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Old 05-24-2011, 11:46 AM   #1
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Default Saw an old guy crash the other day...

The other day, while riding home, I saw two Harley riders riding down a road that ends in a T-junction with the road on which I was driving. Their road ended at a stop sign. One of the guys, the older one, missed the stop sign. He road right across the two lanes of traffic (one in each direction) and proceded to "lay it down" in the grassy field on the other side. I pulled off to the side and went to check them out.

He didn't sustain any injuries, but he sure was shaken. Man, he was lucky! If there were cars there, he would have been minced meat. The road he rode across is a 50 mph road, where people usually go 55 to 60.
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Old 05-24-2011, 01:00 PM   #2
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Maybe he's from some other country where the Stop sign is only a suggestion?
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Old 05-24-2011, 02:13 PM   #3
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I truly wish they would make the skills test harder. Honestly, it should be tough enough that you should fail it in your first attempt if you have no bike experience other than MSF.
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Old 05-24-2011, 02:32 PM   #4
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..didnt even "slow to observe police?"
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Old 05-24-2011, 02:56 PM   #5
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There is a hysterical video on YouTube called "Typical Harley Rider." I can't post the link because they block the site here at work. It's a real "must see."

BTW: Harley riders "lay 'er down." Please make a note of it.
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Old 05-24-2011, 05:30 PM   #6
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Remember we used to have the guy here that tried to convince everyone it was a "technique?"

Apparently metal sliding sideways on asphalt works way better than brakes and rubber.
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Old 05-24-2011, 06:30 PM   #7
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I guess if you are in the business of wrecking bikes there could be a wrong way to do it.
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Old 06-10-2011, 09:56 AM   #8
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Remember we used to have the guy here that tried to convince everyone it was a "technique?"

Apparently metal sliding sideways on asphalt works way better than brakes and rubber.
I still run into a few people who still believe that load but the good thing is that they are becoming extinct.
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Old 06-11-2011, 07:06 PM   #9
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Remember we used to have the guy here that tried to convince everyone it was a "technique?"

Apparently metal sliding sideways on asphalt works way better than brakes and rubber.

We're talking Harley brakes here ;-P
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Old 06-12-2011, 01:16 PM   #10
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Remember we used to have the guy here that tried to convince everyone it was a "technique?"

Apparently metal sliding sideways on asphalt works way better than brakes and rubber.
I still get people who ask me if laying a bike down is a good idea. I usually say that the speed you lay it down at is pretty much the speed you will hit the immovable object at. Given the choice of the two options, if you stay up and stay on the brakes you light scrub off another 20mph or so and hit it at a more survivable speed.

Slide into a car sideways at 45 or straight on at 20? Ill take twenty.
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