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Old 08-17-2012, 09:33 PM   #1
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Falling Asleep While Riding

Has anybody ever done this or know somebody who has done this?

I'm currently taking a safety course online and it brought up some curiosities.
I generally find riding to be a rather awakening experience, but I've never done long distances before.

I have personally fallen asleep for a few seconds at a time, more than a few times while driving, but never on a motorcycle.

I was once traveling back from Austin after I graduated high school and my friend and I had gotten no sleep or food the whole time we were there. The car had been broken into and all our cash was stolen. We even had to make a crucial decision as to whether we would get gas or water. My friend was driving and he fell asleep, I dunno why I didn't do anything as he drifted over to the grass median, but all I said was, "uh...dude?" He woke up in the grass and moved over onto the highway in a manner that was not very smooth and we spun around a couple times. Stopped at the next gas station and I drove the rest of the way.

Anyway, any experiences with falling asleep here?

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Old 08-17-2012, 09:39 PM   #3
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i have.. sucky feeling. i pullover and slap myself then get back on the road.
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Anyway, any experiences with falling asleep here?
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, that looks like a pretty bad crash..

I wouldn't trust myself to ride while that tired. Judgment gets skewed even if not on the verge of falling asleep.
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Riding back from a casino after a 12hr gaming session, I made the mistake of trying to drive home. I could barely open my eyelids have way. I somehow nodded off and woke up about 5sec (was probably .5sec but felt longer) later riding in the wrong lane. Adrenalin kicked in for about a minute for me to realize what was happening. Lucky I didn't head-on someone. I immediately got off the highway and pulled into a waffle house parking lot. Ate some breakfast and passed out in the booth for about an hour. Waitress woke me up and made sure I was alright. I was then good to go. Never again.
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I never have but have been really tired a few times coming home from work. I imagine a death pinball action going if I were to ever fall asleep. No way I'd let myself fall asleep or try to fight it. Riding takes a lot of focus and you can't be slipping.
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I did when I first started riding. I was stationed at Hurlburt Field and dating this chic in the boonies. Left her house around 4 tired as but had to be at work at 7. I was tired, I remember yawning and taking a long blink. The road went left my bike went into the grass, I panic'd grabbed the brakes snd went down. up thing was a car had just passed me while I was getting up and kept on going. I was only about 3 blocks from this girls house!! Rode it back to her house with a anti freeze spewing out.....
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Old 08-18-2012, 05:12 AM   #12
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Yeah I seriously think it's an awakening experience. It's hard for me to fall asleep with all the cars and heat around me. Even at night because of all the lights in houston
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I believe falling asleep on a bike is easier than you might think out of Houston and away from traffic. On a long, straight stretch of road at night with little or no traffic, the wind and engine/exhaust are white noise that could put you to sleep pretty quick, especially if you're not 100% awake when you get on the bike.
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nope! im too exited about riding so no time to think about sleeping
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I did when I first started riding. I was stationed at Hurlburt Field and dating this chic in the boonies. Left her house around 4 tired as but had to be at work at 7. I was tired, I remember yawning and taking a long blink. The road went left my bike went into the grass, I panic'd grabbed the brakes snd went down. up thing was a car had just passed me while I was getting up and kept on going. I was only about 3 blocks from this girls house!! Rode it back to her house with a anti freeze spewing out.....
And then what happen? I think I saw that movie
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Yes, a good friend of mine from high school fell asleep while riding back to Durango from Albuquerque on his 1971 Suzuki 250 (two-stroke). He came into our drugstore for a coke and he was all rashed up and told me the story. Typical stupid 18 year old: not sleeping, jacked up on caffeine and riding real early in the morning: he drifted off. Fortunately he was not seriously injured. So yeah, it happens.
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Old 08-18-2012, 02:25 PM   #18
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Yes dont ride when you are tierd. I have fallen asleep for a brief second on a trip. never ride a gold wing when you are tired they will put you right to sleep. If you have no other chose but to ride, run it up to 100 and hit the shoulder. That will def. wake you up.
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Old 08-18-2012, 02:36 PM   #19
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I worked all night in Galveston and then about 6 in the morning rode home. Around Texas city I dozed off and woke up in another lane. Stopped at a Jack into box had some coffee and finally made it home.
Don't ride tired, falling asleep on a bike is no harder than in a car.

A side thought about this topic....
Imagine you're riding along at a reasonable pace. Say, 60mph. It seems perfectly safe and no problem right?
If you run off into the grass you will instantly realize it feels like 100mph and you can do very little but hold on and scream like a little girl.
Don't ride tired.
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