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Old 07-07-2008, 03:07 PM   #706
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Not that strange, but I cut a squirel in half at 80 mph last week. Poor thing.
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Old 07-07-2008, 09:30 PM   #707
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My buddy...

He was riding a shadow and clipped another rider on a Gixxer at a stop light and almost ending up eating my KLR tread.
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Old 07-08-2008, 11:37 AM   #708
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I hate rattlesnakes. About the only creature around that gives me the creeps. I think it is some instinctive mammalian repulsion to reptiles. I have encountered dozens over the years. Stepped on several, had a couple strike at me. I have yet to be bitten, fortunately. Anyway, I was riding my KLR650 down the road the other day. I was in the A portion of the lane, following a car that was almost driving on the shoulder of the road. I was just a little closer than I usually follow because this car was doing about 20 mph under the speed limit. The next thing I know I see this snake come flying up from under the right rear wheel, going end over end in an arc into the air and clearly headed towards my lap. I am fixated on this friggin snake, and I can see a large set of rattles on the end of the tail! It’s funny how something like this happens so fast but your brain processes the information in what seems like slow motion. Fast enough I could not do a thing, but slow enough I could see those rattles and estimate where it was going to land. Fortunately the thing missed my lap by about six inches. I am not sure what kind of protection ATGATT provides against a snake, but I am sure I would have needed it for the fall I would have taken had that snake hit me!
I thought that running over one or two in NV was bad enough (I may have even lifted up my feet when I realized what I was running over)... I'm really not fond of snakes, having one fly at me like that may have put me over the edge!!
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Old 07-08-2008, 01:08 PM   #709
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Gator

I have hit weird stuff like the rest of you but a 10 to 12 foot gator just down the road from home was my strangest.
Right after I retired I testified for a girl that was riding a Honda Shadow that was hurt very bad in a freak accident. She was passing a semi when a tire blew out and knocked her off the bike at about 65mph.
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Old 07-08-2008, 07:36 PM   #710
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Pissed Retread!

Years ago, I was on my R90/6 returning home from college and stuck in holiday traffic going about 55-60. There was a semi in front of me and a suburban behind. The suburban was tailgating the semi and I was caught in between, he wasn't but about 20 feet behind me. I had moved to the right side of the lane to peak up the shoulder to check on traffic on ahead and as I moved back to the left side of the lane, a retread on the forward set of trailer wheels let go. The rear most set of wheels kicked up the retread and it flew past my right shoulder and demolished the right headlight and grill of the suburban. Well now the suburban driver was pissed and started driving very erratically. I just beat it to the shoulder and took a little break. I remember really wanting a cigarette or two, but I had quit by then.

I have since been told that if you are behind a semi or any big truck that runs retreads and you feel sand hitting you, it could be the glue coming out from under the retread and it may let go. Now I just blast by 'em and have even passed on the shoulder to avoid being stuck behind a one.
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Old 07-09-2008, 01:31 AM   #711
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Years ago, I was on my R90/6 returning home from college and stuck in holiday traffic going about 55-60. There was a semi in front of me and a suburban behind. The suburban was tailgating the semi and I was caught in between, he wasn't but about 20 feet behind me. I had moved to the right side of the lane to peak up the shoulder to check on traffic on ahead and as I moved back to the left side of the lane, a retread on the forward set of trailer wheels let go. The rear most set of wheels kicked up the retread and it flew past my right shoulder and demolished the right headlight and grill of the suburban. Well now the suburban driver was pissed and started driving very erratically. I just beat it to the shoulder and took a little break. I remember really wanting a cigarette or two, but I had quit by then.

I have since been told that if you are behind a semi or any big truck that runs retreads and you feel sand hitting you, it could be the glue coming out from under the retread and it may let go. Now I just blast by 'em and have even passed on the shoulder to avoid being stuck behind a one.
The way the retreads are done, no glue comes out, it's fully vulcanized. The only clue you would ever have is the very sliver edge of tire thats starting to peel off, by that point at highway speeds the next revolution or so that fuckers coming off.
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Old 07-09-2008, 09:02 AM   #712
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Eek Fore!

In my first week of licensed road riding, I was putting along on my little Honda cruiser down a country back road. Turns out the road went behind the back nine of a golf course. I discovered this when somebody's errant drive landed 18 inches in front of my front tire. It was loud.

To paraphrase somebody's sig: "Calling on all my noob skills, I froze at the controls."

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Old 07-09-2008, 07:54 PM   #713
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Swarm of Bees

I commute to and from work, about 35 miles each way, across farmland and desert, on a company bus. This afternoon, about half way back into town, the bus plowed through a swarm of bees. It sounded like heavy rain for about a second and the front of the bus was covered in bee gore. The driver switched on the driver's-side wiper and the result was just about zero visibility. He kept driving only because he could see around the mess. The whole thing was actually funny, but I don't think it would be so funny if you had that happen to you while riding a motorcycle.

What's the last thing on a bee's mind when it hits the windshield?

(It's ass.)
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Old 07-10-2008, 07:29 AM   #714
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bird attack

Was out riding smith-west road by round mountain last w/e. I had already seen a deer or 2 at mid-day so slowed down. Caught movement out of my left eye as a beautiful scissor-tailed bird made a run in front of the GS, cleared the bike, flew up, turned around augering in and then did a suicide mission straight into my HT overpants padded right knee

Looked into the mirror as it spun into the grass on the side of the road, stopped and went back hoping I just knocked it out.

apparently not



I've since found out these are pretty aggressive birds.

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Old 07-10-2008, 10:11 PM   #715
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Just a close call for me... Last week trying to beat the storm clouds home a bolt of lightning hit a transformer I was zipping past...BIG boom lotsa light and sparks everywhere asshole firmly puckered to seat. Then just as I was starting to relax I remembered a small dip in the road ahead. Trying to plan a bit ahead I slid to the inside of the lane to minimize any possible puddle/motorcycle issues. Yup good plan...until I realized water was already half way into the other lane. That's right two puckers in one simple ride home. and another valuable lesson...an SV1000 can be a jetski on occasion. I drank some rum when I got home.
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Old 07-11-2008, 06:20 AM   #716
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Eek Might not have been a retread at all...

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The way the retreads are done, no glue comes out, it's fully vulcanized. The only clue you would ever have is the very sliver edge of tire thats starting to peel off, by that point at highway speeds the next revolution or so that fuckers coming off.
I was behind an SUV pulling a horse trailer about a year ago. Could smell it before I saw it (the tire, not the horses). Looked over and saw an underinflated tire on the left side of the trailer. It smelled, then smoked, then blew, then disentegrated. By that time I was slightly ahead as I knew it was coming.

Two lessons I learned from that experience? 1) Sometimes you can smell it before it blows. 2) Two chicks in an SUV pulling a trailer will not notice they've blown a tire until somebody pulls alongside, honks, and points at it.
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Old 07-11-2008, 07:28 AM   #717
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A big, plaid Barcalounger chair with footrest in the extended position that had fallen off a pick-up truck on I-475 around Toledo, OH. It was in the middle of my lane but I managed to avoid contact as I went past.
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Old 07-13-2008, 05:02 PM   #718
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Fire extingusher here in Edmonton. I got it off the road before the next guy tagged it.
Same day on one of my favorite trails someone dropped a full size cooler in the middle of the trail just over the rise on a hill. I missed it, went back picked it up and took it home. Might as well us it as revenge.
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Old 07-18-2008, 09:38 PM   #719
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While riding trough Yellowstone national park I was a few minutes behind this car, and I could have been the one on my VSTROM hiting this moose.



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This Moose has a broken left rear leg.
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Old 07-20-2008, 12:29 PM   #720
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Saw a 150 lb or so bear out of the corner of my eye barrelling off the hill at Shenandoah NP two days ago. Checking my mirrors I saw nothing but black and knew he just barely missed my rear tire while running across the road. I saw two others 15 miles before, about two miles apart from each other, so I was on high alert. Almost t-boned by a cub. Phew...close one!
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