What is the strangest thing you hit/almost hit?

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by cherokee, Jun 16, 2006.

  1. Rossland Rider

    Rossland Rider Adventurer

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    I just got back from an 8 day ride around much of Idaho. Was riding down upper Imnaha Rd in Hells canyon and almost hit a peacock. Not the most common thing to be looking out for in the middle of nowhere Oregon.
  2. Assero

    Assero Classic Adventurer

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    In the last twelve months:

    Driving to dinner in Chiang Mai one evening, it was dark as I rounded a corner on a dual carriageway at about 45mph to find a six feet wide freezer chest being pulled across the road. An amateur ninja, dressed entirely in black and almost invisible, stood on the traffic side as he pulled the freezer. I adjusted my line twice, first to miss the freezer, then to miss the ninja. Why he didn´t push it, I have no idea.

    Again, in the dark but this time at around 5am, I was driving briskly over the mountains (:D) to the north-east of Chiang Mai. There´s very little traffic at that time of day, BUT... As I hurtled down the road, something a little hazy made me roll-off the throttle. I couldn´t figure it out so I braked. Still, it was unclear. I got down to 20mph and lifted my visor. Even at close range, it was hard to recognize the home-made flat-bed tractor travelling at 10mph, laden with an enormous pile of green plants. No lights. No reflectors. No registration. Perfect camouflage.

    From the northern-most tip of Thailand at Mae Sai, there´s a fast stretch of road that runs due south. At around 60mph I noticed a man 200 yards ahead leave a colleague and walk across the road. With Spidey sense on full, I rolled off the throttle. As the man reached the far side of the road, he lifted his arm to bring a wire to neck level across the three carriageways. A medium fast stop for me, and a surprise for the cars ahead. I think the man was intending that the cars drive underneath the wire while he held it.

    On the outskirts of Mae Rim, driving towards Chiang Mai at around 60mph, I encountered a massive truck reversing onto the highway to block all three lanes. A man standing in the road beside the truck waved his arms to the driver to indicate he was clear to reverse despite oncoming traffic. Result, a hard, fast stop, looking at the diminishing gap between the rear of the truck and the concrete lane divider.

    In Thailand, the rules of the road are simple; don´t drive faster than you can see and stop, priority goes to the largest vehicle, and expect anything. :D
  3. Offcenter

    Offcenter On The Road Again!

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    In 1974 I hit a brick dead on with my new BMW. The tires held but it cost me two wheel rims.

    But previously in 1970 I was heading down a local street on my CB350 when a big Collie dog
    tried to ambush me from between two parked cars. His timing was off and he missed.
    A short while later when I came back up the same street, the same dog tried again. He charged straight
    at the right side of the bike with that big mouth full of fangs open wide. Somehow, he missed getting hit
    by the crash bar which surely would have killed him. Instead, the front of my right shin hit him in the
    side of the face (at about 30 mph) I still remember seeing his feet go by, to my right above my eye level, as he
    did a snap roll from the impact. He picked himself up and headed into the backyard of the house he
    had come from with an unearthly howl that I could easily hear over the engine of the bike.
    He left the imprint of that open mouth full of teeth on the front of my shin. Hurt like hell for days!!!
    But I guarantee you, that dog never chased another motorcycle!!!
  4. Plataokamoca

    Plataokamoca Adventurer

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    I was doing around 100 km/h (60mph) in a flat and wide avenue through the down town of Lisbon when a pidgeon appeared coming from the left side of the road and tried to fly past right in front of my bike, it didn't make it and as a result I heard a very loud bang and just saw the pidgeon "crashing" onto the road by my right side. When I stopped to access the situation I found a big messy yellowish stain on the front of the fairing and headlight, and a cracked joint on the fairing... I was actually very lucky it didn't hit me on my helmet...
  5. Mambo Dave

    Mambo Dave Backyard Adventurer

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    I've seen a lot of road debris / mattresses / etc., but I'd say the strangest thing wasn't all that strange...

    Just a dog, in his own front yard, that was barking and running out after my buddy (at a 90-degree angle) who blew the turn (really, the turn wasn't the issue as we never saw it - many feet beforehand was gravel that we didn't expect in a dip in the road, with the top of the road hidden by trees on both sides that, ideally, we would have braked well in advance for and eventually judged - but there would be no good braking on that gravel) and ended up, luckily, skidding through a conveniently placed front yard (we both thought each of us were in for an ambulance ride, and the bikes totalled against trees). As mad as that dog was, and as hard as he was charging, he seemed shocked when he realized that even farther into his yard, and 10 feet behind the motorcyclist he was chasing, another biker was headed right for him.

    At that point the dog stopped both barking and running just in time to watch me skid across the wet grass right in front of him (probably one foot from his nose), then across his gravel driveway at the far end of the property, then across the wet grass at the northern end of the property. Interestingly, he was so shocked that he didn't bark nor chase after us afterward, either, lol.
  6. KX50002

    KX50002 NooB, my ass

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    I ran over an Opossum once in the apex of a corner with my wife on the back of my 79 KZ650. Amazingly nothing really happened just squirmed over about 8 feet to the outside of my lane and kept going. I say nothing really happened because it didn't startle me, just kinda smoothly moved over, it was weird!

    I hit a golfball with my forehead at about 100mph, luckily I had my trusty bell fullface helmet on, it just about took me off the bike, I was very lucky that day.:bubba
  7. MADurstewitz

    MADurstewitz MADMark

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    Pigeon in the rain, in the chest, on the Palisades Parkway in NYS. Felt like a big, wet bean bag.
  8. High Country Herb

    High Country Herb Adventure Connoiseur

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    I almost got swatted off the road by an oncoming big rig fish-tailing on black ice. He was pulling double trailers, and I had to ride the fog line to avoid him. He was doing about 40 mph, and I was doing about 60 mph, so it would have been the end for sure. I was driving my '91 Geo Metro convertable, but it had a 1L Suzuki engine so maybe my story still fits here. :huh
  9. JDK111

    JDK111 Been here awhile

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    Been there (Northern Thailand ) and you're exactly right.
    ..... spectacular biking though, especially in the Chiang Rai area.
  10. Rinty

    Rinty Been here awhile

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    Almost collided with an Eagle, on the Rattlesnake, Washington side.
  11. singletrackslayer

    singletrackslayer Legalize singletrack

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    Got kicked in the shin by a cow once. he was harder to pass on a twotrack road than some people i know riding singletrack. when i finally got around him, he reared up and let me have it. fiesty lil feller!
  12. JGNC

    JGNC Been here awhile

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    Came very close to catching the wing of what I think was a very large owl to the face. It was at night and I was going over 80 mph. Pretty sure that wouldn't have ended too well for either of us. :eek1

    Coming out of a curve at wide open throttle around 60 mph on the DRZ when a 3-4" diameter tree limb decided to fall. I hit it square and less than a second after it hit the ground.
  13. SilkMoneyLove

    SilkMoneyLove Long timer

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    Cow is a she- just sayin :-)

    Strangest thing was weaving around an aluminum ladder on the DC beltway.

    Contractors just don't give a damn.
  14. singletrackslayer

    singletrackslayer Legalize singletrack

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    Fine. a yearling steer.

    I thought that singular for cattle was cow.
  15. der_saeufer

    der_saeufer ?איפה בירה

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    Singular for cattle is cattle. Don't ask me, I didn't invent the language.

    I hit a snake once. Not very interesting, but his reaction was--I came around the corner and saw him laying across the road. He noticed me and curled up right in the middle, where I promptly ran over him having expected him to move the other way. I'm wondering how many cars he escaped that way, because he parked himself dead center in the lane after having been laying across the right half of it.
  16. The Walrus

    The Walrus Gone and back again.

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    :poser

    I just flashed on a sight that stunned me in early March of this year. Riding a sweeping lefty in Baja Sur, with the surf of the Sea of Cortez , the wonderful Bahia de Concepcion in the background, a wonderful ping pig stood proudly baring his grinning teeth at me...............

    Whoa

    [​IMG]

    I know, I know.......I wasn't eating cactus......

    :lol3
  17. StupidDogCoffee

    StupidDogCoffee IGNORE THIS TEXT

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    I wasn't riding anything, but it doesn't matter because this screws with my head more than anything else.

    About a decade ago, I was in Amsterdam on holiday and me and a crazy Italian fascist punk were wandering the streets in the wee hours of the morning. In the middle of the road we are walking down, we come across what, at first glance, appears to be a wig. It's a luxurious patch of long golden hair. As we pass it, I nudge it with the toe of my boot, and the underside of it is bloody red. It's not a wig, it's a scalp. Neither of us said a word, we just quickened our pace and found our way back to a well trafficked road.

    It still gives me the willies to think about it.
  18. Big Red

    Big Red Adventurer

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    Well there's your first problem right there
    Sounds like the recipe for a quiet night in...
  19. SilkMoneyLove

    SilkMoneyLove Long timer

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    Scalp. That is messed up.
  20. miguelitro

    miguelitro Chuchaqui

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    fixed:deal