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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.
 

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You're giving the farmer to much leeway. If he's taking up so much of the road that another vehicle can't pass, he should have a pilot car. Glad it worked out for you. I sometimes ride with a bunch of street racers and I can never fathom how they ride so fast around the curves the way they do. They have nano seconds of sight lines.
 

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Couple of days ago had a van just fade right a little onto a shoulder and do a u-turn in the middle of a 2 lane road. Speed limit was 45. ABS fully engaged stopped 2 feet from his left door. MF just kept going. Could hardly believe people do this dumb shit. Lucky I was keeping a safe following distance. I have read about people doing this but just cannot understand it. Only substitute for dumb stuff is time and distance.
 

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You're giving the farmer to much leeway. If he's taking up so much of the road that another vehicle can't pass, he should have a pilot car.
That is exactly why I was pissed initially. He did have a truck with flashers behind him. His tractor had flashers on the front. I guess he could have had two pilots but around me they typically have none on either end. The road I was on probably gets 1 car an hour.

Just one of those things I guess. At least he was moving it in daylight.
 

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Definitely one of the scary things you encounter in farm country, especially during the spring planting season and fall harvest season. In addition to awareness of the large Ag implements--equipped, BTW, with all manner of sharp pointy attachments just designed for slicing, dicing and impalement--you must also be aware of the mud and slime they track onto the roads as they head from the fields back to the barn.
 

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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.
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Almost anyone that rides any distance or length of time finds themself over-riding their vision on occasion.

Fortunately we are mostly lucky.

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Definitely one of the scary things you encounter in farm country, especially during the spring planting season and fall harvest season. In addition to awareness of the large Ag implements--equipped, BTW, with all manner of sharp pointy attachments just designed for slicing, dicing and impalement--you must also be aware of the mud and slime they track onto the roads as they head from the fields back to the barn.
something to be aware of, in many states, agricultural activities are exempt from regulations that apply to other activities, while a pilot vehicle may be normally required for oversize loads and vehicles, good chance agriculture is exempt



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Good move, Scott. The tractor owner was completely irresponsible for driving that thing around blind curves without a pilot car.

I was riding with a friend on a wide 2-lane county road, wide shoulders, paint stripes, when we crested a slight rise and saw a car passing a tractor partly on the shoulder. The passing car was completely in our lane. The wide shoulders saved my friend. Not the tractor driver's fault, the stupid car driver's fault.
 
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