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Old 07-31-2008, 08:52 PM   #1
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Puke moment..!!! Got a good scare today in the HOV.!!

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I normally do not like to share all the that I get into while riding but this is a good one.

Today coming back from the office in the I-10 HOV. I was riding behind a compact SUV (RAV4) type. In the front of the SUV, an old truck with a camper and in the roof a box spring mattress. We are going at a good pace like around 75-80MPH. I was not aware of the box spring in the roof of the pick-up truck with the camper. As always I was keeping my distance from the SUV. Suddenly I see this thing like a white cardboard box flying from the truck...!! wow that guy lost his "cardboard box" then the box hits the front hood of the SUV and the driver gets scared and loss control of the SUV, starts fishtailing but he recovered. At the same time the "box" bounce over the roof of the SUV...!!! That's when I realized that it was a full size box spring flying towards me...!!! The was heavy because it did not fly to far and hit the ground hard in front of me. I can see like some wood debris exploding from the mattress on impact. No time to break hard because I'm almost in top of the box spring. I just counter swerve and barely miss the concrete wall on the right.

This was almost getting to HWY-6 exit, so both vehicles stop to the damage and I also stop and approach the guy of the truck, I chew his yelling and cursing at the guy that he almost cause a big accident for not properly securing his load, an HPD squad car stops but he only mentions that he's calling METRO PD because he has not jurisdiction on the HOV lane. The cop ask me if I was OK. I answered yes and he returns to his patrol car and proceeds to call METRO PD and then I left.

Here's a pic I took with the cell. (bad quality). You can see the white pick-up truck behind the orange markers.

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I do not think that the box spring mattress is going to be removed tonight, so if you ride the I-10 HOV lane be careful and watch for a box spring on the road. The last time I got into a similar situation was when I saw another truck dropping a washer or dryer machine on the 288 and HWY-59 area close to Downtown, the only difference was that there was a lot of space to do evasive maneuvers.

Watch out and always expect the unexpected...!!!!
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Old 07-31-2008, 09:00 PM   #2
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wow... same thing happened to me a week ago when a piece of rubber came off an 18 wheeler. It is good to hear you swerve just right on tome or this would've ended up so much worse. you didn't lay down the bike did you? I assume that's how your bike it's supposed to look?
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good job avoiding that ist, or it would have been another "rider down" thread....
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Old 07-31-2008, 09:10 PM   #5
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wow... same thing happened to me a week ago when a piece of rubber came off an 18 wheeler. It is good to hear you swerve just right on tome or this would've ended up so much worse. you didn't lay down the bike did you? I assume that's how your bike it's supposed to look?
That's correct. Is not a Sportbike or a Cruiser. Think "Streetfighter" the front is just 3 projector lights and no fairings of any type.

I think that what really save my was NOT "target fixate" in the concrete wall to my right. I never really saw it because I was concentrated on my narrow "escape" route but I "feel it" very close to my right leg/knee. Is hard to explain.
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Old 07-31-2008, 09:19 PM   #6
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I'm always looking for an emergency escape route when I feel trapped in traffic.

so did the guy/girl driving the truck get a ticket or anything.
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Old 07-31-2008, 09:28 PM   #7
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that scary man. I had a friend in Nashville hit a matress on his bike in the middle of the interstate. Bad crash and he now walks with a cane. Glad your alright.
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Thats why I hate the Hov. No where to move in case of a problem and if you go slow you have someone riding your . I'll take my chances on the right lanes! Glad you made it out ok!
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Shoulda told the truck driver you HAD a fairing on your bike until he lost the box-springs. :-)
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Old 07-31-2008, 10:44 PM   #10
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I'm always looking for an emergency escape route when I feel trapped in traffic.

so did the guy/girl driving the truck get a ticket or anything.
It was a guy like in his mid 50's

I did not wait for the METRO Police. The cop from HPD only call METRO Police in his radio and then left. So I decided to also left.
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Sorry to tell you this, but I think the box spring jacked up the front of your bike.
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Old 07-31-2008, 11:00 PM   #12
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Sorry to tell you this, but I think the box spring jacked up the front of your bike.
LOL....Nope...the previous owner was the one who replace the OEM headlights with the projector beams.

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heres a list of items that I've personally removed from a freeway with my own two hands:

several mattresses
full size basket ball goal
car & truck bumpers
a 55 gallon drum full of an unknown substance
lumber
lawn furniture
a bbq pit
gas water heater
bicycle
a S&W 45 long colt revolver
a recliner
rebar

i know I;m missing a few but those are the ones that stick out
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Old 07-31-2008, 11:42 PM   #14
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people are stupid when moving....glad you are ok.
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. that reminds me of a time when i was following this truck that was pulling a small trailer. it had a tarp covering whatever it was that he was hauling, and you can guess what happened. we were moving at about 70-75 mph when the tarp flew off the trailer and all i could think was "oh , this is gonna hurt". figured id hit the brakes until it hit either the ground or me. as luck would have it it landed on the ground and flattened out JUST AS I WAS RUNNING OVER IT.

not quite as dangerous as a box spring, but ya, thatll pucker up your hole pretty quick.
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heres a list of items that I've personally removed from a freeway with my own two hands:

several mattresses
full size basket ball goal
car & truck bumpers
a 55 gallon drum full of an unknown substance
lumber
lawn furniture
a bbq pit
gas water heater
bicycle
a S&W 45 long colt revolver
a recliner
rebar

i know I;m missing a few but those are the ones that stick out

How much for the .45?
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Good save man. All I have had to dodge lately is rocks and thrown from the trucks hauling stuff for the construction on Hwy 35. The other day a concrete truck was rolling along and I thought for a second I was playing airsoft cause kept hitting me in the neck and visor. Sux.
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Old 08-01-2008, 12:18 AM   #19
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one time i wasn't wearing my gloves on the freeway

im like watch somethings stupid's gonna happen

big ole piece of wood starts flying from the truck's bed up in the front

hits my throttle hand on the knuckle

stung like a , but luckily had no nails in it - my hand was red for like a week or so

i cant begin the list the amount of utter chit that' me or i've dodged on houston freeways


i still say the front of yer bike took a nice hit there

the 2 stock lights are a classic look that i do enjoy actually
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How much for the .45?
it was a nice gun. somebody called it in, i thought it was bs, but i found it on the shoulder after it had been run over
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