Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Elk Creek, Kentucky
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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