strangest road debris

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by braindigitalis, May 1, 2013.

  1. Long Gone

    Long Gone Objectivist

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    I45 in Houston at night. Saw the car in front of me swerve suddenly and there it was, trunk facing the cage. Luckily the Honda wagon took it in the center of the bumper and threw it into the breakdown lane. Six inched higher and I'd of had to buy a radiator and a whole lot more.
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  2. warriorcole

    warriorcole n00b sch00b

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    A fresh deer head in a curve in West Virginia. I wanted to strap it to the back of the bike and ride into the motel parking lot with it.
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  3. Jays-f800gs

    Jays-f800gs Been here awhile

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    I seen a five inch diameter tree across the road, then I seen my passenger flying past me as I landed on my front tire and the bars banged back and forth about five times, then I lost my grip and seen pavement!:D
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  4. 1911fan

    1911fan Master of the Obvious

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    Dunno what it was, but it was yellow, about three feet square, and around 12 feet long. Across about a lane and a half at around midnight, on I5 north of SeaTac airport.


    1911fan
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  5. fallingoff

    fallingoff Banned

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    came round a blind corner/ single sealed lane

    bevelhead, about 35 years ago

    doing about 140kmph

    a large dead horse across the sealed section

    straightened up hit brakes

    then took to the dirt

    those old duc handled the dirt well

    scared the shit out of me and mate

    managed to get mate to slow down

    cheers
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  6. snoman002

    snoman002 Been here awhile

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    A full size tire, on the rim, in the center lane.

    Plenty of deer pieces.

    A load of gravel, like, a WHOLE load from a county dump truck. Granted, it was spread over 10 miles of highway so it wasn't terrible.

    One dumb-a$$ lady changing her flat tire in the fast lane!
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  7. Dr E

    Dr E Chasing after theory

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    Over the years my wife and I build cars from road debris...not real ones, but we keep a score sheet and check off what parts we need to complete each car.

    I think, without looking at our travel logs we have built about 7 or 8 cars over 30 years. Fun way to kill time when on long trips.
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  8. Digasi

    Digasi Been here awhile

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    Worst was a recliner that fell out of a truck while doing ~75 on the freeway.
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  9. Retired-N-Roamin

    Retired-N-Roamin Retired and Roamin

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    Did you know that after the cardboard box explodes, that the doors will come off the top freezer and bottom refer sections when a brand new refrigerator exits a pickup @ 65mph? Impressive scattering of parts on a 6 lane.

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  10. klr650gary

    klr650gary CBD Adventurer

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    A windsurfer flipped up off the car in front on the motorway, the little Neon sign on my underpants suddenly flashed "FULL".

    ... and a brand new pair of Ray-Bans on the road when I parked one day, not a scratch on them! (Sent them in for repair 6 years later and the shop lost them and gave me a free replacement pair :clap )

    Also back when I was a motorcycle courier, I found a meter maid/parking officer, still with her 30+ years later, does that count?
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  11. Merlinzen

    Merlinzen Been here awhile

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    I hate following boats.
    [plenty of them around here, on the highway to/from the beach or the harbour]

    Nearly got speared by a fishing rod once
    Another time an esky bounced out of the boat and self destructed into a million tiny pieces of polystyrene in front of me.
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  12. foxtrapper

    foxtrapper Been here awhile

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    There was that big swimming pool that blew off the semi-trailer right in front of me one morning. Oddly enough, one ratchet strap, even a heavy-duty one, wasn't enough to keep the swimming pool in place while the truck was blasting down the interstate in the left lane. :huh

    There was the Army tank I saw fall off a lowboy trailer while the semi was going down the ramp. That was interesting.

    Lots of produce and condements. Not usually terribly difficult to navigate, but entertaining to look at. Can be slippery at times though.

    I've watched people play ping-pong with traffic barrels. Wasn't sure one time if I wasn't going to be forced to participate in the game once on my bike. Wind eddies decided to have another person take my place for that round.

    Load of cinderblock once. Well down the on-ramp, where you're usually going at a good clip to merge into traffic. Good example of why you shouldn't over speed a turn you can't see far around.

    Wife had a car fall off the top of a carrier that she was following. She'd oddly skittish about following those things ever since.
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  13. zeeede

    zeeede Long timer

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    Sorry about that guys. Don't worry... I've quit drinking. :freaky
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  14. fullmonte

    fullmonte Reformed Kneedragger

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    Driving home from college in 1995, I noticed movement in the mirror and got to see my Sony VCR do a Frisbee imitation out the back of the pickup, before exploding into a thousand pieces on an empty stretch of I-81 in VA. Four years later on a two lane road, I came through a blind corner on the VFR and rode through partially gutted hay bale.:eek1 Driving into Chicago, a Nissan ahead of us jettisoned it's back wheel at 60 mph. Amazing to see it bouncing along while maintaining speed as traffic dodged it in three lanes. Got to witness a large fifth wheel RV play "wag the dog" on I40 outside of Albuquerqe. Fortunately, they got it slowed and pulled onto the shoulder in time. At the end of a 350+ mile day, Riding through a blind right hander with my knee inches from the deck, a large black dog tried attacking my SV1000 from the ditch. It happened so fast I only had time to shut my eyes for impact. Somehow, I managed to stay upright and rode home, pissed off and tired. Damage was a cracked chin spoiler and the brake pedal was bent into the shape of a "U".:huh
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  15. KX50002

    KX50002 NooB, my ass

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    Hit a LIVE Possum once.... dam they're slippery!
    Was 2 up on a 79 KZ650, can't believe I didn't fall.:clap
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  16. LuciferMutt

    LuciferMutt Rides slow bike slow

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    Funny you make this thread today.

    on my way home yesterday, on the street on the way to my house right before the last turn, there was an aircooled cylinder head lying in the middle of the road. Pretty large, looked like it was off of a ride-along lanwmower or similarly sized engine. Fell out of a truck, I guess -- there is a speedhump there so that's my guess.
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  17. garandman

    garandman Wandering Minstrel

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    One of our trucks dropped a 44,000 lb injection mold (basically a large steel lump) on a highway in Ohio. It skipped down the road a while before it stopped and was promptly hit by a Cadillac, making an impressively regular hole in the front and bringing it to a rapid stop. Luckily the driver was on the brakes pretty hard so he'd slowed down and was uninjured - but I'm sure it didn't improve him any.

    The strangest thing I've seen was on a state forest road. Very old school girdle, with nylons style attached. When passion struck....
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  18. Big Bamboo

    Big Bamboo Aircooled & Sunbaked

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    Biggest thing I've ever seen fall off a truck was what looked like a brand new 8' diameter generator for a power station, being transported on a flatbed county truck, WITHOUT tie downs!! It made a slow right hand turn and the generator slid off the bed sideways. I bet somebody had some explaining to do on that one. The other time was a green GTO sitting upside down in the middle of the road on a long blind right hand turn. Nobody around, and no major damage, other than being upside down...
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  19. SloMo228

    SloMo228 World Class Cheapass

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    I wasn't riding at the time, but once a few years back, I was on my way home from watching a hockey game. I was stopped at a light and noticed on the curb a 12-pack of Coors. It was about 2 in the morning with no one around, so I opened my door and grabbed it. It was completely undamaged and unopened, and I didn't have to buy beer that week! :D
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  20. HH

    HH Hurricane Harry

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    Spike strips. Damn cop threw it right in front of me, asshole.
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