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?