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@#$% Close call today

It's amazing how much can run through one's mind while an accident is unfolding.

Running errands in the neighborhood, I was almost taken out by a young lady in an econobox as she turned left in front of me to enter (what else?) a shopping mall. There was a truck in the left lane that blocked her view of me, and I was already taking it easy because of that potential blind spot... good thing! Despite a lingering head cold, my mind and reactions were on enough to get on the binders hard... and of course, she stopped her car right in my path!

I over applied the rear brake, as the weight shift lightened the rearend, so the wheel started sliding, and then started a slow fishtail weave. I shifted weight to keep it upright as we crept closer and closer to the car, the now-wide-eyed lady trying to figure out what her next move would be. Thankfully, she finally decided to keep moving into the parking lot, just as my V came to a complete stop inches from what would have been the impact zone.

All this time, I'm thinking, "Dammit, move! Am I about to drop this thing? No! I'm gonna save it! Yes! Uh-oh, backend is coming around, lean a little... okay got it back, but she's not moving! MOOOOVE! Thank god, she got the message! Whew! Dammit you fool!"

So, my Versys is still just as pretty as when I first fired it up this morning (except for the small flat spot on the rear rubber), my body is intact and all is well. And in retrospect, I am so very glad I was wearing my safety gear just in case.
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Whew! Nothing like a close call to wake a man up!! Glad all is well....



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Safety gear, good thinking, good luck, good karma....I dont care....I'll take it anyway I can get it....Glad you got out of that one intact! Phew! :-)
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Glad you are unscathed, and had the insight to see the potential hazzard with the truck in the left lane.
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Glad your alright!! Hope I can keep as cool as head as you did when it happens to me!


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good reflexes! each time I have a close call I learn something new...I'm starting to get better at recognizing hazardous situations and how to avoid them. glad you're still in one piece!

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I always stay away from cars... Either speed up or slow down, I hate riding with cars around me...

Make sure your high beam is on... Stay within speed limit, otherwise it's had to stop the bike when you need to...

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Glad you are unscathed, and had the insight to see the potential hazzard with the truck in the left lane.
I'm going to give props to my MSF training that I had the presence of mind to consider it and keep from romping on the throttle at that moment. It was a pretty busy street, so I was already on full alert. In hindsight, I could have braked even harder, but I was really focused on steering the bike and didn't want to come close to locking up the front.

Now that I think of it, a properly working ABS would have been a distinct advantage in that situation. Retrofit to the '09?

Thanks for the well wishes from all.

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Glad you are OK!
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I'm going to give props to my MSF training that I had the presence of mind to consider it and keep from romping on the throttle at that moment. It was a pretty busy street, so I was already on full alert. In hindsight, I could have braked even harder, but I was really focused on steering the bike and didn't want to come close to locking up the front.

Now that I think of it, a properly working ABS would have been a distinct advantage in that situation. Retrofit to the '09?

Thanks for the well wishes from all.
If an more expensive ABS version is available, i will be getting one... For situation like this... It's priceless...

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Glad you made it out of that one! Keep your eyes open for the next cage that doesn't see you or even look for you!

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Hi SoCalGreenie,

You're A-OK. Don't know if a loud horn would have helped you.
If not, fix a stebel or Wolo. Blast first and get the stares later.
Wearing safety gear whenever/whatever is also priceless....

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I did the same thing with my ZRX1200. Much heavier bike. Did a flat track slide 'til I was parallel six inches from her car. I ran the scene many times through my mind afterwards to see what went wrong and how to avoid it in the future. I'm sure you will do the same. Good learning experience, no? One thing I do is never cover the rear brake, rather keep my foot near it to add to the front. In a panic situation with the quickly changing weight distribution and suspension loading it is almost impossible to regulate rear brake properly. Racers have trouble with it. In retrospect I found that I should have and could have applied more front brake. I make it a habit on every ride to test the limit of my front brakes. When I hit a red light I apply the front as late as I dare to stop at the stop line. You get better and it's fun. When you need it it's more reflexive than active thought. If I even imagine a left turner is there all signals go off and I start my slowing. Afterwards when I told my riding buddies they asked me if I was pissed. I told them "are you kidding ? I should have wound up in a hospital with a wrecked bike" (or worse) . I learned something that day.
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I did the same thing with my ZRX1200. Much heavier bike. Did a flat track slide 'til I was parallel six inches from her car. I ran the scene many times through my mind afterwards to see what went wrong and how to avoid it in the future. I'm sure you will do the same. Good learning experience, no? One thing I do is never cover the rear brake, rather keep my foot near it to add to the front. In a panic situation with the quickly changing weight distribution and suspension loading it is almost impossible to regulate rear brake properly. Racers have trouble with it. In retrospect I found that I should have and could have applied more front brake. I make it a habit on every ride to test the limit of my front brakes. When I hit a red light I apply the front as late as I dare to stop at the stop line. You get better and it's fun. When you need it it's more reflexive than active thought. If I even imagine a left turner is there all signals go off and I start my slowing. Afterwards when I told my riding buddies they asked me if I was pissed. I told them "are you kidding ? I should have wound up in a hospital with a wrecked bike" (or worse) . I learned something that day.
Right on blipco, good advice. I had the same post-incident thoughts, and now I'm determined to find a safe place to practice hard braking. I don't cover the rear, I think my old motocross reflexes saved me!
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Thank you SoCal for telling your story, keeps the rest of us sharp.
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Hi SoCalGreenie,

You're A-OK. Don't know if a loud horn would have helped you.
If not, fix a stebel or Wolo. Blast first and get the stares later.
Wearing safety gear whenever/whatever is also priceless....
Thanks stlee29. I did not even try for the horn, evasive action was my priority, but if I had more confidence that my horn would have made her move out of the way faster (instead of erupting into giggles over the mouse-like squeek of the stock horn), I may have had the presence of mind to use it!

The Stebel or something like it is already on my wish list.
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Most important is all of us ride on in one piece to another day.

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