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Old 06-13-2012, 09:10 AM   #1
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Scariest moment?
Tell me about your scariest motorcycle moment.

It's a slow work day, I wanna hear some stories! Go...

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Old 06-13-2012, 09:17 AM   #2
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Joined: Apr 2012
From: Selah, Wa

I Ride: 04' Z1000, 91' DR350S, 87' CR500
Besides the numerous times I've almost been ran off of the road by cagers, one of my scariest moments (there've been plenty) was when I was riding doing about 75 or so and for whatever reason I had my visor on my helmet up and I took a bird to the eye socket and it damn near knocked me out, after cleaning all the feathers and guts out of my helmet/hair I rode away and had a nice black eye for the days following. Needless to say I keep my visor down these days...lol

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Old 06-13-2012, 09:27 AM   #3
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There are many over the 45 yrs of licensed riding on public roads. One is the worst and caused a break for a few years, but it's a fairly lengthy story. So the only short story, I can think of is. The bike has been sitting when riding weather was available, that is scary...AJ

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Old 06-13-2012, 09:28 AM   #4
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Joined: Sep 2010
From: Seattle

I Ride: 03 Kwikasfaki Z1000
I got two of em. First time riding a 1000cc bike, came around a freeway entrance and the back tire broke loose and drifted for probably a second or two but felt like a mile.

worst was while lowsiding on a steep hill, james to cherry street downtown.


What about you sir?

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Old 06-13-2012, 09:31 AM   #5
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I Ride: behind the girls.
My scariest moment didn't happen to me. It was watching what happened to the guy in front of me. Now it's like a video that's been saved to long term memory.

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Old 06-13-2012, 09:38 AM   #6
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“ Quote:
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My scariest moment didn't involve me. It was watching what happened to the guy in front of me.<<<
Then What???


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Old 06-13-2012, 09:40 AM   #7
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From: Beaverton, OR / Bellevue, WA

I Ride: 2000 Triumph Sprint ST and 03 Yamaha WR450F (plated)
Riding down a familiar road, I tipped into one of the better right benders. Right around the apex I hit a man hole cover which was a little wet. The rear end lost traction for a split second and at the same time a truck appeared around the corner in the oncoming lane. I panicked but stayed committed to the turn and my rear tire regained traction as soon as it hit dry pavement again. That was a close call.

For my scariest moment ever, see this video:



I was lucky enough to walk away with just a few bruises on my butt.

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Old 06-13-2012, 09:49 AM   #8
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Joined: Aug 2009
From: Chicagoland

I Ride: 2010 RC8R; 2009 ZX6R; Percheron/Paint (equine variety)
Scariest and then later, funniest, moment for me was at ORP. I was on the back straight preparing for turn 2, CCW: no one ahead of me, cresting a slight hill, looking for the lefthand corner when a tumbleweed the size of a car (slight exaggeration) bounced down in front of me from my far right. I was so surprised, I had no idea what it was I was an inch and a split second away from hitting. I sliced it down the middle and picked tumbleweed pieces out of my bike and gear for the next lap, then pitted for the rest of the session.

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Old 06-13-2012, 10:01 AM   #9
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Joined: Jul 2008
From: Issaquah, WA

I Ride: '09 Honda CBR1000RR, '95 BMW R1100GS, '98 KTM EXC 380SM
Scariest moment was my fault for riding over my head. Following a couple of fellow riders over north cascades hwy 20 about 6 months after I first started riding and trying to keep pace. At one point they decided to pass an RV as we were closing in on a corner. I was the last bike to attempt the pass, came around the RV wayy hot because I was trying to get by quickly, but at that point I was upon the corner. I didn't have the confidence to lean and believe at those speeds, so I stood it up and ran across the oncoming lane in a blind corner. An oncoming truck and camper narrowly missed me as I crossed in front of it. About the time I left the road, I started thinking about ditching methods, how I might want to separate myself from the bike prior to heading off the enbankment. Luckily I was able to get it stopped with both tires locked up sliding in the dirt and it came to a rest right at the edge. I took a second to gather myself and decided that I needed to just start moving again before I was too paralyzed to ride back.

I really got lucky that the corner I ran off was one of the few on hwy 20 that even have a runoff area. After that near incident, I seriously considered selling the bike. I'm glad I didn't, but from that day I learned a valuable lesson.

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Old 06-13-2012, 10:01 AM   #10
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From: Vancouver WA

I Ride: Ducati 999
first time taking my 750 out on a longer ride then around town. ran up to cougar. watched my buddy on his r6 go around a corner on the backside of the mountain(s) about 60ish feet in front of me. i noticed the wet looking pavement but didnt pay it any mind. he rode over it and was on a good line so i followed but for whatever reason it was actually frost. i slipped the rear for what every one else experiences what felt like a mile but was really a quick jutter. i was leaned over decent and saw deep valley, stood it up real quick. got to a safe stopping spot, a driveway on the side of the road, pulled over, hit the hazards and got off the bike. took me a couple minutes to get the nerves right again.

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Old 06-13-2012, 10:08 AM   #11
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Joined: Mar 2006
From: 4to5
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I Ride: slow in the fast lane like everyone else...
first sunny say in May a few years ago i walk out to the garage to take the bike to work. i push it out to the drive way turn the key and nothing... battery is deader than dead. i about pooped myself then i remembered i have two street bikes. rolled the dead battery one back into the garage and took the other one. crisis averted!

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Old 06-13-2012, 10:12 AM   #12
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“ Quote:
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Riding down a familiar road, I tipped into one of the better right benders. Right around the apex I hit a man hole cover which was a little wet. The rear end lost traction for a split second and at the same time a truck appeared around the corner in the oncoming lane. I panicked but stayed committed to the turn and my rear tire regained traction as soon as it hit dry pavement again. That was a close call.

For my scariest moment ever, see this video:



I was lucky enough to walk away with just a few bruises on my butt.
I'm not an accident investigator, but it appears that wasn't your fault. You didn't appear to be speeding, and Farmer John has a responsible to look first...AJ

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Old 06-13-2012, 10:45 AM   #13
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Joined: Jul 2008
From: Ferndale washington

I Ride: Dazed and Confused
Watching my wife Amy low siding Her CBR 600 on a Hairpin

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Old 06-13-2012, 10:49 AM   #14
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From: Beaverton, OR / Bellevue, WA

I Ride: 2000 Triumph Sprint ST and 03 Yamaha WR450F (plated)
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I'm not an accident investigator, but it appears that wasn't your fault. You didn't appear to be speeding, and Farmer John has a responsible to look first...AJ
Farmer John did not give any indication he was about to turn left - no turn signals, no hand signals, nothing. His trailer was completely illegal. After review every second of the video hundreds of times, I have come to the conclusion that the faults is 50/50. I could have been a second or two more patient before going for the pass, he didn't have turn signals.

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Old 06-13-2012, 12:55 PM   #15
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From: Seattle, WA

I Ride: 2012 Moto Guzzi V7 Racer, 2009 Triumph Daytona 675
Once, I was checking out some rider's ass because they had long hair, but when they pulled off their helmet it was a dude. It was pretty terrifying because I almost got an erection.

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Old 06-13-2012, 12:57 PM   #16
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From: Issaquah Washington

I Ride: 2010 Ninja 250r Sold & 99 R1
Coming around a tight corner on a group ride on Mercer Island some of the residents weren't to happy about us ridng thru, So a byciclists cut me off and got right in front of me ..He almost made me lose control. So after that Mercer Island NO MORE

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Old 06-13-2012, 01:03 PM   #17
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From: Maryland

I Ride: on and off road
After following a slow moving car through some twisties, and reaching a nice stretch of strait road, I decided to catch up to the group who had passed the car earlier. I was up to about 140, and as I crested a hill I saw a left hand corner sign with a 35mph indicated speed on it. I needed to slow down. This was probably the only time I ever used two fingers on the R1 brake lever! I got on the brakes hard and not long after initiating my braking, I pushed on the left bar to begin my lean in... only the bike didn't lean. Instead, it kicked the rear end out to my right. It was at that very moment I realized my rear tire wasn't on the ground. Fortunately I didn't panic. As I eased off the brake, I heard the "chir chir chir" sound of the rear skipping on the pavement. Luckily, I made the turn, but I nearly soiled my leathers because it was the first time I ever backed my bike in to a corner.

I've been told I had a pretty wicked tank slapper once, but after landing on my head I can't recall it. I'm sure it was pretty darn scary as well.

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Old 06-13-2012, 01:40 PM   #18
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From: Mukilteo, WA

I Ride: Kawasaki ZX7R Streetfighter - BMW F800GS - Husaberg FE450 - BMW R100GSPD Sidecar
Oh ... too many to choose a favourite ... coming around a corner at 120mph to find a farm vehicle stationary waiting to turn (very much like the vid above, only it was ALL my fault) ... watching the front brake lever fall off while I was going flat out down the straight at Grattan Raceway ... crossing the top lane marker at Daytona in the rain and getting WAAAAY sideways six feet from the wall ... riding my sidecar at the speed limit ... all very scary moments in my life.

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Old 06-13-2012, 01:58 PM   #19
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I Ride: behind the girls.
“ Quote:
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Then What???


...AJ
After he hit a cow and turned his bike into a thousand shiny little bits... The guy behind me was an ex emt so he took care of the rider, while I ran down the road to use the phone at a farm house and get an ambulance out there to get him to a trauma center. I pretty much remember every micro second of it from coming around the last turn heading down the straight where we encountered the cows up until I was walking back from the farm house. It was beyond scary. It was done. It was time to hope your friend is alive and do what you have to do. Now I'm hoping in about 2 months I'll get to spend 3 or 4 days hanging out with him and riding.

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Old 06-13-2012, 02:34 PM   #20
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From: Kent, WA

I Ride: 1999 Yamaha WR400F Dirt/Sumo
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Once, I was checking out some rider's ass because they had long hair, but when they pulled off their helmet it was a dude. It was pretty terrifying because I almost got an erection.
Repped!

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