Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Prairieville, Louisiana, USA
Re: Dropped THE bike
With due respect, anybody who says "I had to lay it down to avoid a wreck" is obviously an untrained rider that makes me cringe, and with whom I will not ride.
What they need is some training in proper emergency braking technique, and how to do a proper swerve. I usually ask them what stops quicker: Rubber tires with maximum braking, or metal on concrete/asphalt sliding along. A minor point I usually make is that you can steer while braking. Sliding along on the frame is a ballistic exercise under no control other than the laws of physics.
" Lock up the back brake and attempt to skid in a controlled manner to a safe spot."
What your friend did probably resulted in a bad high-side crash when he released the rear brake lock-up. He should have continued pressing hard on the rear brake until the bike stopped and then moved along. I would bet money he is of the mindset that if you touch the front brake bad things happen. He obviously has no idea about proper brake technique and you should strongly suggest he take a basic rider course after he heals up.
The other obvious problem with this situation is that your friend failed to observe and anticipate traffic. He was probably riding in the SUV's blind spot.
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Last edited by ka5ysy; Jul 17th, 2013 at 6:14 am.