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post #11 of 17 Old 11-08-2019, 09:53 PM
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Apparently the Niken won't stand on its own and will fall over if you let go of it.
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post #12 of 17 Old 11-08-2019, 10:56 PM
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I am trying to imagine this scenario, so your following a motorcycle, you have a clear view of the truck in front of it, and you go over the crest of a hill and see the truck's brakes lights come on (assuming here), then it swerves to the right. Would you not immediately hit the brakes as that is out of the ordinary? I know I would, then the motorcycle sees what is happening, and he swerves the other way, Not really sure why he would swerve the other way, but OK, at least he was paying attention, and still the trike rider has not hit the brakes, nor has he pulled to the right like he should have, despite everyone in his lane doing strange things, and he plows into the truck. Seems hard to believe it could get this far.

I think that trike rider needs to stop riding since he is obviously not paying attention.
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Pretty well

Pretty well documented that reaction times and thought processes slow down as we age. To some extent experience can compensate. But not always. I'm guessing the pilot in command was still trying to process what was happening right up to the collision.
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I suspect it is a matter of being better than quitting riding entirely. You can get the open-air feel of riding without having the physical or mental skills to ride a 2-wheeler. Whether through age or injury, there comes a time where you can't hold up a two-wheeler. Do you quit and turn your back on your social group of riders? Or step down to a three-wheeler?

A long-time riding friend's wife has never felt comfortable piloting a motorcycle. He picked up a Spyder for her, since she wasn't happy pillion riding behind him. So she now goes along on their group rides.

I rode it a couple of times, and found it highly unsatisfying. But I can see that it might be better than quitting.
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OR You can go for a THIS
Four fork seals to change- that would keep me off the road!

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post #16 of 17 Old 11-09-2019, 10:17 PM
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I was told once "never outride your braking distance, street or dirt".

That is one of the few things I consider to be written in stone.


Amen RL!!!!!!! 24/7/365. A safety rule never to be broken. I've been doing it faithfully for 50 + years. It won't save us from the careless moron but does give us some "room" when needed - IF we're paying attention.

What you said has saved my butt more than once. 3 days ago I came around a blind curve on a busy country road. UH OH!!! A UPS truck stopped in my "entire" lane - no flashers - just sitting there - in the shade, late afternoon dusk. I saw him "in time" and had about 1+ second to react. Because of the rule above I was able to avoid a serious mishap. No, I couldn't go around him and thankfully the car behind me wasn't tailgating. He stopped as well.

Thanks for your post.

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post #17 of 17 Old 11-09-2019, 11:31 PM
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3 Second Rule

I am religious about the 3 second rule. It has saved my ass more than once, 3 seconds separation behind any vehicle I am following

example, I-80 in PA, following a pack of trucks at 90+ speeds, I had plenty of time to avoid the fresh and still kicking deer carcass

I freak out and get claustrophobic in metropolitan traffic where you have a hard time maintaining 0.5 seconds, luckily for me that has only been a rare occasion, unless my destination is in the metropolitan area, I have ridden/driven (4 wheels doesn't make me any less claustrophobic), 200 miles out of my way to avoid

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