It’s What You Don’t Expect That Can Kill You

Life throws you curve balls sometimes. Earlier this week one came as a giant sheet of plastic on the freeway. It was dark and it was invisible until so close it was unavoidable.

Luckily my brother was able to slow enough that riding over it didn’t cause him to crash, but the fact that it got caught on his bike and melted to his exhaust nearly did. He was able to slow and get to the shoulder with out crashing.

That's a lot of plastic.

That’s a lot of plastic.

Just a reminder that you have to plan for the worst. Be ready to do whatever you have to do to avoid road hazards, and wear the gear to make sure that if things do go wrong you have the best chance of walking away from it.


About MotoCynic

I started riding motorcycles in 2006, and there is no going back. I've ridden more than 100,000 miles, most of it on a Ducati Monster, and despite setbacks and murderous BMW's I'm loving every mile.
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5 Responses to It’s What You Don’t Expect That Can Kill You

  1. It wasn’t more than a week ago that someone asked me why I wear gear to and from work everyday. I said “dress for the slide, not the ride.” They said “Well, you’re not supposed to crash?” I politely informed them that I don’t plan on crashing, the gear is for the unplanned events.

  2. Ry Austin says:

    I am glad that your brother is okay. That said, despite its effect on his bike, the experience probably was good for him, as it’s likely to inform his future riding.

  3. ccpressnet says:

    I always tell cagers. “Imagine you are driving down the road and then open the door and jump out at 50 mph.” Dress like that.
    My riding advice would be – Never run out of attention. When you ride always leave space in your mind for the unexpected and don’t ‘target fixate’. Look where you want to go. Have fun and ride every day.

  4. motoventures says:

    Great comments by Drew and CCpressNet! You’re post is a great reminder to stay aware at all times…the cost is too high to be caught unaware.

    Glad you’re brother is okay!

  5. Shawn West says:

    Good sign that as a new rider your bro had the presence of mind to handle it and make it to the shoulder in one piece.

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