Close call. Real close!
Hey I'll share this as I feel like others may be able to learn from it.
I decided to ride the bike to a work meeting this morning. A couple miles out of town I caught up with another motorcycle. I don't know the person, have no connection with them- we are simply 2 vehicles which happen to be motorcycles on the same road in the same direction.
I am following the bike in front at a safe distance, and we approach a rural "T" intersection with the stem of the "T" being to the right. A car is sitting there at the intersection, waiting to turn left which would bring the car onto the road, meeting us. The bike in front of me signals to turn right, I end up closing some distance as I slow, and as the front bike turns right I begin to accelerate and the lady in the car pulls right out. She suddenly realizes I'm there (I am completely convinced she thought we were traveling together and I was going to turn right also) and instead of going on stops dead in the lane.
So, the Harley is more nimble than I thought. I honestly felt the front tire "scrub" because I countersteered so hard. I ended up going behind her car, lifted my left leg as I went by because I thought it was done for if I hit her, made it by her car into the grass median, went to the right of a road sign along the ditch with the ABS going ba dada dada and rode right back onto the road. I even remember thinking there is a good field right here to land a helicopter (been a firefighter/paramedic many years so you learn to think ahead.....)
I actually did not turn around and do or say anything to her. Just rode right on. I think I must have figured I was so lucky I'll just cut my losses and go on! I make a concerted effort to be very cautious but this one about got me. I really think she thought we were both turning. And this is the situation where ABS pays off-I'm sure I could not have modulated the brakes on the wet grass as out of shape as I was. Be safe!!