Bump on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by phillyrube, Sep 12, 2018.

  1. Tor

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    Should have ridden a bike with better suspension and travel.
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    Did the bump have any grass clippings on it?
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    A smattering of thistle and rag weed clippings. I understand there was oil. Not sure if it was synthetic or dyno oil.
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    Can't really tell the height of the bump, but it does look like vehicles were scraping hard parts on the pavement. Still, he would not want me to judge his case. He had multiple warnings.
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    Was he wearing Hi-Viz? :confused
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    In Illinois, that would be considered a silky smooth road!!! :-)
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    Where are the pot holes for the pot hole slalom? We have that all over the place here in Ohio!
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    These idiots are taking our air!
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    coincidence? I think not.




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    But how can you :freaky...
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    Maybe Global Warming caused that pavement to heave? :dunno

    Had he countersteered, it wouldn't have happened.
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  13. scfrank

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    There is a lot of opinions about this. I don’t know enough about the case to judge at this point. How big is the bump? Honestly, it doesn’t look big enough to lose control at 45mph. But, I’d have to ride over it. I ride that area several times a month, weather permitting. I don’t remember a bump that big. Doesn’t mean it wasn’t there. The BRP folks do have a responsibility to warn motorists about unsafe situations. If the sign was too close they may be negligent. By Placing the sign they admit they knew the hazard was there but inadequate placement made it ineffective.

    There’s responsibility on the rider and the park service.
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    If they are responsible because the sign was too close then they should take all of the signs down and it would solve the issue. Most of us ride unmarked and unfamiliar roads all of the time and deal with bumps, cracks, debris, and every other hazard. That is just one of the risks we accept as drivers/riders.
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    scfrank Old farts riding club. Supporter

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    So, if you go into a tunnel and hit a big rock, and the park service left it there, and didn’t warn, it was your fault? The BRP is not unmarked and unfamiliar.

    There is a reasonable expectation of road condition.
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  16. scfrank

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    Maybe so.
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    Reasonable? I agree. As I said early in the thread, literally in a weeks time thousands of bikes reasonably negotiate the same hazard with no issues at all and a small bump in the road is not the same as a big rock left in the middle of a tunnel intentionally. This guy is reaching. I am also willing to bet the Parkway is just as unfamiliar to him as it would be to me.

    I hope the guy never comes to ride in my neck of the woods because he couldn't handle it. We have curves without guardrails and (gasp) no signs. We have gravel in the roads. Hell, we have gravel roads...full of bumps. Tractors, cows, and meth heads all stumbling in the road. It's like Mad Max up in here! Or, you know, just stuff we should all expect on our over 4 million miles of roads in America. Now if Virginia decided to do something that any reasonable person wouldn't do such as put a wall in the road or remove a bridge suddenly then that is understandably their fault. But I certainly don't expect them to run out and repair every imperfection in the road surface because I know it is financially and physically impossible.
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    :dunnoI think we agree.

    I’m just not so quick to make assumptions about the guy, or the bump. Like I said, I’d have to see the bump.

    $1.7 M is absurd. That comes from his attorney. Start negotiating at the top and be happy to end up at $100K. Sadly, that’s how it works.
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    Looks to me like a typical motorcycle crash - The participant wants to blame anybody but him/her-self and the insurance companies and lawyers are happy to play along.
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    If the majority of vehicles that transverse a “hazard” do so without incident the few that don’t should look at themselves to blame.

    P.S. You must ask the government for permission to sue the government. This dates back to colonial times and is still in effect.
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