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post #1 of 22 Old 09-27-2013, 07:04 PM Thread Starter
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Pretty blond, stupid mistake

I was riding last night in the city on an undivided four lane I know very well. I was riding between 2 different bike night locations. I am in the slow lane doing 5 over in a 35 mph zone. Harley comes up in the fast lane and starts messing with me trying to get me to race I believe. I just smiled and let him ease on ahead when a sport bike comes up behind me, changes to the fast lane, then passes me and the Harley who had pulled over into my lane ahead of me.

Sidebar - the rider on the sport bike is a beautiful blond, mid 20s I would guess, black leathers, no helmet, in a big hurry.

So, the Harley speeds up to give futile chase and I added some throttle to 10 over to watch what was about to occur at the coming intersection. The 4 lane goes to 2 on the other side of the intersection and the fast lane the girl is in becomes a left turn lane at the intersection. A pick up is in the opposing lane sitting at the light with his left turn signal on and a turn when clear green light. The Harley and I were in the thru lane. At the last instant the truck turns left....way in front of the Harley and I. But the girl switches lanes from the now left turn lane into the thru lane we were in as the truck started its left turn.

The girl locks the rear wheel up and smokes the tire bad all the way to the rear bumper of the truck. As she passes it her right leg flies up and back obviously from contact with the truck and the rear bike tire is released from braking. She got the bike back under control and avoided a high side (although not very smart, she appeared to be a good rider). The girl goes about 2 blocks and pulls into a parallel parking space along the road. For a moment I was going to just ride by but my inner voice said to stop and see if she was OK. She was very shook up and wanted to look at here leg. She could stand and walk on it OK. She pulled her pant leg up mid calf and you could see a nasty red burn/road rash developing.

The lesson - she thought the truck left turned in front of her and was pissed. I politely reminded her she switched out of a turn lane near the light to continue straight and the pick up likely assumed he was clear to turn.

It could have and should have been much worse. She was definitely one lucky lady.

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Please don't let this turn into a Harley or Sportbike bashing thread!
I think there is enough of that crap already on this forum.
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post #3 of 22 Old 09-28-2013, 12:11 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks and I agree. The bikes and riders could all be switched around, that is not the point. I have changed from turn lanes to thru lanes before without considering the consequences fully. I have owned all three bikes.

It was also not meant to call into question the abilities of our female rider friends. This girl was a good rider..very good. The riders mistake was something anybody could have done.

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It only takes a split second lapse in judgment for something like that be set into motion. I would agree she is lucky. I would say the guy on the harley was luckier. If he hadnt come up on you first he could have been giving chase sooner and possibly hit the truck as well.

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Yes, that could be. But from the way it appeared to me the Harley gave up quickly and he, like I was braking slightly (due to the truck with a turn signal on) as we approached the intersection.

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Did you get her number?

When you are that lucky you don't have to be good.

You've got to quit going to these bike nights.

It seems each time you go, you encounter some form of dangerously stupid badassery.

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She pulled her pant leg up mid calf and you could see a nasty red burn/road rash developing.
At that point I would of told her I was a doctor and needed to see her whole leg and for good measure the other as well. Scotty me boy you got to think on your feet when the opportunity arises.
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post #8 of 22 Old 09-28-2013, 08:45 AM Thread Starter
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Actually the thought never crossed my mind to get her "number" (OK, maybe a small thought for a nano-second). But guys, I am 25 years or more her senior and am already married to the best and most understanding woman on this earth. A woman who has already approved my next bike purchase in advance and agrees the tan v strom looks nice.

Stromin, I hear you on the bike nights but its just too much fun for me to give up. I have just about quit poker runs, but bike nights are very safe. I do not drink on my bike EVER, none, nada, no way. Only once the keys are put away for the day....then guard your alcohol.

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"black leathers, no helmet, in a big hurry."



Could have been a WHOLE LOT WORSE!

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This story drives home what I recall from the MSF class and/or the Texas motorcycle license test: intersections are a top risk area. Glad the young lady escaped major injury--hope the near miss will convert her to ATGATT, even if a helmet will hide her pretty blonde hair.
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