Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Terrible Hole, IN
Well when I totaled my XX it was another case of the driver of the other car not seeing me. Even though we were heading right at each other and I had my brights on (daytime riding). He just turned in front of me to get onto a side road and I t-boned him at about 15mph. I guess the lesson learned from that one is to never assume that anyone else sees you while riding. Not much you can really do about it other than make yourself aware that someone might turn in front of you, change lanes, etc. without any warning and you need to be ready for it.
This one isn't a crash, but it was close. The lesson is to know the road you are on before you ride very hard on it. There is a nice little twisty road on the way to work and I was coming in (a few minutes late as usual) so I was pushing it a little hard. I forgot about a little 90 degree off camber turn in the middle of this little stretch and almost lost it because I was going too fast for it. I would say not only know the road you are on, but before you make a hard run on it take it slow once or twice to check the condition of it too. You never know where loose gravel has popped up or if someone's cage belched out a puddle of oil in the middle of your favorite turn.
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