I was forced off I-85 @ 70 Mph

Discussion in 'General Harley Davidson Topic' started by Mongo1958, Sep 8, 2011.

  1. Mongo1958

    Mongo1958 Junior Member

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    I was riding south bound on I-85 in the left lane at 70 Mph. There was a car in the adjacent lane to my right. On came the left turn signal and on when my horn and to the shoulder on the interstate I went. I hit the throttle just when she saw me. The look on her face must have mirrored my own expression:shock. The odd thing was that she zipped back over into the right lane to take the next exit. I thank the Lord that I'm safe.
     
  2. masher

    masher Active Member

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    Glad you are ok too, Mongo. Well done.
     
  3. 70_West

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    I've had that happen so many times over the years. It would make me so mad I could just choke the driver... Then I did the exact same thing to a rider.

    That's when I truly realized, motorcyclists are simply hard to see.

    Completely changed my perspective...
     
  4. ultra rider 05

    ultra rider 05 Member

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    Glad your OK, It's happen to me more times then i want to know She knew better to get off the freeway.
     
  5. dbmg

    dbmg Experienced Member

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    To many times they look into the mirror and do not see you. I always make it a point that when on a interstate I pass the vehicle in right lane and by no means ride along it. You learned a valuable lesson today. Glad you got out of it ok...
     
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  6. Mongo1958

    Mongo1958 Junior Member

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    I wasn't riding along side of her car parked in her blind zone if that’s what you ment to say. I was passing her, apparently just not fast enough in this case. When I over take any vehicle I always keep an eye on them by watching the wheels and signals. I also move to the opposite track (in this case the left track) to give myself more space (and time) for situations like this one.
     
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  7. HarryB737

    HarryB737 Junior Member

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    Good job! I'm Thankful you kept your thoughts together & reacted properly, and the bike & HORN were in good working order.
     
  8. horizonchaser

    horizonchaser Senior Member Contributor

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    Sounds to me like you took all of the necessary evasive maneuvers and still these things happen to us! :( Glad you're okay!
     
  9. LEOG

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    Sounds as though you were riding smart. Great to hear you are OK, I know I've read it here a hundred times, we have to ride as though we are invisible.

    Keep the Dirty Side Down, Ride Safe:42:

    Leog
     
  10. gator508

    gator508 Senior Member

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    Good move Mongo, I always try to pass cars quickly just to avoid the situation. Riding in Atlanta is quite a challenge.