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Almost hit by a car; scary moment!
So i've only been riding for a few months. Up until this past weekend, I haven't had any near misses with cars. There were a few times i've made mistakes almost resulting in spills, but i haven't fallen (yet). This weekend was a bit scary though.
I was riding down a highway local to me (northern state/grand central for those local to NYC) with a friend of mine. He was following me and we were cruising between 80-90 at the time, in the left lane (the speed limit is 55 in NYC but the flow of traffic is typically 75 imo; no matter how it's perceived, i was speeding, but not to the point of absurdity). I was passing a small suv mercedes (ML, I believe) and as I was passing him, he decided to make an insanely abrupt turn into my lane. I was going faster than him and was near past him when it happened, but his mirror caught me in the shoulder. I think the shoulder pads on my bike took the majority of the impact because his mirror got ripped right off. nevertheless, I felt the pain instantly and we all pulled over. No conflict, he was a nice guy and was just glad he didnt kill me. He never really explained why he did what he did, he just said he didnt see me. My friend, who was tailing me, said he maneuvered as if he was trying to avoid something, but he couldnt see any object or anything to justify his actions.
Anyway, just thought i'd share. Huge black and blue on my upper arm, but its all good. We walked away, no one is really hurt and the guy wasn't a tool, which didnt exasperate the situation.
First Bike: 2010 CBR600 Leyla