Today, for the 3rd time in my motorcycle driving career an ‘older’ individual pulled out in front of me… but luckily, I maintain my perfect motorcycle record of zero accidents and zero incidences of laying a bike down, but that could have all changed today.
Things wouldn’t have been so bad if he would have just proceeded to make his left turn, but once he got out into the 2nd of 4 lanes and could look down my lane and see me coming, I think he just panic’d and sat right there in the middle of the lane.
So, I my mind I’m thinking “I got this.. I can stop this 250 on a dime.” Which for the most part was correct, but it seems that when you actually need the exceptional stopping power of your motorcycle it’s not enough. My front tire I believe was locked up, or close to lock up because I could hear tire screeching. My back tire I believe was able to turn the entire time (out of habit I always use light pressure on the back brake.)
So, in slow motion it seemed as if I was sliding forever, but eventually arrived in front of the individuals vehicle at (at a survivably low speed if impact did occur) where I just looked over the man’s hood and shook my head. Back in my younger days I would have had a few words for the gentleman which more than likely would have resulted in an all expenses paid night in the local correctional facility. I then backed the bike up and allowed the gentleman to be on his way.
Here is my feeble attempt to record the faint mark left behind. I thought it would be a lot darker than it was but I guess my little 250 just left a light mark. Extra bonus points if you can actually see it:
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