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Riding Proficiency Tips and suggestions for improving the rider's safety skills and riding techniques

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post #1 of 19 Old 12-23-2016, 01:52 PM Thread Starter
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Not something you wanna see

Got this from friend in e-mail. Not something you wanna see pop up in front of you
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3Gp_YT84Kg
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post #2 of 19 Old 12-23-2016, 02:59 PM
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One of the annoucers on KUSC, the classic music station here in LA frequently annouces another ladder on one of the freeways of So Cal during the rush hours.
I hit a box spring set going home in the dark of midnight with my jeep years ago. Luckily no one was behind me when it leaped off the ground behind me. It jumped straight up in the air.
That's why looking 10 seconds ahead of your line of travel is suggested by the DMV training book.
At least the ladder was kinda perpendicular to the line of travel and it was easy to leap over.
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Perhaps a tad bit of target fixation, but he did a commendable job of maintaining control. Time to clean the shorts.
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my thoughts exactly.

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I was riding down near Wilmington once, following a truck towing a utility trailer. Suddenly the entire axle broke free from the trailer, and because the wheels were still on it, it began bouncing, spinning and jumping right towards me. I was never so glad in my life to be on a four lane divided highway, because I had enough room to maneuver around the axle while it jammed on past me on its own merry way. That was, hands down, the scariest thing to ever happen to me on a bike, including the time I was in an actual accident.

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Perhaps a tad bit of target fixation, but he did a commendable job of maintaining control. Time to clean the shorts.
I think the rider did a great job. I don't think target fixation was an issue at all. The rider checked the lane beside was clear and started moving over. The ladder started going sideways as it rotated so not a lot the rider could do. (Which I think was good.. breaking or hard evasive maneuvers could have messed things up.)

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I watched a van swerve side-to-side and then lay over rolling down the middle of interstate in my direction maybe twenty years ago now. Luckily, it was in the mirror. No cameras back then. I guess it lost a tie-rod maybe??? I have never seen a flat tire do something like that. Sometimes bad things just happen.

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Can't tell from the video, did it fall off that truck in front of him? Either way, not grabbing front brake most likely saved the rider form a nasty crash. Just like on the trail, lean back and yank the bars.
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great job i think he handled it just fine. but definitely time to clean the shorts

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Just had the same thing happen to me in Oct with a 4x4 lumber while heading home at 75mph from Texas on a newly acquired ST1300. Last thing you want to do is to be on the brakes when hitting something low. I'm always amazed how quickly things happen and how quickly the mind works in situations as these.
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