Expedition almost got me today...

Discussion in 'Bay Area Bikers' started by ken ward, Jun 26, 2003.

  1. ken ward

    ken ward Guest

    ....280 S towards downtown SJ, single lane ramp going to 87 N. it joins
    with another single lane coming from the left, to form both lanes of 87
    N; left lane contained the Expedition. as the lanes were getting closer
    to the merge, I was eyeing the Ex. hmmm, it sure is getting close to
    the lane divider, maybe I better start edging to the right half of my
    lane so that if...YIKES here it comes!!! without a turn signal or a
    glance the Ex demanded my lane for the upcoming exit. lots of horn
    finally got it to halt the incursion, but only because my evasive action
    had started first and was succeeding, did I have the luxury of
    activating that poorly designed horn button.

    Ex driver was a small woman, who probably had trouble seeing all the way
    over the passenger door, but could have seen me in the mirror if she had
    tried.

    My new mantra: I'd rather be alive than right...I'd rather be alive than
    right...

    Ken
    '91 K100rs
     
    ken ward, Jun 26, 2003
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  2. If you paid that much for a car you'd loose your mind too.

    ~John
     
    John \Lemur\ Offenhartz, Jun 26, 2003
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  3. <>, ken

    snip
    Sat. morning, heading down 680 on my way towards Mines/Mt. Hamilton. I'd
    been following a woman in a Volvo for a minute or two in the #2 lane. I
    saw her reach up and adjust her rear view mirror--Good! she sees me, at
    least sees my bright headlight!--and after following a bit more I
    signalled, moved over into the #1 lane, and slowly picked up speed to pass
    her. As I approach the Volvo's left rear bumper, I see her head move
    slightly to the left. I see her eyes in the car's left side mirror (I can
    see her, therefore she can see me, right?) I ease off the throttle
    slightly, covering both brakes...sure enough her she comes right into
    where I would've been if I'd kept my speed. Beepbeep says my little horn,
    and she almost rolled that car in a panic, swerving back into the #2 lane.

    Even when they look, they don't see.
    Exactly. I waited for her to recover, and then smoothly accelerated past
    her, without any desire to kick in the door. I'm alive, rubber side down,
    heading where I want to go. This is good progress for me!

    I've still got some work to do on my ability to ignore antagonistic M3's
    though. What is it with those people?
     
    Charles Stembridge, Jun 26, 2003
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  4. after paying $50K for a what is essentially a souped up econobox, they
    damn well had BETTER pass everything on the road!
     
    John R Pierce, Jun 26, 2003
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  5. Better that the few male Z3 drivers who, after the fact, realize they
    bought a "chick car" and now have to drive like morons just to prove
    that no, they aren't castratti.
     
    Nicholas C. Weaver, Jun 26, 2003
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  6. Let's see...hmmm...first there was the guy in the Volvo this morning who
    went across 5 lanes or so immediatly as he merged onto the interstate, he
    got the finger...then the two blondes on Fillmore who seemed to think that
    oncoming traffic should stop for their left turn, I had a hard-on to slap
    those bitches...oh, what about the panicky braker on 280 South this
    afternoon, braked and swerved over at me to avoid a shredded fucking paper
    sack!?...the Honda CRV with soccer mom and two kids crossing the double
    yellow on the next to the last 30mph (posted) turn heading north on Skyline
    just about 30 minutes ago, almost took my helmet with her...oh, how could I
    forget the dump-truck that pulled out in front of me at Alice's, that was
    silly of me...I guess I just spend too much time playing in the traffic or
    something because it's like a midget in an Expleditivision tries to kill me
    daily.

    Have fun,
    kEn FroM aLabaMa
    998/F4i
     
    Sangre de Toro, Jun 26, 2003
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  7. Glad to hear that, of course, I was engaging in the shameful act of
    stereotyping... The last M3 incident was a week ago Saturday, heading down
    So. Main lane #2 at a sedate 35, the speed limit, with my 13 y/o son on
    the back after buying a copy of HP&TOOTP. Realized an M3 was pacing me in
    the #1 lane. After the last signal he downshifted, chirped the tires,
    whipped in front of me and floored it onto the onramp. I let him be the
    only ass on the road, and let him get well ahead of me.

    Before that it was the M3 driver who refused to pull over when an
    ambulance flew by, lights and sirens blazing, and EVERYONE ahead of him
    had pulled over. He must have figured that everyone else was unworthy of
    the M3, and were signalling defeat.

    Then there was the M3 who tried to run me down on my first and last tour
    of Skyline/84...ah well.

    I'll try to keep an open mind, and hope the next M3 I see is yours; but
    I'm still going to give them all a wide berth.
     
    Charles Stembridge, Jul 1, 2003
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  8. ken ward

    Phil Guest

    I have to admit, those are pretty stupid acts by the M3 drivers. I have
    played with bikes on two occassions, but never harrassed them, and they
    seemed to enjoy a romp down the road. Surprisingly, they have been
    reluctant to pass me. I hope that is not because they think ill of me or
    that I might do something to make their life miserable. But, if they had
    experiences like yours, I can see why they might be hesitant to get too
    close.

    I am 50 years old, don't do juvenile stupid things, and enjoy my M3 without
    having to prove anything to anyone. Same when riding the bike. My M3 is a
    blue 4 door, which is not all that common, but some are around. So, if you
    see one, could be me, especially if driven reasonably!

    - Phil

     
    Phil, Jul 2, 2003
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