Corner Hazard - Stromtrooper Forum : Suzuki V-Strom Motorcycle Forums
Riding Proficiency Tips and suggestions for improving the rider's safety skills and riding techniques

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 3 Old 03-15-2014, 11:52 AM Thread Starter
Stromthusiast!
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Peoria, Illinois
Posts: 1,177
Corner Hazard

Last week brought the first warm weather and with it the first car-cyclist accident.

Luciano: Cyclist sore after pickup driver's hit'n'flee - News - Journal Star - Peoria, IL


I know this road/corner well, having ridden it many times as both a cyclist and motorcyclist. The corner is at the bottom of hills on either side so vehicles are tempted to take it too fast. However, it is NOT blind. You can see at least 100 yards around the corner from either direction. As bad as the outcome was for this cyclist, imagine how it might have ended for a motorcycle? Getting bashed off the road like that could be fatal with a 500 lb bike! As my wife and I did our first cycling of the season yesterday this crash stuck in my mind. Drivers here in the U.S. have acquired a nasty tendency to make lazy/fast turns that cut across oncoming lanes.

How often do we approach intersections expecting oncoming traffic to veer into our lane, maybe taking the whole thing? It's going to happen. Better expect it. One step we can take is to stop well short of the white line in left turn lanes.
dkayak1 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 3 Old 03-15-2014, 12:44 PM
Stromthusiast!
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Close to you
Posts: 639
Quote:
Originally Posted by dkayak1 View Post
Drivers here in the U.S. have acquired a nasty tendency to make lazy/fast turns that cut across oncoming lanes.

How often do we approach intersections expecting oncoming traffic to veer into our lane, maybe taking the whole thing? It's going to happen. Better expect it. One step we can take is to stop well short of the white line in left turn lanes.
Not just the US! Happens everywhere. Most drivers suck at basic skills, they watch way too much TV and think they can cut corners as though on a racetrack, only problem is that race tracks generally have one way flow of traffic.
Having learnt evasive defence driving skills decades ago, I adhere to my lane no matter what, 'cos you never know what numpty is coming the otherway and you can take corners just as fast if you turn into a corner and let the suspension take the load before the apex.
dogdaze is offline  
post #3 of 3 Old 05-04-2014, 10:07 PM
Stromthusiast!
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Happy Valley, OR
Posts: 30
Garage
Not a fun situation!
DJ Lars is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Stromtrooper Forum : Suzuki V-Strom Motorcycle Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome