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Just hit the car and take it like a man... 26 32.50%
Jump and pull a superman and pray for a safe landing.. 54 67.50%
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Old 04-06-2009, 12:58 PM   #1
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In theory......(accident advice)

What would be better to do?


Say you were going down a road at speed 30-70mph, and a car suddenly pulls out in front of you and you only have time to do 2 things.

1. Hit the car while on the bike, or

2. Jump off the bike trying to make it over the car and pray for a "safe" landing on the other side...


What would be better? Is option 2 even FEASIBLE?

I was pondering this while riding some back roads last friday...
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Old 04-06-2009, 01:00 PM   #2
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i dont think #2 is an option

if u have enough time to setup and JUMP you have enough time to maneuver i think
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Old 04-06-2009, 01:01 PM   #3
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aim for ditch and lowside...

whatever you do... do not grab a whole buncha front brake and stoppie into the car...
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Old 04-06-2009, 01:01 PM   #4
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i dont think #2 is an option

if u have enough time to setup and JUMP you have enough time to maneuver i think
If you are going at a high rate of speed and they pull out fast enough... I unno.. I THINK I could leap off the bike within a second or so.... I could be wrong tho.
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i dont think #2 is an option

if u have enough time to setup and JUMP you have enough time to maneuver i think
I agree.

You may very well stop in time or avoid the car. If you jump then you're screwed no matter what.
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Old 04-06-2009, 01:04 PM   #6
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I agree.

You may very well stop in time or avoid the car. If you jump then you're screwed no matter what.
screwed how? If I land the right way with my gear on, Id think Id have a decent shot at not being a vegetable.. i might be falling from 7-10 feet in the air but id be coming in at an angle... not strait down.
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Either way the insurance company of the person at fault screws you!!!
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i think i would take my chances jumping.. just hoping not to slide under the car... that would be bad..
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I would take the chance at stopping before hitting the car.
no chance at STOPPING, MIGHt be a small chance of swerving, but thats not the point of this thread.... either you hit the car or you fly over... thats the 2 choices.
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all i know is i can manuever on my bike much better than i can while flying through the air. i'll always take my chances at avoiding the car. but usually by that time it's too late. you should have already seen the driveway or the car coming close to it, and planned your escape route.
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Personally, I think if you've got time to jump, use those last few seconds to evade.
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no chance at STOPPING, MIGHt be a small chance of swerving, but thats not the point of this thread.... either you hit the car or you fly over... thats the 2 choices.
generally speaking, when you hit the car, inertia will propel you over the car as the rear of the bike rotates around trying to go forward as well. unless you hit a truck or something, USUALLY, you'll get tossed over it.
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Ride it out!!!! No point in jumping. Also, the insurance company may put you at fault if you jump off.
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you could jump and actually tuck and roll right before you hit the ground to minimize physical damage to you.....

If you were that lucky....
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i would do my best to get above the vehicle... a gradual stop on the pavement is better then a sudden stop into 4000 pounds of metal. but if you are hard on the brakes, a stoppie would be your best bet, lowsiding into the car puts you at the sudden stop
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But seriously, how high can you jump? 1' - 2'? You might make it over a car.
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I'd try jumping if there was no other option.
Only bad thing is white man can't jump too good.
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I have see with my own eyes option 2 successfully pulled off. Guy did it right in front of us at an intersection back in Georgia. He jumped right over the hood of a midsized stationwagon. Hit the ground, rolled a few times, then got up and proceeded to rip the driver a new one. Damnest thing I have ever seen
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