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#1 07-04-09 23:07:27

la.monikita
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eye to eye with the "other side"

Monday morning was full of sunshine and frosty air. Perhaps not the best conditions to ride a motorcycle, but when sitting in traffic is the only other option, bit of a freezing blast in a blinding sunshine is a welcome change.
I was riding along the M20 in Kent, going east towards Maidstone, approaching junction 2, which I intended to take. I was slowing down as I had some bunching up traffic before me, and my exit was just ahead. Or maybe someone told me to slow down... Just before, silver Audi A4 went past me at about 95m/h. I overtook him earlier, so this was his way of getting me back I guess.
Nothing prepares you for what happened few seconds later. Whilst the Audi overtook, the driver in the Escort in the middle lane swerved left into the wheel of a motorway maintenance truck. The force of the speed and impact started to spin the escort around and into my path. The bumper flew one way, one of the front wheels was off the other way. There’s no thinking at this point just instincts, survival. I avoided all the debris, the car and was very lucky that no one from behind hit me. It was not my time to go. It seems when the “Brown stuff” hits the fan I go the opposite of panic. How I avoided all and survived I can only put down to experience, practice and my guardian angel. I do take risks, very few on motorbikes don’t. I believe speed can be a killer when used in the wrong places but it can save us too when we need to get out of danger fast.
Driver was a bit shaken, car's written off, no injuries anywhere. It was a GOOD day!
The moral of my story to me...live life today, because tomorrow may never come...


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#2 08-04-09 09:07:02

mikerow
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Re: eye to eye with the "other side"

Phew scary stuff.
Glad your ok


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#3 29-07-09 16:59:16

barrykenward
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From: Portchester Nr Fareham
Registered: 26-07-09
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Re: eye to eye with the "other side"

Hi la.monikita,

So no Swerve and controlled stop for you then.

When I analyse your post about what you were doing in your head and through your hands and feet - i.e. thinking about the bunch up of traffic ahead and taking action to ensure you did not also become part of that potential quagmire of congestion - you made space by slowing down - that to my mind is what the experienced rider does when they actually see a situation DEVELOPING that early - not wait for it to develop into a situation that is then too late to do anything about.

Your experience gave you the ability to take avoiding action. IMHO Experience can only be gained from time served on the bike or behind the wheel for car drivers. Had someone from behind you spoiled it all, this might have been a different post all together. I feel it is always more difficult to control those following on a bike than it is in a car, especially if they are wanting to peel the numbers off of your number plate or climb into the boot of the car.

Occasionally accelerating away from trouble will also provide an option as you have shown.

Well Done You - glad you are safe.

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#4 29-07-09 20:24:41

la.monikita
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Re: eye to eye with the "other side"

Barry, it might be something to do with sitting on dads lap driving (steering a FIAT 125) at 5, doing first theory test at 7 and getting a 50cc motorbike at 12 tongue.
Speed used in wrong places kills but used in the correct ones saves you.

Dakar is next! !!!!!!!! FIAT cowards :evil:


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#5 30-07-09 07:21:48

barrykenward
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Re: eye to eye with the "other side"

Morning la.monikita,

When I was doing my Hons degree I came across some research from Lisa DORN and Amanda GREEN about children picking up on what parents do from the back seat, both in actions and vocabulary - it is interesting about your experiences as a youngster supports some of the words.

As a young lad (whilst in the Royal Navy) I sometimes found myself accelerating out of trouble - but then again I did have a lead lined boot!! LOL.

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