Originally Posted by jimhaleyscomet
I am hard pressed to think of an instance where initial hard controlled braking to avoid a sudden oncoming obstacle is a bad idea.
I'm not wanting to challenge anyone on this...just to clarify something I believe is helpful. Sometimes accelerating avoids the collision all together. Would I accelerate into something I absolutely could not avoid? No. The other thing that I believe bears mention is that how a rider responds depends an awful lot on what he/she is riding. IE, I'm much more nimble and adept at evasive manuevers on my Hyper than I am on my 600lb Mean Streak.
As far as the oncoming rider is concerned, there's been some conversation about low siding versus high siding. If the situation bears it, I'd much prefer a low side slide out than a high side body slam. Skidding is much easier on the body and bike than tumbling (as long as you don't get run over.)
In my book, the fact that both riders walked away says they both did something right! Bikes are easily replaced.
Ride safe my friends!