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post #1 of 25 Old 09-16-2009, 07:16 PM Thread Starter
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Holy Shyte! Clean undies anyone?

Coming home from getting a leftover cow elk tag today, I see a van pulling out from my right. Old dude, looks right at me, then the other direction and then right at me AGAIN, then pulls right out in front of me! I am doing about 40 when I first spot him and slow to about 30 by the time he brain farts. I did what I never thought would be possible. I locked both brakes...and held them that way for about 10-12 feet and came to a perfect two foot plant once stopped. My front tire was about 2-3 feet from his driver side door. When he heard my tires squealing the dumb ass stopped dead in front of me! I looked right at him (hands were clamped to the bars like glue) and he slowly pulls away looking the other direction. Funny thing is, he works at the NAPA store he was pulling out of and rides a Harley. Seen him a hundred times. I think I may be doing some shopping in NAPA tomorrow! Strangely, I am more euphoric than angry! A) I am alive and B) I impressed myself with a huge panic stop. C) I did not damage my Wee....well the tires might have a couple of flat spots.

I am going to change my draws now! Ride safe...and aware...and PLAN on them pulling out in front of you!!!
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post #2 of 25 Old 09-16-2009, 07:18 PM
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Glad you made it out safe. It's good to be aware of your surroundings.

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I guess I just always figured that once you have both wheels locked up, you are most likely going down. I went back and looked at the skid marks and they are dead straight one on top of the other (looks like one skid mark). I know for sure they were both locked. I could feel it and I had gorilla grip on the front. scary, but cool in a confidence inspiring way.
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I recommend soaking your shorts in Biz then add them to your wash. It got my shorts back to white after a soccer mom decided to share the lane with me.

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Glad you made it. That definitely raises the hair on my knuckles as I read that. I guess that's a Harley guy for ya

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He is probably suffering from deafness from the loud pipes, and a couple detached retinas from the vibration of the HD. After all, they do save lives :rolleyes:

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I don't care about the other drivers' eyes. Them seeing you is not about visual acuity, it's about processing the information. Motorcycles are small. Cement trucks are big. Cement trucks are a threat. Motorcycles are not a threat. People can see you one second and totally forget about you the next. I try to always cover the brake at least if not slow down whenever there is a chance someone could get in front of me.

I usually watch the wheel. Spoke wheels are the best, spinners totally suck a$$. Sometimes I give a little wiggle in the lane if I think they're not seeing me. If they begin to lead off too early for my comfort, I play that one note my Stebel horn plays.

P.S. Good stop! Any time I hear "I had to lay it down", that translates directly into "I don't know how to ride well enough to brake hard".

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Half the drivers on the road don't know you're there. The other half are trying to kill you!

Glad you rode away from this one! Always assume that they either don't see you or don't care and you'll live a lot longer. Good job on the panic stop!
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I don't know if it would have worked in your case, but I've stopped cagers in similar situations by weaving.

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I don't care about the other drivers' eyes. Them seeing you is not about visual acuity, it's about processing the information. Motorcycles are small. Cement trucks are big. Cement trucks are a threat. Motorcycles are not a threat. People can see you one second and totally forget about you the next. I try to always cover the brake at least if not slow down whenever there is a chance someone could get in front of me.

I usually watch the wheel. Spoke wheels are the best, spinners totally suck a$$. Sometimes I give a little wiggle in the lane if I think they're not seeing me. If they begin to lead off too early for my comfort, I play that one note my Stebel horn plays.

P.S. Good stop! Any time I hear "I had to lay it down", that translates directly into "I don't know how to ride well enough to brake hard".
At least spinners give you a false positive instead of a false negative. I'm a tire watcher too and I've slowed way down approaching a car with spinners pulling out.
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