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post #81 of 219 (permalink) Old 04-24-2011, 12:46 PM
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Oh got another one

Last Summer a boddy and I were going for a little cruise down a Lake Street, (a busy four lane street near my home) so we come onto the street and of course signal to get into the right lane so we don't have to stop for the next intersection where people are turning. As we get closer to said intersection, a lady in a Cadillac decides she doesn't want to wait anymore for the guy turning at the corner andd decides with no signal, or look behind her, that she's gonna pull over into the right lane and go around!
WTH are you serious!! ( i honestly seen it coming ) so bam there she goes right in front of me and all i could do was jam on the back brake and pull the front lever and hope to stop ( or at least slow down) before cramming into the back of her or the parked car to the right of me. She hears the screeching and pauses for a split second, im like lady you better keep going or I'm gonna run into you, and she speeds off with out even a wave or acknowlegement of oops sorry i screwed up.
My buddy sees all of this and catches up to her and yells in her window hey you stupid B#$*! you might want to pay a little more attention.
As she leaves the next stop light, low and behold what do i see on her back bumper? Yup you guessed it a, Watch Out For Motorcycles stcker.
I was thinking to myself she must have bought the var with that on it!!!

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... low and behold what do i see on her back bumper? Yup you guessed it a, Watch Out For Motorcycles stcker.
I was thinking to myself she must have bought the var with that on it!!!

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Did she also have an Obama sticker on there?

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No, but im thinkin she did vote for Obama! lol l/k dems.
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Whoa...Scary stuff
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I hate to keep hammering this home, people, but...
RIDE LIKE THEY'RE TRYING TO KILL YOU. IF YOU DON'T, THEY WILL.
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i just took a long ride from lake point here in salt lake, to lehi down in utah county, and got caught in the rain. around the county line, i saw a convoy of trucks from camp williams closing in on me and so i moved over to the right lane to let them pass. as it turns out, there had been a small geo metro driving behind them and decided to pass on the right. (like a dumb@$$) i sped up and managed to avoid getting hit from behind. yep. it was a blonde...
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I don't really remember being scared much. But the closest I can remember would be the time I was a monkey on a side car rig. We were coming out of turn 9 at Willow Springs and the rider had the throttle pinned. I didn't get a good grip on the bar and started falling back. By a stroke of luck he shifted up which helped me pitch forward enough to get a grip again without falling off that back. Lots of fun really, just a short period of oh ****
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I hate to keep hammering this home, people, but...
RIDE LIKE THEY'RE TRYING TO KILL YOU. IF YOU DON'T, THEY WILL.
100,000% accurate!

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Locked up my back wheel today (for the first time too) when the car in front of me suddenly stopped. I'll admit I wasn't paying attention a second before it happened; so that's my fault. Slid around for a while and almost hit the pavement - as well as that car - but I didn't. Thankfully I always follow a few seconds behind cars.

Ended up a foot or two from the guy's bumper with my wrist on the throttle. Holding the clutch, of course. Why I pulled the throttle I will never know. Maybe I just never let the throttle go to begin with.

Ten minutes later the same situation happened again but I was paying attention so no lockup, just an annoyingly fast stop.
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yep done quite a few scares

lets see i been riding motorcycles since 1980 my very first bike less than a hundred miles under my belt i did something very stupid yep i amit that my brother and I was riding out to the country were a friend of ours lived he had a bike to so my brother says lets go to the lake store for something to drink well my brother lead the way of course i was right behind him we took this road he bolts off like a mad man i tried to follow way to fast the road took a cruve to the left and there was a dirt road right at the curve well indesive move on my part i lost it on the curve i took the bike into the grassy triangle where the dirt road met the curve i hit the brakes to hard in a panic front wheel hit a hole and well i went one way the bike went the other i seen the bike cartwheel just before i hit the ground on my ass flip over on my side sliding through the connecting dirt road on the other side of the curve paved road when i came to a stop i layed there for a little while making sure iam ok i got up went to the bike picked it up straghten the handle bars and rode that bike back home. this is one of many
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Well, my scariest moment on a bike message board was just now.



I read that post and almost died. No punctuation=No breathing in. Thank god I am alive.
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I hate to keep hammering this home, people, but...
RIDE LIKE THEY'RE TRYING TO KILL YOU. IF YOU DON'T, THEY WILL.
Very true. Defensive driving is the ONLY way to ride.
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just had mine a week ago. Previous owner of my bike had put new tires on but didnt put a new tube in the front. i was running to get some cold meds or something, going about 60-65 light in front of my turns red so I hit the brakes and the front tire went flat (shredded the tube i guess. front end went wild. still surprised i kept it up.
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A couple weeks ago I was riding down a freshly paved country road at 45 MPH. As I came to a right curve a Silverado was coming in on the other side. When he came into view I saw he as straddling the double yellow. I push the horn to no effect..... horns got a bad connection..... I pull to the right so far a mailbox could have hit my mirror on my Virago. He's still in la la land.... running on pure instinct I clutch in and RIP THE THROTTLE HARD! My jardine pipes and 750 motor woke the driver up and he jerked the wheel just in time.
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just had mine a week ago. Previous owner of my bike had put new tires on but didnt put a new tube in the front. i was running to get some cold meds or something, going about 60-65 light in front of my turns red so I hit the brakes and the front tire went flat (shredded the tube i guess. front end went wild. still surprised i kept it up.
Same thing just last night. The rear went flat and without warning at 65 miles an hour, I am trying to hold the bike up on a wet road. Come to think of it,the wet road probably is what saved the bike. If the tire would have caught dry pavement,who knows.
It took a good quarter of a mile to coast it down, fishtailing all the way. Somehow my underwear stayed clean.....
Oh,and just a few days ago,my brake line totally blew on the 3500 Dodge. Not bike related,but scary anyway

Pull off the Band-Aid. Eat our peas. Just do it.

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Two scary moments on my trip to the SNAKE....while riding on the snake in TN I make a sharp turn and there is a young dog in the middle of the lane on a curve...luckily he moved over into the other lane (jeeze that happened to me on the Dragon's Back too!)

Second one...WV turnpike, in the curvy two lane part....behind a semi and gave him plenty of room...what I didn't expect was him to slam his brakes on in the curve when the lane ended...but cars probably jumped in front of him...instead of getting a steel sandwich in the chops I moved left into the closed lane, because I was worried that the guy behind me would shove me into said steel semi truck!!!


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If you are talking about Heart in your mouth scared, then it was when I was on my sidecar rig. I was riding down the road on a beautiful sunny day in the country on a straight and wide road. I was in the zone, and because the rig was handling so well, I completely forgot it was there. Out of my peripheral vision on my right side, I saw something right besides me and I thought someone was trying to run me down on the right. Of course, it was the nose of the side car.

You would be surprised how many people who have driven hacks have told me exactly the same story.
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My moment was upon impact. When a redneck was tailgating me, I let that distract me enough when a truck in front (single lane, no shoulder, no choice, bad spot between two rednecks in F-250 lifted trucks) slammed his brakes (apparently cut off by another Florida nightmare, granny blindly entering traffic). I couldn't stop in time, had little control at the time being a 30 day inexperienced rider and no classes were heard of back in the 80s.

I was fixated by the bumper,
following too close,
locked the rear tire,
let the bike lay down trying to turn and brake,
I can't remember doing anything right in this emergency, including my shorts and T shirt gear I was wearing at the time leaving presents on my legs to this day to remind me how abrasive the roads can be against flesh.

Anyway, I woke up with my left femur sticking out of my leg. 52 days in the hospital, lots of lost blood, six surgeries to keep the leg, disabled for about a year without disability insurance, I stayed off bikes for about 25 years until now. Thinking I would be OK, home in a day with a cast on my leg, I had no idea recovery and surgeries, would follow me for 7 years. Losing a career, my high maintenance wife even took off. Just as well.

I ride endorsed, remain single, and adjusted my thinking to try to avoid a crash before it happens. In my 20s I wouldn't think of pulling over and let the trucks go by.
Never ride blind behind a large vehicle, respect your limits, following distances, and always consider an escape route. If I took the sand shoulder at least I wouldn't have slammed a fixed object (rear bumper). Every day I practice a quick stop. I've pulled out of situations already by observing impatient/aggressive/inattentive drivers, and just eliminating the risk of riding around them. Texting drivers especially.

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Didn't check my blind spot before passing, luckily the cager was paying attention and saved my rear. Thanks
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I've had 2. My first, I was merging onto a flyover from the freeway, there was a lady about 20 feet in front of me in the left lane that decided to hit the brakes and merge right. I grabbed my brakes and missed her rear bumper by maybe 6".

Second was on my way home from work a few weeks ago. I live right on the highway, and always use my blinkers a good ways before my driveway. I started slowing down like normal, and glanced in my mirrors to see a mini van about 50' behind me doing about 60 mph. I grabbed the throttle and dove into the ditch in front of my house to avoid her turning me to roadkill, she didn't even tap her brakes as she went by. Ended up with some gravel in my leg and a broken mirror but could have been a whole lot worse
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Was following a guy I usually ride with, and he passed a few cars and a semi. It was a big enough straight away I thought I had time. Low and behold a truck appears around the corner into the oncoming land. Luckily he was turning, and slowed down, because I was about 30 from him when I got back into my lane.

I could've always cut in between cars if he'd not been turning, but it was still a little "scary". Was a good learning moment.
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Nearly took out neighbors yard...

Last weekend I had my newly acquired 80' BMW R100 running for the first time after sitting for quite some time, and was so excited that I jumped on it and proceeded to ride around my girlfriend's driveway. What I forgot was that I had drained the brake fluid out of the front calipers to free them up, and quite nearly crashed into the yard across the street which was having an open house. Ooops! I have since dismantled the bike for cosmetic restoration and will not try that again until I have proper brakes. The bike had much more power that I expected.
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luckily nothing so far!
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The scariest events were when you see the accident about to happen and cant do nothing about it but count down till you come to a halt and still be able to stand up again. Experienced 2 events,

Was bending into a blind corner and suddenly came face to face with sand on the asphalt.... i just knew it.... the bike lost its grip and fell, but that wasn't all kept on sliding to together side of the street and came to contact with the pavement. All a sudden found myself being sling sot to the other side because the bike locked and tilted instantly. Bike suffered minor damage I had just a bruise due to the impact, all thanks to a full suit.

Second event was while riding in wind and rain. A massive gust swept my bike from the side and all of a sudden i found myself driving on the wrong side of the road. Luckily there was no oncoming traffic. The ride going back home after that was the longest ever
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Scariest moment for me was definitely my first accident. Won't go into the whole story, but basically someone left turned ~15ft from me. Bike went down, and we slid together for a little. Some road rash and a sprained ankle. Not a bad crash, but still scared the crap out of me. That feeling of utter helplessness as she started to turn that close to me (first automotive accident of any kind. never had one in a car), the thought of 'God, is this the end for me?' as I slid across the pavement.

It's funny. I've relived it in my mind a thousand times since it happened, but it actually was the scariest again typing it down. Really makes you think.
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05/11/02
I was heading into a sharp "S" curve when throttle stuck WFO in 3rd gear on a '81 GS 1000 suz. .....got a brusied brain,and intertrochantric hardware in lft. hip from it......ouch!...
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ok, two things come to mind... first, i was riding a zx1100, way too big for me at the time and way too little experience, i was on the freeway in the left lane, long right sweeping turn when a gust of wind hit and almost pushed me off the road into the dirt median. second, i was at a stop sign and got rearended by a meth head doing 45, I was ok, i heard the tires screeching and jumped up onto her hood, bike was distroyed... im not joking, she admitted to the cop she had been smoking meth all morning... im more careful now. lol
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Hopped on a friends turbo'd 'busa .. Found out that SOB can generate enough power to make the front tires leave the ground in 3rd gear after thinking I was safe.. never got on that bike again...

thats a tie with figuring out exactly how scary it is to slide on a thin layer of dirt going 20mph.. thank god for safety class and remembering how to get myself out of that one or I would have ate some serious **** with no helmet on.. *last time I wore no helmet as well*
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I've never rode a bike, but when I was 14 or 15, my dad was driving in the car to Jersey. We were going steady 50-55, and then a biker on a sport bike turned in front of us into our lane, so he slows down a little to keep some distance. I watched him go over a bumped. He went up in the air a little and I thought it was super cool awersome, when he landed he started to wobble and he just went down. A few seconds later I could feel the car going over motorcycle parts as my dad hit the brakes.
We pulled over to help but the guys bike was done, but the rider walked it off. He did have a helmet on and I did see some blood, but I'm assuming just some cuts, bruises and a good rip in his jeans. The bump didnt seem too big in the car but his bike was like "I cant do this , WE'RE GOIN DOWNNNN!"
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I was behind a Harley and a car going about 10mph under the speed limit. I figured the Harley probably wanted to pass the car. So, I waited. The Harley had two wide open safe opportunities to pass the car. So, I decided to pass both vehicles at the next opportunity. Just as I was about to pass the Harley, he decided it was time to pass the car. Without looking or signaling he made his move and almost hit the side of my bike as he got out of his lane. Scared the crap out of me. Luckily I lived to learn a lesson. Now I am super extra careful whenever I do a double pass.
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My scariest moment would have to be riding two up on a supped up ninja when I was 16. A Buddy was driving on a perfect Sunday morning at about 11AM it was about 89 degrees and sunny as hell. Anyways we came off a side street onto a main road that was empty. He decided to lay on the throttle and started smoking through gears I leaned over to peek at the speed just long enough to see 113mph when I realized there was a semi less the 200yrds ahead coming out of a one way street the wrong way to turn Left in front of us. Lord if I know how but he cut back power and laid it down just in time. He got his arm and leg over mine before we slid. I was dumb and young in a skirt and tank with the helmet on, he had leather and jeans no helmet. We slid under the trailer and out the other side continuing about 50yrds the bike kept going about a block after us. I walked away without a scratch, he had no jeans and no leather left on his whole side and some pretty bad rash. My helmet had a 6.8 inch gash about an inch thick in it. We both were ok! But the bike was trashed since it stopped its self by wrapping around the light pole. I have no clue how I lived through that but I havenít been on a rice burner since!
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got to watch them trucks - they're very hard to see
this is what happens when a truck pulls out on you...
(warning - graphic content, not for wusses)
if it deters one rider from racing on the road then it is worth showing.
he actually survived this by the way
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I dont understand why there taking pictures of the guy stuck into the semi door if he lived through that? Isn't that something the accident investigators do when a fatality happens? Also those doors are metal and he appears to be bleeding from the neck. Wouldn't EMS get him out of that ASAP and rushed to a hospital considering the ambulance is right beside him? Anyways just an observation that looked pretty brutal. I hope he is alive.
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I hope he is alive.
He died: http://www.snopes.com/photos/accident/tulsacrash.asp
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I knew that one was coming. My prayers go out to him and his family
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A deer walked out in front of me, and i had to lock up the back brakes, luckily she didn't start swerving, otherwise i would have been on the ground!
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A deer walked out in front of me, and i had to lock up the back brakes, luckily she didn't start swerving, otherwise i would have been on the ground!
I am glad you came to no harm. Deer are something I worry about and constantly keep an eye out for; problem is they usually seem to come out of nowhere.

We all know that crap happens and sometimes the back locks (it's happened to me), but locking your back brake should never be a "had to."

As soon as the back brake locks, the wheel has lost traction and will take longer to stop the bike. In an emergency, the best thing to do is keep those brakes at their thresholds and they should be rolling until the last instant before the bike comes to rest. That is a hard thing to do as the rider is so close to the limits to traction, but the goal should be to stay just inside that threshold of traction.

I only say this because many new riders watch these threads and I would not want them to think that they should lock the back if they have to stop quickly.

Cheers,

Mike


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i've only been riding since december, my first scary moment, well really it was more of a "oh ****" moment.

it was mid december, weather was suprisingly decent this year, and was moderately warm all winter. it was in the 40's. i dressed up warm to ride, rode to my buddys house about 4 miles away. we're inside hanging out, i knew it was calling for rain that night, though was not supposed to start raining until 8. we decide, we're going to the bar - we head outside to drop my bike off at home and i notice it's wet outside. i think to myself, i'll just take it slower then usual - no big deal. i walk off the deck and slip. i then realized it wasn't rain - this was sleet. That was a very interesting ride home..

another time, my father and i were out cruising, we're on this back road hitting the corners. we both notice there is a car wanting to turn left. we slow, just incase he doesn't see us. i beep my horn a few times hoping she notices us - she did. so she stops as if she'll wait for us to pass. WRONG, she pulls directly out in front of us. my father and i both slam on our breaks, both our rear tires lock up and we skid side ways. luckily, neither of us dropped the bikes - we count our blessings and go on our way. i caught up to her at the stop sign, i had a few choice words i spoke with her.
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I had a 750 Kawasaki for about three months when I was out cruising the country side just taking it easy, I was approaching a small town so I started down shifting, This town was out in the middle of nowhere, and there wasn't even 20 houses in it. Anyway there was a triangle cross road with a tree, telephone pole and a guide wire in the middle of it. When I was riding up to this crossroad ( I had the right of way) I noticed a car to my right stop at a stop sign. Apparently he didn't see me, because he pulled out in front of me, Needless to say I leaned the bike towards that triangle island and ended up going between the pole and ducking my head underneath the guide wire and ended up in someones yard across the other road. That's when I started playing the what if game,and never stopped since.
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Wow, all your stories are nuts, they make me a little queasy even lol.
The crash I very distinctly remember was when I was making a trip with my mom when I was little, like 11 or 12. Itís not that I was in it, but that as a child I hadnít seen a lot of tragedy. We were about three hours into the trip, heading over the mountain pass in the Cascades; it was summer so there were a lot of people on the road. Well, there is of course this one corner Ė some people call it the Flying Dutchman lol, and when we went around it, I remember seeing a burning flare, and the handlebars of a motorcycle sticking out from under the guardrail.
Then I saw her, a woman kneeling on the road amongst the metal and broken glass. Iíll never forget it, ever. She was next to the body, a sheet covering most of her loved one, I imagine he was her husband. The look on her face is what got me, her pain and fear was palpable, but her anger was too. She was yelling at the cars that were watching, screaming at the people trying to help. I canít blame her for that, no one can, but every time Iíve been in an accident sense then, I remember her and that day, and I thank God for how lucky my family and I have been. Please stay safe, drive carefully and never assume that someone sees you.
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Scariest moment?? That's easy.
It was the day in '67 that my father found out that
I had bought a bike. I thought he was going to kill me!!!

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