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Remember to use your brake lights

This story was just posted on another motorcycle forum. I thought it was an excellent safety reminder.

"Warning! This is hopefully going to be a life's lesson for some on how to use your brake light.

"So I'm on the way home headed back to the Ville during rush hour and I wind up following a HD rider. He's got his tunes blaring and of course the loud pipes are deafening and doesn't seem to have a care in the world. Traffic is moving but slow with an occasional brief stop and go every few miles. Being the conscientious driver/rider that I am, I give him considerable spacing between us even though the highway is crowded and cars can and do dart in and out of the space frequently. All would be normal and good except the guy would continually downshift when slowing or coming to a stop but never touch his brake to signal till the very last minute. I actually thought he didn't have a working brake light for the first few miles I started following him. He would slow down quickly without any warning and several times I had to catch myself to keep from running into the back of him. We finally separated into different lanes and he eventually got a break and was able to move on farther ahead of me. I wrote it off in my mind and all but forgot about it until traffic came to a screeching halt. It took awhile to get moving again but this time it was stop and go and wait. After almost a mile of this, I rolled up on the cause and as I was passing by, there was HD lying on the pavement in pieces and HD rider sitting on the side of the road being tended to by several good Samaritans. Yes, some poor soul had run into the back of him. I actually felt sorrier for them because I knew it was a lot his fault but in Texas it doesn't matter. Even worse, it could have been me just a few miles back.

"The moral of this story is drivers cannot read your mind and have no way of knowing if you're slowing or coming to a stop if you're just downshifting without signaling your intent first. Down shifting alone cannot take the place of using your brakes at the same time. It's a bad habit and sooner or later could bite you."


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Studies have been done which demonstrate that people have a harder time detecting when a motorcycle is decelerating than they do detecting a car's deceleration. Something about the narrower profile of a bike.

This story pretty quickly degenerated into righteous claims that it's the responsibility of other motorists to slow down and leave adequate following distance.

All of which is quite true. But it's mighty cold comfort to be the rightest guy or gal in the ICU ... or the morgue.

Stay safe out there, my friends.

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When driving a truck I often downshifted to slow down but I always made it a habit to touch the brakes to let the folks behind me know that I was slowing...................I do that with the bike also. Just a wise precaution IMO.

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But it's mighty cold comfort to be the rightest guy or gal in the ICU ... or the morgue.

Stay safe out there, my friends.

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I see it every year at a charity ride. Someone doesn't use their brake light and starts a "slinky" effect of others hitting their brakes and then taking off, just to hit the brakes again. I'm surprised there hasn't been an accident.

I can head East or West, it doesn't matter as long as it's on 2 wheels.
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I will flash my brake lights as I slow down to get the attention of the people behind me if there is lots of traffic. People have a problem judging the speed of motorcycles, fast or slow. Thanks for a good reminder!
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Good advice.

There's one group of folks though, who never have trouble judging a bikes speed.

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good reminder chris...thanx.

Whats the big hurry...slow down and enjoy the ride!

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it is a good thing to do , drivers are extremely inattentive these days. I have the modulating brake light .
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Something I've noticed while riding my C50 is that inherent engine braking on a v-twin of even modest size is quite noticeable even in a high gear. Its one of the reasons I sometimes use a basic cruise control/throttle lock device. So many times I've let go the twist-grip just to scratch my nose and all of a sudden I'm down about 20 kmh and needing to pick it back up again to get back on the pace. I don't seem to notice such a rapid speed loss in the family cage just from lifting off the gas for a moment. So yeah, in a bike/4 wheeler shared environment situation you may well catch the cage behind you by surprise without intending to. Thanks for bringing this to peoples attention. Another tip I will offer is what lots of riders do, and I do, and I will admit I should do it even more, use your mirrors A LOT and keep an eye on whats going on behind you as best you can. Sometimes you have to watch out for people who aren't watching out for YOU. To quote an old pilots adage , "watch your 6!"
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This is another good argument for the Volo lights.
I have them on my C-50, and they certainly help.
Not hard to install, and it's a good amount of prevention for $100.

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