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Old 11-27-2009, 11:40 AM   #91
Flirting with oblivion
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Thanks for the video, I had not seen it before and it did make me pause to think.
Everyone dies, not everyone lives.
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Old 11-27-2009, 04:56 PM   #92
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This road safety video is good as well
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Old 01-31-2010, 11:22 PM   #93
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Cool video. It makes one realize how fast things can go wrong if one is not careful.
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Old 07-06-2010, 11:37 AM   #94

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*watched* sobering.
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Old 07-06-2010, 10:09 PM   #95
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make me want to quit riding.
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Old 07-08-2010, 01:35 PM   #96
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make me want to quit riding.
I'd hope that it makes you (and everyone) just get serious. There is nothing wrong with riding. The wrong is not doing it right. How does one get the frame of mind to do it right? Professional instruction. The teaching of the dynamics of bike control, and building those skills.

The bike riding disasters have a common thread running through them.
The rider thought all they had to do is the most minimal thing to get the license, put the bike in motion, and go down the road, that (then being oblivious to reality sets in) is no big deal.

They are completely comfortable in the being oblivious state of mind. They haven't experienced how quick the good turns to bad, so out of sight is out of mind.

This gap between the illusion and the reality, is also addressed in the July issue of Sport Rider, in the Riding skills section, an article by Andrew Trivett.

I'm glad this Video was posted, I hope it helps put a dent in the steady stream of rider fatalities in the Bay Area.
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Old 07-12-2010, 10:01 AM   #97
Stop texting and DRIVE!!!
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Riding is a calculated risk

A sobering video that at gives you something to consider when throwing a leg over and going for that fun ride.

I have had my motorcycle endorsement since I was 18 and still recall the rush I got ripping through the gears on my first "fast bike" (1980 Suzuki GS 750 with a 4 into 1 Kerker pipe and re-jetted carbs). That was one of the best feelings in the world but back then no one talked about gear, crashing, or any skills other than being able to weave around the cones and complete circle part of the riding test. I was very lucky since I never had any close calls or crashes from going fast.

Over the years I have had 4 crashes of which 3 were either all my fault or could have been prevented if I was riding slower or more conservatively.

1st one was too much front brake in the rain-lack of skill more than anything else-no injuries minor rash to the bike,

2nd time was a low side on a street corner that had had antifreeze spilled all over it. Slippery stuff on asphalt and hard to see at dusk!-rashed plastic and levers-I was fine.

3rd time was riding a twisty mountain road at a very brisk pace on my cruiser, dragging pegs until I dragged hard enough to unload the rear tire and low side. I didn't want my bike to slide off the road down the ravine so I held on, saved the bike and managed to break a rib (3 months to heal). Was in gear so no rash or other injuries but really scratched up my cruiser. Very dumb on my part since the cruisers are not meant to be ridden at a brisk pace on mountain roads.

The last crash was more along the lines of this video. I was on a group ride in Arizona, had pulled off to take some pics of the other riders coming down Hwy 89 (famous AZ twisty mountain road) and was about a mile behind the group. I was approaching a 4-way intersection with traffic lights where we were going to re-group and was slowing down from the 65mph speed limit. I noticed a car in the right turn lane ahead of me as I came up from behind. As I was slowing down this car starts to pull out of the right turn lane back into my lane and as I move over she just keeps coming, and I realize she is pulling an illegal U turn 100 yards in front of the traffic light and intersection right at me! By now I'm over in the left turn lane trying to avoid her and have about 10 feet before impact. She just keeps coming and I don't have enough time to brake or swerve out of the way. I was doing about 35 mph when she hit me. I impacted my fairing and the front of her car before flying up and over into the on coming lane. I wound up on the shoulder of the oncoming lane after flipping through the air and landing on my butt and heels. I then rolled a couple of times and came to a stop. Scuffed helmet, destroyed my Alpinestars gloves, ripped my kevlar riding jears and scuffed up my Alpinestars leather jacket. There was silver paint from the hood of her car embedding in my Sidi riding boots. No rash to me at all but did have friction burns to my shins.

My friends were at the gas station watching for me so we could group back up and witnessed the whole crash. They thought I was dead. The short story is the woman who hit me was cited for an illegal U-turn, my 2008 Triumph ST was destroyed, I got an ambulance ride and a stay at Wickenburg Community Hospital, my right knee has torn ligaments and both shins almost 3 months later are still swollen and sore. And I am still waiting for the settlement offer from her insurance company since she was found to be at fault.

The reason for her illegal U turn 100 yards in front of a 4 way intersection? She just realized she had forgotten her purse in at a coffee shop in the town 15 miles behind her.

I was almost killed because she was distracted, didn't see me and was in a hurry (all this is from her statement on the AZ highway patrol accident report).

This type of crash shows how easy it is to get taken out even if everything else is fine (clear weather, no traffic, obeying all the laws, wearing gear and so forth).

I am still riding but you can be damn sure I my head is on a swivel and am even more aware of the other drivers out there.

Everyone.....Please be attentive and safe!
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Old 08-09-2010, 06:02 PM   #98
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First time seeing this movie thanks for posting
Do you know that the harder thing to do and the

right thing to do... ..are usually the same thing?

Nothing that has meaning is easy. Easy doesn't enter

into grown-up life.
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Old 08-10-2010, 02:36 PM   #99
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Thanks for the repost. Saw this video for the first time and it is scary sobering.
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Old 08-18-2010, 08:44 PM   #100
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thanks for posting this video. i'm not a master or veteran rider. when i ride, i do think of the most gruesome things that can happen while i'm on the street, freeway or back road twistys. when i'm riding i think of all the ways i myself can prevent my own demise, speed, looking ahead for road hazards, riding at a safe pace according to the conditions of the road. when i'm on the freeway, it's basically THUNDERDOME! all i can do is maintain my space, don't ride in blind spots, and be aware that anything that can go wrong will go wrong.
thank you for reading.
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Old 04-18-2011, 08:07 AM   #101
bow chica bow wow....
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bump for a vid i havent seen either!
tits or tires, expect problems.
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Old 04-18-2011, 08:00 PM   #102
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ONE Point that I always try to hammer home when my girlfriend drives and does stupid shit is, Someone does something stupid, doesn't signal cuts her off, before she even reacts physically, she always screams "why"!! It doesn't matter why someone does anything, there is no point in trying to analyze anything, take evasive maneuver, brake swerve, etcs... And she brakes way too late, she's a terrible driver...
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Old 09-14-2011, 10:05 AM   #103

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Post 30 years back

three decades back i was hit by a lady that turned into me, did not even have time to cuss, skid marks were only (6) six feet long and then moved wrong. i had my leg crushed both the tib and fib were in very bad shape, (many small parts) if there had been ANY soft tissue (nerves, mussel, blood veins/arteries, laments, etc)damage i would have lost my leg that am.
as it was it took three times on the table and two steel plates, first one broke due to NO bone growth. they installed a batt to encourage this. but after (9) nine months the Dr's said i could keep the leg.

another two years before i could go back to work.

and within 10 years i had a bad case of arthritis. and now thirty years later i do not know what it is like living with NO pain,
it was a very cold am so i was bundled up, and my helmet had a spiderweb of cracks in the back would have split my head open if i did not have it on. and i was only doing about 30mph and she was about the same.

so this video brings back memories.

i live to ride and i ride to live.....please do the same.


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Old 03-16-2012, 10:54 PM   #104
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I'm new to riding a motorcycle after watching this video it really scared me and me think alot.. is it really worth it at this point.. I'm going to take motorcycle riding course for sure I have a huge amount of respect for motorcycles I'm not planing on doing any stunts or speeding on the freeway at all I just want to enjoy it relax but I can't even do that with drivers out there and that scares me. I know not to ride alone to have have a win man at my side for any problems that can happen but its still very scary what do you guys think should I just sale the bike or risk it?
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Old 03-17-2012, 07:16 AM   #105
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Motorcycling is not for everyone. It really depends on how badly you want to ride. I don't think this video is meant to scare you away from motorcycling but just to make you think about safety for yourself and those around you.
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