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    Had To Lay'er Down

    Just scratching my head when I read the following on another forum. Even sliding he came to a stop before reaching the car.

    Car pulled out in front of me yesterday and I had only two choices.... T-bone the car or lay 'er down and safely slide to a stop. So I laid 'er down on purpose and safely slid on my leather to a stop. The bike has the expected gouges and scratches but stopped before hitting the car. I'm OK, just need some new leather pants, boots and gloves.

    I've practiced laying 'er down on my old BMX bicycle, so purposely laying down the HD was second nature. I constantly scan for traffic and if it even appears that someone might pull out in front of me, I'm thinking about where I might need to lay 'er down
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    Some folks will never understand that education is a good thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tommcgee View Post
    Some folks will never understand that education is a good thing.
    Amen to that! Glad you said it, I was speechless!

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    Oh Brother, I hope that guy wasn't for real!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Firenailer View Post
    Oh Brother, I hope that guy wasn't for real!
    I think he is. When I told him he and his bike slid a lot farther than it would have taken to stop, he said there was a lot more friction with the bike and his many square feet of leather than 9 square inches of rubber.
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    Quote Originally Posted by milo View Post
    he said there was a lot more friction with the bike and his many square feet of leather than 9 square inches of rubber.
    Wrong!
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    If he would have had a decent bike, with brakes approbiate for the weight, he would have come to a normal stop

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    Quote Originally Posted by milo View Post
    I think he is. When I told him he and his bike slid a lot farther than it would have taken to stop, he said there was a lot more friction with the bike and his many square feet of leather than 9 square inches of rubber.
    There is no hope for some people.
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    I'm not sure that was for real.
    I have seen that as a troll topic from way back.
    Years ago.
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    Quote Originally Posted by David13 View Post
    I'm not sure that was for real.
    I have seen that as a troll topic from way back.
    Years ago.
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    you'd be surprised.
    i had a BRC class a few years ago. One of the classroom questions asks students to describe a crash scenario from their experience, the causes of it, and what could have been done differently. 40ish y.o. guy describes "having to lay it down" due to a left turning car at a local traffic light intersection. he and bike stopped before reaching the car. i asked "what has more friction- rubber tires or sliding metal?" He just looked at me a bit puzzled. at the end of the day, after conducting the Quick Stop exercise, he pulled me aside and said "i understand what you asked me earlier. I didn't need to lay 'er down, did I?" "nope."

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    Quote Originally Posted by milo View Post
    ...I constantly scan for traffic and if it even appears that someone might pull out in front of me, I'm thinking about where I might need to lay 'er down[/I]
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    Well, at least all that scanning and practicing finally came in handy!

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    Good thing he wasn't on a trike! Sounds like he's some kind of a drama queen. Then again it probably is a troll. Not as good as the guy the poured sand down the carb of his running engine to polish the intake ports.
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    Few years back the recently out of office Governor of Alabama Bob Riley rode a Harley to Alaska. He took it up the haul road and had an accident. He was badly hurt but survived. Within 48 hours one of his minions was in Fairbanks and made a statement. The Gov had to lay the bike down to avoid an accident.
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    Probably believes it. This summer I was at the campfire at the BR MC Campground. There were a group of cruiser riders there, and they were talking and got to the subject of braking. One spoke up, and now the scary part, she TAUGHT MC safety courses.

    She said that the rear brake was the CONTROL brake, and did most of the stopping......yada, yada, yada. But then stated on Harleys, ABS automatically shut off in a corner, so it would not operate!!! At that point I had to open my mouth and try to educate the gallery, I don't think I was successful, as my information was falling on deaf ears, that still believe the front brake is evil. And they were not an older group, 30's -40's
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