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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-04-2000, 03:50 PM Thread Starter
 
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I just got back from a trip to Chicago. Since the weather was nice i thought i would take a chance with the bike.For the most part the Indiana turnpike is nice and smooth and free of cops. Ohio also has a well kept turnpike and there is a trooper every mile to keep it that way. So it was nice to be able to ride mile after mile at 80+ without the constant fear of being pulled over. The downside is while Ohio only uses marked police cars, Indiana uses both. I found that using an SUV with Michigan plates is the best way to flush out the unmarked Luminas and Taurus. I was passed three times (once at 85 and twice at 90 mph) by such. Two of the SUVs were puilled over by unmarked, the third i lost while he was passing people on the shoulders in a construction zone. Anyway I enjoyed the trip out. The trip back was hell. Because of where my friend lives I had to go through downtown. Because of an accident two of the five lanes were shutdown. I was traveling along at 15-20 mph in the far left lane with a semi behind me. The car must not have saw me and thought it was an opening because he sped up and cut the semi off. I heard the truck horn about the same time i saw the car fender heading towards my leg. Out of instinct i swerved towards the shoulder and hit the brakes. I came to a complete stop then lost control. I dumped my heavy ass bike in the middle of bumper to bumper traffic. Luckly i did not get my leg caught under it. I however brought traffic to a complete stop. Everyone was stopped and looking at me. and i could not get that heavy ass bike back up. The truck driver jumped out and gave me a hand (he had a Harley shirt on). The car that cut me off, never stopped. Probably from Ohio too. Damages for the bike.. scratches on the fairing and a broken left mirror.
(if anyone has one for sale for a '88 Hurricane email me). As far as damges for me.. i twisted my back a little while i was fighting to keep the bike up as it went down. I'm really lucky. things could have been much worse. ie..the truck not stopping..


I hope everyone has accumulates many rain and accident free miles this weekend.

try not to eat too many firecrackers.
nash

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-05-2000, 03:08 AM
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Nash , I am going to move this to Daily
Rider, it does really belong here in the
how to forum. I'm glad, very glad that you
are OK. Mirrors she be easy to find at a
salvage yard.

Take Care Bro,
Chris


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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-05-2000, 06:50 AM
 
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Nash, glad you're alright. That could easily have been fatal.
For people who do most of their riding in a rural environment, the key to heavy-traffic urban highway safety is this: get in the left lane, and keep yourself as conspicous as possible by keeping to the right side of the lane. It is extremely difficult to avoid someone who just aims at you, like Nash did, but by riding the left lane you only have to worry about attack from the from, the back, and the right, and by keeping to the right side, you are aeasier for cars in the next lane to see. Should they try to take you out, you still have half a lane to work with.
Like Chris said, mirrors come easy. Could have been worse.

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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-05-2000, 07:30 AM
 
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Nash, sorry to hear about your bike. I can't believe that cager didn't even stop. At least the trucker came out to give you a hand.

Chris, I have to disagree, this clearly belongs in the "How To" forum--How to save your @ss that is.

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