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Administrator 07-10-2012 10:10 AM

Riding Safe: Crash Avoidance
 

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Riding Safe: Crash Avoidance

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The_AirHawk 07-10-2012 12:21 PM

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This distrust also applies to cyclists, pedestrians, animals and birds – basically anything not attached to the ground or too heavy to move of its own volition. Included in this category are other motorcyclists.
You can say that again.

First time ever I rode with the PGR at a Funeral, I was nearly ass-packed by a woman on her raked Sportster.

We were in the procession going to the cemetary, and bikes were strung-out for a couple of miles of rural backroads, all following-behind the Family and Friends of the Soldier. The pack was traversing the next-to-last major intersection before our destination (which the Sheriff Dept. was blocking for us); a left-turn onto US71. Most merely slowed-down and rolled-through the light (at the urging of the Deputy), and the procession gained-speed and "gapped" a few-hundred feet or so - nothing a moto couldn't catch easily, without even "speeding", so each bike accelerated to catch up as the got on the highway.

I happened to see a flash in my rearview out of the corner of my eye (the headlight of her bike wildly ziz-zagging back and forth), and I turned my head just barely in time to react and swerve to the shoulder as she rocketed-by through the space I had vacated only a few tenths-of-a-second before: she was hard on the throttle, moving about 25mph faster than me, and accelerating. (Open pipes tell no lies)

She finally gets it back under "control" (loosely-used term, here) by chopping the throttle and locking the back brake, almost kissing the bumper of a Cadillac three bikes up (they were all luckily in the left side of the lane). As I think she was too embarassed, she didn't fall-back into her previous spot, just stayed glued to the bumper of the Caddy until we got to the cemetary.

After the ceremony, she sought me out and apologized. I conceded that no real harm was done, but advised her to practice throttle and clutch control a bit before group-riding again.

"Oh, it warn't THAT!" she exclaimed. "It wuz that GODDAM FRONT BRAKE - th' thang liked to KILT ME!!"

Riiiiiiiiight.........

Kevin_Duke 07-10-2012 03:22 PM

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Originally Posted by The_AirHawk (Post 276155)
You can say that again.

First time ever I rode with the PGR at a Funeral, I was nearly ass-packed by a woman on her raked Sportster.

"Oh, it warn't THAT!" she exclaimed. "It wuz that GODDAM FRONT BRAKE - th' thang liked to KILT ME!!"

Riiiiiiiiight.........

It makes me embarrassed to be a motorcyclist when I know there's riders like that around us...

trenttheuncatchable 07-11-2012 11:02 AM

Good article. Another thing I pay attention to is proper maintenance and high-quality parts. Sintered brake pads give me more (and quicker) stopping power, and good tires let me trust my bike's maneuverability during avoidance swerves, for example.

bbtowns 07-12-2012 08:27 AM

Good article, and I always ride with all the gear, but 50% of the photo's on MO the rider is wearing blue jeans. And not the kevlar lined blue jeans. Might be a fine idea to take your own advice too.

Kevin_Duke 07-12-2012 11:10 AM

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Originally Posted by bbtowns (Post 276211)
Good article, and I always ride with all the gear, but 50% of the photo's on MO the rider is wearing blue jeans. And not the kevlar lined blue jeans. Might be a fine idea to take your own advice too.

Glad you liked the article, but I have to take issue with your calculations of how often we're wearing jeans and your assessment of whether or not they have Kevlar linings.

Tom Roderick 07-12-2012 01:47 PM

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Originally Posted by bbtowns (Post 276211)
Good article, and I always ride with all the gear, but 50% of the photo's on MO the rider is wearing blue jeans. And not the kevlar lined blue jeans. Might be a fine idea to take your own advice too.

I currently have four pairs of blue jean riding pants and all are of the motorcycle-specific, kevlar-reinforced variety. Any action photos published on MO of me wearing jeans are while wearing one of the four.

Kevin_Duke 07-12-2012 02:35 PM

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Originally Posted by Tom Roderick (Post 276225)
I currently have four pairs of blue jean riding pants and all are of the motorcycle-specific, kevlar-reinforced variety. Any action photos published on MO of me wearing jeans are while wearing one of the four.

Me, too!!!!!!!!!

The Spaceman 07-17-2012 12:21 PM

SMIDSY: "Sorry Mate, I Didn't See You."

Captain Steve 07-18-2012 02:24 PM

I don't like the "they're out to get you" mentality.
I'm in the "drive like you're invisible" camp.

I think the most important thing on the street is to ride way inside your comfort zone. I try to leave more space between me and the car in front of me than I think I need. I slow down for all corners. I slow down at night. I have to force myself not to "push it a bit".


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