Avoiding the Very Big Shiny Motorcycle (VBSM) coming at you.

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by RideDualSport.com, Mar 17, 2013.

  1. RideDualSport.com

    RideDualSport.com TPB all the way

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    There are certain roads near Austin, and certain parts of the Hill Country that I now consider to be hazardous to a rider's health until the fall - due to the opening of the riding season for helmet-less riders on very big shiny motorcycles (VBSM). We had an incident yesterday on one of the more popular roads in our area - Hamilton Pool road. Noticing an increased presence of helmet-less riders on VBSMs, that were traveling towards us, we were on guard.
    One rider in a group helmet-less beer-breathed riders on a VBSMs lost control of his very big shiny motorcycle in the middle of a downhill turn and skidded across the center-line into the path of my brother who was on his 85 Ninja 900.
    My brother braked mid-turn and made a sharp counter-steering move to dodge the VBSM. However, contact was made and the Ninja's handle bar end-weight and foot peg were ripped of his bike and my brother's foot was mashed by the VBSM. My brother is safely home with a rather swollen ankle.
    We are extremely thankful that this incident was not worse.
    So, be fully protected, keep your bike in top condition, avoid peak hours on risky roads, and practice emergency braking and maneuvering to keep your self safe!

    What tips do you have to minimize the risks of riding during the most popular time of your riding season especially in areas prone to VBSM syndrome?
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  2. It'sNotTheBike

    It'sNotTheBike Banned

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    The number one safety tip is don't ride in Texas, which
    obviously has a lot of idiots in its population ( you did bring us
    the Bushes, and that is a gift that keeps on giving, but not in
    a good way).


    It's a shame the helmetless fool wasn't crushed
    under a semi when he lost control of his p3n1$-enhancement
    vehicle. That would have been instant justice.


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  3. duck

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    Just my personal observation from around here but right when they start bringing them out is the most dangerous time of all. The 150 miles of skills they developed last season have faded. In a month or two they'll have a good 50 miles under their belts, if they survive it, and will be back at par.
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  4. baloneyskin daddy

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    Probably hasn't checked the air in the tires since he bought it.:cry
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  5. El Pescador

    El Pescador Been here awhile

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    He is in Austin, that's not REALLY Texas. It's lousy with Yankees and Californians trying to escape joblessness and taxation.

    You should also wish the helmetless fool's wife and children were crushed under the same semi. Feel better?

    RDS, I hope your brother makes a quick recovery.
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  7. the_sandman_454

    the_sandman_454 Been here awhile

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    Glad your brother made it through that with a relatively minor injury (versus what it could've been if he hadn't been quick to react).

    I don't have many tips other than just try to be attentive, and stay away from popular pirate roads, particularly avoiding likely routes they'll take while bar hopping, etc. Hate to stereotype, but really that seems to fit that demographic pretty well.
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  8. Bill Harris

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  9. Kootenai Rider

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    Beat me to it.... No VBSM's on the trails
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  10. kamikazekyle

    kamikazekyle Been here awhile

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    Guess I kinda have it lucky here. There's not many non-urban/city roads within an hour or so of here, so most of the seasonal, fair weather, low mileage riders on large motorcycles usually just ride them to/from work via the interstate or bar to bar. And off the interstate you're going to be stuck going stoplight to stoplight in traffic anyway. They can usually keep up duck walking to get their motorcycle into position.

    I work third shift so by the time I leave for work I rarely see another motorcycle, less than 15 during the past year. When I head home it's an hour or two after rush hour, so that helps minimize exposure to other motorcyclists as well. I get every other week off, so I do my recreational riding on weekdays which helps to minimize traffic in general. It's nice to hit twisty roads with no other vehicles for miles and have the option of doing a mini-tour every other week :p
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    Hope your bro makes a speedy and full recovery.

    I always try to hit the "hot" spots during the week and avoid them on weekends. Seems to be a lot less douchewafflery when most of them are at work so they can buy more chrome and fringe. :D
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  14. tire joe

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    Ride when its dark or raining or below 60 degrees. The big motorcycles you see then will have riders on them .
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  15. eric2

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    First, I'm glad your brothers OK, there have been several bike on bike fatalities in the AO. One of them a guy I sold an R65ls to.

    Its been alluded to in other posts but the only sure fire way to avoid the pirate crowd is to ride earlier, rather than later in the day.

    Its not just the cruisers though, found this on the side of the road about 100 yards west of hamilton pool pointing east. looks like that turn by stagecoach lane snuck up on him.

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    Seriously though, I ride with a bunch of rapid riding geezers and we KSU around 0730 saturdays now with DST from the stop and drop at 2244 and loop 360.

    There are no VBSM or squidly type riders up at that ungodly hour. Problem solved!

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    Oh yeah, that guy wasn't the first one to get fooled by the sharp corners going over the perdenales

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  16. RideDualSport.com

    RideDualSport.com TPB all the way

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    Thanks for the well wishes towards my brother, dudes.
    He rides fully geared up in a good helmet, vanson leathers, Alpinestar boots and all. We will ride earlier in the morning and take advantage of some other areas about 1/2 hours North of Austin where the riding is really good and far less populated with VBSMs

    We recently resurrected my brother's 900 Ninja, which was sitting for about 16 years. The motor has a ported head, RS Carbs, Big Bore Kit, balanced and blue printed motor, undercut transmission gears, billet clutch basket, PM wheels and brakes, FOX shock and Gold Valve forks.
    By modern bike standards, is a rather slow steering bike, with and out-stretched reach to the bars - so I am very proud that his ex-road racing skills came to his rescue, when he had to dodge the bike to avoid a massive head-on collision.
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    Here is the skid mark left by the VBSM as the rider overshot the turn, rear wheel locked up and smoking.
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    Here is the rest of the skid mark he left as he went down the embankment on the other side of the road. At this point my brother would have been on the right hand side of the picture, in his lane as he had to countersteer to his left.
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  18. Mgbgt89

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    Between 50 and 65 degrees is my favorite weather to ride in, for many reasons.

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    No VBSM's out today... Just one very dirty motard.
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    I salute your brother for his skills, and applaud his ATGATT foresight.

    Sure is pretty country around there, eh?
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  20. RedShark

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    I always like when they ride side-by-side with the left guy's foot over top the centerline stripes. What's up with that ?
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