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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 03-24-2016, 11:04 AM Thread Starter
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Watch your REAR!

Only accident I have ever been in I was stopped & hit from the rear.
I was sore for a week but nothing broken. $3700 of damage to my 07 400 when I had it. The rider in this accident wasn't so lucky. He died a day later. He was stopped at the signal and hit from the rear.

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post #2 of 21 (permalink) Old 03-24-2016, 05:50 PM
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Hence my aversion to sitting in traffic. I go in between the cars whenever I can, whether on the freeway or at stop lights. I'm lucky, it's tolerated here in CA. If I'm the first at a stoplight or can't get between the cars, I give myself an emergency exit by stopping short, monitor my mirrors and then modulate the rear brake light as cagers approach. If need be, I'll move to my emergency space.

Be safe out there guys.
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I also live in California like Liamjs, and I have avoided some rear-end accidents but going between traffic. Some drivers just aren't as careful as they should be at times.

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Good post, a reminder to watch that rear. That being said I would like to hear what others have done to light up the rear with additional taillights, stop lights etc. Lets hear your ideas.

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I've been thinking about getting both a flashing brake light, and one of those laser things that puts a pattern on the ground behind me. Don't know how effective the laser would be in the daytime, but the strobe surely should be! In addition to a high-viz helmet and jacket, edging over to the extreme left-side of the lane so that I can move out of the way if someone comes up quickly on me from behind, and anything else I can think of.

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In my many years of riding a motorcycle, I tried to be careful about leaving the bike in gear when stopped at a light, just in case I needed to quickly get out of the way. But of course, like a lot of us, I found myself frequently taking the bike out of gear so I can give my hand a rest. If I saw something coming from my rear I would need the extra second or two to put the bike in gear and get out of the way. One of the many things I enjoy about my scoot is the knowledge that I can take off at an instant.

I had flashing brake lights on my motorcycles, but have yet to install them on my scoot. Something I hope to get done in the next few weeks. They not only are an advantage when stopping, but I also used them on and off while stopped at a light with traffic behind me.

Even with all these precautions, I still got rear ended at a stop sign just months before I gave up my cycle for my Burgman. I was fortunate in that it amounted to nothing more than a moderate fender bender. Gagers... in my case a big Escalde, just have difficulty "seeing" us..

"S__t Happens....!" So I take all the reasonable precautions and say a little prayer before turning my throttle.
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oh yeah almost happened to us 4 weeks ago
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2 small tricks I was taught:

Always have an escape route and leave enough clearance to use it.

Always point your front wheel away from oncoming traffic/danger/obstacles, so that if you do get hit you are more likely to track in the safest direction.
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I do the tricks that Bluebottle recommends and once had use them. I saw a guy coming up fast in my mirrors so I advanced to the open turn lane. Once I started to move the guy must have seen me and slammed on his brakes. Do impact but if I hadn't been the one paying attention there might have been.

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