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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-10-2016, 04:27 AM Thread Starter
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A lesson to be learned: crash caught on camera

I've been a rider for a long time, but a year ago I took a motorcycle safety class. They said the number one cause of motorcycle fatalities was from taking corners too fast. The video I'm posting is a reminder of that. The person riding in the video lived, but I'd call it a miracle.



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wasn't fast... he just did not take that corner... he was upright and sitting shallow too late on that bend, he did not position himself properly for a blind corner, being too shallow and no where to go but run wide and straight when he saw that truck. just take a look at how he was cornering - cutting corners like that - gambling on a blind corner!

He was lucky.

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My father taught me to slow down before going over a blind hill or a blind corner, because honestly there could be any number of things happening in your own lane that you are not prepared for once you get to the other side. Would he have driven this way at night with a light that only illuminated 15 feet in front of him? How do you position yourself for a blind corner? I'd say you approach it with caution. Some motorcycle accidents are very easily preventable by the rider.

If he wanted to drive fast, he should have done so where he was:

1. Not on a public road
2. In a place where he had proper visibility

What he did would be reckless driving where I'm from and his cornering technique wouldn't change that. What if he didn't hit that truck but instead hit another motorcycle or a pack of bicycles? This is a public road and not a racetrack.
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Yes - wise words... always ride slower when you cannot see the road.
Expect the unexpected.

corners you start wide so you can see further through them before you tip in... he did neither.

blind corners you don't see as far so you generally ride these slower.

problem is when cutting corners like that you dont set yourself up for the next.... bad technique and poor attitude to safety of other road users.

we get a lot of dumbasses like that here on sports bike motards and even cruisers.
there are some great roads spoilt by inconsiderate arshats that like to ride over the center line and hang on your side through blind corners.
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Looked like a classic case of target fixation to me. The truck spooked him while going around the corner and he looked it in. Looks like the front end twitches from what I'd guess is heavy breaking. He shouldn't be breaking at all at that stage of the corner. That makes me think he was startled by the truck.

I've seen videos of folks riding in a straight line veering over and smacking a truck head-on that looked like target fixation too. You have to train yourself to NOT look at certain things while riding or you will run them over/into them.

Glad he lived.
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I would say the truck spooked him and he locked the front brake.
He got used to using the center of the road, he went into the blind corner thinking he was going to keep using the center of the road but there was a truck there this time. He freaked out, fixated on the truck and instead of leaning more jammed the brake and that's all she wrote. He should've leaned hard and followed his eyes around the turn instead of following them into the truck.
On a side note, the driver of the truck was eerily quick with the horn, he must have been driving with his hand on the cable. Maybe the first bike was using a lot of the road as well.
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Wow, that sucks...
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Have been on that road many times. Its a 2 lane road that people treat as if its a one way road. Always cars or motorcycles in your lane on a turn. Lots & lots of bicyclist are on that road also. People go there instead of a race track then wind up hurt or dead...


Heres that same section of road. Filmed from a V-Rod guy that thought the Versys couldn't keep up with him. If you noticed i had to stop and wait for him 2 times before we caught the group and hit black ice on the road that day......https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wy5o...OBKdMD156SMik8

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Up till the crash happened, I thought that the road was a one-way road - I don't remember seeing any center-line anywhere.

STARTLED hell out of me when he crashed...!

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