Originally posted by NSteveA
Kyle, don't get me wrong, There's an easy way and a hard way. There was another newb who posted on another forum who'd had an accident that was largely avoidable. Essentially he ran into a car that had stopped to make a left turn in front of him. He was following two cars and while he was turning his head to check his rear (?!) the first car stopped to turn make a left turn and the second car passed it on the right side. So he looks forward again and now there's a stopped car in his path that's about 40 feet away. The second car may have been screening the signal. I don't know his speed. I assume it was dry and the pavement was even or he would've mentioned it. He grabbed both brakes, which is the proper way to achieve the shortest stopping distance, but skidded the rear. The bike went down and he got a lot of uneccesary road rash as he slid into the cars bumper. The guy's OK otherwise.
Kyle, I see three things he could've done to avoid or lessen the accident. As an armchair riding newb (damn this economy!!!), I'm a sponge for other peoples experiences an knowledge. I thought I'd hash this out with ya. What do you see in this story?
Well I see alot... and whoever else reads this may see something different. If he was 40 feet away and locked the back wheel, he panicked or he wasn't familiar with where his lockup point was for that brake. He could have possible been speeding, coming up on a car 40 feet away at 80 miles an hour is pretty quick. Imrpoper time to check rear, use mirror. He just wasnt paying attention, bald back tire, theres tons of reasons why and frankly I don't see the point of this? And what do you mean by an "armchair riding newb?"
Im going to take the course, but im not gonna sit inside and just stare at my bike until the time comes for me to take it. There are plenty of people out there riding that have never been down and also never had the course and there are also people who have taken the course and been down. I would really like to see the statistics on Number of crashes of Non-MSF grads vs. Number of crashes of MSF grads. I think it would be interesting. But for now, I take it slow, I stay inside my envelope, I know my machine and its limits, and I keep my fingers crossed that I don't wreck due to something I missed in MSF. Take care.
Tony... Thanks for the excersice, I've do that alot while on the road, push right turn right. And way before I started riding I read about the "death grip" and I got it controlled early on. I have had to experiance a quick lane change and a pretty bad swerve (bald D207) and its scary as hell but I learned. I agree that stopping quickly in a parking lot is somewhat un-comparable to that of a real life situation, which is why I do both.Thanks.