|03-16-2003, 07:20 PM||#1|
Joined: Jun 2002
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
I got away with one....
So, today BMW Rider and I met up for a first run of spring. We had a great ride, and commented many times about the condition of the roads as being pretty crappy with lots of salt/gravel on them. The only good part was that it was pretty much right down the center of the lane, and on the sides leaving two good tracks to work in.
Later in the day, BMW Rider headed back his way, and I wanted to go try a couple more roads that looked real promising further south. The roads were an absolute blast.
Pretty good shape, and twisting and turning every which way. All was good, I was in bliss till this one nasty turn gave me a smack back to reality. It looked just like so many other turns had so far on the ride.
Nice 90 deg. left, slightly up hill, little bit of crap in the road. I'm on the brakes setting my corner speed, and I see the farmers dog coming off the porch of the house right at the bend, and give it a good look to make sure its not gonna do anything stupid. Putting my eyes back on the road, just as I'm getting ready to lean her in, I notice this corner isn't like all the other ones today...
Right in the corner, there's no clean line. It's perfectly covered in gravel.
Hit the highest level on the OH SHIT! meter, and try to scrub off all the speed I can knowing there's no way to lean thru this one. I get it down to about 25, and run out of road. I let off the brakes right at the edge of the pavement and do a pretty decent job of controlling into the field.
Taking good use of the GS, I just headed thru and got back on the road. I decided I better stop and see how the fuck I screwed that one up so bad.
I guess I got too comfortable with the road conditions, and was distracted by that dog a bit, but it still came down to me runnin too damn fast thru there. When I stopped to take the pictures, farmer John came out and asked if I was ok and everything. He said he's pulled a couple of cars out of the ditch in the last few weeks, and that there was an even worse corner just a few more bends up the road the way I was going. He was right about that. It was a sharp downhill 90 right over a crest in the road covered in gravel also.
So, thanks to whatever powers that saved my bacon today. Had it been trees, guardrail or anything solid, I don't know what the outcome would have been. I might have tried to make the bend harder?(Did I bail because I knew the GS was capable of the grass? ) All I know is that I'm damn glad it turned out the way it did!
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|03-16-2003, 08:16 PM||#3|
Joined: Dec 2001
Location: The Heart Of It All
Glad you made it okay. I was just saying in my little trip report that we both got thru the day without incident. I guess I spoke to soon, huh?
Well, if you had to run off the road, there isn't a better bike on which to do it than your GS.
Whew. Glad you're okay.
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|03-16-2003, 08:59 PM||#4|
Gelande Sauté It
Joined: Jan 2003
safe and sound
Poser, glad you're OK on the near miss.
Funny, I just got back in (around 9:30pm EST) from the first almost-spring 300 mile ride up here in New Hampshire. I was checking your ride report and the same damn thing happened to me!
Road conditions here are very adventurous right now. Sand, ice, snow, water, gravel, even horse shit. Even though temps were in the 50s today, everything cooled off enough tonight to freeze all that runoff. Too much speed, too little friction can make one stripe their shorts.
Ride safe and ride often!
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|03-17-2003, 03:23 AM||#5|
Arrogant Horse's Ass #1
Joined: Nov 2001
You and Rider finally got out for a good ride!
How lucky you are on the field being there when you needed it. Glad you only lost a pair of shorts in this one! :):
|03-17-2003, 04:05 AM||#6|
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Joined: Aug 2002
Location: Third stone from the sun
It just goes to show that you never know what's going to be around the next corner -- road kill, mud, gravel, a car doing a u-turn. The only real solution is to slow down and ride sensibly. But that's no fun all the time, is it? So the second best solution is to polish up your skills and invest in the best riding gear and insurance policy you can afford.
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