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TravellingStrom 02-28-2013 05:41 PM

Vstrom + Oil Slick = Vstrom Down
Hi all

I had a small moment yesterday and thought I would share the good news. I survived without a scratch. The bike took one for the team again ;) I was wearing full gear at the time and although I have a couple of small sore spots on my bum and hip, I lived to ride another day.

The bike suffered the removal of the last front indicator, the right hand guard was ripped off, the right passenger foot peg once again was bent up, one of my panniers has ablated a lot and I may have some leakage.(note, soft luggage would have been ripped apart in this, or the bike may not have slid so much but dug in and flipped) A few scrapes in other areas, sort of hard to see from previous damage ;)

The situation- I was riding in the inside lane of a two lane 110kmh highway. I was coming up fast on a truck that was passing a slower truck, I had to drop speed and 2 gears so I was probably doing 80kmh at the time, once we had both cleared the slower truck and knowing here in SEA the truck would most likely stay in this lane, I changed lanes and added throttle to get past the one I was following. I did not see the oil slick and the rest is history. I am thankful that I was moving sideways to the outside of the road edge as I did not stay long under the wheels of the truck I had just passed.

The interesting thing is the bike was still in gear and screaming its head off until I got close, then it shut off.

Oil in Oil a lucky day, we get to continue our travels. Here is the movie, on my brand new Drift 1080:


Schlug 02-28-2013 06:14 PM

That was, plainly put, some of the worst motorcycle riding I've seen in a long time.

You sure are lucky.

Rakthi 02-28-2013 06:29 PM

bloody lucky! Good thing you slid out of the way of the slow truck you just passed ...

greyplague 02-28-2013 07:08 PM

I think the truck on the left never saw you. You passed under his range of view. Chances are he did'nt even seee you going down.
Good thing you came out well tho.

The sky ain't the limit. The ground is.

livo 02-28-2013 07:43 PM

I'm with Bobby - that was not smart riding. Take risks like that and you'll go down. One day you'll use up all your luck and you won't be getting back up


Originally Posted by BobbySands (Post 20835497)
That was, plainly put, some of the worst motorcycle riding I've seen in a long time.

You sure are lucky.

sparklr 02-28-2013 07:45 PM

Oil in Oil a lucky day

Originally Posted by TravellingStrom (Post 20835177)
I did not see the oil slick and the rest is history.

I really enjoy the laughable nature you present after a near death experience. By your own admission it is not the first time and likely won't be your last either, judging by your decision making abilities. It is clearly evident from your cam POV that something is certainly amiss in the lane to your left. You obviously missed a sign heeding a warning condition, ignored it altogether, or thought it was minimal enough that your prowess and skills would compensate for it.

From the very first second of the video it is clearly evident that something is different in the other lane, not just an oil spill as you regard it, more like preparation for upcoming road work of some sort. Either way it will boil down to the situational awareness equation that I'm sure will get chimed in on by one famous resident expert.

Consider yourself very fortunate that you didn't end up a statistic. If you are considering an insurance claim, I would recommend you edit the post or have it deleted by a MOD.

Gonzoso 02-28-2013 09:20 PM

Wow that was bad! That's a dangerous way to ride, fortune smiled on you that day.

I hope you learn from this and take a little more care. I did something similar once, pulling in between two semi's on a 65 mph highway with the flow of traffic going 75 to make an exit. I hit my front brake a bit hard and felt my new Metzler touring tire break loose and start to wash out at 75 mph while I was merely a few feet in front of a Yuengling beer truck.

I've no doubt if I hadn't let go of the brake and righted myself I would have died. I drive more carefully now.

That was terrible how no one stopped or anything. I'm also surprised you were so quiet, I would have been cursing a bit more.

avgas 02-28-2013 09:35 PM

I'm glad you're alright. Please learn a lesson from this, driving aggressively around traffic (especially trucks) is a really bad idea. You were very lucky to have slid clear of the trucks, that mistake could have easily ended with your death.

bumbeen 02-28-2013 10:35 PM

I thought it was crazy just from the speed at which you approached the vehicle in front of you haha!

livo 02-28-2013 10:53 PM


Originally Posted by sparklr (Post 20836307)
By your own admission it is not the first time and likely won't be your last either, judging by your decision making abilities.

Excerpts from the youtube channel :deal - didn't have to dig very hard to find these

Oops, not paying attention

Truck passing

Road Works, Not So Squeezy Trucks


Antiquar 02-28-2013 11:05 PM


Originally Posted by livo (Post 20837249)

Incredible. First time I've seen a bike almost SMIDSY a truck.

Unstable Rider 03-01-2013 01:47 AM

Glad you evaded the reaper.

Islesfan91 03-01-2013 11:40 AM

those youtube videos make me uncomfortable watching them. Like at some point you're going to get smoked by something.

total_n00b 03-01-2013 01:25 PM

I think I threw up in my mouth a little bit watching that, yikes!

Cut him some slack - anyone on this thread that hasn't had a moment of weakness related to right hand is not being honest.

These moments are to be learned from.

katanarama 03-01-2013 01:31 PM

Pretty gnarly. :yikes

I think most of us are guilty of pulling a move like that tat some stage.

Glad you are OK.

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