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    I dodged/passed 2 motorcyclists on GA 180 (Wolf Pen Gap Road), they were doing 15-20 mph on the curves and speeding on straights so the 1st chance I passed them both on my Jeep Wrangler. Does this count? If I would have been on my GS I would have passed sooner.
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    Tarantulas

    Well this was less (actually more) of a normal commute but it was a ride for work, from NM to the Panhandle of TX and man oh man did I see and dodge more tarantulas cross the road that I could count!

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    deer hit

    I was coming back from breakfast in the Wisconsin dells while at the great lakes rally before it was the dells rally. I was in line with about 9 other beemers when across the field came 6 deer running full bore at us. we slowed to 45 mph and most ran between us except a smaller one that came right at me.I did a motocross move standing up on the foot pegs and kicked the deer at the moment of impact causing the deer to bellyflop as it hit me between the front and rear tires, The rear went 3 or 4 feet in the air like doing a one wheel stopie.I was covered with deer blood on my left side and successfully came to a stop on the side of the road leading to stand rock camo grounds.The gal behind me on a gs had it worse when she hit the speed bump dead deer carcass.when all stoped to make sure I was ok the gall pulled out latex gloves and cut out the back strap steaks and put then in a Walmart bag.Later in the day we all had some great,fresh venison steaks and I was the deer slayer the rest of the rally.I was on my 1971 Honda 360 that year .All it did was bend my shift lever up on a 45 degree angle.

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    alchol abuse!

    Ok Ok then another time on the way to the top o rockies rally we made a side trip to glasier park.While following a old pick-up pulling a 65 mustang on a traiter that was swaying allover the road when a cooler full of beer flew out of the back of the truck.The beer cans were exploding as they hit the road spraying us with beer all over the hot exaust pipes. We passed when traffic cleared.Later in st mary we stoped at subway for lunch and the guy was a loaded indian as he pulled in to mack and dons across the street.He was walking pretty wobbley.

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    Le's see if I can remember

    I commuted mostly in the '70 and '80's on bmw's and on a 850 Guzzi. I would usually leave before daylight and there were a few bottoms I had to go through on the way. In those bottoms there were always animals that I tried to look out for. But, in those years I ran over two skunks, one possum and a few dead rabbits. I guess I was going fast enough that the skunks didn't seem to cause a odor problem until on the way home when I passed my morning hit and run. I ran over a car tire (no wheel inside) on the Guzzi, surprisingly I didn't go down or slow down; I do remember going airborne for a moment. I hit a car muffler while riding the r90s one sunny day. It was in traffic and showed up unexpectedly. It was laying lengthwise; I saw it in enough time to alter my course some but hit the side and it shot across the lanes bouncing off car tires. (I only heard that part)

    The worse thing that I ever hit was much smaller, little round pea gravel on a road in Yellowstone on the 100rs. Workers had been working on a bridge and left these little pea size rocks all over the road. I still don't know what really happened but I somehow flipped the bike forward tearing off the windscreen and and busting up the back of my cowling on the seat. Bruised my self up some but the bike was not badly damaged. I tied the windscreen on the rear like a spoiler and rode the rest of the way to Missoula Mt. and the ralley; I think that was in '97 or '98. In retrospect I must have locked up my front brake.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PGlaves View Post
    Actually, not as far off as today's experts would have you believe, particularly with the cars back then and typical speeds about 60 mph. At 60 mph or 88 feet per second, two seconds is 176 feet. That divided by 6 (for 60 mph) would be 29 feet. So six car lengths wasn't even enough at 60. For today's sized cars you need more like 8 or 9 car lengths at 60 mph to have 2 second following distance.

    Yee gads! They taught me to tailgate in driver's ed in 1959.
    BTW, who among us are able to gauge the distance to the vehicle we are following in "car lengths?" A dumb impracticable idea which was widely taught - to absolutely no benefit. Not sure if driver education now uses the "seconds" rule. I only learned it after I started riding a motorcycle, but it is very useable: "one thousand one, one thousand two, one thousand three," and I use it often with both bike and car. I agree that two seconds is the minimum and three seconds better.

    I'm pretty sure this novel idea has not entered the craniums of most motorists. Recall a trip in very light traffic on the Coquihalla, where the posted speed is 110 kph and most people on this summer day are doing around 125. I'm in the right lane doing about 120 when I see a train of 7-8 cars slowly passing me, the separation between cars only about a car length. TROUBLE! I slow down to let them pass me, and then presumably pass the driver that is holding the even faster drivers up. Doesn't happen. That train just continues down the fast lane, with huge gaps both ahead of and behind them. Couldn't help thinking "what if a deer jumps out in front of the first car." You could have a seven-car collision with multiple fatalities. It didn't happen that day. But what a stupid gamble for no reason.

    Sorry if I have sidetracked this thread. Never commuted to work on the bike and in my travels on the bike never had encounters/near misses with anything on the road - except another rider who totaled my bike. That is a story already told in "crash chronicles."
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    Just today I missed a saw horse that was on the dotted line between lanes. Must have fallen off of a workers truck. I was watching the traffic ahead of me and they all seemed to produce an egg shape up stream so I moved to the outside of my lane and avoided it. Mind you that is on a multi lane heading in one direction hence the egg shape.

    Hey Doug, as far as travel distance to the vehicle in front, the method being taught here is the two second rule. If you see the vehicle in front of you pass an object (for example the rear bumper and a sign post along the road) and count 123223 and then your vehicle is even with that post - you're good. The two second rule works at any speed.
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    Love that rule of thumb.


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    a mystery to me

    Rode home last night in a pouring rain. Hard to see anything and ponding water to boot. Did not notice any issues. This morning I found a big piece of fur hanging off my center stand. No idea how, when or where it came from.
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    Near misses and one fatality

    When I was in college dodging flying objects seemed like a daily occurrence. I had a hood fly off the car in front of me on the interstate. That thing must have gone twenty feet in the air. Another time, again on the interstate at roughly the same area the left front wheel of a car traveling in the other direction came off, rolled through the median and came right at me. The scariest one was when I was on my way to a morning class, and while traveling down a two lane highway an unsecured engine block rolled off a flat bed truck going the other way and was coming right down the middle of my lane. Had to take the ditch to avoid that one.
    Two weeks ago I became a killer. I was having a nice ride on my new GS and lo and behold in the middle of this quiet country lane is Mr. Squirrel. Since I was probably the only motorized vehicle within two miles I beeped the horn and slowed. He looks up and starts giving me the old this way, that way, this way, that way. I get slowed to a walking pace and he finally makes it to the left side of the road. I am just about even with him so I start to accelerate quickly to get by this furry maniac. He does an immediate one eighty and runs right under me. Got him with both wheels. Why do they do that?
    It really bummed me out because I am a big softy where animals are concerned. I am a firm believer there is no situation that does not become more "interesting" with the addition of a squirrel.
    I once saw a squirrel almost take out a Humvee with four soldiers in it but that is a story for another time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brewmeister View Post
    I was coming back from breakfast in the Wisconsin dells while at the great lakes rally before it was the dells rally. I was in line with about 9 other beemers when across the field came 6 deer running full bore at us. we slowed to 45 mph and most ran between us except a smaller one that came right at me.I did a motocross move standing up on the foot pegs and kicked the deer at the moment of impact causing the deer to bellyflop as it hit me between the front and rear tires, The rear went 3 or 4 feet in the air like doing a one wheel stopie.I was covered with deer blood on my left side and successfully came to a stop on the side of the road leading to stand rock camo grounds.The gal behind me on a gs had it worse when she hit the speed bump dead deer carcass.when all stoped to make sure I was ok the gall pulled out latex gloves and cut out the back strap steaks and put then in a Walmart bag.Later in the day we all had some great,fresh venison steaks and I was the deer slayer the rest of the rally.I was on my 1971 Honda 360 that year .All it did was bend my shift lever up on a 45 degree angle.
    That is why I don't fully buy the idea of the majestic Forrest Monarch with the the finely tuned senses that is the American whitetail. I had one slam into the side of my car when I was at a complete stop with the lights on and motor running. Their African cousins aren't much better. Have you seen the video of the mountain biker in Africa? This poor guy is riding on pool table flat terrain as far as the eye can see and this running antelope just drills him in the side. It really wiped him out. He's lucky he wasn't killed.

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    Just yesterday, a pickup with an entire pallet of individual bags of mulch (you've all seen those bags at Home Depot, right?). The pallet was stacked two or three feet higher than the cab of the pickup and was leaning significantly to the rear, likely being pushed backward by the force of the wind as the truck motored down the road. There was only one tie-down and that was from side-to-side in the bed of the truck, nothing to hold the load front-to-rear. The load swayed back and forth precariously with every small bump the truck hit. As quickly as I could, I got around the idiot and pulled away from the wreck-waiting-to-happen. About an hour later, I went back to the same stretch of road and, sure enough, there was mulch scattered all over the road and piled along the shoulder. No sign of the truck so maybe the load dumped "safely" with no vehicles involved.
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    I had a hub cap HIT ME once on the highway; not fun at all.

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    Back when I was young and foolish and on my first Triumph I was riding with an open face helmet and had a wasp hit me just right. It was buzzing in my ear and I was slapping the helmet trying to kill it. Duh. Almost wrecked trying to get stopped and off the road without getting stung. I am sure it gave many drivers quite the laugh. Never rode open face again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikegalbicka View Post
    Back when I was young and foolish and on my first Triumph I was riding with an open face helmet and had a wasp hit me just right. It was buzzing in my ear and I was slapping the helmet trying to kill it. Duh. Almost wrecked trying to get stopped and off the road without getting stung. I am sure it gave many drivers quite the laugh. Never rode open face again.
    I was stung by a bee on the back of my neck going down the front straight at VIR a few years ago....not fun when prepping to lean into turn one...

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