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|02-15-2009, 02:34 AM||#21|
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: West Houston
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1990 fzr 1000 (500+ lb bike)
was making a uturn from southbound 59 feeder, to northbound feeder, under the highway. was close to my house, and work, so i made that u-turn a dozen times a week at least. i had a habit of doing a "texas stop" type of move near the yeild sign as i checked for traffic. if it was clear i would roll on semi aggresivly out of the turn. problem with this is that doesnt pay enough attention to what is front of me.
one day there was some huge spill right there. about 5 gallons worth of something as slippery as oil. rear wheel spun and the back end went wide. somehow i instinctivly got my off the seat and leaned my body way over to the right, give it some more gas. well the bike straightens out but now the back end is drifting less, and i swear to i *knew* i was going to be eating pavement in two seconds. i threw my weight over to the left side of the bike, goosed her for all her glory, and so help me she straightened right out. i got out of the slick and picked up some more traction and everything was ok...well, except for heart rate being about 5 times what it should be. i was spaced out at work the rest of the day, and it was one of those things that made me turn down the volume on my aggresive riding for a few weeks. definatly look out for road hazards through turns, as well as traffic. cant take for granted either is clear.
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|02-15-2009, 02:39 AM||#22|
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Spring Branch
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Wow, where do I start? Too many scary moments. . .
I was on my 636 coming out of a right handed sweeper on Crabb river road doin about 80-90 and I hit a slick spot and my rear tire slipped out. I kind of fell off the seat a bit and my right foot slipped off the peg and was dragging on the ground for a sec, luckily the bike stayed up and all that and I didn't even go into the other lane. Ask JRGRUBZ, he was RIGHT behind me. That was wild.
Another day I was on the 636 headed back from Crabb River Road riding by myself and I wont say why but I experienced a tank slapper doin about 70ish. Not a cool feeling
I was on the 10R last May riding the Twisted Sisters with Chad (MagicMan) We were on 337 I think and came around a blind curve only to hit some loose gravel in the apex. Lucky for us there was no oncoming traffic because we both almost lost the front end. We went about 2-3 feet into the other lane.
A few months ago I was riding Westbound on the BW8 feeder road approaching 288. I decided to take the big sweeper turn instead of going to the freeway via the feeder road, well, luckily I was just "taking it easy @ 70ish" and as I'm 3/4 of the way through the turn there was some white powder ALL over the road. I lost traction in both tires and coulda ate some mad . Luckily the turn was straightening up and it became two lanes so I was allowed the extra space for going wide. Crazy stuff.
Last Thursday I was headed home around 1030ish and got on 288S Via 610E. For those that have gotten on 288 from there, you will know that soon after the interchange there is a hump in the road from where the road surface changes. Well I'm normally chillin in 4th when I hit the hump so I gas it and the front wheel usually comes up a bit, for and giggles if you will. Well, apparently there was some moisture on the road and when I twisted the throttle on the hump, my rear wheel broke loose in 4th gear and I was spinning the tire for about 20 yds. Surprised the outta me.
Um, I ran off at the end of the pit straight @ MSRH in the gravel. Somehow I kept it up, stopped right on the pit entrance road, and got right back on the track
My 636 slipped out from under me right before the apex of the carousel @ MSRH. I was going into that turn at a pretty good pace (75-80 ) Ask Bubby
Flipping over to T13 @ TWS (Texas World Speedway) my front tire buckled and fugged my line up. I had 2 choices, try to make the turn or run off. I ran off. It was wild, ask Skid.
I ran wide coming out of the gravity bowl @ TWS (Texas World Speedway), nuff said Somehow I kept it up
On 11.23.08 TD I ran off coming out of T11 @ TWS (Texas World Speedway), that was wild. I kept it up for the most part but ask everyone else what happened when I was getting back on the track
Now for the scariest. . .
I'd say the time I saved a highside @ MSRH. It was the left hander after the diamonds edge, I almost got catapulted. Once the rear tire caught traction, the whole rear end of the bike jumped in the air to the left side and then did another little jump back to the right, wobbled a bit and I rode it out As far as almost getting thrown off the bike, the chin of my helmet scraped all the way down my windscreen. My leathers rubbed against my tank so hard it left a black streak like a skidmark. Crazy . Ask Chris99, he saw it all go down. It basically looked like the first 3 secs of this video, but I didn't get thrown around nearly as bad.
|02-15-2009, 02:48 AM||#23|
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Houston, Tx
Feedback Rating: (3)
Experience: 1 year
Kawasaki EX250 (dead due to mechanical failure)
Kawasaki EX500 (on loan from a friend)
Pending, bikeless once the 500 gone :-(
Want Husky 510SMR or KTM 690 SMC to continue the hooligan activity
holy . wow.
Well, I've had a few "pucker moments." Not too bad, 's been watching out for me, and I try and ride "semi" conseratively.
Riding CR336? towards Twisted Sister with my friend. We haven't ridden together before, though good good friends. He was following a bit to close. I was on my 250 with stainless braided front brakes and new high quality paids, and he was on his Ex500 with older brakes. I had the advantage on stopping and probably flickability in the 20mph curves. Realized I was riding on the edge of my comfort and cliff coming up so I brake realizing better to not "look cool" than ride over my limit and do something stupid on these really really tight back to back curves on a cliff. He was too close locked the back brake up and went in the grass. Did a 360 flip and landed on his feet at 15-25 mph. He's a pro stuntman so he made it look cool, and laid it in the PERFECT stop to just tip it over in the grass. I felt really really bad, but then again, FOLLOWING distance is important.
Other times are mostly due to me starting to ride above my limit, too which I realized tone it down. It's only pride that pushes us too far. Ride my limit and as I grow I can expand it reasonably.
Other than that just normal traffic scares due to commuting in Houston on 2 wheels. Geez, you guys have had some crazies!
|02-15-2009, 01:10 PM||#24|
Join Date: Nov 2005
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Mine was about a year after I started riding. I was in one of those right turning merge lanes. The light I was at didn't go straight it kinda dead ins into a gas station. The light was green so I was about to pull out but then notice there was a car turn left coming out of the gas station across from me which would put the car and me in the same lane going right. I stop and wait for the car and what do I see next to me is a freaking dump truck. I guess he only saw the green light and didn't see the car. He was so close to me in the lane that he was inches away from my leg. If he had been over another to inches I would have been under the dump truck. Now because of that I check my mirrors constantly to see what is going on behind me.
When I saved a highside while coming about of the diamonds edge at MSRH in the rain. I flew up and my chest hit the top of the tank. I still don't know how I saved that! Guy behind me said he was the coolest thing he ever saw.
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