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Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: New Braunels, Texas
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Well since your asking... And it's my opinion, only.
I think most if not all motorcyle accidents can be avoided. It's up to the rider to identify possible dangers. Situational awareness. At all times. What about that car waiting to turn left in front of the rider? Could there have been something rider could have done to make it nearly impossible to turn in front of the rider? Most likely. Flashing headlight, wearing bright clothing, slowdown to put bike closer to the vehicle behind them, speed up to tuck in behind the vehicle in front of them. Change the distance, spacing. As for that loose gravel issue, well, we can't see around the corner, but we can think about the possibility of danger of what we can't see. Slow down, take some of the curve out of the turn, use the apex to straighten the turn slightly so if there is a road surface issue, we mitigate the danger.
Yes, it takes some of the fun out of riding while thinking of the danger, but the more we understand the situational awareness while riding it becomes muscle memory. Yes, the brain is a muscle.
I've been down on the ground twice in 40 years of riding. Once with broken bones and months of recovery and the other with road rash. Both times the bike was totaled. Both were my fault. Following too close and the other was coming into a back roads, farm road turn, I was unfamiliar with way too fast. Learned from both that I don't ever want that to happen again. Ever... I use my horn, lights, signals, hand motions, head motions, loud pipes, other vehicles to shield me in intersections, always looking for options, what it, what if, what if. Challenging and fun. The scenarios I come up with are interesting.
Have fun. Ride safe.
2006 C50c- crashed 2015, parted out
2006 HD Road King FLCRCI
1956 Royal Enfield Bullet 500 (sold)
3 Sisters Loop-Texas Hill Country
2011-A1A-Ft. Lauderdale, to Key West, FL (R/T)
89A-Sedona, Grand Canyon NP
2012/2013 -FM 170-River Road, Big Bend
CO Rocky Mtn. NP
CA coast- Hwy 1, LA to SF (R/T)
2013/2014 Scenic 30A FL
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Last edited by rvcycleguy; 05-05-2018 at 10:27 AM.