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So, this morning on my way to work. As I was taking an exit onto a major freeway here in New Jersey, the lady in front of me slammed her brakes. Like a domino effect, I had to quickly grab mine causing my brakes to lock up and my bike to start drifting. Luckily, I let go of the brakes right away and managed to straighten up the bike to avoid a near disaster. 0:) Lets just say that the fact that I remained completely calm the whole time is what saved me from a catastrophe, but I'm positive that many others have had a nasty close call or scary moment.


If you have had an experience and managed to save your butt from it please share away.
 

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Probably when I was lane splitting.. Went a little faster than I should have, should have slowed down with the traffic. Car onto left of me tried changing lanes to the right, I locked up the rear a bit, slid for a little and recovered. Nothing crazy. That was probably..2-3 weeks into riding? Definitely more cautious now.
 

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Last Saturday, riding home from a meet and greet around 12am a giant bull frog decides to play frogger with his own lift. I nearly miss him from jumping right on my front wheel. Sucker came out of nowhere. Living in Texas where land changes from country to city within one block is very dangerous and have to keep your eyes open for everything. You might say oh just a frog, but have you seen a Texas bull frog. Them things get 10 to 12 pounds easy around here.

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First week owning the bike I was riding it to my girlfriends house, and was waiting in a shared turning lane waiting for few cars and a pretty large truck (lorry for all you UK folk) to pass. There happened to be some bike riders riding side by side on a road that has no sidewalk and a narrow side, so the truck began to come right at me. I went to accelerate out of the shared turning lane and back into the main traveling lane but I stalled my bike. Because of lane positioning he missed me by a few feet, but I definitely took it upon myself to practice my quick starts after that..
 

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Locked up on rt 1 in the same exact way 3 or so years ago when I started. Just kept the rear locked and the bike was on a 45 degree angle to the lane by the time I stopped.

Last year, I was being an ass and was flying around a corner and hit a pot hole leaned over quite a bit. Front bounced into the air, landed and grabbed, and then I had one **** of a tank slapper, nearly throwing me off the bike. I was able to stand it up and straighten out but that was definitely the most scared I'd been on a bike so far.

Early this season I hit gravel leaving a corner and had the rear drift out, then catch, and had a good wobble or two out of that. I cut the throttle instead of rolling off and riding it out and it snapped hard when the rear did grab.

Also crashed the r3 on my home from the dealer about a month ago. I locked up the front and went down while doing some hard stops to break it in. I should have known better as the parking lot I was in is filled with sand/gravel and the tires were still too new. I'd done a bunch of riding and drills in that lot though, so I was a bit too confident.

Thats about it for my oh sh*t moments, I've had a ton of people merge into lanes in traffic and that kind of stuff, but they are very easily taken care of if you anticipate it. Outside of my first few weeks on the bike I haven't had a close call that I didn't cause by riding aggressively.
 

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The the first few weeks of riding, had to make a really quick stop on the freeway due to traffic stopping and slammed my foot on the rear break, locked up the rear tire and got the bike a bit sideways. Close call, but got myself out of it and learned my lesson.
 

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Every track day I attend saves my butt on the street. ;)
Yeah... Once I get a new suit that isn't two sizes too small, that's the plan. I've been trying to get to a track since last year but things just haven't been working out.

That said, there will always be something sweet about carving up a mountain road ;)
 

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4 lane road, 2 oncoming other was vise versa. Speed limit posted is 50. I was speeding around a slow driver on the right lane using left lane to pass. The idiot lady was putting make up on. She started to swerve unknowingly, readjust and repeat. Eventually we both hit a red, both being first in line. She gas on the throttle and starts crusing side by side to me, next thing I know shes in my lane with my boot press against her window pushing me to oncoming traffic. Got her plates, flipped her the bird and exchanged some nasty words. Hopefully I dont run into her again and remember to pay attention to your surroundings. Ride safe!!!
 

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Yesterday just me and one car on a 4 lanes in each direction road (50 mph typically 55 traffic), seriously no other traffic. I'm in the fast lane, he comes up parallel for a minute, and then attempts to merge with my bike. It's like they try to run me over on purpose. Anyway so he's half way into my lane, and I'm on the brakes no problem. Tootled my horn, and driver SLAMS on the brakes ...
 

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Yesterday just me and one car on a 4 lanes in each direction road (50 mph typically 55 traffic), seriously no other traffic. I'm in the fast lane, he comes up parallel for a minute, and then attempts to merge with my bike. It's like they try to run me over on purpose. Anyway so he's half way into my lane, and I'm on the brakes no problem. Tootled my horn, and driver SLAMS on the brakes ...
and then what happened?
 

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and then what happened?
I have never exchanged words with anyone, I just hightailed it away. They got in the far left, and I zipped away in the number 3 lane.

Oh yeah, I was looking for a residential street, almost missed a stop sign, and locked up one of my tires (must've been rear) with no witnesses ... =P
 

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I have only had one really close call on the bike (touch wood). In 2000 I was riding to university one morning when a car pulled out in front of me, panicked when they saw me and stopped sideways in the lane blocking the entire lane. Luckily I was just able to swerve around them and then back onto my side of the road before the oncoming traffic arrived. I can't have missed them by much.

The closest call I've ever had was when I was driving around a blind corner in the car and a car being chased by the police came around the corner on my side of the road. It missed me by a couple of feet at the very most.

Other than that I've been lucky enough to avoid any other close calls so far.

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was riding to university one morning when a car pulled out in front of me, panicked when they saw me and stopped sideways in the lane blocking the entire lane
HA this is what almost always happens!!! Oh sh!.. pulled out in front of someone, better stop and block the entire lane for sure! Doesn't matter if you're on a bike or in a car, it's the same result.
 

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I was riding my Fireblade at night. Approaching an on-ramp to get on the interstate. It's a tight right-hand curve that drops down as it straightens out where it meets the freeway. No traffic around me anywhere. Very few cars on the interstate. I'm doing about 30mph. I downshift to 2nd-gear, and tip it in for the turn. The bike starts sliding sideways. Both wheels. I quickly sit up, feet go out, gently touch the brakes and stand the bike up. I glide to a stop at the very EDGE of the top of the on-ramp. No guardrail. 50-foot drop on the other side. The road surface looked clean from where I was sitting. No idea what happened. I was just thankful I didn't lowside the bike, or go off the cliff! The whole thing happened in about 1-second. If I had been going even a tiny bit faster... I would have gone down. There must have been something on the road surface. No other reason. Tires were plenty warmed-up, I had been riding for around an hour before this happened. Could have been some loose sand or something. I thought about going back around to check the road surface, but I just said screw-it and went home.
 

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Riding on a group ride, a little hot into the curve, went tight. Off the asphalt onto the grass and into the sand, I let the bike continue on straight, NO braking, and rode it back onto the pavement and continue on. Scared the cr** out of me as I did it. Don't want to do THAT again!
 

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blimey, these stories aren't making me want to go back to street riding anytime soon

ride safe!
 

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I often fantasize about holstering a paint pistol and shooting pellets at crappy drivers on the road. My favorites are people who u-turn suddenly in front of you without signaling or looking behind them, and drivers who turn blithely right on red into traffic because obviously 15 feet is adequate distance for me to avoid slamming into them at 40 mph. And then it gives me such a feeling of joy to smell the marijuana cloud emanating from every tenth car in Southern California. I'm all for decriminalizing drugs but if you are high, stay the f*$% off the road!
 
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