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Dress For The Slide Not The Ride [ATGATT]
« on: April 20, 2016, 12:23:59 AM »
You don't come much closer than this and walk away. You need to watch all three videos to see how close he came.
http://www.azfamily.com/story/31747531/biker-dad-dog-nearly-kills-two-riders-caught-on-camera

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Re: Dress For The Slide Not The Ride [ATGATT]
« Reply #1 on: April 20, 2016, 02:45:54 AM »
couldn't agree more. always, always, full gear, all the time. it's never you. this is an amazing video with two vintage points and that final leap of amazing agility; wow, kudos to that kid. thanks for sharing this...

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Re: Dress For The Slide Not The Ride [ATGATT]
« Reply #2 on: April 20, 2016, 08:24:34 AM »
I could hardly believe what I just saw!
Now that's some ultimate effort to save your life!

Last comforting word for us all: I don't think our mighty Explorers would fall because of such a small dog {c;

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Re: Dress For The Slide Not The Ride [ATGATT]
« Reply #3 on: April 20, 2016, 10:06:37 AM »
Those guys were Very lucky.
We all know animals do stupid things.  Kudos to the trucker. You can see he was awake and paying attention as he slide, skidded by in a cloud of smoke keeping his truck to the side.
That video is exactly why I am ATGATT. You just never know.
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Re: Dress For The Slide Not The Ride [ATGATT]
« Reply #4 on: April 20, 2016, 04:35:17 PM »
*Originally Posted by NiK [+]
Last comforting word for us all: I don't think our mighty Explorers would fall because of such a small dog {c;

I tend to agree with you on that Nik. It struck me as odd that such a small animal could down a bike and rider so easily. Talked with a pal regarding this and he thinks, hard on the brakes, near stoppie with significant fork compression and a deflection of the front wheel to a pavement slam. I too think a DRZ 400 would have had no trouble were the brakes not applied.

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Re: Dress For The Slide Not The Ride [ATGATT]
« Reply #5 on: April 20, 2016, 05:11:18 PM »
Perhaps it wouldn't have happened with linked brakes...

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Re: Dress For The Slide Not The Ride [ATGATT]
« Reply #6 on: April 20, 2016, 11:20:25 PM »
*Originally Posted by NiK [+]
Perhaps it wouldn't have happened with linked brakes...

no brake necessary, linked or otherwise. do not change vector, stay the course. slightly tighten the grip and expect to jump over it, do not change attitude of the bike. animals tend to be slippery surfaces when they lie flat on the road. Loaded TEX with fuel and the rider is ~700lbs, that's a lot of momentum. The bike will not falter, just keep going straight and observe. Like you said  :028:

this is us, a few years back, riding on the Skyline drive, Virginia. black bear cub jumps between my wife's bike's tires' hits his head, passes out, I see all that's happening, observe and pray that I won't go over the animal. luckily I didn't he ragdolled between my tires and the guy behind me had all the time in the world to circumvent it.

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it's a happy ending. but yeah, there is a reason why I love these big bikes so much... this is one of them...

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Re: Dress For The Slide Not The Ride [ATGATT]
« Reply #7 on: April 21, 2016, 08:33:52 AM »
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Great video. I was waiting for its mum to come out and assist :005:
She would have been pretty mad!
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Re: Dress For The Slide Not The Ride [ATGATT]
« Reply #8 on: April 21, 2016, 04:48:29 PM »
Apologies to those I am about to offend. IMO a staggered riding formation on that road is not reccomended. The more appropriate formation would have been a 2 second rider gap and ride the center line. When foliage is that high in the ditch and that close to the road, animals find it an attractive place to forage. The first bike likely spooked the bear cub and it looked for the clearest path to beat a hasty retreat. Unfortunately it was right into the path of the rider who was riding the fog line. IMO six feet of shoulder and 2 - 3 feet of pavement does not give enough time for an avoidance move when you are traveling with pace.

I'm not saying the accident could have been avoided, we'll never know and, the little fella was traveling at a brisk pace coming out of the ditch. If it had been a larger critter or a few months later in the year and that bear had grown some, it might well have been a different scenario.

Some may disagree but, if I am riding in those conditions I am on the center line and it [whatever it is] is going to have to come more than 10 feet to get to me. Staggered formation is a good rule of thumb but not necessarily appropriate under all conditions.

I'm glad that no one was injured and thanks for posting. We can all learn from your comments and footage.

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Re: Dress For The Slide Not The Ride [ATGATT]
« Reply #9 on: April 21, 2016, 04:50:46 PM »
I just did a round robbin up to central Pennsylvania and back to home last weekend and was amazed by the attire, or lack thereof, of riders in Pennsylvania. They have no helmet law to start with, but I was on cruise heading back home at 70 mph and passed by a Harley Sportster with a guy wearing cut-off shorts, tank top and no helmet. He at least had boots on, but might as well been wearing flip flops since my feet would have been the last thing on my mind.

I had my riding jacket, fire hose cargo pants (with knee pads inserted from normal riding pants), modular helmet, boots and gloves.
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