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Lets hear them people what is your scariest moment on a bike

I want to hear about other moments of terror for bikers out there so I thought I would share my own recent moment of terror.
Ok Here in florida it is starting to get nice again so I went for a ride. Start of a pretty decent day imo except that I get about 5 minutes into my ride and I turn off one street into a curve and coming down the wrong side of the road there is a fire truck coming straight at me. I haven't had the opportunity to do this before so out of sheer shock I play chicken with it. After my brain kicks in I realize I'm dead if I don't get out of the way fast. So I turn into a parking lot for a movie theater. Thinking I'm safe I relax try to keep my heart where it belongs instead of coming out my mouth. As I check my rear view I notice that there isnt a road behind me anymore just this Shiny... chrome.... HOOOONKKKK The fire truck has followed me into the parking lot. Deciding to let me know that I'm still in its way by blaring on the horn. I lost all mental faculties right then and there I pull into the parking lot further doing about 40-45 and get pulled over by the cop who was sitting in his car with this look of utter amazement on his face. The fire truck went on its way it used the parking lot as a short cut to get to the street i turned off of.
I recieved no ticket just a warning the cop said that admittedly he just wanted to hear this story and make sure i was stable enough to continue my ride. THANK the biker gods!! cuz the parking lot was a 5 mile an hour zone and i would have lost my license right then and there.
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lots of scary moments lol, like hitting some rail tracks in the rain at 90+ and laying the bike down on it's side, sliding for 2-300 yards, then flipping back up when the tyre got smoky hot

riding drunk, too fast, playing a tune with the throttle and underestimating a left hand bend - had to straighten up and do a steve mcqueen over some bushes into a farmer's field
no damage done, but $hat myself lol, lesson learned!

just went out for a 15 mile blat - 5 mins ago, almost dark outside and very busy traffic.
standing traffic just off a roundabout...
normally i would've filtered through, but as i was turning left in 100 yards i waited patiently behind the cars, when SCREEEEECH a car driver has taken the bend too fast, not expecting there to be a queue of traffic and missed my plate by 1/2" at the most.
i would've been pizza if i'd been a few feet further back.
would've definately got hit if i was in my car.

i think fear is good when you're riding.
obviously not blind terror!
if you are not confident on 2 wheels then don't bother, but with fear comes caution, and that can only be good.
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Had a 1-ton flatbed towing a 40-ft contruction trailer with a backhoe on it merge into my lane so he could take an on-ramp (I can only assume he didn't see me). I slammed the brakes and moved to the left curb, and the trailer missed me by about a foot as he flew by. I would've been killed had it gotten any closer.
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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...
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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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this one is shocking, but how often do you see this on curtainsiders...
this guy was very lucky.
(well, not as lucky as if he'd won the lottery...)

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i think sometimes the scariest things happen to other people.
you don't really know it's coming til it's too late.
when i had my big off, it was months later when the fright hit me.
happened so quickly at the time it was just like a white flash, but then the memory started to come together afterwards. that was scary.

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I haven't been riding long enough for any scares, but I almost dropped my bike while trying to get it on the center stand in my Dad's barn. I had squeezed it through the doors into one of the horse stalls (where I was parking it this fall for the winter) and it leaned over and the handlebar caught the wall. Luckily it only loosened up the mirror and didn't fall all the way over.
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Years and years ago leaving New York, somewhere in NJ, rain starts coming down like a ******* and I'm on the freeway nowhere to safely pull over. Suddenly the front wheel hydroplanes and I'm flopping around the lane like a fish. Thank the fates, I stayed up, but pulled over under the next overpass and had a nervous breakdown.

I've dropped it a couple times, but never at that speed. That was the scariest thing I ever had happen.
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nice stories i set my bike down once leaving my dads driveway he had watered the yard and there was mud at the bottom of the driveway. I did not know this... I hit doing about 10 it was ok pretty scary cuz there was traffic but I came out ok.
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in the first video you posted he did NOT survive, those pics have been all over, his neck is stretched a good 5 inches and the truck carried him several hundred feet. hes dead. some pro helmet mom posted on a youtube video of it that he lived. its a lie
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...Suddenly the front wheel hydroplanes...
Interesting. My brother has told me several times, "Did you know a bike can't hydroplane." I need to tell him about your incident. Always seemed to me, although it is less likely with so little contact area, that it could happen.

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Living in the southern states....and riding in the rain ...A LOT....

Motorcycles most definitely CAN hydroplane, but its extremely rare that you will lose all three of the things associated with hydroplaning. Traction, Directional, and Acceleration.
Normally you just lose two of the three, and of course...its likely that you are sliding on the pavement shortly thereafter.

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I have yet to hydroplane on my bike. When its raining I just slow down. Though giving my brakes a tap every now and then tendsto help supposedly.
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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
+ YouTube Video
ERROR: If you can see this, then YouTube is down or you don't have Flash installed.


this one is shocking, but how often do you see this on curtainsiders...
this guy was very lucky.
(well, not as lucky as if he'd won the lottery...)

+ YouTube Video
ERROR: If you can see this, then YouTube is down or you don't have Flash installed.


i think sometimes the scariest things happen to other people.
you don't really know it's coming til it's too late.
when i had my big off, it was months later when the fright hit me.
happened so quickly at the time it was just like a white flash, but then the memory started to come together afterwards. that was scary.
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I'm not sure i can rank scary moments. but here are the two last interesting moments. 1. Had a deer ram my leg while riding in the dark. 2. Stopped at night with a car on my right and one oncoming car stopped. The light turned green and the oncoming car just decided he could make a left as I and the car beside me pulled out Of course as he reallized he was going to get it from both of us he slammed his brakes on. I ended up stopped just in front of his open passenger window with my headlight turning the inside of his car into daylight. The driver looked like one of those pictures of the kids with the big eyes.
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haha I have seen those pictures. I was sitting at an intersection about 2 days ago and I got to watch an accident between two cages happen I mean I had front a front row seat to this event. I was sitting at a red light and the car across from me decides he doesn't want to wait for the light and runs it. Well he didn't see this truck coming that hit him almost as soon as he pulled out. I was hit by the spray of glass, because this was a big main road and the truck hit doing at least 50. the driver was ok though because the back of the car was hit and there were no passengers. the truck was ticked though he had just bought the thing like a couple of months ago.
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I can't think of any scariest moments that happened to me on the bike, basically whatever happened it happened too fast. I shook afterward when I think about it, like the time the car hit my muffler and pushed me to the other side - could have been a head-on with oncoming cars. And then the time I took off too quick the car was changing lane onto me - I got away but could have been bad, or the time I almost went off-road and down hill (actually I did go off-road but somehow made it back). You know most of them happened too quick I didn't even think about cursing the drivers, only thing on my mind was "thank god I'm still alive"

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I guess my scariest moment was when I was pulling up behind a vehicle that had it left turning light on, I was slowing up, looked behind me to see this Wacko cager digging around on her passenger side and not looking ahead....I had to pass the vehicle in front of me on the right with very little berm, but the suv coming up behind me hardly got stopped and almost ran into the the vehicle turning left. I would have been in the middle of something!

Continued to watch this woman after wards...she ran up on me two times, took a short cut and ended up in front of me on another road. She went over the speed limit twice, did not fully stop for the stop signs, and was still digging around in her purse. I got to stop right next to her at a light.....We exchanged words......She appologized....but it will not stop her I am sure!
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haha I have seen those pictures. I was sitting at an intersection about 2 days ago and I got to watch an accident between two cages happen I mean I had front a front row seat to this event. I was sitting at a red light and the car across from me decides he doesn't want to wait for the light and runs it. Well he didn't see this truck coming that hit him almost as soon as he pulled out. I was hit by the spray of glass, because this was a big main road and the truck hit doing at least 50. the driver was ok though because the back of the car was hit and there were no passengers. the truck was ticked though he had just bought the thing like a couple of months ago.
Was that by any chance the intersection of Mobile hwy and Fairfield Dr? That was always a scary intersection for me, and I was younger, dumber, and in a cage then!

My scariest moments...
Back in June, on the Father's Day sunday, I was heading home from a convention in Portland, and the sky was looking awful gray. Well, I needed to get home, so I got on the 95 and headed northbound. Five minutes later, it started raining, and I new it was supposed to last all night. (I was expecting it not to start for at least another hour) Well, within ten more miles it was a downpour and getting dark. I know I should have found a motel somewhere, but I had been away for four days, and I just wanted HOME. Well, I am doin about 50-55 or so in the right lane, and I'm doin decient, except for being soaked, when this pickup towing a boat passes me. He goes on by safely, and I continue on goin, watching all around. When the truck is between 50 and 75 yards ahead, the tarp he had covering the boat blows off flying into the air, lands on the ground rolling right in front of me! (yes, I underwear was no longer clean because first you say it, then you do it!) By some miraculous event, the tarp just happened to flatten itself out on the road just as I went over it. SOMEHOW, I did not down the bike.

On another night, it was dark, and I was on a back road heading home from fishing with friends in Gardiner. I was doin right around the speed limit heading up this hill. On the left of me was more road. On the right was a dropoff where there SHOULD have been a guardrail, but wasn't. (I think it's just a steep sided ditch there, but I couldn't really tell at the time, being dark and paying attention to the road) Well, I'm close to the top, when this truck is suddenly coming directly at me at what looked to be a new Land Speed Record. Since there's traffic to my left, that way is out. I immediately swerve to my right. I wasn't thinking about the dropoff. Needless to say, this was another pair of shorts gone! The truck just missed me by inches, and I was literally right on the edge! My head reflexively turns to follow the truck (maybe I just wanted to see if the Reaper was in the back or something) and when I turn my eyes back front, THERES THE %^&*%!^*$$%^*!$& GUARDRAIL!!!!!! And I'm heading right for it. (it's now running down my leg at this point) I swerve AGAIN! This time to the left, and nearly did a pretty good impression of one of them junebugs that hit your windshield late at night, but he swerved when he saw me swerve towards him.

People have mentioned Hydroplaning. Had that happen to me on the 295 heading down to Portland to see a friend. Well, I had about twenty miles to go, and I was in the left lane. It had been misting on and off, but nothing too bad the entire trip. Suddenly I am under Niagara Falls! SWEET MARY MOTHER OF GOD!!! It didn't rain that hard during Hurricane Opal! Well, I slow it down to about 45 or so, and I am drenched to the bone, but the bike is handling the rain ok, so I figured I would continue on through. I couldn't get over though because the line of cars to my right were not tailgaiting, they were drafting! (ask Badinfluence about us Maine drivers sometime, he can attest to how insane/stupid we can be when we wrap 2+ tons of steel around us) I make it another ten or so miles without any worries, and I see a spot open up ahead so I can get into the lane I need to exit. I saw the open spot, but I did not see the standing water in front of me. I swear on a stack of $100 bills THIS high that the puddle HAD to have been at least twelve feet deep! I feel the bike hit the water, and I swear there is just no way to describe the feeling I had. I felt the bike slow suddenly, felt the tire lose traction and control, and I think I started to slide. Not certain, because that eternity went by in a blur. Somehow, I managed to stay upright through this. A second or two later, I was through and riding normally again. (wearing brown jeans instead of blue) I look over to my right, and next to me is this lady in her cage, her eyes the size of them rodeo belt buckles, just staring at me in sheer terror at what she just saw.


Well, I'm getting my supplies for the new riding season coming up. I figure this time, I am gonna be sensable about it at least.
Rain gear? Check.
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nah It was pensacola blvd and W street they built a ruby tuesday on the other side of the light opposite of W so the car was coming out of the rt parking lot and decided he didn't want to wait for the light and ran it, but I agree with you the fairfield and mobile light is scary.
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W St... Yup, another bad intersection, and it figures that they would build a Ruby Tuesday there.
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These scare me out of wanting ride. Does anyone know the stats on riding deaths for motorcyclists? I heard its exceptionally high.
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Kawasaki, I would be willing to bet that the biggest part of the "riding deaths" stats are from squids who do stupid crap and inexperienced riders who get themselves in over their heads. If you be sensable about your riding, you should be just fine.
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Mine was just today! I was riding in a 40 mph zone with my 11 year old daughter on the back and a old lady in a black caddy pulled right out in front of me!! I had no choice but to brake hard.. My back tire locked up and the back end started comming around. I continued to brake with the front brake and released the back brake! The funny thing was is she looked me right in my eyes and kept driving!!! I was so scared because my daughter was with me.. I still cant understand why drivers dont look when pulling out...
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Some times, I suspect that they think that everyone needs to just get out of their way. At least, thats the attitude I have seen with the majority of cagers. Seriously, they seem to believe that they are the only ones who matter, and no one else has the right to be on the same road.
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Your not kidding. I was a fireman for 16 years and I have been to numerous motorcycle accidents almost identical to my experience today! I always expect someone to pull out in front of me>>
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I was a firefighter in Solon, and then later Waterville. I've seen my share of accidents. I miss it, but not being a firefighter gives me more freedom to ride.
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Animedevildog I just checked out your pic. Nice bike!! I also have a 98 Shadow 750 ACE. Mine is black and copper.. I will post pics tomorrow. Best bike i have ever had!
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OMFG! Thats the color scheme I want to do, only in my case, 90 to 95% of the chrome is what is gonna be done up in copper. I was actually thinking about the "hammered copper" paint for that. I just need to find out how the best way to prep chrome pieces is.
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These scare me out of wanting ride. Does anyone know the stats on riding deaths for motorcyclists? I heard its exceptionally high.
There are lots of places on the web to find stats; look up "hurt Report" for one. Also, you might want to pick up a copy of Proficient Motorcycling by David Hough, which is good at describing the risks and more importantly ways of reducing them.

There is no doubt there are more deaths proportionally of bike riders compared to cagers. It is obvious in two identical accidents in a car or on a bike, the bike rider is more likely to be hurt (and more seriously) or die than the car driver; after all we don't have that "cage" steel around us. However, you will find that a large percentage of those deaths are attributable to riding while under the influence, riding without the proper gear (helmet especially), excessive speed, and little or no training. Where you lie along that continuum will determine your risk and you have the power to change any of those factors. Don't drink and ride, don't speed, wear the proper gear, and you will reduce your risk very significantly.

Of course, sh*t still happens.

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I make a wrong turn heading to my buddies house. I wind up almost in the city. He's 45 min away, and tells me if I wanna hang out(cause they are going out), I need to be there in 20 min. through traffic, on a 1981 suzuki GS 550 with no fenders, and a half helmet and goggles I make it there over two steep land bridges in 15 min, through traffic no less I broke ever traffic law known to the state of NJ, in one mad frantic mad dash.

I was scared silly,but lovin every min of it. Best reason I don't need a sports bike.(I'd kill myself quick)

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Many years ago. Coming home from work one afternoon on a two lane semi country road. Blue haired old lady coming at me turns left across my lane, sees me and freezes. Can't go right due to a gravel drive and a big azz tree, so I go left several feet into the oncoming lane. Car behind blue hair can't stop and heads for the gravel shoulder on his right. We both get to blue hairs back right fender at about the same time. I clear her by about six inches on my right and him by about six inches on my left. Combined speed probably about 90mph. Over in the blink of an eye. I pulled over took off my helmet to catch my breath.....hands started shaking almost uncontrollably. Blue hair completes her turn and drives off like she never knew what happened. I've never been down, and never been hit and that's the closest I think I could ever come.
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Bob, it sounds like your experience as a rider took over and got you through a really close call. Good thing that you made it through ok.
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Many years ago. Coming home from work one afternoon on a two lane semi country road. Blue haired old lady coming at me turns left across my lane, sees me and freezes. Can't go right due to a gravel drive and a big azz tree, so I go left several feet into the oncoming lane. Car behind blue hair can't stop and heads for the gravel shoulder on his right. We both get to blue hairs back right fender at about the same time. I clear her by about six inches on my right and him by about six inches on my left. Combined speed probably about 90mph. Over in the blink of an eye. I pulled over took off my helmet to catch my breath.....hands started shaking almost uncontrollably. Blue hair completes her turn and drives off like she never knew what happened. I've never been down, and never been hit and that's the closest I think I could ever come.
Wow....Glad you were okay....
I sometimes wonder if they would stop and assist a motorcyclist...if the motorcyclist had missed their car...but went down....due to gravel...etc...scary indeed!
Don't you wonder that a biker bites the pavement after a close call...just because of the shock his/her body goes into afterwards....?
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For me it was getting pan caked between two cars. In the seventies I was a CHP motor cop in LA. Was in moderate traffic that came to a sudden stop. I seen the car coming up behind me in my mirror and it was too late to move. I ended up in the hospital for some time and that ended my riding career for the CHP. I swore I would never ride again, but that only lasted until I got out of the hospital. To this day I can remember the fear I felt seeing that car come up behind me, actually I was lucky to have survived it.
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I am glad that you did survive Perry. If you had not, this forum would have missed out on an excellent participant and member, and I would never have gotten the chance to meet you. I am still looking forward to when We can finally meet in person.
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Mine was just today! I was riding in a 40 mph zone with my 11 year old daughter on the back and a old lady in a black caddy pulled right out in front of me!! I had no choice but to brake hard.. My back tire locked up and the back end started comming around. I continued to brake with the front brake and released the back brake! The funny thing was is she looked me right in my eyes and kept driving!!! I was so scared because my daughter was with me.. I still cant understand why drivers dont look when pulling out...
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I hit a stick with my rear tire and it scared the **** out of me. I've only have about 100 miles on a bike however
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Snowtracks from cars, or frozen tracks covered by a light dusting of snow so you don't know they're there. Those will grab your front wheel and take the bike from you unless you have the forward momentum and proper balance to wrench out of it. Add lunatic drivers shaving your elbows and it gets very scary. Most of the time the adrenaline shock comes after a hairy moment though. When you're in it you don't think more than 'oh excrement' or similar.

One of my scariest moments was going down a two way street with cars parked along both sides, making it very narrow. It was also busy. So I am sandwiched between moving and stationary cars, and the cars don't have room to give me a wide berth, so I am looking at maybe 1-2 feet of space, occasionally having to slap-off the stationaries to my right. Ahead of me maybe 25-35 yards I see a stationary door open. At the speed I'm going I'm either going to skid the bike uncontrollably by slamming both brakes, or slow down just enough to make it just a little less painful to kiss the doorframe. Time slows down, and I can almost measure the coming pain along with judging what parts of me are going to hurt the most. I know I screamed and hit the Airzounds horn at the same time as the rear tire started skidding. Either the person in the stationary car changed their mind to grab something, or they were startled and started shutting the door, but I got past with just the teensiest swerve. Needless to say the next opening I got on the sidewalk and walked at least three blocks with the bike to stop shaking. Got a lot of yelling, or more than normal at me for that one, hehe.
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Hey Anime... thank you for the kind comments. It is amazing how each person reacts to fear, to some it is paralyzing to others it is a motivator along with the adrenaline rush. Most that have rode for a while have experienced that in our riding and the fact that we are still riding is a testament that we acted properly or were just plain lucky.

I suppose it is natural to want to test the outside of the envelope of safety at times, I know it has been that way for me, however as more grey appears or should I say very little brown remains I have tempered my life style a bit.
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Please do not remind me of grey... -_-;
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