Join Date: Aug 2017
Location: Fresno aka Shake & Bake California
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
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.
Sorry about the funky pic. I could not save the image off of Google Earth so I just took a picture with my phone.
Cookin Wid Gas
2015 V-650 of course it's green...it's a Kazawalski.
Last edited by hawkerjet; 06-05-2018 at 06:19 PM.