Join Date: Aug 2011
Year/Make/Model: 2014 Kawasaki Vulcan Vaquero ABS SE
Color: Orange SE
Someone slammed on their brakes in front of you.
You came to a stop without hitting the car, losing control of the bike, or even stalling the engine.
What made you think anything you did wasn't the right thing to do?
We lose fine motor skills when adrenaline kicks in. Military personnel, police officers, and others don't use large, overhand, exaggerated movements to change magazines and service weapons to look like action movie heros, they do it because they know in an adrenaline rushed situation they will NOT have the fine motor skills to perform those tasks, so they practice doing them in the ogre-ish way they'll actually be able to do them in a life or death situation.
Brake using the techniques you've learned, and the next time this happens you'll have the same result. I'm not a fan of doing something different 99% of the time and expecting to do it differently in an emergency. That's why I use both brakes all the time even though there's plenty of braking power in the front alone for most situations. And when some yahoo pulls out in front of me, without thinking I'm on both brakes; because it's what I always do.
In the two closest calls I ever had, one where a commercial truck pulled out of a side street turning right and came all the way into the oncoming lane, blocking both my lane and almost all of the shoulder; and another where a drunk driver in a pickup truck pulled out in front of me then stopped; I locked up the rear brake. My current bike has ABS, but my last one didn't. Adrenaline was rushing, I did what I always do; I hit both brakes. I controlled the bike with countersteering, like I always do, instead of throwing my weight around. And both times I was stopped up-right before a collision. (Well, sort of, I side swiped the commercial truck in the first scenario with my tires on the very edge of the shoulder, but at low speed. Just scraped up my saddlebag. And yes, the truck driver paid for a new saddlebag! Second scenario driver left in a hurry, obviously no contact was made, but he was going the same direction we were and obviously drunk so I made a phone call, and the state troopers caught up with him a few minutes later.)
"8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us."
Romans 5:8 (NIV)
2014 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero ABS SE
iPod Connector Kit, Kuryakyn Highway Pegs, Mustang Touring Seat, Marvella's Hitch, Kuryakyn Trailer Wiring Kit, Haul-Master Tag-a-Long Cargo Trailer
2011 Honda Shadow Aero 750 (Wife's)
Memphis shades quick-release windshield, OEM Solo Seat, Mustang Fender Bib, Chrome Solo Luggage Rack
Past: 2006 Vulcan 900 Classic LT