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These are the hazards I run across when exploring the little lanes around middle Tennessee. They are all very unpredictable in their response to me being there.

This weekend my sister and her husband had a wreck with an illegal ATV on the street. They were travelling the same direction and the kid looked back a couple times and acknowledged that they were there (no mirrors). My BIL moved over and started to pass and the kid turned left into them putting them in the ditch and the ATV tumbled.

My BIL sprained his ankle and my Sister has several vertebrae fractures. She is home in a back brace and neck brace and will see a neurosurgeon this week. She also has poison ivy from laying in the ditch waiting for the ambulance.

This is the second wreck for them. They were in a head on collision with a drug addled guy back in 2014 that crushed my BIL's pelvis while my sister ended up with a fractured leg and neck.

When I am out on my rides I am constantly encountering loose LARGE dogs that want to bite my tires, deer that can't figure out whether to freeze or run, and ATVs that dart out from driveways without looking.

I even killed a squirrel the other day.

Be careful out there and always expect that everyone and everything else is going to do the wrong thing at the wrong time.
 

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My list to watch out for also includes anyone w a cellphone in hand or with a handicap placard hanging from their mirror - especially if they are my age & up : )
 

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hope they recover. you just can't assume anything when riding.

when i was a teenager i ran over a dog with my little honda 65.
he darted under the bike and i bounced up off the seat when the rear tire ran over him.
can't believe i hung on but it worked out.

worse thing you can do is swerve to avoid animals...
 

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These are the hazards I run across when exploring the little lanes around middle Tennessee. They are all very unpredictable in their response to me being there.

This weekend my sister and her husband had a wreck with an illegal ATV on the street. They were travelling the same direction and the kid looked back a couple times and acknowledged that they were there (no mirrors). My BIL moved over and started to pass and the kid turned left into them putting them in the ditch and the ATV tumbled.

My BIL sprained his ankle and my Sister has several vertebrae fractures. She is home in a back brace and neck brace and will see a neurosurgeon this week. She also has poison ivy from laying in the ditch waiting for the ambulance.

This is the second wreck for them. They were in a head on collision with a drug addled guy back in 2014 that crushed my BIL's pelvis while my sister ended up with a fractured leg and neck.

When I am out on my rides I am constantly encountering loose LARGE dogs that want to bite my tires, deer that can't figure out whether to freeze or run, and ATVs that dart out from driveways without looking.

I even killed a squirrel the other day.

Be careful out there and always expect that everyone and everything else is going to do the wrong thing at the wrong time.
During my recent ride through Tennessee I found some of the drivers on the interstates to be downright reckless with no apparent comprehension of their driving. Many of the people drive somewhat over the speed limit, but this regular traffic flow is punctuated with other drivers that drive 20-30+ over the speed limit in heavy traffic passing in and out of lanes. I had a truck cut between me and a car that I was passing. There was perhaps a 1-1/2 car lengths between my front wheel and the rear bumper of the car I was passing. This truck came up so fast I didn't see it until it was passing me on the right and cutting in front of me. My first thoughts were not pleasant, but I quickly realized this arsehole was also pulling a trailer full of logs! The trailer missed my front tire by inches.

Independently of dangerously passing me, this was in heavy traffic with a freaking truck driving 90-mph and pulling a trailer full of logs. Welcome to Tennessee folks!
 

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Man that sucks, I hope and am praying they fully recover from their injuries and ride again in the future.



The only hazard here that you can actually have some fun with and avoid is............dogs.

Dogs are excellent at matching your speed and angling your capture, to miss them and piss them off at the same time, once you see them coming and they have their angle of attack calculated (instinct thing they actually don't do the math), slow down a little, let them readjust their angle of attack (again I'm pretty sure it's instinct and not calculus that they're doing in their head) then roll on the throttle again. Repeat if necessary but not usually required.

A dog waiting in the bushes like a cop at speed trap, a little tougher to deal with, not as much time, but still roll off and roll on the throttle a couple times to confuse them.

Cats, cats are ambush experts, they like cover or hiding in unexpected places up higher than their prey. They also like their prey at slow speed. When pulling into your driveway or garage, take a peak into your trees with low hanging branches or on top of your cupboards in the garage, that's where they will be lying in wait for you. The cat never ever ever ever gets hurt in the ambush, the biker always does and it usually results in damage to another vehicle in the garage or driveway, cat gets a two fer (2:1) and you get a multiple deductible.

Deer, moose, elk, sheep, goats, rabbits, squirrels, gophers totally unpredictable, they run in flight not pursuit (unless it is the rut)

Possums, skunks, porcupines, armadillos, slow moving can be avoided but they are usually only out on the road at night. Don't overdrive your headlights!

Note; Armadillos and small wild hogs are like hitting a rock or boulder, you're gonna go down. Large wild hogs are like hitting a wall!!!

Rattlesnakes and serpents, usually slow moving, get out around them, most importantly don't hit them, they can flip up onto the bike and now they are just pissed off!!!!

ATV/UTV, totally unpredictable, hell it can go anywhere that's why they bought it!

Drunks, totally unpredictable.

Drunk on/in an ATV/UTV, pull over and wait for the carnage, it will happen.




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Man that sucks, I hope and am praying they fully recover from their injuries and ride again in the future.



The only hazard here that you can actually have some fun with and avoid is............dogs.

A dog waiting in the bushes like a cop at speed trap, a little tougher to deal with, not as much time, but still roll off and roll on the throttle a couple times to confuse them.

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Thanks. It took my sister a while to ride again after the last time. My BIL got into restoring older harleys and was only riding at their Daytona Beach house but where they live in Dunlap, TN has some beautiful roads to ride on.

Now the dogs I encounter are almost always hiding in the ditches. They are also large dogs that could take you down if they get to you. Sometimes they announce themselves which make me instinctively goose the throttle. Glad none of my bikes can accidentally wheelie like bikes I have had in the past.
 

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The posts by twowheeladdict and calgaryguy should be mandatory reading every Spring. Change your clocks ahead , change batteries in your smoke detectors and FOB then read these posts so you can enjoy another riding season
 

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Went for a ride on Sunday, Was entering a round about when I notice a car coming into the single lane round-about with out even looking to her left. She is coming off the main road which was 55MPH before the interchange. I hit hard on the brakes because I am assuming she wasn't going to yield to my right of way, sure enough she enters the round-about right in front of me. If I would've "assumed" she was going to yield I would've been smacked. I laid on the horn and made her jump when she realized I was there. NEVER assume.

After that went to a friends house for a bonfire and a beverage. Left about 11PM, 30mi ride back I saw many "green eyes" along the side of the road, but it usually never bothers me. I think it is actually easier to spot animals @ night because my eyes are focused on what my LED headlights are shining on. Whereas in the day, my eyes could wander a bit more. Just the way I feel, many of my friends won't ride much at night, but I have never had issues with it.
 

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The posts by twowheeladdict and calgaryguy should be mandatory reading every Spring. Change your clocks ahead , change batteries in your smoke detectors and FOB then read these posts so you can enjoy another riding season
Add people looking into their smart phone located in their lap, and cars with very dark tinted windows (where you can not see where they are looking) sitting at an intersection to the list of things to watch out for.
 

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I was crossing the Tennessee River on the ferry at Danville/McKinnon a few years ago and a large group of ATVs pulled in behind me. One guy had a 1.5L bottle of Old Charter propped between his knees. It was not anywhere near full. Makes you feel real safe, doesn't it?
 

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I hope they have a speedy recovery.

I have had several close calls by distracted drivers.

On a different note, when did driving with headphones stuck in your ears become legal? Or is that just something idiots here do?
 
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