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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-27-2019, 04:47 PM Thread Starter
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Well... it happened...

I bought the SCR950 last Thursday. I have been without a running motorcycle for about the last 3 years. I bought this one brand new and I made it to 32 miles before a near miss accident.

A van pulled out right in front of me while I was driving 60mph (the speed limit). They looked right at me and I must have been a ghost and they didn't see me.
Fortunately, there was no one in the oncoming lane so I had plenty of room to go around them.
However, if the van was going left instead of right, or there was a vehicle in the oncoming lane,
I might be typing this from a hospital bed or not at all.

Almost every intersection I enter, I assume that someone is going to pull out, run a red light, etc. I was hoping that I would make it to at least 1,000 miles before having a near miss, but 32 miles certainly surprised me.

Stay safe out there, guys and gals.
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I give this advice to every new rider I meet...
" If you only remember one thing that I tell you, please remember this.....
EVERYONE out there is trying to kill you!"
That might sound a little harsh but it reminds me to ride defensively. I too had a very close call...
Father's Day 2007 I treated myself to a nice 350 mile scenic ride up and down the Mississippi river on my then new FJR. Around the 300 mile mark, I'm entering a 50 mph corner when I meet 2 cars coming in my direction! The idiot was passing the other car on a blind corner in a no passing zone! Guard rails on both sides with 3 foot shoulders. I don't think I even slowed down when we all 3 passed each other at the same time! Stay alert to stay alive! Ride safely! Jevers

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Sorry to hear youíve had drama. I seem to be quite lucky with such things, only had a couple myself in years of riding. I do wonder whether this is because I ride somewhat Ďassertivelyí...it kinda forces people to pay attention and notice you.
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It didn't shake me up, but I just get irritated that people don't pay attention, and I mean that when I am driving in my truck as well.

I know accidents happen, but a simple double check before pulling out or entering an intersection doesn't take much effort and certainly reduces the chance of an accident.
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I taught my kids to ALWAYS look twice before you pull forward in ANY traffic situation, and NEVER move forward simply because the light turned green. I honestly believe that bikers and truckers are by far the best drivers on the road. In those two examples your life or your livelihood depend on your skills and abilities.

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