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post #1 of 32 (permalink) Old 07-09-2011, 07:47 PM Thread Starter
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59 years of riding over 300,000 miles and nary an incident of any kind. I thought I was going to finish my riding career making a liar of those who say there's two kinds of bikers - you know the rest. Spring of 2010 I buy the most expensive bike I have ever owned and that October I get whacked by a cellphone challenged 18 year old popping from a side street without looking and puts me down hard on the right side. Then a riding buddy -whoops sorry, make that brother- hits me from the rear thinking I took off from the stop sign when I hadn't. His left fork leg hit my right exhaust tip, slamming me down on the left. In both cases, there was light damage to the bike, thanks to the crash bars. Today, a gal to my left decides to change lanes to the right as I'm beside her. Fortunately, she just brushed the crash bar (now I know how it gets its name) which caused me to wobble a bit, but happily I didn't go down this time.

Now I need your help. I really like my XR, but obviously there is a HIT ME sign on it that others see, but I have yet to find it. Tell me, where the hell is it?

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post #2 of 32 (permalink) Old 07-09-2011, 07:55 PM
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Glad you are OK!
But this is actually the reason I have the reputation for being a noisey rude honker! Some teach you to flash your lights. But I argue if they aren't looking up, flashing the lights is pointless.

I constantly honk my horn in traffic, when I see people not paying enough attention. I even do this in my truck. Wife thinks I'm being rude sometimes. But, I would rather you think of me as rude, than think of me as road kill.

You could always add an Ice Cream Truck Speaker to your bike, and play that tune and see if that helps!

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I hope that was the last incident for you. Get an air horn - it's great for waking up drivers who start sliding into your lane. Get rid of your riding buddies, and stay away from college communities.

You've most likely just ran through a little cloud of bad luck. You've had exceptional luck 'till this cloud showed up. Others crash a lot more often, or have a good enough crash they never ride again. Keep your chin up, and ride safe.

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Henry, I have added that Stebel air horn to both our four wheelers, but have yet to find a loud disc type horn (or horns) that will fit where the stock one is. Since she was beside me and traffic flow was thankfully quite slow, I didn't have time to honk and loud pipes would not have been loud at that speed. All those lights in my signature were of no help either. Sometimes we are at the wrong place at the wrong time, but why on the best, the costliest and the most good looking bike I have ever owned? Tain't fair.

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Henry, I have added that Stebel air horn to both our four wheelers, but have yet to find a loud disc type horn (or horns) that will fit where the stock one is. Since she was beside me and traffic flow was thankfully quite slow, I didn't have time to honk and loud pipes would not have been loud at that speed. All those lights in my signature were of no help either. Sometimes we are at the wrong place at the wrong time, but why on the best, the costliest and the most good looking bike I have ever owned? Tain't fair.
Here's a good stealth location for the Stebel: https://www.victoryforums.com/showthread.php?t=4443. I've left the stock one on my bike but it's disconnected. If someone thinks my horn's way too loud and inspects my bike up close, all they see is the stock lil' biscuit.

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Glad you're ok Ric.

LOUD exhaust...has helped me on more than one occasion where the horn did nothing. It may be obnoxious to some BUT they HEAR that obnoxious noise!
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Are you sure you aren't in Utah? I can count the number of days that I haven't almost been hit while riding my XR on 1 hand. I give my horn and/or my throttle a workout on a way too regular basis. Between people coming into my lane or slamming on their brakes without a signal to make a turn I have to avoid a lot of impacts.

Around here speed limits are suggestions and stop lights are optional. It's not unusual at all to sit through a green light while waiting for a line of morons to finish running their red light. If you are coming up on a yellow light don't even think about touching your brakes (on a bike or in a cage) until you look behind you. There's a 90% chance that the @$$clown behind you doesn't know you are in front of them because they are so focused on seeing if they can make the light that they look right over you.

Be careful out there; the other drivers aren't so somebody has to!

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Ammo, you talking about SLC? Gotta tell ya, I'm not impressed with the drivers there. We have that red light running scenario here too. Many times I fantacized mountiing RPG launchers on the front of my vehicles.

Add to my previous post that I wear bright colored gear, including white (worn today) or bright silver helmets. No matter what you do, an inattentive cager will ignore it.

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RICZ,

Glad you are OK. I have a compact Stebel waiting to go into CrossRoad's stealth location as soon as I can figure out what to do for a bracket. I seem to be giving my "meep, meep" Roadrunner horn too much of a workout these days too. Gotta get that thing installed soon!

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Glad u are OK. But I see the problem. U are riding in Portland
Come on over and ride this side of the river. Just Jokin with ya..

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