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post #201 of 219 (permalink) Old 06-21-2016, 03:33 PM
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I was riding on an unmodified 50cc scooter in Rome, Italy on an antique Roman road surrounded by walls. 2 Buses pass each other in opposite directions with maybe a foot of wiggle room. I was behind a bus and kept trying to overtake but kept having to get back behind it due to oncoming traffic. Finally I saw my opening and went for it but about 3/4 past the bus, another bus came the other way. A stock 50cc scooter just does not have the top end so my maneuver was slow and I was running out of space fast. It was apparent that it would be close and hoped one of the buses would back out of it but I don't think they did. At the last second staring doom in the face I moved over not sure if I would clear the bus i was overtaking !! I know it was very close and had to stay in the other lane as long as possible. Obviously I made it. My solution was to modify my scooter to give it about double the power and speed. I was about 15 at the time.

Another incident I could cite of the top of my head was a very rainy day on the way back from the beach on the motorway. I was on the back of my buddies Aprilia 160cc racing engine with stock trans. The thing was not geared right for the motorway. top end was about 100mph/160kph (10k rpm if i remember right) and we were so soaked and miserable, we stayed there for a long time. All over sudden the engine locked up! We were entering an ever so slight long right-hander wearing jeans and leather jackets, crap gloves and i wore a backpack with our stuff in it. the bike laid down on its right, dumped us off and flipped onto its left. We slid along the road on out backs for freaking ever. My buddy was closer to the guard rail and had to bump it with his palm to keep himself off it. When we stopped and established we were not hurt badly, the bike was in the left lane and we were on the right emergency lane. We grabbed the bike and got back to safety on the shoulder. Amazingly neither of us had road rash, but my shoes had holes in them, my jeans had a hole at the little bone on the outside of the right knee, my backpack had holes and a can of deo was nicely shaved on one side. His glove was torn wide open but no blood on his hands. his back was sore. During the slide I distinctly remember yelling 'Wohoo!' in joy once it was clear we would not end up in the guard rail.
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Any time idiots in cars are involved.

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When I saw the title of this thread I thought, which one of the scary stories?

The time a guy dove in on my front tire going into turn one at about 130 MPH, I locked up both brakes, got sideways and he missed me by inches?
Somehow I didn't crash.

Or maybe the time I was watching from the pits at a track that was slick as snot in the dry, but it was raining during the endurance race?
My rider was hanging with the lead pack, they were all, all over the place in the slick. Our bike tossed a rod and stopped on the front straight.
Then the BIG crash that was bound to happen happened in turn one. I thanked God for that unexplained failure and still do to this day!

Maybe it's the time I was riding in the mountains, in the rain, at night?
Because of the rain I had missed my turn and was a long way away from anywhere. Of course I was 'pushing it' trying to make up time.
I rounded a corner, a Big Elk was right at the roads edge looking like he was going to step in front of me for positive, he didn't.

No, I think the scariest was riding in a valley thru the mountains, in the rain but in daylight with lightening strikes all around me.
I mean I was hearing it and seeing it all at the same time! There was no place to take shelter.
I decided I should slow down some so when the lightening hit me I wouldn't be going so fast when it knocked me off the bike. I didn't get hit.
Yeah, that was my scariest moment on a bike..... There's been a few crashes and such but it happens too fast to get scared.

Angels have been ridding on my shoulder more than a few times, for sure....... No doubt.
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Wasn't on a bike, it was after I came off and was flying through the air in slow motion


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Scariest thing that ever happened to me was when I was riding my CBR from Phoenix to San Diego down interstate 8. Shortly after the California border I rode into a pretty nasty wind and sand storm. I was leaning into the wind pretty hard and had to slow down to about 65 from the 80 I had been. Well I came around a bend and the dunes had blocked the wind and since I was leaning so hard I nearly drove myself under an 18 wheelers trailer. I was literally inches away from the frame of the trailer and about a foot from the tires on the last axle.
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Getting hit by a potato at 85 mph.

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Retreating from severe storms in south-west Wisconsin on Thursday evening. In the middle of nowhere, making a run for shelter in the next town...
With a funnel cloud in the rear view mirror and the "objects in mirror are closer than they appear"
Swirling wind gusts pushing us around from the yellow line to the white...

Maybe not the scariest, but it ranks up there.

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Not the scariest, but a good one nonetheless plus something that safety courses do not address. Riding home late afternoon in August on a country road. I know there is a hard blind right hand corner upcoming that normally is fun to go through at excessive speed. But on this day there is a number of highway patches which means gravel everywhere so I decide to take the corner slower than normal. I enter the corner on the outside (position 1 of the 3) and as I start through the corner I notice no gravel but something dark in position 3 (normally thought of as the right tire lane in a cage). As I continue and get within 10 feet of the dark object I see it is a Skunk. Luckily I saw it first and punched the throttle - I did NOT get sprayed.
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Not the scariest, but a good one nonetheless plus something that safety courses do not address. Riding home late afternoon in August on a country road. I know there is a hard blind right hand corner upcoming that normally is fun to go through at excessive speed. But on this day there is a number of highway patches which means gravel everywhere so I decide to take the corner slower than normal. I enter the corner on the outside (position 1 of the 3) and as I start through the corner I notice no gravel but something dark in position 3 (normally thought of as the right tire lane in a cage). As I continue and get within 10 feet of the dark object I see it is a Skunk. Luckily I saw it first and punched the throttle - I did NOT get sprayed.
About 15 years ago, just North of you in Granville county, a fellow I knew was killed in a similar situation. While riding home from work he came around a blind corner and hit, not a skunk, but a fallen tree that someone had cut down as a "prank." The killers have never been officially identified and have never been charged.
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This made me a little nervous. I've had bears in the road before but when they heard the bike they would walk away. But not this bear, he was more aggressive, he was walking up the road until he heard me, then he stopped and turned sideways.
He would look at the ground and then look at me, this went on for a while.
I just stood there and waited, wasn't sure what I was going to do.
The standoff ended when a pickup trunk came from the other way and drove toward the bear. The bear slowly walked away.

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Your story reminds me of being in Yellowstone where the bison roam free. They just go wherever they want. I was stopped in a line of cars and a large herd of bison were moving along down the roadway right alongside me. Actually, both sides. They just looked but I made sure not to call them "Nickel Cows!" or anything that might provoke them.

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On the Alaska Highway.

Look at the nice bison...



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I was 2 up with my 10 year old son, on the back of a touring H-D taking him to a scout meeting. He like the feeling when the bike leans in for a tight turn. While taking a back road with a nice quick S curve, while getting into the second part of the S, I see a full sheet of particle board in my lane. Pucker factor was high, if there would have been a car coming in the other direction, I would have had to ride over the wood.
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Sometimes road can turn into hell. It's definitely worth to remember about italian patron of bikers St Maria Della Creta. Keep her image with you for a protection.
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The scariest moment for me remains with me to this day. It wasn’t the incident itself, but my reaction to it that still has me worried. I was making a routine left turn from the 160 onto the 89 in Arizona when I failed to see an oncoming car. I pulled out in front of it and would’ve been T-boned if the fast thinking driver had not swung out allowing me to pull in under him. My first thought, after I was back in the right lane, was about the driver and how frightened he must be. There was no real fear, no panic, no adrenaline rush, nothing but a concern for the driver. That’s not normal.
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The scariest moment for me remains with me to this day. It wasn’t the incident itself, but my reaction to it that still has me worried. I was making a routine left turn from the 160 onto the 89 in Arizona when I failed to see an oncoming car. I pulled out in front of it and would’ve been T-boned if the fast thinking driver had not swung out allowing me to pull in under him. My first thought, after I was back in the right lane, was about the driver and how frightened he must be. There was no real fear, no panic, no adrenaline rush, nothing but a concern for the driver. That’s not normal.
Actually I think that is normal. Concern for another from your actions are normal if you are a decent person. Your condition would be secondary. And you obviously learned something. So all is good in my book.

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this thread is terrifying... i think i'll read somewhere else for a while

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