Everytime I hear about something where "the driver didn't know you were right next to him" stories I ask myself if this could happen to me. Did you have a stock pipe on your bike? I think people overlook a loud exhaust as a crucial safety feature. A loud pipe in second gear at 8k slowly decelerating is a way tell people you are there. Thoughts?
OK, I've been rider sport bikes for 30+ years...and haven't slowed much.
There are two things that have kept me alive over the years. So simple, even a cavemean can do it. :-)
1. ALWAYS KEEP YOUR EYES OPEN !!!
Always look at all cars in striking distance of you! That means to either side, infront and behind. NEVER let this rule fail you. One slip can be you doom.
Look way ahead in traffic so you can be prepared...and prepare those behind you if you have to brake suddenly.(flash your brake light)
2. ALWAYS BE SEEN !!!
Never be in a blind spot. This differs with all cars. USE YOUR HORN for gods sake. Go to another country and you will see they use it often! If you still don't know if they see you, DON"T stay there!!!
Other tips: I believe in a offensive/defensive style of riding. "I" deside where I'm going to be on the road. I never let cars or traffic pin me in a bad spot. If I have to go 100 OR 0 to get out of harms way, I'll do it.
Use you brake light to get cars to back-off that are too close! Most riders get cruched from behind in traffic because cars don't stop as fast as bikes. so use your mirrors constantly.
Make eye contact with other drivers...or at least see where they are looking.
Be safe all you riders!
Be seen and keep your eyes OPEN
and of course...keep the rubber-side down...at least one tire anyways.
...Now riding an SV1000s :-)