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post #1 of 12 Old Aug 3rd, 2009, 2:25 pm Thread Starter
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LT can weave in a battle zone

Well, I had a very interesting ride to work today. I was going down the highway doing about 70. I was about 2 sec behind a Ram pick up truck when all of the sudden I heard a big bag, saw smoke and the back of the pick up truck jump into the air. At that point plastic and other stuff started flying at me. Some of the objects are running down the road, others are flying at about head level.

What to do, what to do goes through my brain. The truck is pulling over to the right, I have a big object flying at me to the left. I stay in the lane and weave through the debris field. As I get through that I notice something about 3-4 feet long spinning end over end coming down at me from about 30 feet in the air. Speed up, slow down move to the right or move to the left, well I stay at my speed and move to the left lane and hope the car I had seen in that lane a few seconds ago is far enough behind me so I don't get run over or hit it in the side. I am to busy keeping on eye on the falling object to look. Got to go for it I guess or get hit by this object.

I move to the left lane and the object comes down 2-3 feet to the right and back of me. I guess I made the right decision. I felt like a ball player trying to avoid the ball. I don't see anymore stuff coming at me so I take a quick look at the truck and I can see the rear tail light hanging out by the wires and some more smoke coming from under the truck as he is pulling over. Not much chance to see anything else because by that time I am by the truck and now thinking how do I keep from filling my pants and keeping the bike up when I get off the highway in about a mile or should I pull over and see if the guy is OK, which he looks OK from what I can see when I go by. I decide to keep going and get off the highway. It is rush hour and lots of help behind me. (Coming into Rochester, MN the home of the Mayo clinic about every other car is a nurse or doctor) I then got off the road and found that my heart was racing and I was almost ready to park the bike and walk but I said to myself, I made it through ok and don't get so worked up. Go to work and treat it as another day of life.

So what did I learn?

-Stay far enough behind other cars,
-Keep your cool,
-know where everyone else is around you
-always have an exit strategy
-keep watching for stuff even though you think your through the debris field
-and the most important item is to squeeze your butt cheeks together to keep from filling your pants.

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Glad you are ok. It is events like that which would worry me the most. I figure I can usually anticipate the other driver but unexpected things like that are hard to prepare for. Another one is deer running on to the highway. We have a lot of corn fields directly on the side of the road and visibility is poor and last minute.

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Hey, Tom - yup, that was an interesting ride. Glad that's all it was, could'a been much worse. Glad you're ok. My LTs have brought me thru when lesser bikes might not have. Nice ridin!!

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I have learned that its best when dealing with deer on the road is to steer towards them because most likely they will be running and you will miss. If a person attempts to dodge a dear, that person has a higher chance on heading where the deer will be. Plus its better to hit head on than to hit at a glancing blow. Granted I have never encountered this on by bike yet, but have with my truck and found it to work. Just my two cents.
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Good to hear you're OK and made it through.

Did you ever figure out exactly what it was that was flying all over the place? I assume the truck in front of you hit something left in the road???

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So what did I learn?

-Stay far enough behind other cars,
-Keep your cool,
-know where everyone else is around you
-always have an exit strategy
-keep watching for stuff even though you think your through the debris field
-and the most important item is to squeeze your butt cheeks together to keep from filling your pants.
Glad you're ok. Good driving an m/c riding is all about what you mentioned above Always always keep a distance between you and the guy in front, right, left and behind you. And know where cars are at all times, it should be sub-conscience.

Safe riding

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Thanks for sharing.

I especially enjoyed the constructive criticism/After Action Review at the end.
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Glad your'e OK.
Glad I take Hwy 52 south. No battle zones by me. But still alot of crazy drivers.
"What you learned" is good advise.

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Glad you kept you're cool and negotiated the debris field upright. Tks for the debriefing. It's frustrating to leave some decent room between you and the next vehicle only to have it filled with a "squeeze in" car. As a friend on this forum noted about riding in NYC, if you leave one space for a car between you and the car in front of you, three taxis will fill it up!

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I can tell you from experience that is moment you will remember. Had the same thing happen to me. I was next to a 5 Ton truck that was moving fast and tailgating in heavy traffic. I could see traffic ahead of him in his lane slowing quickly, there was no way he was stopping even if he could see it. I begin moving away from him to avoid what was coming. Sure enough, he plowed into the Suburban in front of him sending large debris my way. A chain reaction started and for 5 or six cars I arrived at the point of contact in time to enjoy more flying pieces of headlights, taillights, and bits of bodywork. It was bad place to be, I was already close to the divider with a car on my tail and nowhere to go if anyone in that lane saw what was coming and swerved into my lane to avoid it.
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I am starting to wonder about my current luck. I was behind and next to a van that hit a car about a month ago and that scared the #$%#* out of me. Van hit the car so hard it popped the rear tires.

Then Monday the truck did its thing.

And to make things even better yesterday we had to evacuate our building because the construction grader hit a high pressure natural gas line about 200 yards from the building.

What is someone trying to say to me?

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I am starting to wonder about my current luck. I was behind and next to a van that hit a car about a month ago and that scared the #$%#* out of me. Van hit the car so hard it popped the rear tires.

Then Monday the truck did its thing.

And to make things even better yesterday we had to evacuate our building because the construction grader hit a high pressure natural gas line about 200 yards from the building.

What is someone trying to say to me?
Wow, that is a wake up call. I'd make peace with a higher power. As they say, 'There are no atheists in foxholes'.
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