can do it!   About $30 will do the job comfortably, although you can pay very much more - but be sure to mount them as high up and as far apart as possible - within reason - to optimise visibility.  I've never been a fan of them when mounted on the front fork at or near axle level.

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You have a quick reaction on that horn. I never even think about the horn until I'm well out of danger then I think to myself "man, I should have used the horn back there".

In fact I think the only times I've ever even hit the horn is by accident while trying to cancel the indicators.

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Think of the horn as an 'audible warning device' (I think that's how BMW terms it) and use it as and when!   That's what it's there for!!

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11 hours ago, superfist said:

Atlanta traffic is what prompted me to start documenting my riding.  I started riding in the late 90's and I don't think I've had this many incidents in all that time before I moved to Atlanta in 2012.  North Georgia makes it all worth it though.

I've been through Atlanta at least 100 times in my travels. Now I will do almost anything to avoid it.

But you are right. Being that close to North Georgia and Western North Carolina is not a terrible trade off.

 
 
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Not sure if addl lighting would help.  In most of the incidents you are in their blind spot when they make their move.

They just didn't bother to look for you.  Brainless driving 101.

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A good reminder to ride as if everybody is blind and deaf. Lane positioning and situational awareness nearly always work. Lighting, hi viz, horns, loud pipes don't work when the windows are up, a/c is pumping, bass is thumping, driver is getting the grubhub dinner order going on the mobile phone, and the kids are screaming the songs from the Frozen dvd playing in the headrest entertainment system. 

It's our responsibility to keep fools from making us dead :) 

 

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55 minutes ago, nhchris said:

Not sure if addl lighting would help.  In most of the incidents you are in their blind spot when they make their move.

They just didn't bother to look for you.  Brainless driving 101.

cb

 

39 minutes ago, chitown said:

A good reminder to ride as if everybody is blind and deaf. Lane positioning and situational awareness nearly always work. Lighting, hi viz, horns, loud pipes don't work when the windows are up, a/c is pumping, bass is thumping, driver is getting the grubhub dinner order going on the mobile phone, and the kids are screaming the songs from the Frozen dvd playing in the headrest entertainment system. 

It's our responsibility to keep fools from making us dead :) 

 

I have to agree with this for most of my situations.  I don't find a lot of people changing lanes when I'm already next to them.  It's usually while approaching and moving through their blind spot.

 

I've seen two thoughts debated on lane positioning.  If we run a scenario where the car is in the lane to the right:

 

1) Stay to the right of the lane to improve visibility and the amount of time spent visible in their rear view mirror.

2) Stay to the left of the lane, which means you spend more time in the wider cone of the blind spot, but you have more time and room to react.

 

I generally prefer number 2, because if they don't see you in scenario 1, then you don't have time or room to react.  I even thought to try a hybrid a few years ago where I would be in the right side lane position to maximise time in their field of view and then shift left as I enter the blind spot.   This was dismissed within a few minutes of real world application because you end up swerving all over the place.  Though, it would be good to preload your body for a quick swerve in the anticipated direction instead.   I found option one much more stressful.

 

For instance, while riding in the HOV lane (far left lane), I'll follow a little closely to the car in front of me with the escape to the left shoulder and position to the very left of the lane.  Yes, I'm less visible to cars in the lane to the right, but they don't have the ability to hit me.  By the time they initiate or are halfway through the lane change, I've already passed them with no real opportunity of being hit.

 

What do you guys do?  Any additional strategies or suggestions?

 

 

 

 

 

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I'm lucky enough to live in a relatively small town so I don't spend a whole bunch of time in heavy traffic. But in traffic I generally stay to the left of the lane. Mainly to be visible to oncoming left turners, at the expense of being less visible to mergers from the right. I feel being hit from the right is slightly less likely than someone trying to shoot through a gap that they think is there coming from my left. But in the end it's all dependent on the situation and it's fluid. I stay ready to react in whichever way will get me out of danger. 

10 hours ago, wordsmith said:

Think of the horn as an 'audible warning device' (I think that's how BMW terms it) and use it as and when!   That's what it's there for!!

When a situation starts to unfold I get where I cannot be hit. Alerting someone to my presence doesn't get me out of danger. The thought of hitting the horn just doesn't enter my mind. I guess I just assume that they know I'm there and don't care and are actively trying to hit me. 

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14 minutes ago, nicksta43 said:

I'm lucky enough to live in a relatively small town so I don't spend a whole bunch of time in heavy traffic. But in traffic I generally stay to the left of the lane. Mainly to be visible to oncoming left turners, at the expense of being less visible to mergers from the right. I feel being hit from the right is slightly less likely than someone trying to shoot through a gap that they think is there coming from my left. But in the end it's all dependent on the situation and it's fluid. I stay ready to react in whichever way will get me out of danger. 

When a situation starts to unfold I get where I cannot be hit. Alerting someone to my presence doesn't get me out of danger. The thought of hitting the horn just doesn't enter my mind. I guess I just assume that they know I'm there and don't care and are actively trying to hit me. 

Unless your 'small town' is full of raving homicidal maniacs I doubt they - or most of them anyway - are trying to hit you deliberately.   Alerting someone to your presence MAY get you out of danger if they react appropriately.    The thought of hitting the horn SHOULD enter your mind - in fact it should be automatic: again - it's what it's there for.

But - it's worth knowing that it's a killing-ground out there on the roads, and the only way to be 100% safe and secure is to stay off them!

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1 hour ago, wordsmith said:

Unless your 'small town' is full of raving homicidal maniacs I doubt they - or most of them anyway - are trying to hit you deliberately.   Alerting someone to your presence MAY get you out of danger if they react appropriately.    The thought of hitting the horn SHOULD enter your mind - in fact it should be automatic: again - it's what it's there for.

But - it's worth knowing that it's a killing-ground out there on the roads, and the only way to be 100% safe and secure is to stay off them!

I know they are not actually trying to hit me. Just instinctually that's how I react. 

 Apparently if I saw any value in using the horn I would have been using it in those situations over the last 24 years since I've been out on the roads. I just don't see any value in it.

I guess you could say I'm just not a very horny person 😂

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