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post #1 of 23 Old 05-01-2014, 06:18 PM Thread Starter
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A Visit from my Guardian Angel

Highway 95 in Nevada between Beatty and Tonopah is a very long, very straight, very boring, and often very hot stretch of high speed two lane. I imagine that under these circumstances guardian angels must know this highway quite well....


I was on this road a few weeks ago when my guardian angel paid me a well timed visit. Leaving the graveyard of Goldfield (I like visiting graveyards) I encountered a group of five large RV's in a caravan (The huge toy hauler fifth-wheel types) and pulled out into the middle of the group. Naturally I wanted to pass them asap so I peeked my head out into the passing lane, counted three oncoming cars, then pulled back behind the RV to wait for traffic to clear.


Let me explain that my technique for passing is to peek out, count cars, wait for that number of cars to pass, then peek out again. But on this particular day my technique failed me. After the three oncoming cars had passed I assumed that oncoming traffic had cleared and I headed the bike sharply to the left, about to cross the dashed yellow into oncoming traffic.


And that's when my guardian angel stepped in. Just as I was about to cross the yellow stripes somehow the bike corrected itself, straightened out, and did NOT cross into oncoming traffic. Good thing too because just then car #4 whizzed by, a car I did not previously see.


So there I am thanking my lucky stars and wondering how and why I was about to make such a dumb and probably fatal error. I don't remember consciously making a decision to check myself, I don't remember steering the bike back toward my lane, it was almost like the bike steered itself. Thank you, guardian angel!!!



Nobody is perfect. On a 3200 mile trip like I just took pretty much anybody is bound to make a mistake at some point, hopefully minor. Ya just gotta hope that when that mistake is made your guardian angel is nearby.



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I would actually give yourself some more credit instead

It sounds like it was your motorcyclist's intuition that cut in, something that we all develop over the years from dealing with the unpredictable antics & actions of the thousands of moronic car drivers that are out there to get us!
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As a new rider, these are the types of stories that make me think twice about getting on a motorcycle. Your life is really in your hands.

I wonder if it would have been possible to position yourself close to the midline while behind the RV, so that you could have a somewhat constant view of what's ahead of you? I would think that if you could see that RV's mirror then you could maybe have a better view of oncoming traffic? IDK.

Regardless, the most important thing is that you lived to ride another day! Maybe someone else's angel was hitching a ride from the graveyard. Glad that you're ok!
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Did you ever get around the RV's?

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Sounds like you need to change this stupid technique you have. That's a bad habit that you need to get rid of. You are living on borrowed time if you do not safely look before you pull out.

Sounds like you need to take a motorcycle riding safety class in all actuality. Not a personal attack...but one day riding like this is going to get or somebody else seriously hurt or worse.

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Did you ever get around the RV's?
passing the RV's became a non sequitor since after that little event, he had to stop to drain the diarrhea out of his pants. RV's were well ahead of 'em

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Sounds like you need to change this stupid technique you have. That's a bad habit that you need to get rid of. You are living on borrowed time if you do not safely look before you pull out.

Sounds like you need to take a motorcycle riding safety class in all actuality. Not a personal attack...but one day riding like this is going to get or somebody else seriously hurt or worse.
It seems as normal as any... He just became absent minded and forgot to check for oncoming traffic again as he says he normally does.

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We're not all infallible, and he corrected himself before he made a fatal mistake. Where he decides to lay the praise is up to him.

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I think my original point was- Even if you drive perfectly 99.9% of the time there will always be that tiny possibility of a brain fart moment, and when that occurs hopefully instinct, the subconscious, or whatever you want to call it (I call it guardian angle... err, angel) kicks in to save your butt.


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As a new rider, these are the types of stories that make me think twice about getting on a motorcycle. Your life is really in your hands.

I wonder if it would have been possible to position yourself close to the midline while behind the RV, so that you could have a somewhat constant view of what's ahead of you? I would think that if you could see that RV's mirror then you could maybe have a better view of oncoming traffic? IDK.

Regardless, the most important thing is that you lived to ride another day! Maybe someone else's angel was hitching a ride from the graveyard. Glad that you're ok!
hmm, I think it probably would not matter, if I were in a car I would be just as dead.

as for positioning, straddling the centerline is not a great idea. The guy behind you might decide to occupy your space, the guy in front might freak out and hit the brakes, or a slight miscalculation by the oncoming driver might turn into a real problem.

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Did you ever get around the RV's?
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Thanks for sharing. It is good to have a guardian angel for sure. Glad you are here to tell us about it.


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As a new rider, these are the types of stories that make me think twice about getting on a motorcycle. Your life is really in your hands.

I wonder if it would have been possible to position yourself close to the midline while behind the RV, so that you could have a somewhat constant view of what's ahead of you? I would think that if you could see that RV's mirror then you could maybe have a better view of oncoming traffic? IDK.

Regardless, the most important thing is that you lived to ride another day! Maybe someone else's angel was hitching a ride from the graveyard. Glad that you're ok!
I am a new rider as well, just starting my 2nd riding season with about 10k of riding behind me.

As new riders you really need to make sure not to put yourself into these situations, we do not have the experience or intuition that they talk about.

If it was me, I'd be following further back behind the rvs allowing me a view of oncoming traffic. I would then be able to clearly see when it is safe to pass and that I also have enough room to pass. If that was not possible I just wouldn't pass at all. If it was bothering me being stuck behind them I'd stop for a break until I was no longer frustrated and the RV's long gone. The method described above just isn't a good idea for a new rider.

I am not trying to sound like the OP did anything wrong.. just that as new riders we need to be more cautious at all times. Look at how you drove when first learning to drive a car compared to know. Overtime you develop habits, sometimes not good ones lol. You also gain confidence and techniques like mentioned above that you really shouldn't.. it's just the way it goes. Stay safe!

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