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Today I had the honor of officiating the funeral of a young man that died in a head-on crash this past weekend. The young man and his fiancé were heading north on highway 75, (about 5 minutes north of Tulsa) on a straight, divided 4 lane highway. Suddenly there was a car heading south right in front of them. Not only did both on the bike die, but also a passenger in the car. The driver and another passenger in the car survived. The driver of the car was drunk.
I guess the reason I am writing this here is because I am tired of having to preach funerals for these senseless deaths. It sickens me every time I hear of a biker going down because of a stupid drunk or a texting idiot. I lost my best friend a few years ago to a texting truck driver and I'm tired of seeing my brothers and sisters fall prey to fools who should not be driving.
PLEASE, be careful out there. Don't just ride like you're invisible, ride like every cage out there is trying to kill you.
 

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It's a war out there. I intend to win the daily battles. Be safe.
 

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amen!
 

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Very sad. I've stopped and spoken with a fair number of the inattentive or dangerous - kind of wakes them up. Of more concern is the number of times being on a bike has allowed me to stay out of the way. I've been run into ditches and front yards in my truck. Really insane.

Around here it is actually getting better. So many bikes on the road. Less tolerance for BS.

But it only takes that one, and I won't drive or ride in the city Friday or Sat evening.
 

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Saw a big burly guy sitting in the out lane in his truck, head down on phone, finally the truck behind him honked his horn and the big guy almost bolted into traffic. Stopped and held his phone out the window...to show the other driver he was texting so it was ok for him to sit there?????
 

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Amen brother! I would love to be able to do more to prevent this but it is in the hands of the offenders and sadly, the majority of them won't stop until it affects them and then it just might be too late for some poor soul.
 

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I think many people don't realize the danger they're putting us in with their cavalier attitude toward driving... until it's too late. I had a young lady tailgate me on residential streets until I came to a stop - a little close to the center line to avoid a manhole cover. She pulled up on my right side. I turned and yelled, "What are you doing!?" Acting as if I wasn't there, she pulled out going straight. I didn't signal so it should have been obvious that I was going straight as well. She wasn't on the phone and acted like her driving was totally normal. It's a small town with no traffic, but we still have our crazies...
 

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Funny you should say that! I am ALWAYS scared here in town to get too far to one side or the other because the way they tailgate me I look for them to try and slip up beside me at any chance they get! It's like a motorcycle going the speed limit isn't really there?
 

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Funny you should say that! I am ALWAYS scared here in town to get too far to one side or the other because the way they tailgate me I look for them to try and slip up beside me at any chance they get! It's like a motorcycle going the speed limit isn't really there?
I think most people today don't have a clue about the rules of the road...especially where a motorcycle is involved. I'm sure they have no idea what a YIELD sign means.
 

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There are enough dangers on the road besides the inconsiderate cages more in tune with technology then driving. Here in Tulsa the roads are falling apart! I agree that you have to be on a swivel 110% of the time one pothole and one texter and you day is ruined. Stay safe everyone!

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There are enough dangers on the road besides the inconsiderate cages more in tune with technology then driving. Here in Tulsa the roads are falling apart! I agree that you have to be on a swivel 110% of the time one pothole and one texter and you day is ruined. Stay safe everyone!

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Is there a single street or highway in Tulsa that isn't under construction? Every time I go into Tulsa, I see at least one accident. I stay away from Tulsa as much as possible.
 

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Is there a single street or highway in Tulsa that isn't under construction? Every time I go into Tulsa, I see at least one accident. I stay away from Tulsa as much as possible.
Not really! We take the quickest way out every time we ride for that reason!

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Words to live by!

The riding instructor at my very first MSF told us exactly that: keep your head on a swivel and ride like everyone is out to kill you.


One of the things they taught us is "SIPDE":

S-Scan the road CONSTANTLY
I-Interpret what's going on around you
P-Predict what all those cagers (and other riders....and deer....and birds....and rocks on that rockface - right Crochammer?!?!) are going to do
D-Decide on your escape route if needed
E-Execute quickly and decisively!


I always ride with these thoughts in mind. Even riding like that I still got nailed once, and it took 7 months of physio before I could ride again.


BE CAREFUL OUT THERE!
 

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Roger that.

Cagers are not the only things that can kill you. I have been with and watched riders fiddling with their iPhone and ear buds while riding....behind me.

Splitting lanes, passing where they ought not nearly getting decapitated by a trailer mirror. Riding while drunk or stoned. Blasting into a gas station after a rain where the oil and gas lives. Blasting past ma after loading the pipes and nearly scaring her off the road.

The possibilities are endless and it's not always the cagers at fault.

tgabriel is right and ride like you are invisible. Ride smart too but I never saw that rock coming.
 

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One thing to add. I put a Stebel Nautilus horn on to warn cagers when they intrude into my space on the highway. It works very well, except when the drivers are intent on NOT paying attention. A lady merging into traffic a few weeks back almost drove into the guard rail when she merged across 2 lanes and attempted to replace me in my lane. She never looked. I hit the horn when she crossed the white line into my lane, it shocked her so bad she jerked the wheel to the right and hit her brakes as she went back across the two lanes she just passed through. She saved it and pulled over. Luckily, I think everyone else on the road was watching her. Several cars behind me and her pulled over when she stopped to make sure she was ok. She jumped out of her mini-van and ran up to me screaming at me "You need to slow down!". Two folks behind her that stopped, talked to her to calm her down and then told her I wasn't speeding and was in the lane cruising until she pulled into it. She didn't believe the first, but when the 2nd, witnessed the same, and told her she never looked to see if it was save to merge, she apologized to me and got back in her van and went on her way. She had three kids in the van all screaming and crying. Cagers can be distracted at times.
 
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