For years people have been asking me how I manage staying safe commuting year round in the SF Bay Area. Since owning a VTX in 2001 I have only had three close calls and knock on wood no accidents.
I purchased my 14 Valk this past November and in the past two months I've had five close calls. Four have been cars changing lanes without looking. I ride with high beams and sometimes use the flashers.
The brakes grab very efficiently but in split second reactions its hard not to go into a skid without anti-skid. A few times I would have continued skidding into the car but I was able let off the brakes and maneuver around a collision. Not sure if it is the tires or higher center of gravity but the Valk wants to skid further than the VTX.
The other explanation I ponder for the higher near miss rate is the increased amount of traffic with the economy flourishing here. My second theory is my exhaust. The VTX produced a louder tone. I have Torque Loops with short pipes which sounds awesome like a muscle car. It gets loud with higher RPMs and can blip to get attention but low cruise RPM may be too quiet to be recognized.
I have a police siren that I could install. That would certainly get some attention
Has anyone investigated the option of modifying the brakes system to anti-skid?