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post #1 of 18 Old 04-11-2014, 07:39 PM Thread Starter
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witnessed bike accident today

I was out working today and witnessed a motorcycle accident, The biker did all the wrong things leading up to it. First, it was a 4 lane highway leading out of a small city, there was a telephone truck with a small boom on it, speed limit was 45 mph turning into a 55 mph. The telephone repair truck was in the left lane, signaled to move over to the slower right lane, moved over, and the biker came up on him like a rocket, I estimate his speed was between 70-80. The bike was also in the right lane, the truck had all kinds of room to move over, or so it seemed, if the bike had been doing the speed limit, anyway, the biker panicked and hit the rear brake hard, locking the rear tire up, going sideways and skidding about 130-140 feet. There was some sand on the road where a driveway comes out to the main road, and according to the skid marks, he started skidding right about where the sand was. The cops said they don't believe he was hurt really bad, which made me feel a bit better. Just a reminder, it's spring, meaning plenty of sand on the roads in the great northeast, slow down, and always expect the unexpected. Drive safe everyone. Lucky for the biker, the telephone truck moved over to the left hand lane quickly when the biker started losing control, because it would have been really bad if he had slid into the truck.

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post #2 of 18 Old 04-11-2014, 08:26 PM
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Thanks for the heads up. I have been breaking in my Vee2 up here in the Adirondacks. The roads do still have sand, and have been beaten up from the harsh winter.Not only do you have to be careful with potholes, but also frost heaves. Those heaves can make your bike go airborne if your going too fast. I have also seen a lot more bikers out early this year, most likely due to pent up frustration from this winter. Another reason to be cautious.

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So the other night I was following my wife home in the dark. There is a curvy spot I haven't been through with the bike since it got nicer so I hung back to ride a little faster than she normal goes through there...but well within speed limits. As I rounded a curve I see sand in my path come into the light from my low beam headlights... Too late I was on it and leaning into the curve. The V-Strom tires broke loose, in front at least, and then grabbed traction and I had a nice pucker moment. It actually happened so fast it was over before I could think about it. Fortunately it turned out good but it could have just as easily ended with me in the ditch. Reminded me to take it really easy in the dark.

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I usually don't drive at night , just for that reason, plus my eyes aren't as good as they used to be.
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I usually don't drive at night , just for that reason, plus my eyes aren't as good as they used to be.
I enjoy night time rides in late spring / early summer, more than just about any other time...
It's therapy for me... serene, quiet, peaceful...

(and 'cause I spent boku $ on all kinds of high-viz, reflective, shizzle)

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I've only ridden a few times this season so far, but today I did a little over 200 miles which brought me back into the city during Friday evening rush hour. I was a little tired from the ride, but what stood out to me more than usual was the craziness of the traffic. The driving habits are getting flat-out reckless; and those are the ones not texting! Crazy drivers and a weary rider are a potentially dangerous mix! It would be too easy to tangle with a car it seems.

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I've only ridden a few times this season so far, but today I did a little over 200 miles which brought me back into the city during Friday evening rush hour. I was a little tired from the ride, but what stood out to me more than usual was the craziness of the traffic. The driving habits are getting flat-out reckless; and those are the ones not texting! Crazy drivers and a weary rider are a potentially dangerous mix! It would be too easy to tangle with a car it seems.

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I enjoy night time rides in late spring / early summer, more than just about any other time...
It's therapy for me... serene, quiet, peaceful...

(and 'cause I spent boku $ on all kinds of high-viz, reflective, shizzle)
I same here except for the boku $ and I usually like to leave in the pre-dawn to see the sunrise from a mountaintop.

In fact, the next thing I'm doing is suiting up.

I'm thinking of mounting a big light on my helmet to see through turns though. ........and the overnight tree falls.
........and sand in the road.
........and critters
........and balckwater tank drainage

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I same here except for the boku $ and I usually like to leave in the pre-dawn to see the sunrise from a mountaintop.

In fact, the next thing I'm doing is suiting up.

I'm thinking of mounting a big light on my helmet to see through turns though. ........and the overnight tree falls.
........and sand in the road.
........and critters
........and balckwater tank drainage
That's not a bad idea. In fact, in keeping with the spirit of this thread --avoiding wrecks -- someone needs to fashion a strong headlamp that uses ram helmet mounts. Can't use a cam anyway at night... might as well plug a lamp into that with an LED forward beam, and red rearward...

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At first thought, a headlamp on motorcycle helmets sounds like a genius idea. I wonder if this has ever been researched? Pros/cons?
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