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Old 09-28-2012, 07:25 AM   #41
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Old 09-28-2012, 07:30 AM   #42
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Originally Posted by CombatM0NKEY View Post
as soon as I saw it, i just grabbed the clutch, killed throttle and hope for the best.. .
Power through, don't get off the throttle. Although since you were already at speed as long as you hadn't hit your brakes it wouldn't have mattered.
Sadly, the MSF no longer teaches this skill. When I took the course back in the early 90's, part of the class was "surmounting obstacles" where they threw a 2x4 on the pavement, followed later by a larger tree branch (3-4")and everyone had to ride over it. Don't yank the clutch, stay constant on the throttle and just power over it. Of course it was MSF so we were maybe 10-15mph in a parking lot, but the principle remains the same.
When I took the class a second time in '01, no 2x4s, nor for my wife in '06 nor my daughter in '11. Seemed like a relevant skill to learn.
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Old 09-28-2012, 08:22 AM   #43
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and kib with the thread derailment!!!

They taught the 2x4 (maybe 2x6) at Awesome cycles in April of 2011. Dunno if it's standard or not.

Stay on throttle to bring front suspension up so it has some compression, but drop the throttle so the rear suspension isn't loaded. And get but out of seat so it doesn't buck you.
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Old 09-28-2012, 08:38 AM   #44
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when i took the class i had to run over boards and other .
nothing like a 4x4 though. I hit one of those in my car a long while back and blew out 2 WHEELS (literally in pieces) in addition to the tires.
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Old 09-28-2012, 09:05 AM   #46
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Hitting a 4x4 or a cinder block is what of my biggest fears while on a bike. Because of all the construction workers (espanol?) that don't secured their load correctly and drop on the freeways. Luckily the only time i did hit one, i was on a cruiser. So it was able to survive with only bent rims. If I was on one of the sport bikes, I'm sure I would be seriously injured if not dead.
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This morning I noticed someone ran into or out of the fast lanes on I-10 inbound from bw8. Didn't see it on the way home last night but some of those reflector boards are laying in the highway. Not that anyone's going out in this weather...
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