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Offline DGOLD

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Re: Has anyone experienced hitting road debris at speed
« Reply #25 on: September 16, 2012, 04:50:58 pm »
Last week I hit a box of clothes that was about 2x3 ft.. The reason I didn't see it before hand was the traffic was trying to avoid the family trying to collect boxes that came off their truck on a unlit portion of the 210 in Southern California. The box hit my McEnterprise bathroom bar and took out the headlight of a car to the right of me.
My lesson was that that even when you think you see a hazard keep looking.

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Re: Has anyone experienced hitting road debris at speed
« Reply #26 on: September 16, 2012, 06:20:57 pm »
My issue with the truckers is that even before they throw the tread, when it's just starting to flop, they make no effort to change it. They just let it go and continue on to their next stop, relying on the companion tire to take up the slack. They pay no attention to the hazard they are creating. Years ago I used to get their attention and let them know about the failing tread but I soon learned that they didn't care. So what the're saying is, F you, we don't care if my truck's debris kill you.

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Re: Has anyone experienced hitting road debris at speed
« Reply #27 on: September 17, 2012, 05:06:46 am »
In Aug I was on a memorial ride for a friend killed in Afg. ...... and we were double stacked with about 20 bikes for this particular part.

Gotta ask. Why do people ride in parade formation at highway speeds? Parade formation is just that - for parades, eg. low speed.  Is it the "cool" factor?

If you guys had been riding in a staggered formation with even as little as a 2 second gap, you would have seen riders ahead of you moving around the object before you even got to it.

We were staggered but probably a little closer than 2 sec following, nobody ahead of the trike moved anything noticeable.  No one pointed it out in advance, and the trike just motored over, it passed between his rear wheels.  I missed it, oops.  When I did see the critter, it was safer to just take the bump on this particular road.  I was on the right half of the lane with a drop-off to woods immediately to my right so I would have had to swerve left in front of the guy who got splattered with guts.




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Re: Has anyone experienced hitting road debris at speed
« Reply #28 on: September 18, 2012, 12:13:41 pm »
I think the recount of the road debris at the end of this article http://tomspine.blogspot.com/2012/09/kawasaki-concours-14-ultimate-test-drive.html is right at home in this thread. I was impressed by the damage done.



ATGATT is where my feelings lie and I too, practice a ton of emergency manouvers. No matter how much I think I am ready, it always seems that I feel unprepared when something happens like the GMC that pulled an emergency Bat Turn right in front of me on a completely deserted US 36 at 1030 at night with my headlights squarely in his rearview. Very Controlled stop with out locking up the 08 Non ABS and my GF pressing hard into my back. I had been practicing emergency moves with her on the back on 36 heading through Illinois the previous evening to get the feel of 2 up. SHe remarked immediately that she would never critique my reasons for doing so with her on back ever again and that she intended to spend more time working  on them herself.

Truck retreads are the reason I try to stay on US highways, 36. 40 , 41, 24 have become old friends.

and for the record.....I hate snakes. Small animals are no where near the problem that the tar strips they put down all over the place have become.

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Re: Has anyone experienced hitting road debris at speed
« Reply #29 on: September 21, 2012, 02:51:54 am »
Speaking of wildlife vs motor vehicles, I often tell people just getting into motorcycles, or even young people just getting their auto license, that if they see and animal dart in front of them, to prepare themselves for another.  Cats and deer are good examples.  It seems everytime one or the other runs across the road, it is because something is chasing them.
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