Another warning about open bed trucks

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by kennythetiger, Aug 16, 2011.

  1. kennythetiger

    kennythetiger Kennythetiger

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    During my morning commute I noticed a beer can on I-70, then another and another. I changed lanes to avoid them and saw a gold S-10 moving to the side of the road after he noticed that his unsecured recycling was flying all over the freeway. :huh Keep an eye out when behind pickups. You never know when they will hit that magic speed that allows what is in the bed to go flying.
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  2. car94

    car94 What's this Box for?

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    Free aluminum:D
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  3. Shadow 9er

    Shadow 9er renegade

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    They all do that



    ...which is why I give pickups a wide berth.
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  4. Wuwei

    Wuwei Long timer

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    Outside of where I work there was a full-sized demolished wooden bookcase on the shoulder the other morning. I pictured what it would be like to have that fly off a truck up ahead of me.
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  5. ZumWohl

    ZumWohl I got this round

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    Two weeks ago coming home from work, I was behind a 'contractor' pickup, loaded down with crap and a couple of aluminum ladders strapped on top of the racks. He's in the left lane of your typical friggin PA two-lane Interstate (I476 Blue Route north), just lolling along and pacing the car next to him, tying up traffic for 20 cars back (Ssoooo many a-holes here just pace in the left lane, never pass...and it infuriates me...grrrr).

    Anyhow, I see that up ahead the south bound lanes are stopped due to a fender-bender, and my northbound pack starts jamming on the brakes to get a good look, including lunkhead in the pickup and the car in the right lane. At just the right time, I head-check the right lane, see it's clear, and shoot over to pass this fucktard. At the VERY INSTANT I moved to the right, a 20-foot extension ladder fell off his truck and the car that was previously behind me ran over it...then another, and another, until all lanes were stopped.

    Since it looked like no crashes resulted, I just kept going, and thinking I was one lucky SOB right there. Could have been ugly if the timing was off just a bit. :eek1
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  6. 2slo

    2slo Old and Immature

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    I frequently find big metal government furniture on I-85 just west of the Georgia border. I'm sure it's the same guy every month or so. This is why I don't tailgate or get stuck behind vehicles I cannot see around or through.
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  7. anotherguy

    anotherguy unsympathetic

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    I ran over a mattress once after it fell out of a van going down 70 in Maryland. Happened before I realized what it was. Bike didn't seem to notice the difference between a mattress and a bump in the road. Sometimes it is good to be lucky.
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  8. khager

    khager Long timer

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    :nod

    Same here, If I can't see around it, I either get around it, or behind something else. Way too much crap on the roads around here.
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  9. RedShark

    RedShark Long timer

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    Man, I smacked some big piece of random debris ( think it was a chunk of lumber, like a 4x8 a couple of feet long ) that appeared from beneath the track of the car ahead of me. It was dark and traffic was heavy and I just drilled that sucker. Talk about an "Oh SHIT !" moment.

    Bent the front rim on my ST4 something good, but the tire held air and the bike held it together until I could pull over and inspect.

    An inmate here sold me a replacement that fit exactly, but to the jerk-ball that lost that load and cost me $ 150 and a few gray hairs, :fyyff:fyyff
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  10. Ultravoyageant

    Ultravoyageant Been here awhile

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    Yeah, you have to give these motherfucking morons a wide berth. Just last week I watched this idiot get on 280 in West Orange with a mattress and boxspring "secured" on her minivan with what looked like one half asses pass with newspaper twine. I was behind her on the locals hoping she wasn't headed for the highway, as it might have been alright had she stayed moving at a slow pace. Damned if she didn't get on the highway, and not 10 seconds later the mattress looked like it was launched by a trebuchet, with the boxspring close behind, exploding seconds later. I got as far away from as I could as soon as we got on 280, and was able to watch the other cars coming up behind her from a safe distance. Cars were scattering, and I'm sure the unlucky SOB that rolled up right behind the boxspring bomb got an unpleasant surprise, I just hope they made it through relatively unscathed.

    Stupid people are reproducing at an alarming rate.
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  11. aprilian

    aprilian Can I change this?

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    Glad to hear you fared so well. A local rider died this year hitting a mattress on the freeway:cry
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  12. Tip Over

    Tip Over Whoopsie!

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    I very nearly hit a roll of hay when it fell of a flat bed. I learned my lesson right quick there.:rofl
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  13. IheartmyNx

    IheartmyNx Ihave2draft

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    A few years back, the whole driveshaft, UV joint & yolk, of a semi-truck's rear tandem fell out and bounced off about 2 cars and into the windshield of a 3rd...

    I'd hate to pick a fight with that piece of metal...
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  14. GrumpyTrails

    GrumpyTrails Confused

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    Many years ago I was commuting to a job at Walt Disney World on I-4 during rush hour when a riding lawnmower came sliding off a trailer a few cars in front of me. Three of us managed to avoid it, but the fourth car did not.

    A couple of years ago I was driving down the Interstate in the Raleigh-Durham area when a giant barbecue trailer came unhitched and bounced off a couple of cars in front of me. That insurance report must have been interesting.

    In 2004 I was riding the Interstate in Boise ID when I came upon an uncovered farm truck hauling onions. I moved to another lane and the guy who was tailgating me decided to tailgate the onion truck. The truck hit a bump and hundreds of onions came flying out, all over him. Now I know that onions can put quite a dent in sheet metal at that speed (not to mention what they did to his windshield and grille).

    Two years ago I was riding down US-89/91 when a retriever fell out of the back of a pickup two cars in front of me. I'd rather not see anything like that again (veterinarians often refer to this as "dead dog riding"). :cry

    Last year I was riding behind a pipeline worker's flatbed pickup when several giant wrenches and a steel Coleman cooler skidded off the flatbed and all over the highway. He pulled into a gas station right after that to get fuel, apparently unaware of what had just happened. Unfortunately for him, he
    a) so did several people who had to dodge his crap,
    b) there were two state troopers there already, and
    c) the cooler had his name on it, so
    d) he got a citation. :clap

    In the editor's column in the latest Harley Owner's Group (HOG) magazine, he describes a time when he ran over a 2x4 that he didn't see because (to be honest) he was riding too close behind the car in front of him. I was disappointed that he didn't take the blame for it.

    Needless to say, I usually maintain a substantial following distance.

    happy trails
    gt
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  15. IheartmyNx

    IheartmyNx Ihave2draft

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    I was driving my 1st truck in Wilmington NC when the light turned just as I changed lanes to go under it, but the guy in front of me stopped...

    I just so happened to be braking and drove right on to a shingle... And slid about 4 to 10 feet doing the "Brake stab" method they teach CDL drivers.

    When I stopped I could see the guy in the mirror, unaware of what just happened to me, shaking his head.

    I mouthed back "I could have hit you". But I didn't.


    lol. Drove that POS for forever and towed a 20ft trailer before it was discovered the rear brake cylinders were froze...
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  16. Qwik

    Qwik Adrenaline Addict

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    Bent the rear rim on my GSXR1K when I hit a 2X4 that appeared under the truck in front of me (Yes I was following too close)
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  17. zDollar Bill

    zDollar Bill Eat, Sleep, Ride, Repeat

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    On a windy day, I watched a whole plastic bed liner fly out and across the other lane of oncoming traffic. Glad nobody hit it, but I thought what would have happened if a bike was there...:huh
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  18. concours

    concours WFO for 44 years

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    I see them on the side of the road ALL THE TIME!!:eek1 Scary shit!
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  19. Yossarian™

    Yossarian™ Deputy Cultural Attaché

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    Back in '90, i road-tripped to Topeka on my new ZX-11 to attend the California Superbike School. I was all pumped on my ride back home, but got stuck behind a car full of Q-tips on a two lane highway. So I was riding their bumper. Dumb. A chance to pass finally came and I dropped her into third gear and blasted around the car to pass. F me there was a 4x4 laying across the lane, and I smacked it. Sent the bike hopping and popped me well up off the seat. At the next stop I learned it had bent both beads of my front wheel something bad. But the tire held air, and that same wheel is still on the bike and in use today.
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  20. cliffy109

    cliffy109 Long timer

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    This thread is a great example of why I read and post here. Its a great reminder of something that we all should be doing anyway. Lately, I've noticed that I tend to follow closer than is suggested by safety experts but there is a reason for this. If I follow at a safe distance, all that happens is that another car will grab that space and often, will then hit the brakes, making things more dangerous than if I were following the first car a bit closer (but still out of the blind-spot of the other car).

    The better solutions seems to be to keep following distances a little tighter but to ride near the edge of the lane where I have good visibility between cars. I can see the road in front of the car in front of me and can lane split should the need arise. I am actively looking for escape routes at all times, even while riding slightly less than 2 seconds behind the car in front of me. It gives me a 4 to 8 second view down the road and prevents other cars from jumping into my gap.
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