Its the weekend. Friday, to be exact. Properly not fairly the weekend, however its such an amazing day, the weathers good, and you might be simply itching to get within the saddle and experience your Harley (or Honda, or Kwak, no matter) You determine to make a journey out to see an outdated pal, you have not seen him for some time, it must be a blast. A cellphone name is made, the preparations are set, so that you seize a couple of issues and sling them in your saddle bag and set off.
You determine to take a route you have not ridden earlier than, a rural two-lane, 55 mph freeway and 35 mph within the cities. Why not, there isn’t any rush and also you simply get pleasure from using.
Heading out of suburbia cruising at 60 mph in open nation with brilliant, sunny climate, you look to the left and see a late mannequin pickup approaching the freeway on a aspect street coming into the principle route you might be on, with a cease signal. The driving force is slowing down approaching the cease signal so, as it’s clearly open nation, with no obstructions to the choose up drivers view, you suppose, “He can see me, I am going to carry on going.” Huge mistake. He does a rolling cease to avoid wasting him the difficulty of the cease signal. In spite of everything he hasn’t seen anybody round least of all a dude on a motorcycle, why ought to he cease?
He retains going.
You might be already going, its your proper of method.
what’s about to occur. No time to cease, no actual escape routes with ditches on the roadside, so your choices are very restricted.
There is no time to suppose, so that you instinctively rev the throttle up and attempt to go vast on the intersection.
As you begin to get previous, its not going to be sufficient….He clips you mid bike, proper the place your left leg is resting on the peg. Simply earlier than he hits you, he sees you and turns his wheel to the left, making it extra of a glancing blow.
Your left leg is for certain to be crushed, apart from the crash bars you fitted a month in the past, which fortunately take the principle power of the blow from the choose up.
What occurs subsequent is slightly like a blurry sluggish movement. You are feeling a contact in your leg space, on the similar time you lose management of the bike. The following factor you register is the motorcycle sliding alongside the ground with you holding on to at least one bar, then you definitely let go and roll what looks like twenty occasions however in actually solely 4 occasions earlier than you come to relaxation within the ditch.
Your motorcycle helmet and jacket do their job. The gloves you might be carrying will likely be trashed, however they’ve saved your arms from severe harm. And your boots and trousers save your decrease physique from something extra severe than unhealthy bruising to your decrease left leg and a badly sprained ankle.
While you look again on the crash, after cursing the incompetence of the motive force and your “unhealthy luck”, you’ll come to understand that you just broke the cardinal rule of secure motorcycle using. That rule is to by no means, ever assume something when on the street. Due to the angle of the aspect street, your had been really within the blind spot behind the door pillar so the motive force could not see you. You did not anticipate there might be a challenge, you did not decelerate nor hit your horn to warn him.
Lesson discovered. By no means assume something. You’ll by no means put your self in that scenario ever once more.
However hey, that might by no means occur to you, proper?