Near death experiences?

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by Earth Rider, Oct 22, 2013.

  1. Kommando

    Kommando Long timer

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    I don't wait when the light turns green. Waiting still won't necessarily save you. LOOK, if you don't want to get blasted by somebody blowing a light. People can blow a light 10-20 seconds or more after it has turned red. LOOK, before you enter a lane. In the US, check left, then right, then left again as you start through the first lanes. As you reach the middle of the road, check right again before proceeding into that half of the road.
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  2. wvtaco

    wvtaco Been here awhile

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    ive had two or three.

    commute at 11pm, 65 miles and new job 53 miles from home.
    on the longer it was all two lane roads here in wv up rt52.

    in fall a town called gilbert has an atv trail fest for the hatfield mccoy trails. going to work one sunday, on my 600 shadow, i enter a nice left hand blind turn. i was going maybe 40-45 mph. its one of those long turns that follow the river. here comes a black tahoe with a ~ 20 foot camper/toy hauler in tow. the trailer is sliding into the turn and pulling the suv around with it. i dive for the outside of the turn and get between the white line and guard rail as it goes but in the middle of my lane.
    had i been in my truck, i couldn't of missed him. that image is vivid in my head, his face with the look of terror has he hit this 35mph rated turn, believe he was from ohio maybe.. from what it looked like he passed a slower car and just couldn't slow down for the turn. its one of those turns( from his direction) that starts shallow and quickly gets sharp.

    i have had two close calls with deer. one on a two lane stretch at about midnight. maybe oct about 2 years ago, i was running about 60 mph, to over a crest and see some deer in a field to my left. i slow some and from a right a doe jumps in front of me. lock it up and stop about 15 feet in front of it. i cuss at it, it blows at me and runs off.

    the next one i was on my cm400e at about 1030 this march. doing about 70mph down the four lane. come around a turn and see a group of deer jumping the cables in the middle of the median. i give the drum brakes all they got. but the first deer was already in the passing lane. i release the brake and roll the throttle and tuck, i aim for the 3rd deers hind quarters. i feel the deers back leg graze my pants leg, as deer number 4 was just a few feet to my left. i was in shock that, i had split them. i was doing about 55mph when i went between them. ( 39hp +1 front sprocket doesnt have alot of power in top gear). i was shaking for the next 30 miles home. I still dont know how i didnt hit them or go down.

    not had alot of traffic related issues, but i dont drive in traffic much.
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  3. Mambo Dave

    Mambo Dave I cannot abide.

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    But was it blind to the SUV, or did he have some rise farther back that showed him the light was still green before he lost sight of it?

    Or did the SUV see the light the entire time?

    Anyway, self preservation here in s. Florida means waiting for about 4 seconds after a light turns green - and looking both ways twice - and staying put if you see anyone approaching at that point. We're not just waiting about four seconds, we're actively scanning and getting ready to stay longer.
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  4. kneeslider

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    When we lived in Morocco the wife & I had near death experience every time we were in traffic, not necessarily ours but some one or some thing would come right up to the "edge!" Out of the cities & in the country was no different. Two & four legged would dart into our path at anytime of the day or night!

    Come to think of it, it was the same experience riding or driving anywhere in Africa & the Middle east!

    Key a look-out at all times & always check your six!
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  5. atgatt

    atgatt Been here awhile

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    Sounds like a close call. Glad you are OK. You need to do whatever makes you comfortable.

    I wonder sometimes though. I live in the Boston area and there have been at least 5 bicyclists killed in the past 3 months. All of them were hit by cars... and yet I *never* hear anyone say... "well that's it, I'm never riding my bike on the street again." :norton
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  6. NJ-Brett

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    Over 35 years on the street, and I can not remember a close call.
    Many times I could have had a close call or worse if I weas not paying attention, but no close calls.

    Plenty of the usual changing lanes into me, running red lights, deer running out in front of me, but no close calls, because I saw it all coming in advance.

    In this case, I would avoid that intersection, and I use my hearing (what is left of it) to locate cars. Quiet pipes save lives.
    Sometimes, if its a bad intersection and I can not see, I will make a right and turn when its safe to do so.
    Same in a car, if I can not see, I do not go.

    I avoid some roads because its madness to ride a bike on them, and their is always another way to go, even if it adds a little time.
    I never mind time on a bike, and do not want time in a hospital, that cuts into riding time.
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  7. Earth Rider

    Earth Rider Long timer

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    You can't see the intersection at all from the other side of that bridge, but there's plenty of time to stop. You just need to be paying attention. I should post a pic.
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  8. JonU

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    Not really a near death experience but lost my headlight tonight and was on a road without streetlights/houses/businesses. Talk about hard to see. I ended up riding right on the white line so I could follow the contrast between the road and the desert. Parked it at my friends house until I can rig a temporary fix.

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  9. Anonawesome

    Anonawesome Scenic Rider

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    One time I hit a skunk at night because I had my tinted visor on. :*sip*
    Yawn, next challenge please.
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  10. Izzo

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    I was going about 55 on a 2 lane country road, coming up on a flashing yellow light- driver with a flashing red starts coming SLOWLY across the intersection like I'm not there. Can't stop, have to choose in front of car or behind- twist the throttle, I'm riding the white line, miss the front of the car (still moving) by about an inch. Don't know if it was a drunk or what. I don't get that pissed about little things anymore, because in that situation and a couple others my luck was good when I really needed it
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  11. NJ-Brett

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    You are doing the speed limit, coming up on a flashing yellow that means caution, and you cant stop?

    This is something to think about.
    What do you think would have happened if you did not make it, loose a leg?
    Worse?

    And there was no way to avoid this bad situation?
    I always tend to think cars do not see me and try and be ready for when they do not.

    If there is an intersection, and any cars are around, I roll off the throttle and plan for them to pull out.



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  12. Izzo

    Izzo Been here awhile

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    Did roll off throttle, glad I didn't slow more or I wouldn't have made it. To stop I would have to have slowed to like 20, and I don't know of anyone who rides like that.
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  13. r60man

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    I have had two that really stand out. The first one was a few months after I started riding on the road. I had a Triumph Bonneville at the time, and I had been riding off road for almost 15 years at that point. I was coming up a long hill. I saw a white mustang approaching the intersection that I I was coming to. A voice in my head said, that asshole is not going to stop. I covered the brakes and backed off the throttle. Sure enough he came out into the road and then stopped in the middle. I needed to panic brake and came to a stop about two feet from hit door parallel to him. I was yelling and kicking, when he pulled away I saw that he would have a very large black scuffed dent in his door to explain to Daddy.

    The other was just a few weeks ago. I was cruising along and a thought came into my mind that I hadn't seen any deer in a while. Sure enough about 100 yds down the road one jumped in front of me.

    I guess I have a sort of 6th sense.
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  14. Mac-1769

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    I live in the country of Kyrgyzstan. Here many people buy a drivers license but cannot buy ability! I had been without a bike for several years and really wanted to get back into riding. I found the prefect bike for the roads here and for getting back into riding, a 2008 KLR. I just bought the bike and was taking my new joy home to meet the wife. Driving down a one way road I meet the first of many idiots. This cool guy was driving head on at me, now this has happened while I was in my car too. Most of the time they will pull over to the side and let you by. Not this brain surgeon. He cut over across to my right going in front of me and across every lane of traffic. I had not been on a bike in years but was able to lock the back brake up bringing the bike sideways and then at the last second let off the brake and crank the front tire to the left and just passed his rear bumper clipping his trunk with the back rack on the bike.

    This should have told me something!

    During my first year on the bike I was almost squished between two small busses trying to compete for riders. Had a small porter truck pass me on the right, in my lane, while I had another car on my left. He found that he did not have enough room and moved in on me as if I was not there, slammed his mirror into his window and then he noticed me. Was turning left at a light and had a small bus fly up on my left and stop, was able to rest the bike on his door not dropping it, and then made adjustments to his mirror. Driving to town had a small bus passing in my lane on my right and the car passing on my left decided to come in my lane too. Kicked his door and he finally saw me. Traveling the speed limit going through a green light a supper smart idiot coming from the opposite direction pulls right out in front of me. Traffic is stopped ahead of him and he cannot go anywhere but can just sit in my lane. Cannot go around him for on coming traffic. Hit the back brake bringing the bike sideways but don't have any room to speak off behind him. A car moved over just enough and I hit the bumped with my crash bar and ankle. In Bishkek a near death or at least a bad wreck can happen every time I get on my bike.

    That was all 2012. 2013 has been a rough year for me and for my bike. Worked all winter on my bike painting and repairing upgrading and tuning. Warm weather was coming and I was getting happy. One night I had to take a friend her keys. All I had to do was ride half a mile to the light and left for a block. Did not make it to the light and a drunk came over into my lane, I pulled over to the right and the more I pulled over the more he came into my lane. I was off the road and could go no farther plus I was almost stopped when he hit me. My crash bars ripped the front fender open making an opening for my leg. Then they stopped the bike and I flew over the handle bars hitting the windshield post with my forearm. Once I hit the ground I saw the rear tire coming at my head and was able to roll away as the car kept rolling for another 50 feet. You would think by this time I would get smart enough to stop riding. Messed up my left knee and broke my arm. Two weeks later I was riding my reserve KLR :D . See it is hard to get parts here so you need two bikes just in case.

    I wish I could say that was the end of close calls. I will fast forward to the end of the riding season. We were in the mountains and I did let it get too late before I headed home. Came down the mountain okay. Got on the pavement and thought we are good now. It was 2200 hr and no traffic. I got up to the speed limit (60 kph) and then saw a white cow coming onto the road. First I slowed but he was already too close. Hit the gas and went to the right just in time to see the black cow right in front of me. Praise the Lord I did not T-bone him but did catch his head and his horn pierced into my left hand. Went down hard on the right and hurt my right shoulder, collar bone and a few ribs. The bike was okay and I road it home, just a little tough pulling in the clutch with a hole in the palm of my hand, all the way to white bone.

    About two weeks after the cow I took my first ride; had to go to the funeral of a friend. He was riding a sport bike through town and a car made a left hand turn in front of him, crossing the double yellow line. He broke his brain stem and died two days later. I was riding to give my condolences. As I was pulling up to a red light a small truck jumped out in front of me and proceeded to make an illegal U turn. It is hard to write and explain all the details. This was a four lane road, I was in the left lane and it was clear all the way to the light. I was not passing cars in the left lane, was not speeding, and was not breaking any law. There were several cars in the right lane and this idiot was in the right lane. I covered the brakes, hit the horn, and rested the bike on the side of his truck. Did not drop the bike but it sure hurt my shoulder.

    I have been told by many that this country is too dangerous to ride in. We have lost many bikers this year, nine just in Bishkek. Those are just the ones that died and that we know of. There are many more that have been hurt. One young man, just beginning to ride, was hit by a car and the last I heard he lost his leg. It is dangerous anywhere. When I bought my first street bike at 18 my mother made me promise to always pretend like I was invisible. For 33 years I play that game on my bike. It has saved me many times. I love riding and don't plan on giving it up any time soon. I trust in the Lord and trust He knows when my time is up. I just pray that I will not get hurt to the point that I cannot ride no more. If I do, I still have many wonderful memories of trip I have taken. We should not ride like an idiot. But also why take life so carefully as to arrive at deaths door safely?

    Mac
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