Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Fayetteville, NC
The value of practice
Figured I would share what happened to me today. Driving on a road that had two lanes in either direction, I was in the left lane, two large SUVs in the right. I was going speed limit (35mph) when the two SUVs in the right lane begin to slow down. They appeared to be slowing for a turn into a parking lot, but what I couldn't see was that they were stopping for a pedestrian who was trying to cross (not at a cross walk, go figure). First thing I see is this guy sprinting into my lane so I hit the clutch and brakes hard. I lock up the rear brake pretty quick (guy was only about 40ft away from me) the bike starts to lean left as the rear goes right. Lucky for me, there was no one in the opposing lanes of travel, so I let off the rear brake and get into the lanes going the opposite way to avoid hitting this guy and straighten the bike back up.
What saved my tail was that a week and a half ago I was going for a ride and hit a neighborhood still under construction. I took the time to practice panic stops and learn the limits of my bike. That and I was wearing Kevlar pants and jacket just in case.
Few problems on this green earth cannot be solved by the proper application of high explosives
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