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Author Topic: STUPID! STUPID! STUPID! Ill NEVER do THAT again!!
lmark
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Post STUPID! STUPID! STUPID! Ill NEVER do THAT again!!
on: April 11, 2013, 05:47

🙂 For educational purposes on what NOT to do, pls share with us the most stupid thing (or two) you did on your bike.

For me, it is looking at my GPS too long. I am getting in the habit of NOT looking down too long at my GPS like when I type in a hotel I am looking for that I would like the GPS to locate while riding.

In other words, do not look away from the road where I am riding for more than a 1/2 second. Even if I am all alone on the highway since with animals out there, you are never really all alone.

When eating on the bike while riding, it is important to have something that is easy to open and when the wind blows, it does not blow a part what u r eating or making the wrapper flap around to make it hard to bite into your sandwich/snack. I knew the preceding but was trying to eat something I thought was easy to open and both hands were off the grips way too long a time.

Ok now, cough up your story. Don't make me come down there. 😀

BuzzCap7

sshulman
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Posts: 191
Post Not so smart either!
on: April 11, 2013, 19:43

Okay... here's my story.

I was somewhere in in Colorado and on a two lane road which wasn't real busy. The road was good, it was about 75 degrees and the sun was out. I was generally traveling about 75 mph enjoying the day. I was on the Three Flags Classic ride in 2012.

Weather was good and the 2010 Honda Goldwing was purring like a cat. I had about 4000 miles on my front tire and about 6000 miles on the rear. I was running the Dunlop Elite 3.

All of a sudden I get stuck behind a 18 wheel semi-truck. This would be a problem but there was traffic coming the other direction for about 10 minutes. Since I was in the middle of nowhere and the area was gorgeous, I didn't want to be stuck behind this truck. I found myself creeping up toward the back of the truck, closer than I should have been. I continued to wait for a safe time to pass. The time arrived and as soon as the car in the opposite drection passed, I swung out in the opposite lane of traffic. As soon as I did a piece of wood about 8 inches x 2" x 2" immediately appeared in front of me just left of the center line. I couldn't avoid it and ran over it squarely on the front tire but tried to swerve a bit so it would miss the rear. I was successful in missing the rear tire. As soon as I hit it I said mumbled "sh*t" to myself and looked at my TPMS gauge... nothing. I continued down the road praying the light wouldn't come on.

About 30 minutes later I almost forgot about the entire incident and "bingo" the light came on. "Sh*t" again! When my light comes on it tells me the tire is low. If it starts blinking, it's critically low. I looked at my Zumo and I was about 30 minutes from the next town. Not a big town, but a town. This was Labor Day weekend so I wasn't likely to find a lot of help. As I was about 3 miles from town the light started blinking. I nursed the bike into town. Fortunately I carry a Stop and Go tire plugger and "Slime" compressor. I was able to find the leak, plug it, and go on my way in about 45 minutes.
The plug held for 1500 miles until I reached Nelson, British Columbia where I had the tire replaced.

But here is what makes this a story worth learning from. I never should have been that close to the truck. If I hung back far enough I would have been able to see the piece of wood in the road. Lesson learned and I hope that experience helps someone stay smarter than I was on that day.

Steve S.

lmark
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Posts: 42
Post Re: STUPID! STUPID! STUPID! Ill NEVER do THAT again!!
on: April 12, 2013, 15:09

Waaaaay better! Thank you and u r welcome. But it still does not qualify for a ribbing. 🙂

BC7

fjim
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Posts: 48
Post Re: STUPID! STUPID! STUPID! Ill NEVER do THAT again!!
on: February 9, 2014, 14:30

Here's one for ya:

I was traveling east of Tucson heading for Bisbee / Tombstone. It was late spring, I'd spent the night in Tucson and was enjoying the cool, clear, early morning air with a belly full of breakfast. The freeway was almost empty. I was riding at a comfortably relaxed pace, it felt good not to be hurried along by LA traffic. It seemed to be the perfect start to what I expected would be a great day of riding.

I came up behind two semis. The freeway out there is only two lanes per side and I went left to pass. I was in no hurry and was probably passing with a speed differential of 10mph or less. The first semi was towing a load of new container dollies and the rider in me slipped away for a few seconds as the accountant in me contemplated how they would account for the mileage on the one new dolly that carrying all the others. It was simply a moment of mental exercise on an otherwise untaxing stretch of highway.

At some point though while I was lost in my thoughts the lane started to get narrower. The semi I was passing had started moving left to pass the semi in front of him. I was a few feet behind the tractor’s rear wheels, too far back to just goose it and get past him and too far up to just grab the binders and let him go in front of me. I was in no-man’s land and he bullied me off onto the inside shoulder, 18 inches wide and full of junk, at about 80mph. I let off the throttle and let him go praying he wouldn’t also take a little extra room to get around his big buddy, the trailer was already so close. It seemed like an eternity as I dodged garbage on the inside shoulder before he got past me. I finally inhaled as I moved back onto the pavement and took the next exit to catch my breath.

Looking back the mistakes were mine. I was in the left side of the lane as I passed the semi, I could see the driver in his outside mirror and I simply assumed he would see me as well. Obviously he didn’t. Maybe he too was enjoying a pleasant morning in light traffic and didn’t notice me as I came up from behind, an easy miss. And I was passing him at a pace that was something short of decisive. I had made two mistakes; first assuming he would see me and then spending too much time in the danger zone. I got bit but was fortunate in the outcome.

Lessons learned. Now when passing a big vehicle like that I hang back until the coast is clear well ahead of them in my lane and then move past them at a pace just shy of urgency. Once was enough.

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