Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Elk Creek, Kentucky
Sometimes I do not ride with common sense and sometimes I do. Today I was lucky I was behaving. I typically ride in a spirited manner but also ride slow enough to stop completely if something should come into view quickly.
I was coming home from a long day ride and had about 225 miles behind me. I was less than 5 miles from home and took a very narrow back-road to my house, I live in the sticks. The road is about a lane and a half wide, no fog stripes and no center stripe. I rounded a sharp curve at the top of a descending section that has a deep ditch on my side, the other side is a steep drop off. The county had just chip sealed it so there was a lot of loose gravel on the surface.
I was running maybe 25 mph as I rounded the curve and there it was, a huge John Deere, 8X8 tractor pulling a folded up disc covering the entire road. There was no way around it. I hammered the brakes and the anti- locks kicked in immediately. The bike shuddered its way to within a few feet of the front pair of tires on my side. The driver not could see me and freaked out, I think he thought I hit him. He stopped and set the tractor brakes and climbed down to see me there in front of his tires. He was white as a ghost and very apologetic. He helped me push the bike back enough (I was on a steep down hill) for me to turn it around and ride back to the first driveway.
At first I was pissed off but then before I could say anything I realized it was just one of those things that happen where I live. Farmers move large equipment all the time. I was glad to be paying attention, riding slow enough, and have anti-lock brakes. DAM GLAD.
2007 Blue SuperVee 1000
2013 Grey Super Te'ne're' 1200
2002 White HD Road King Police (divorced)
2000 Red Honda XR 400r
2003 Green Honda Rincon 650 ATV
If it is not broken, it can still be fixed
Last edited by Scott E. Bonds; 05-02-2015 at 05:21 PM.