I went back and duplicated the route from last weeks near-miss today. Minus the encounter of course!
I was wondering why I did not see the incoming ground level missile sooner that day. I pass the peripheal vision test yearly with a high "score" and can see the wording on far away signs way before most of my buddies...been fun for years. Drives Helen nuts "freakish" being the description she uses.
Anyways...that particular area has a huge sloping drop off along the left side of road and you cannot see what's below road grade at all to the treeline 100' away. That buck was running full stride up the embankment and I had no chance until he was incoming at that crazy angle.The width of the left lane was all I got.
BTW, I was on extra-mega high alert spider tingly senses mode as I approached the ZONE today...and thankful again it went like it did last week!
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Experience IS NOT the best teacher! Someone else's experience is the best teacher.
Been riding now for about a year and a half--have a great 1994 R1100RS and have put about 12,000 miles on it in the last year--very careful always and no accidents other than me stopping next to what I thought was a pile of leaves, putting my right foot down as I came to a halt, only to get my foot caught on a branch and ending up laying the bike down on the pile of leaves--embarrassing but no damage except to my pride--UNTIL....
My bike is put into a shed each evening which is on legs which keep it about a foot above ground level--The entrance to the shed entails driving up a four feet wide ramp about 10 feet long--at the end of the ramp is a slight incline to my driveway about 4 feet away--needless to say, I'm very careful backing the bike out of the shed and down the ramp--when I get the bike to the end of the ramp, I have to push the bike over the edge of the ramp about 4 inches to get it onto the ground and aimed in the right direction at which point I fire it up and away I go--WELL...
It was pretty cold last week, so instead of firing it up when I'm on solid ground, I started it in the shed. No problem..had the choke set so engine was revving about 2,000 rpm--all dressed up and ready to go-- took it down the ramp and put it in gear while I took it off the edge of the ramp--when I pushed it over the edge of the ramp the clutch slipped out of my fingers and the next thing I knew I was heading for the edge of the shed and ended up on the ground with the bike--I was unhurt, but the fairing was demolished--rest of bike unhurt--it happened literally in a split second--lesson learned...pride slightly lessened
Last edited by aapasquale; 01-06-2013 at 06:58 PM.
hopefully, one of the "lesson(s) learned" was that there's no benefit whatsoever to warm the bike up before riding it. Pretty much start it and ride away. If real cold (20s or lower), then maybe start bike, put gloves on, then go.
Ride Safe, Ride Lots
You are right--never warmed it up before (!) or since
Sounds like you back the bike down the ramp with your rump in the saddle, feet paddling along. right hand on the front brake. Do you feel comfortable doing this if your ramp is wet? Is there a problem getting that last four inch push from the saddle? Don't mean to be critical - maybe your method works great in all weather conditions if the engine is off or the bike is in neutral until the front tire has cleared that edge. Just asking. We all need an all-weather game plan at home.
And check out that "Don't Drop the Bike" thread and the subsequent comments. It may well save you, as a relatively new rider, from several other low speed drops that have nothing to do with ramps.
Yep mistakes happen, maybe when you get the deck: back it in.
'84 R100RT '04 CLC(gone) Honda NT700V
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Bike season has just started here in upstate NY. I have noticed a problem with my riding: I sometimes fail to cancel my turn signal. I've got to focus more attention on avoiding that error, since it could get me in big trouble in traffic... My old K75 had self-canceling turn signals, while my '03 will keep blinking away for hours if I let it.
My fleet: 2015 R1200GS, 2007 Toyota Prius
Here is an old close call I had nearly three years ago. Since then, I've become a much more conservative rider:
"As I sit here in the comfort and safety of my home, I'm mulling over the day's event, that nearly resulted in my demise. Some friends and I were on a a two-day overnighter up to Tahoe and back. There were five of us on assorted bikes, three Beemers, a Virago, and a Yamaha FJR 1300. We were returning to Sacramento down Hwy 88. We came up behind an RV, tooling a long about 50 mph. Two of our party managed to get around it on the curvey road. The rest of us were waiting for some passing lanes we knew were ahead. A long uphill passing lane finally came up. Gerry on his Virago, for some reason, was hesitant to go by and showed no intention of catching and passing the RV. Rick, behind me, finally zoomed by, with me wondering whether to stay with Gerry, or abandon him and go with Rick. Finally, I decided to follow Rick. I gunned my RT and started to catch up. As I approached the RV the dreaded "lane ends" sign appeared and the RV was starting to move left with me not quite up to it. I decided to go for it and accelerated up to over 70 mph with the space in my lane disappearing. I moved to the left and passed the RV on the center yellow double. I got by right at the summit doing about 75 mph and saw ahead to my horror a sharp right curve. I immeditely began to let off the throttle, and leaned hard trying work my way back into my lane, but found myself wandering into the opposing left lane. I refrained from hitting the brakes, not sure what would happen at those speeds in a curve. As I was leaning hard trying to slow and work right, a car suddenly approached from the opposite direction headed right for me. I honestly thought, "This is it. I'm going to die." I'm not sure at this point what I was doing, other than leaning hard tring to get back into my lane with fractions of a second to get out of the way. The driver of the car veered to his right towards the shoulder, and we met with about two feet to spare at a relative speed of about 100 mph. I continued to slow and finally found myself back in my lane and alive. If I learned anything from this experience it was 1) if you're going to pass do it when it's clear and get it over with. 2) if you see the passing lane ending and the slow pokes are moving over, back off. There'll be other opportunities. 3) I need to improve my skills in curves, never came close to dragging pegs. 4) don't pass vehicles down the center line when you can't see what's over the hill. 5) sometimes it is a good idea to follow speed limits. I have no illusions that any skills I might have saved me. If anyone did it was the cager who moved right and missed me, and I feel more than a little guilty that I might have taken him with me as my loaded 650 lbs of bike crashed through the driver's side windshield."
I used to have a sticker on my RT windshield that said "If in doubt, dont" just to remind myself that the moments hesitation (actually doubt) you sometimes get before doing something is your brains way of warning you that you are close to the edge of your skill or comfort zone.
The biggest mistake people make... is thinking they have time.
I returned today from a road trip. As usual, my close calls happened on the very last leg of my journey, within an hour of home. A tractor-trailer driver chose to do a foolish pass on a two-lane road with me doing the speed limit. When a car popped over the hill on a head-on collision course with the tractor-trailer, I had to brake forcefully to give the trucker room to get back in the correct lane. He was coming back into the lane anyway, so I was glad I did brake and avoid a wreck.
My fleet: 2015 R1200GS, 2007 Toyota Prius