Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: mount airy (mayberry), NC,
blind curves...something to think about.
"To this day I still pucker a little around blind curves...."
I just read this on a thread. I can agree with that, having rounded a "blind" curve and there sat a Honda Accord across both my lanes - I hit it. But here's the thing to think about. In the basic MSF class, I try to tell folks you should be able to STOP in the distance you can see ahead. So by that theory, you should never have a "blind curve", right?
I'm no perfect rider, far from it. But when I saw that and thought about the phrase and what I actually try to preach, I realize I need to PRACTICE what I PREACH, so to speak.
IF you can stop in the distance you can see, there are no blind curves. And the DOTs are pretty good about giving us those yellow diamond signs with a speed on them. I have been told by a reliable source that the speed on those is suppoosed to be a speed that allows you FOUR seconds of visibility. Which is, in theory, time to stop. OR at least make a valiant effort at saving your bacon.
As I said, I have been there, done that. And probably will again. I have taken the speed on those diamond sings as a personal challenge to better it by 15 or more MPH. But when you do that - you are increasing your risk, right? So if you want to elimate the bllind curves, adjust your speed so that you can stop in the distance you can see ahead, right? Yes that may mean your ride is not as much fun, or that you go a bit slower, but if it gets you home alive and able to ride the bike again, isn't that even better?
Just something to think about/discuss... The roads are not a racetrack where everyone is going in the same direction and the turns are predictable and swept clean.