Be Careful Out There!!
All this happened within 30 minutes, yesterday!!
1. 2 lane road down to one lane for road maintenance for approximately 1 mile. I was the "last' vehicle behind a maintenance truck, I had to stop midway when the maintenance truck was trying to park at the work site. I then continued around 2 bends only to find the traffic coming directly at me, I was as shocked as they were. I had no place to bailout, one by one the cars swerved into the orange cones to avoid me. Fortunately they stopped and I continued to the end and told the traffic guy he needed to work on his communication skills.
2. Literally one minute after, going up a hill, I see a women in the oncoming direction driving a black car doing 50+ mph (45 zone) trying to avoid a cyclist by moving into my lane. I waved violently for her to move back into her lane, there was a drop off to my right, she didn't, and left me about 5 feet of room as she flew by. My nerves were getting rattled.
3. I turned off on a very desolate narrow, 2 lane country road I know very, very well. On a straight section I looked ahead and saw 2 cyclists riding slowly on the right side of the road, I was doing between 50 and 60 mph, just cruising along, there are no speed limit signs. As I approached I moved across the yellow line to give them extra room. I was 40 yards away when the biker in rear decided to do a 180 without looking, it was a dead t-bone. I jammed on both brakes, not enough time to maneuver, the abs kicked in and helped me from fishtailing, I distinctly heard the tires skidding as time was standing still. I stopped about 8 feet passed and missed him by an inch. I never screamed so loud in my helmet, every curse word I ever knew, my adrenaline was through the roof. Honestly, I'm not exaggerating one bit. Then I went after him (verbally), he was scared shitless. He kept saying I couldn't hear you because of the wind, I have a Yosh, baffle out, it was very windy, and I said did you ever think about looking before making a U-turn in the middle of the fokin' road. Let me tell ya, the brakes on this bike are just incredible, they saved my butt or his. If I was on my Vee1, I would not have missed him and it would have been ugly.
Shit comes in packages of three!!
I headed home, I needed a drink, big time!!
2014 DL1000 ADV
2006 DL1000 125,000 miles (Sold!!)