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Apr 11th 2018, 11:51 PM   #1
 
  Mar 2018
  Olympia

  2016 Kawasaki Z1000,2015 Polaris sportsman XP1000,2017 Ktm 690 enduro R
Distracted drivers

It's been a long time since I've ridden on the street,but I'm pretty confident of my ability,it's the others out there to watch for. I know sometimes you don't see someone beside you,be it a car or a bike. So what does everyone do if say someone cuts you off big time,you don't wreak and you notice their texting or on the phone? I know what I'd like to do,adjust their mirror for them. You can't call the cops,you're word against theirs. If it's an honest mistake I might pass and give a little wave,but as I said if they're texting,they might lose a mirror. I'm not an aggressive rider out looking to cause problems,I'm just wondering what everyone does.
Apr 12th 2018, 01:35 AM   #2
 galenernest's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Beijing

  Honda CBF190R
What can you do? Bust their mirror? You're breaking the law because they broke the law? That probably won't end well for anyone. Just move on. Even confronting them (say at a stop light) usually won't accomplish anything. At the most (if it's a cell phone user) give them a "hang-up" gesture or something like that...

If I'm cut off by a distracted driver (which happens about every 30 seconds where I live) I just move on. I'm so accustomed to terrible driving now. You guys are living in paradise.
Apr 12th 2018, 01:43 AM   #3
 
  Mar 2018
  Olympia

  2016 Kawasaki Z1000,2015 Polaris sportsman XP1000,2017 Ktm 690 enduro R
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Originally Posted by galenernest
What can you do? Bust their mirror? You're breaking the law because they broke the law? That probably won't end well for anyone. Just move on. Even confronting them (say at a stop light) usually won't accomplish anything. At the most (if it's a cell phone user) give them a "hang-up" gesture or something like that...

If I'm cut off by a distracted driver (which happens about every 30 seconds where I live) I just move on. I'm so accustomed to terrible driving now. You guys are living in paradise.
I know that's the best thing to do. I'm just interested in what others have to say about it.
Apr 12th 2018, 03:59 AM   #4
 Texasl's Avatar
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  Jan 2016
  Northeast Olalla

  07 Guzzi
Quote:
Originally Posted by 16Z1000
I know that's the best thing to do. I'm just interested in what others have to say about it.
4,000# battering ram vs 750# unarmored gnat.

Las Vegas was built on people who bucked better odds. Stink mouth the idiots inside your helmet, picture their mothers pleasuring a syphilitic goat, wish them all the ill will that you can muster, but be the better person and keep it inside.

Get the ultimate revenge and out live the bastards, but don't place yourself in harm's way, it's just not worth it.
Apr 12th 2018, 06:35 AM   #5
 unicykle's Avatar
 
  Sep 2017
  milwaukie oregon

  gsxr600 gsxr750 gsxr1000 i like gsxrs
I personaly at least pull up next To them give Them a good engine rev and a solid midle
Finger so they at Least Know They did something rong and maby a few choice
Words if I have the option , and they usualy give a “i already know Im an idiot wave”

Edited by unicykle on Apr 12th 2018 at 01:31 PM
Apr 12th 2018, 07:01 AM   #6
 CaptainAwesome's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  WA

  Harley Davidson LR-S
Not much you can do. Doing anything keeps you around them longer and I'd rather be somewhere they're not over getting petty revenge. If you expect them to do it it doesn't take you by surprise as much.

Besides anything they do, unless they're intentionally trying to harm you, is just going to be cranking a situation that was a 3 up to 11.





Simply put it's playing a dangerous game if you decide to do anything. The driver has already proven an inability to care about those around them, getting close enough to do anything, even just comical and not destructive, puts you in the same position as a man who's running along side an angry bull trying to poke it in the eye. If he swerves, you're going down hard.


Case in point (fast forward to the 1:00 mark):
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Apr 12th 2018, 07:27 AM   #7
 ChopperDr's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Buckley

  '98 HD FXD, '03 SV650 track
Unfortunately drivers just don't see us. Has always been that way. Nothing new, I remember cars pulling out front of me 30+ years ago. Changing into my lane on I-5 when I was riding right next to them 3 feet from their drivers window.

Head on a swivel, they are all out to kill you.

Didn't see it coming? That's on you.

Chop
Apr 12th 2018, 08:03 AM   #8
 Burphel's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Travelling around the NW

  Triumph Bonnezilla, Little Ninja
As much as we all dislike unmarked cops, the best way to fix this is to have moto-cops on low profile bikes. They could be writing tickets all day on something that actually impacts motoring safety rather than getting people for going too fast on a wide-open superslab.
Apr 12th 2018, 08:26 AM   #9
 
  Jan 2016
  92 miles from Windy Ridge, Mt. St. Helens

  2017 FZ-07; Z1000 Kawi; '84 RZ350; '76 RD400; '74 RD350; '66 Suzuki X6 250..a few others
I'm more adament than most regarding distracted drivers. I just had my car totaled by an apparent texting driver who ran a stop light this February. Less recent, in August 2014 I had a colision on my RZ350 with a texting AND drunk (0.329 BAC) driver who suddenly stopped -- no brake lights -- as soon as we'd turned onto FS90 from the Eagle Cliff store section @ Pine Creek. Just now in last 6 months am I back riding. So, I literally feel your pain.

To you all who want to flip off, break off mirrors, etc., you're merely inviting a road rage incident in which you are likely to become an injured-or wose-victim. Is your very life worth a momentary vengeful satisfaction???
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Edited by Quicklimegirl on Apr 12th 2018 at 10:51 AM
Apr 12th 2018, 08:49 AM   #10
 Gremlin's Avatar
 
  May 2016
  The Socialist Republic of Seattle

  SV650 X 2
I get the point. I will not call what is being talked about "distracted driving". I will call it an idiot with a deadly weapon made by (insert auto manufacture here).

If I drove the way people drive today that would only get the AMC taken away from my father .

I caused "road rage" by blowing my horn at driver of Corolla that blew a stop sign, just yesterday. The only reason I avoided the collision is because I was driving my Focus with ABS. I know I was inches away from t-boning the Corolla.

Every motorcyclist has more cager stories than fisherman have fish stories. The only way society's problem will get better if with better parenting, less Jerry Springer style TV shows and host other "things" that numbing down America.....

I could go on all day, but bottom line is that we motorcyclist are doing something to enrich our lives. We ride our motorcycles to escape the harsh reality of life.

I going to conclude that, just be extra vigilant while riding and watch out for the entitled idiots with Leafs and iPhones. Also when see a Prius, cover the brake.

Edited by Gremlin on Apr 12th 2018 at 08:54 AM
Apr 12th 2018, 09:07 AM   #11
 ShootPDX's Avatar
 
  May 2016
  Happy Valley area (Clackamas)

  SV650S Silver - HD 1250 Hammer Sportster w/Screaming Eagle stuff - GSXR-750 K12
We should break all their mirrors because that will make them keenly aware that they are no longer able to see behind themselves. That...and...the first rule of Italian driving is: "Whatsa behind me is not important". It's best to carry a small bat like they used to give away at the stadiums on bat day. Ideally...if you could hook your bike to the side of their vehicle as it's moving, you could climb the hood and also take out the opposite-side mirror. This would ensure that they have no external mirrors with which to further terrorize humanity.

Edited by ShootPDX on Apr 12th 2018 at 09:11 AM
Apr 12th 2018, 11:24 AM   #12
 
  Jan 2016
  Beaverton

  2015 Kawasaki Ninja ZX6R, 2014 Kawasaki Ninja EX300 CRF250x, CRF150RB. XR100
Where a camera, when you capture a distracted driver get their attention [safely] point at their phone and your camera. They will put the phone down. If you want you can take it to the next level, get their license plate along with your video and report the SOB.
Apr 12th 2018, 11:24 AM   #13
 Cougar's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Richland

  Yamaha FZ1, KTM Super Duke GT, Yamaha FJR, Yamaha XS650
Quote:
Originally Posted by CaptainAwesome
Not much you can do. Doing anything keeps you around them longer and I'd rather be somewhere they're not over getting petty revenge. If you expect them to do it it doesn't take you by surprise as much.

Besides anything they do, unless they're intentionally trying to harm you, is just going to be cranking a situation that was a 3 up to 11.





Simply put it's playing a dangerous game if you decide to do anything. The driver has already proven an inability to care about those around them, getting close enough to do anything, even just comical and not destructive, puts you in the same position as a man who's running along side an angry bull trying to poke it in the eye. If he swerves, you're going down hard.


Case in point (fast forward to the 1:00 mark):
Well put.
Apr 12th 2018, 11:27 AM   #14
 unicykle's Avatar
 
  Sep 2017
  milwaukie oregon

  gsxr600 gsxr750 gsxr1000 i like gsxrs
Quote:
Originally Posted by Quicklimegirl
I'm more adament than most regarding distracted drivers. I just had my car totaled by an apparent texting driver who ran a stop light this February. Less recent, in August 2014 I had a colision on my RZ350 with a texting AND drunk (0.329 BAC) driver who suddenly stopped -- no brake lights -- as soon as we'd turned onto FS90 from the Eagle Cliff store section @ Pine Creek. Just now in last 6 months am I back riding. So, I literally feel your pain.

To you all who want to flip off, break off mirrors, etc., you're merely inviting a road rage incident in which you are likely to become an injured-or wose-victim. Is your very life worth a momentary vengeful satisfaction???

If You dont let them know they have done rong, they wont change
Their habits, might as well take The horn out of your car if your that affraid of confrontation
Apr 12th 2018, 11:32 AM   #15
 Sentinel's Avatar
 
  Jun 2016
  Poor Tortured

  2015 Kawasaki Concours 14 - The Origame Sea-Dragon
There is nothing we can do.
We have made a sort of sandwich.
Each small decision is an ingredient.
When we check Facebook - lettuce.
When we buy an iPhone - tomato.
When we watch TV - ham.
When we buy a new car on a 60 month loan - mustard.
When we vote for "our" party - mayo.
When we teach our kids to do the same thing - swiss cheese.

I think we have to eat this thing.

The only way out of the Fire Swamp - is through.

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