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post #1 of 32 Old 08-16-2007, 06:17 PM Thread Starter
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Why should I ever assume that anyone on 4 wheels is paying attention?????

I am only posting this, as I nearly lost my life today.

Please Please Please....pay attention and drive DEFENSIVELY!!!!!!


I was following a small car down a, down-town street, running about 30 mph. We were approaching an intersection and the light was GREEN. When the motorist's front bumper arrived at the intersection, the light turned YELLOW and the frickin idiot slammed on their brakes!!!!!! I was far enough off that I could respond, but at that location....there was just enough oil from crap/junk cars dripped on the asphalt....that my rear wheel lost traction when braking.

I don't know 'bout the rest of you, but it was truly Devine Intervention that I didn't kiss the back of that car. Once the rear wheel locked up, I began to skid sideways, facing left. For some reason, I let go of the brakes and shot to the the left, around the car and through the intersection....long before the light changed to RED. (I lost a moment of my Christianity...as I was passing the car....screeming curse words.....I am very pleased that their window was down.)

Anyway....life is supposed to be...of the sort that we will be riding dual-sports until we are well into our 70's, 80's...etc.

Please assume the worst and plan for the worst....so you don't end up as a grease spot.

I learned my lesson.....the VERY EASY WAY!!!!!!

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post #2 of 32 Old 08-16-2007, 06:30 PM
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So wait... You were behind him, he got stopped for the changing light, but you didn't?

I'm sorry you almost were turned into a rear window ornament, but... Don't follow so closely. We don't stop very much better than cars. Most cars these days can get from 60-0 in about 120-140 feet with any old nut behind the wheel thanks to 4-channel ABS, and most bikes without ABS are only about 10 feet less than that with a world-class operator at the controls. (With me the distance is significantly longer...)

Heads up. They ARE out to get us.

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Sounds like you werent paying attention.....
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trade in your bike for an abs model.

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Glad you weren't hurt butt...

It was your fault. It didn't have to be a yellow light. It could have been a chipmunk, a dog, a child or another car that caused the car in front of you to make a quick stop. You weren't ready.

You are right about everybody being out to get you. Clueless morons with cell phones and myopic old ladies with cataracts are just the tip of the iceberg. At least I can see them coming. It's the damned moose that scare me.

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....that my rear wheel lost traction when braking!!!!!!
Try using the front brake. much better stopping power than the rear. And, like the others have said, be prepared. Remember the 6P's (Prior Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance). Glad you're ok.
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[QUOTE=Chromer;134285]So wait... You were behind him, he got stopped for the changing light, but you didn't?
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For clarification, I was following at least 4 car lengths....maybe 5. The idiot, when completely stopped, was halfway in the intersection....on a Yellow. I was close to entering the intersection on a Yellow.

If I had been in a situation with no traffic.....I could have made it through the intersection....EASILY....without coming close to a RED.

My point was.......we just have to be very carefull with IDIOT drivers and uncertain road conditions.

I didn't expect the oil stained tarmac....that was certainly my screw-up.

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Be careful out there, Big John!
Don't let these armchair expert riders get you down. It could have happened to anyone on here. I was guilty of not paying attention a few weeks ago, and had a close one. It wasn't really that bad, but it must have been funny to watch, as my hand slipped off the clutch, and the wee turned into a bucking bronco before I finally got it stopped... I was laughing out of embarassment at that one.
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1. Gravel in a hard and fast sweeper isn't that big of a deal. It was a little unsettling, but not as bad as I thought it would be.
2. Trail Wings aren't all that bad in the rain. They stop pretty well.
Be careful, your family needs you. I have 2 little ones of my own.
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I had a close one today too closeones are always when I do something stupid, today I made a left turn infront of an oncoming cage

few things I've learned

1. follow at a safe (3 seconds separation) distance

2. be aware of at least 10 seconds ahead

3. don't panic



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2. be aware of at least 10 seconds ahead
My problem was I was concentrating on the 10 seconds ahead more than the 3 seconds ahead... DUH! Easy to do on a tall bike like the Strom.
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