Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Tallahassee, FL
Almost tossed it: beware of turtles
This is a cautionary tale.
Over the weekend my bike was running badly, it needed an oil change, and I had a Richland Rick fork brace to install and I wanted a before/after ride to see if it had the effect so many had reported.
At some point, I decided to run up to the gas station about a mile away and top off the tank with fresh gas.
So, I'm zipping along on a wide, clear road between a lake and a small pond, and I admit I might have been running above the posted speed limit.
A little ways up ahead I spy a box turtle crossing the road. No big deal. It was about 18 inches from the curb. I shouldn't even have to adjust my line. But then, the stupid things starts hauling ass across the road. Yeah, I never thought I would ever use the term "hauling ass" with respect to a turtle on land, but it was. A collision looked quite possible.
I get on the brakes front and rear, and the rear (I think) breaks loose. The bike wants to swap ends. I back off and regain traction, but the bike is all crossed up and bucking like rodeo bull. I'm hanging on for dear life and even jammed my wrist a bit. The bike starts to settle, but there is still the damned turtle ahead. Can't tell whether it will stop or run, and I have no idea what will happen if the bike hits it. The bike is still shaking back and forth and I distinctly recall looking the turtle in the eye and saying "Goodbye". But somehow, both the front and rear tires just miss the back end of the turtle.
I turn around, park, and move the turtle to the other side of the road cursing at it the whole time much to the amusement of an old lady out walking who had witnessed everything. I left an s-shaped skid mark about six feet long on the street.
To give an idea of how close a call this was, the turtle shat an astonishingly big pile in the road and I almost did, too.
Lesson learned: approach turtles with caution. They don't always tuck their heads in in traffic, and they can "haul ass".
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2004 Honda CN250 Helix (NOV09 - )
2006 Suzuki DL650 (MAR07 - APR15)
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