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17/03/2010 at 15:13

Friday evening, and despite the rain I was looking forward to a weekend with my girlfriend.

I kitted up and got on my bike, carefully taping on my new MD80 micro DV camcorder to test it.  I wanted to see how the footage of the cheap £15 version compared to the £65 Veho Muvi Pro that arrived the day before.

A few minutes later I was cruising down the dual carriageway, following happily behind a BMW that was lolloping along at 100mph.

As he passed traffic in the left hand lane which was moving at almost the same speed, I followed him through.

As I neared the back of a small red car (let's call him "Mr Twatbastard"), his indicator flicked on, flashing his intention to move to the right to overtake a car ahead of him.

I clocked this just as he swung directly into the lane where, well... I was!

This happens occasionally because most idiots are blind, ignorant and probably drunk.  Usually, they spot me as they move, and sheepishly move back into their own lane, disaster averted.  Not Mr Twatbastard.

Mr Twatbastard swung ALL the way into my lane.

I reacted and swerved hard right, straightening out as close as I could possibly get to the edge of the road.  I'm talking literally centimetres before the tarmac ended and it was gravel pits that you REALLY wouldn't want to hit at walking pace, let alone 100mph - with of course razor sharp metal Armco barriers separating my lane from the oncoming traffic.

Now, I've seen a lot of crashes where the bike didn't need to crash.  Most cars drive leaving some kind of gap between them and the curb or any traffic alongside them or oncoming.  In my experience this is usually a big enough gap to fit your bike in if you don't panic.  If I'd have panicked here I'd have just ridden straight off the road into that barrier...

Instead, having gone as far as I could go, as calmly as I could, I reached out with my left hand and knocked on his drivers window.

I imagine he jumped out of his skin and I hope he died in his sleep that night, but sadly I couldn't really look at him at that moment - either way it had the desired effect and he fucked off and gave me a bit of room.

Catching it all on the helmet cam would have been better, because you'd have seen my gesticulations and exaggerated clapping at him, but at least I got most of it on camera.





Despite all this, you have to let things like this go.  Well, I say that, but I did think of following him and smashing his stupid face in so badly that even Jimmy Nail would have been sick, but if you're not going to do that there's no point staying mad about it.  It's done - you survived - get over it.  In this case he refused to even look at me after or acknowledge my existence, staring straight ahead and not even glancing at me!

If you don't let it go you make mistakes...

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Edited: 17/03/2010 at 15:25
17/03/2010 at 15:14
Thirty seconds or so later I filtered through traffic approaching a busy roundabout.  As I got to the front I had to squeeze past a filthy great big truck.  You have to be careful here, because if they move off and turn you can very easily get squished.  Normally I'd have held back and waited, but still having my Murdering Face on, I chanced it.


As we were both at the front (with him completely blocking my line of sight to approaching traffic), I heard his engine revs rise as if he was quickly pulling away, so I gave it a big handful to beat him and get clear.

As soon as I did this my Spidey Senses were tingling.  I slammed the brakes on just before I cleared the front of the truck (which had now stopped dead again), and of course saw a car heading straight for me.

As the camera is mounted on the handlebars, you can see I used a fair bit of opposite lock as it all slid sideways, and stopped inches before the car sped past:




What more can I say?  That was totally my mistake - and luckily I got away with it.  Keep it safe out there, kids!


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Edited: 17/03/2010 at 15:25
17/03/2010 at 15:17
Could you post better youtube links please
17/03/2010 at 15:18

Alriiiiiiiiiiiiiight!  Give me a chance!

I can't imbed them here - but the links should work...

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17/03/2010 at 15:23
Click the tree picture appliction above ^ and then choose youtube video and just paste the full link into the box..... hope this helps
17/03/2010 at 15:25
Thanks Football eyes!

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17/03/2010 at 15:58

Poor fucking obs mate , your lucky to still be alive , i saw the indicator go on that car didnt you see that in your peripheral, SHOULD HAVE GONE TO SPECSAVERS 

,Big up to you though for owning up to the other one , we have all done daft shite , if i put my vids up i would be a wanted man , now how long is the statutes of limitation 


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17/03/2010 at 16:02
slogger wrote (see)

Poor fucking obs mate , your lucky to still be alive , i saw the indicator go on that car didnt you see that in your peripheral, SHOULD HAVE GONE TO SPECSAVERS 

,Big up to you though for owning up to the other one , we have all done daft shite , if i put my vids up i would be a wanted man , now how long is the statutes of limitation 


6 months...

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17/03/2010 at 16:04

I have one of them Hong Kong fake MD80 things, although mine only cost me £11

Good quality considering the cost

Oh yeah and lucky to have gotten out of that one pal... take it easy


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17/03/2010 at 16:44

"Poor fucking obs mate , your lucky to still be alive , i saw the indicator go on that car didnt you see that in your peripheral, SHOULD HAVE GONE TO SPECSAVERS "

Err... not really!  The only thing I could have done is slammed the anchors on and hoped I didn't go into the back of him!

MIRROR - SIGNAL - MANEOUVRE!

You DO NOT have the right of way just because you put your indicator on as you make a move...


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Edited: 17/03/2010 at 16:45
17/03/2010 at 18:15
MrFiction wrote (see)

As I neared the back of a small red car (let's call him "Mr Twatbastard"), his indicator flicked on, flashing his intention to move to the right to overtake a car ahead of him.

I clocked this just as he swung directly into the lane where, well... I was!

He's gaining on the car in front which you should have spotted.

If he looked (and I know he might not - but that is hardly a surprise is it?) you were in the danger area - his blind spot

You could probably guess that he could see a big enough gap between the vehicle in front and the one behind you that could expect to get into. 

What did you really expect? Looks like 100% poor obs on your part to me.

Edited: 17/03/2010 at 18:16
18/03/2010 at 09:34
FJSRiDER. wrote (see)
MrFiction wrote (see)

As I neared the back of a small red car (let's call him "Mr Twatbastard"), his indicator flicked on, flashing his intention to move to the right to overtake a car ahead of him.

I clocked this just as he swung directly into the lane where, well... I was!

He's gaining on the car in front which you should have spotted.

If he looked (and I know he might not - but that is hardly a surprise is it?) you were in the danger area - his blind spot

You could probably guess that he could see a big enough gap between the vehicle in front and the one behind you that could expect to get into. 

What did you really expect? Looks like 100% poor obs on your part to me.


I fuckin hate it when I agree with him.

Though you're right about the not panicing and there more often than not being room, though I normally realise that as I pick myself up looking at bits of bike up the road.

2nd one? Lucky there fella, but we've all done it


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18/03/2010 at 10:44
FJSRiDER. wrote (see)
MrFiction wrote (see)

As I neared the back of a small red car (let's call him "Mr Twatbastard"), his indicator flicked on, flashing his intention to move to the right to overtake a car ahead of him.

I clocked this just as he swung directly into the lane where, well... I was!

He's gaining on the car in front which you should have spotted.

If he looked (and I know he might not - but that is hardly a surprise is it?) you were in the danger area - his blind spot

You could probably guess that he could see a big enough gap between the vehicle in front and the one behind you that could expect to get into. 

What did you really expect? Looks like 100% poor obs on your part to me.

 

So that excuses his lack of observation when he dangerously pulled into faster moving traffic?

If it was poor obs on my part I wouldn't have been able to avoid him.  I knew EXACTLY what to expect - but they usually spot you before they complete their idiot move.  This allowed me to react with enough awareness to put myself right up against the edge of the tarmac.

Indicating does not give you right of way.  I'd have had to slam the brakes on on a wet bumpy road hard enough to lift the tail.


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18/03/2010 at 11:11
MrFiction wrote (see)
So that excuses his lack of observation when he dangerously pulled into faster moving traffic?

No, you should have been able to predict that the car could do that and not been in their blind spot when they did.

MrFiction wrote (see)
If it was poor obs on my part I wouldn't have been able to avoid him.  I knew EXACTLY what to expect - but they usually spot you before they complete their idiot move.  This allowed me to react with enough awareness to put myself right up against the edge of the tarmac.

You are mistaking 'poor obs' with reacting.  You only reacted to his action - it would have been preferable (for you) had you had learnt to predict them.

MrFiction wrote (see)
Indicating does not give you right of way.  I'd have had to slam the brakes on on a wet bumpy road hard enough to lift the tail.

Indicating does not give you a right of way - but people still do it.  Or is that a surprise to you? 

If you were more concerned with about dealing with how others drive and less on how you imagine they should you would be less likely to get into situations that cause you conflict.

Clearly you are not a particularly gifted road user - inching out from the blind side of a truck on the roundabout would have been be a DSA test fail.

18/03/2010 at 12:05
FJSRiDER. wrote (see)
MrFiction wrote (see)
So that excuses his lack of observation when he dangerously pulled into faster moving traffic?

No, you should have been able to predict that the car could do that and not been in their blind spot when they did.

MrFiction wrote (see)
If it was poor obs on my part I wouldn't have been able to avoid him.  I knew EXACTLY what to expect - but they usually spot you before they complete their idiot move.  This allowed me to react with enough awareness to put myself right up against the edge of the tarmac.

You are mistaking 'poor obs' with reacting.  You only reacted to his action - it would have been preferable (for you) had you had learnt to predict them.

MrFiction wrote (see)
Indicating does not give you right of way.  I'd have had to slam the brakes on on a wet bumpy road hard enough to lift the tail.

Indicating does not give you a right of way - but people still do it.  Or is that a surprise to you? 

If you were more concerned with about dealing with how others drive and less on how you imagine they should you would be less likely to get into situations that cause you conflict.

Clearly you are not a particularly gifted road user - inching out from the blind side of a truck on the roundabout would have been be a DSA test fail.

There was no 'inching out' going on.  I was using the truck for cover and planning to move when he did.  You can't hear his engine in the clip but I could.  You seem to be assuming that I can only see the exact same view as the camera throughout these clips?

As for my talents as a road user, funnily enough I don't really value your opinions because you're a bit (read "LOT") of a twat and don't have much talent as a human being.

Thanks for the views, though.


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18/03/2010 at 12:13
MrFiction wrote (see)

There was no 'inching out' going on.  I was using the truck for cover and planning to move when he did.  You can't hear his engine in the clip but I could. 

I know you were not inching out - you managed far worse, you moron.

MrFiction wrote (see)
As for my talents as a road user, funnily enough I don't really value your opinions because you're a bit (read "LOT") of a twat and don't have much talent as a human being.

Don't let it stop you from posting clips of your riding like an knob making novice errors. Those always make me laugh.  

18/03/2010 at 12:34

Dont get me wrong , it was poor obs on both you and the driver , we all know the tin can merchants are blind and daft so you have to do their jobs for them . Still your alive and well to tell the tale , the question is

Was it luck OR judgement that saved you , one of those you can rely on the other well best put the lottery on this week 


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18/03/2010 at 14:00
FJSRiDER. wrote (see)
MrFiction wrote (see)

There was no 'inching out' going on.  I was using the truck for cover and planning to move when he did.  You can't hear his engine in the clip but I could. 

I know you were not inching out - you managed far worse, you moron.

MrFiction wrote (see)
As for my talents as a road user, funnily enough I don't really value your opinions because you're a bit (read "LOT") of a twat and don't have much talent as a human being.

Don't let it stop you from posting clips of your riding like an knob making novice errors. Those always make me laugh.  

I don't believe anything makes you laugh - apart from in a weird, mechanical, cackling sort of way.  Maybe you should try reading the Highway Code and have a look at some traffic laws and see if that tickles your pickle?


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18/03/2010 at 14:11
MrFiction wrote (see)
Maybe you should try reading the Highway Code and have a look at some traffic laws and see if that tickles your pickle?

Perhaps you should take your own advice

147

Be considerate. Be careful of and considerate towards all types of road users, especially those requiring extra care (see Rule 204). You should

  • try to be understanding if other road users cause problems; they may be inexperienced or not know the area well
  • be patient; remember that anyone can make a mistake
  • not allow yourself to become agitated or involved if someone is behaving badly on the road. This will only make the situation worse. Pull over, calm down and, when you feel relaxed, continue your journey
  • slow down and hold back if a road user pulls out into your path at a junction. Allow them to get clear. Do not over-react by driving too close behind to intimidate them
18/03/2010 at 16:29
FJSRiDER. wrote (see)
MrFiction wrote (see)
Maybe you should try reading the Highway Code and have a look at some traffic laws and see if that tickles your pickle?

Perhaps you should take your own advice

147

Be considerate. Be careful of and considerate towards all types of road users, especially those requiring extra care (see Rule 204). You should

  • try to be understanding if other road users cause problems; they may be inexperienced or not know the area well
  • be patient; remember that anyone can make a mistake
  • not allow yourself to become agitated or involved if someone is behaving badly on the road. This will only make the situation worse. Pull over, calm down and, when you feel relaxed, continue your journey
  • slow down and hold back if a road user pulls out into your path at a junction. Allow them to get clear. Do not over-react by driving too close behind to intimidate them

  

Which part of that applies, then?


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