Originally Posted by M N B
Sure it is. If you can't avoid, laying it down is likely you best course of action vs direct impact.
That said, most people give up too easily and make the decision to lay it down.
I have 21 years of riding experience, most of which, including now, year round without even owning a car.
Zero broken bones, one sprained ankle, one sore knee.
I am interested in learning under what conditions rolling traction will not allow you to stop quicker or turn sharper then throwing the bike on it's side to slide with a very low coefficient of friction on expensive metal and plastic parts?
Ok, if your going to T-Bone a semi you could lay it down and slide under it, are there any other cases?
P.S. You can lay down an ABS bike quite easily, just turn the handle bars without shifting weight or counter-steering. The laws of physics are still in force, the bike will go down.
P.P.S. Oh yeah, had a cop once tell me that its useful to lay down a bike when your being shot at so you can slide on your back behind it and return fire from a covered position. I will have to take his word for it as I don't get shot at often enough to judge this.
Any other situations sliding on metal and plastic is better then rubber?