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Old 11-30-2011, 07:15 PM   #4426
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Dude's foot must be made of Titanium!!!

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Old 11-30-2011, 08:14 PM   #4427
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Old 11-30-2011, 11:01 PM   #4428
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Rider in video above obviously riding too fast for his line of sight. Instead of doing the safe thing, braking or passing on left, he cut off the pedestrians exit route.
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Old 11-30-2011, 11:14 PM   #4429
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Rider in video above obviously riding too fast for his line of sight. Instead of doing the safe thing, braking or passing on left, he cut off the pedestrians exit route.
That's one way of looking at it.
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Old 11-30-2011, 11:56 PM   #4430
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He wouldn't have had to go back and retrieve the GLOVE he dropped if he'd been wearing them! Duh! Winning!
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Old 12-01-2011, 12:45 AM   #4431
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I first rode through Deal.s Gap in 1990. At that time the speed limit was 40 MPH but it was irrelevant since there was almost no LEO presence. There was also far less traffic and it had net yet been named "the Dragon" by the T shirt vendors. Then it got famous, the speed limit was lowered to 30 MPH and LEOs started patrolling heavily. As for being a dangerous road, there are far more challenging roads in the area but they get far less traffic and don't have Killboy and other photographers there to document every crash. I know that the nearby Cherohala Skyway has had a number of fatal motorcycle accidents yet we don't have a "Cherohala failure" thread.

US 129 at Deal's Gap used to be one of my favorite roads. It still is when it is not clogged with slow moving traffic and LEOs. Unfortunately, it is not easy to find a time when it isn't crowded. Used to be you could go during the week and miss the traffic. Now, it can be crowded, and patrolled, almost any time. According to Killboy, it is sometimes more crowded during the week since riders are trying to avoid the weekend traffic.

I went to Deals Gap last March to ride it without the crowds. It wasn't too bad. I also rode some of the nearby roads. My ride report is here: http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=670468

As for Deal's Gap being too dangerous, You can't ride without some risk. I am far more concerned with it being too boring due to all the slow moving traffic,
My 1st trip to Deals Gap was May, 1996. Speed limit was 55. And it stayed that way for a few more yrs. It was still 55 in June of 2000. Somewhere bwteen 200 and 04 when the repaving and new shoulders went in, the speed limit dropped.
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Old 12-01-2011, 06:45 AM   #4432
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Classic target fixation, person was moving to edge of road, and it would have been real easy for the bike to swing wide, instead he fixated on the guy and tracked him all the way to the shoulder, like a laser guided missile.

If he looked where he WANTED to go, it would have been a non event IMHO
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Old 12-01-2011, 06:50 AM   #4433
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Couldn't play the audio on that (at work), is that how deep the bike was?!!
oh no. it appears that bike was only 4 or 5 feet under water.

i was referring to a buddies 2 year old sportsman 500 that went under the ice last year at lake simcoe.
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Old 12-01-2011, 08:46 AM   #4434
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Nobody? 38 hours? Weehehehehell then...


You FFs are slipping.
How much lube do you need to screw a catchers mit?
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Old 12-01-2011, 08:49 AM   #4435
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Your slipping man! This thing is in this thread and a couple other places on the site, its been posted so many times its 820
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Old 12-01-2011, 09:29 AM   #4436
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Classic target fixation, person was moving to edge of road, and it would have been real easy for the bike to swing wide, instead he fixated on the guy and tracked him all the way to the shoulder, like a laser guided missile.

If he looked where he WANTED to go, it would have been a non event IMHO
Really? I see it as the pedestrian was in the center of the road, the rider aimed for the shoulder, then the pedestrian ran to the shoulder at the last second.
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Old 12-01-2011, 10:12 AM   #4437
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Really? I see it as the pedestrian was in the center of the road, the rider aimed for the shoulder, then the pedestrian ran to the shoulder at the last second.
+1

The last place I would want to go to avoid a dumbass pedestrian is into a lane where there might be oncoming cages.
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Old 12-01-2011, 10:14 AM   #4438
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Really? I see it as the pedestrian was in the center of the road, the rider aimed for the shoulder, then the pedestrian ran to the shoulder at the last second.
What sort of idiot would deliberately run off a twenty-foot wide road to avoid a two foot wide obstacle (moving or not)? Should also have been going much slower to begin with of course. What if it had been kids crossing the road?

Shit like this is why riders like this SHOULD be hammered by the authorities.
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Old 12-01-2011, 10:24 AM   #4439
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Did I miss the other rider's bike? The guy who dropped the glove?
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Old 12-01-2011, 10:29 AM   #4440
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I hit a pedestrian once. With well over a 100k miles of street riding my only crash was a pedestrian. I did not have time to stop, while braking hard I counter-steered behind the direction he was going and he changed direction. I did what I could but my brake lever caught his ribs which launched me and sent him to the ground hard.
It seems like the rider went the wrong way, but we weren't there and maybe the guy changed directions. I am sure the sumo guy is looking back and seeing the mistakes, by hindsight is 20-20.
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