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Blew a turn

Embarrassed to say that while coming home from a weekend ride last week, I blew a Z shaped turn doing about 30 mph. It was a pretty big open area and I looked forward to where my friends were at the end of the turn instead of where I needed to go. No traffic so no problem, but it provided one hell of a wake up call. Had done hundreds of twisties over the weekend with no problems or "Oh Sh.t's", then did this. Got distracted and went where I was looking.

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It only takes once. This is why when reloading firearm ammo {gasp!} I have zero distractions. It only takes once and you have a big, fat problem on your hands with something you've done a gazillion times....
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Its Happens.. Was out with a few buddies and the guy in front of me and the guy behind me both blew the same corner. Didn't get any footage of the guy behind me but my buddy in front of me handled it like a trooper..

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Its Happens.. Was out with a few buddies and the guy in front of me and the guy behind me both blew the same corner. Didn't get any footage of the guy behind me but my buddy in front of me handled it like a trooper..https://youtu.be/OFK9bfTRFTg

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That wasn't even much of a curve.
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That wasn't even much of a curve.


True but that spot throws you off because coming up on it it looks like the road goes straight then all of a sudden theres a turn...

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Talk about a blown turn, I was riding with an old racing buddy last year. We were going to the central coast for lunch. Took the 198 west out of Coalinga. About a mile from the 101 there is this left turn, which is easy to negotiate at 50 mph (see pic).

Well my buddy was leading on his Kawa-Davidson Vulcan. Ken is a big boy tipping the scales at around 300 pounds, so you are looking at a lot of mass approaching the turn. I am trailing behind about 75 to 100 yards, when I see him go wide on the turn and end up in the dirt. Immediately he disappears in a giant cloud of dust.

Man I start praying, "Jesus please help Ken stay on the rubber." As I approach the turn the cloud of dust now extends about 50 yards down the side of the road and I and waiting to see the outcome. After what seems like an eternity, Ken emerges out the end of the dust cloud, still on the rubber and then back on the road. I began to laugh hysterically as a ton of emotion bursts thru the dam. Wow did he just dodge a giant bullet.

He pulls over about a half a mile down the road. I stop and run up to congratulate and laugh with him. He tells me he was looking at the distant mountain ridge when the turn snuck up on him. Yea sure it did Ken...Lol.

Oh and we did the same ride a year later but this time the smooth shoulder you see in the pic is now adorned with a drainage culvert. Had he gone off on the 2nd ride we would not have been laughing and smiling. Ride safe fellas.

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Great video Joe. Your pal handled it as more of "a last minute required adjustment in surrounding traffic" and made it look like it was planned!

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Great video Joe. Your pal handled it as more of "a last minute required adjustment in surrounding traffic" and made it look like it was planned!

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Yes he did. But i would have loved to seen his face without that bandana on...

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Its Happens.. Was out with a few buddies and the guy in front of me and the guy behind me both blew the same corner. Didn't get any footage of the guy behind me but my buddy in front of me handled it like a trooper..https://youtu.be/OFK9bfTRFTg
Them are not good cornering lines Joe

Your buddy looks like he could of made it proper but then stands the bike up and rides off into the dirt... maybe his pillion unsettled the bike.
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