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    Kbiker BCKRider's Avatar
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    Safety Slogans I Hate

    "RIDE LIKE THEY ARE ALL OUT TO KILL YOU" If you dress like an outlaw, have loud pipes, and cut in close after tailgaiting, 0.02% actually will try to kill you (I got this statistic off the internet.) Other than than that, unless you have made some serious enemies, NO OTHER MOTORIST wants to kill you. The damage to their vehicle, all that time talking to cops, lawyer costs, etc. Well, you get the point. But we do face an increasing armada of folk who are DISTRACTED DRIVERS. (Drunk, drugged, talking on a cellphone or texting, working the nav system or stereo, the list is endless.) Don't get mad. Think of them like would gravel on your favorite curvy road - something to avoid. You see the signs of inattenion and take whatever action is necessary and safe, like dropping back or a quick pass. These type of drivers are simply a fact of life. I think you are better served by taking the emotion out of it.

    "RIDE LIKE YOU ARE INVISIBLE" This slogan makes more sense, and yes, there are documented cases of people turning in front of emergency vehicles with sirens and flashing lights. But you can prevent MANY "I didn't see you" incidents by making yourself more visible. For myself, I use Skeene lights front and rear, wear a white helmet, try to position myself so oncoming traffic can see me, use the SMIDYS swerve when appropriate, and try to be aware that on rare occasions none of this will work.

    It is very good to have your emergency braking skills well practiced when needed. It is even better to not have to need them.
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    Having a bad day? Here, have one of these.

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    What is SMIDYS swerve?
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    Who said?

    Biking was easy! We're on the food chain, as the lightest, smallest, easiest to hurt critters out there. Just crawl'in about the planet on our two wheels, trying to live long, ride harder and further and smile more. Randy

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    I live by two of these "safety sayings", "Dress for the slide, not for the ride" and "Never expect the other guy to do the right thing". I learned the value of the first one the hard way and the second has saved my life at least twice.
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    I had to look it up, it should be "SMIDSY" Sorry Mate I Didn't See You.

    I found this on YouTube, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eqQBubilSXU
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    Quote Originally Posted by sedanman View Post
    I live by two of these "safety sayings", "Dress for the slide, not for the ride" and "Never expect the other guy to do the right thing". I learned the value of the first one the hard way and the second has saved my life at least twice.
    I believe your second quotation is spot on. (I learned the hard way - but in a car - that the person pulling over to the shoulder on a four lane road may simply be preparing for a U-turn across four lanes.) Have to disagree with your first quote, though. The most protective gear I own is also the most comfortable. I see being too hot or cold as a SAFETY issue. Comfort as well as padding and material which will protect your skin in a slide are now so widely available that it is no longer and either/or question - which it was when leather was the only rational choice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BCKRIDER
    "RIDE LIKE YOU ARE INVISIBLE" This slogan makes more sense, and yes, there are documented cases of people turning in front of emergency vehicles with sirens and flashing lights. But you can prevent MANY "I didn't see you" incidents by making yourself more visible.
    +1

    I agree: it makes no sense whatsoever to "ride like you are invisible," and then make yourself invisible by wearing black from head to toe and running low-beam headlight or even no headlight.

    Flip side is that you can wear hi-viz and be extraordinarily visible and still get in a wreck caused by some dimwit whose vision was blocked and who turned across your path anyway. So you have to raise your scanning from obvious hazards to less obvious hazards in the form of obstructed vision. When you spot a situation like that, slow down, go on full alert, be prepared to stop or swerve.

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    Here is one I always detest:

    "If it saves one life it's worth it!"

    even more insipid:

    "But it's for the children!"

    These seem to always follow some especially horrid bureaucratic concoction.

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    Talking Oh Yeah?

    "Safety Third!"

    There's one to dislike for ya!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmwrider88 View Post
    "Safety Third!"

    There's one to dislike for ya!
    Hadn't heard that one. Any idea what placed 1 and 2 in this person's priorities?
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    Quote Originally Posted by BCKRIDER View Post
    Hadn't heard that one. Any idea what placed 1 and 2 in this person's priorities?
    I'm thinking it was humour..

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    Quote:
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    "Safety Third!"

    There's one to dislike for ya!


    Quote Originally Posted by BCKRIDER View Post
    Hadn't heard that one. Any idea what placed 1 and 2 in this person's priorities?

    It was actually on a T-shirt I saw for sale somewhere- It featured an image of a dirt bike flying through the air. So obviously humorous, and campy, too. My whole [work] life consists of safety awareness, so it struck a personal chord with me. Not to mention that it also spoke to my twisted sense of humor!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmwrider88 View Post
    "Safety Third!"

    There's one to dislike for ya!
    sounds like a company I work for...

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    Hi Guys,

    It seems to me that the general notion is that we are the primary "target of opportunity" out there on the roads. Clothing aside, I think we could take a page from the history of the U.S. Navy, when whoever (Mahan?) was considering the first destroyer design (resulting, BTW, in the creation of the USS Bainbridge, DD-1), said, "Give me a fast ship, for I intend to go in harm's way."

    Millie the Magnificent Airhead might not be as "flickable" as my T120r, but she dances down the road, and I consider that my first line of defense: the ability to get away from the two-ton Dinosaurs despite their huge size and lack of cranial capacity.

    Then there are those vengeful leaves and branches that the wind deposits on shady corners, just waiting for the unwary rider......

    Favorite slogan? "ATGATT". Even though I still don't have "ATG", what I do have, I wear "ATT".

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