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post #1 of 39 (permalink) Old 04-14-2017, 09:41 PM Thread Starter
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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!!
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post #2 of 39 (permalink) Old 04-14-2017, 09:45 PM
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Dang, glad you're ok. That situation has never happened to me but I've ridden in a group with other riders I'm just sharing the road at the time with. Wouldn't of thought to think another driver would think that.

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post #3 of 39 (permalink) Old 04-14-2017, 09:55 PM
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I'm certain that she thought you two were together or quite possibly didn't even see you coming at all. Similar incident happened to me 2 years ago. Except I was cut off by someone in the opposite direction and decided to turn in front of my and my buddy. I don't have ABS so I wound up locking the rear wheel up and the bike got completely sideways. The car at this point was literally across my lane when they actually noticed me. While I was sliding sideways I managed to keep the bike up and squeezed between the front bumper of the car and the edge of the road which was a mailbox and a ditch. I too just kept rolling and didn't turn around. My buddy managed to stop before the car with his interlocking brake system on his 15 rg. I'm just glad everythig turned out ok

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post #4 of 39 (permalink) Old 04-14-2017, 10:38 PM
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This happened to me while traveling in a car. The car in front of me hung a right, I got T-boned on the passenger side. When you stated you began to close the distance as you slowed and then began to accelerate, I knew where you were going with it. Admittedly, I was following the car in front of me too close. I've been especially careful not to put myself in that predicament ever since. Nobody got hurt, but had I been on the bike, I wouldn't have fared out as well. Glad you made it out of what would have been a very bad situation
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I'll say you know the saying "when you assume......." glad you made it out just fine with nothing more than an adrenaline rush and knew found wisdom from this. I've done the same thing a few times when I was much younger and quickly learned to give space to another biker if they're turning or change lanes to show surrounding traffic that I'm not following that person. I'm glad this story had a happy ending of you riding on that the visual image of crumpled sheet metal and broken bones.

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post #7 of 39 (permalink) Old 04-15-2017, 04:26 AM
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Close call, glad you made it out ok. Just another scenario to be aware of, thanks for sharing.

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post #8 of 39 (permalink) Old 04-15-2017, 07:02 AM
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Glad you had a shoulder to ride on. Around here you would have been in a ditch.

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post #9 of 39 (permalink) Old 04-15-2017, 07:06 AM
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Great job on pulling that one out and great write up. I would never have thought of that but can see how it happened. Glad it worked out the way it did.

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post #10 of 39 (permalink) Old 04-15-2017, 08:33 AM
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I could see that one in my head movie as you were describing it amigo - Well done and glad you are safe - Good skill set and lack of target fixation did you well there.......whew
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