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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 09-10-2009, 07:29 AM Thread Starter
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So I got my GoPro cam today. Mounted one sticky on the swingarm, stuck the suction cup to the fairing. Need to run some errands so I took the cam, and put it on 2 second burst. Riding along, I catch the radiator of a truck boiling over.

Notice road becoming shiny? Yeah, that would be coolant. Notice what look like rain on the lens? That would be coolant. See pic 1

Being that I normally ride in the right side of the lane, I decided it would be best to stay there. See pic 2

The truck eventually pulled over and everyone made it without a problem. See pic 3

So my learning experience is this:
  1. ALWAYS scan ahead, including the ground, driveways, vehicles, roadkill etc
  2. Should a hazard present itself, decide what you will do.
  3. Execute your plan.

When a vehicle spews coolant, or any other fluid for that matter, stick to a side where there road is dry. Might be a tad slippery if you don't.

Now if you will excuse me, i have to go wash the coolant smell off my riding gear.

I would like our veteran members to please add to this thread so that we can make it a sticky.
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 09-11-2009, 04:35 AM
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Lane positioning on the street is huge. It can improve safety and obviously allows you to take the right line through a curve.

Safety-related tips:
  • When passing large, fast-moving vehicles stay on the opposite part of your lane to minimize the blow-back
  • When traveling in areas where animals might run into the road, hug the lane section closest to the road's crown to increase reaction time and improve long-distance view
  • When approaching busy intersections, choosing a lane position that allows you to be seen by cross-traffic or oncoming left-turners increases your visibility
  • Approaching vehicles wanting to turn onto your street from a driveway means you should be as far over in your lane as possible in case they pull out suddenly (this is VERY common)
  • Coming to stop at a red light means you should be positioning your bike for a quick exit and it should be left in first gear in case a car coming up behind you isn't going to stop; monitor that rear-view mirror until either the light is green or another car/truck comes to a stop behind you
  • Avoiding the "tar snakes" and stripes on a road is a good idea, especially when its wet since they become especially slick

I'm guessing there are others, those are just the ones off the top of my head so I'll add as they occur to me.

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Animal-related advice

Yesterday, as I came into work, I was on a country road following a Caddy SUV. As I passed it at a good clip and just came even with their front fender, I saw the large doe on the side of the road just ahead. At that instant it decided to come up onto the road and stopped. I was going too fast to stop so I focused on the exit (straight ahead), tucked, slowed some and prayed for the best. Just as I reached it and was passing it (split second) I saw out of the corner of my eye that it was in the process of finishing its cross over the road right in my direction. I was sure it would clip my rear end and if I held my throttle hand out could have slapped the deer. It never contacted me and I don't know why.

Morals:
When animals are in the road, swerving is usually not a good idea unless you're sure it won't walk into your swerve. Normally only opossum qualify. Slowing is the best option. If you hit something and you're not straight, you're going down no matter what. If you're straight, there is a chance you'll make it out upright. Swerving is also a problem if there is other traffic around since you might be swerving into their planned exit route. ALWAYS FOCUS ON THE EXIT. Jester alluded to this once but its worth constant repeating IMHO.

Running over squirrels, rabbits, and other small animals has never caused an issue for me. When you get to cat-size, though, then things aren't as straightforward.

Tip for deer. If you have time, rev the throttle. They hate the sound and every time I've done it they run the opposite direction. They ignore our silly horns so don't bother.

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