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What about those lucky moments... the time you nearly dumped it but just managed to scrape by.... sometimes it's those moments you can remember more clearly than the offs..... such is the sinking feeling they give as you realise "sh*t that was a close one"

I had a moment this morning.... at about 45mph on a elevated motorway junction roundabout...... power is on and then the backend went... sliding for what felt like about 10 metres but was probably no more than a metre - fortunately I held my position and kept the power on and pulled out of it.

I have had a few like that..... and a few really scary ones on ice where the bike has gone left then right and left and right :eek

But one of the worse moments has to be when you are carrying too much speed and you can see it coming... a group of bikes or a car stationary, you're hard on the brakes... the front forks bottom out and the front wheel bobs around as it looses traction - I have never hit anyone from behind but I have come close :pray
 

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I have never hit anyone from behind
:lol

One that sticks in my mind was the Darenth Interchange roundabout (where the A2 meets the M25) one very wet day. Going around it at a fair pace when I hit some deisel, front and back went at the same time but somehow managed to get a foot on the ground and 'bounce' the bike back upwards.
The following day I went a different route, didn't fancy that again, and came to a very sharp turn (raining again). Went round it very slow and bolt upright, still being nervous from the previous day, and felt the wheels squirming around on diesel FFS, so glad I was going slow :eek
 

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Talking about diesel; there was a letter in MCN the other day where someone said that kids are deliberately pouring diesel over roundabouts so they can practice power sliding around them. If I ever catch them doing it I'll pound their f*****g heads in, the little barstools!

Anyway, moments... I've had a couple, the two most notable being:

  1. Riding into Nottingham there is a new bypass built around Mansfield. I was heading up to it and figured "I ain't gonna make them lights" and sped up. I crossed the junction at about 80, planning on slowing down when I got past. Anyway, what I hadn't banked on was the fact that the new road is higher than the road I was on so it acts like a ramp. I jumped the whole bike a few yards down the road and landed the back wheel quite hard. The front came smashing down right afterwards. Thankfully nothing was damaged but I had got off the bike mid-air (with the notable exception of both hands) so I'd have been super-manning it down the road. I certainly slowed down afterwards and I've never been across that junction at more than 60mph since![/*:m]
  2. Coming home from work I was taking advantage of an empty stretch of road that was dead straight. I'd only been on the road for under 5mins so the tyres weren't very warm. I was shooting down the road and looked up at a lorry ahead of me crossing the lights. I left the braking a bit late and started to have to apply quite a lot of front and rear brake. As I went across the junction (getting very close to the back of the lorry) I must've gone over some gravel or something and the front locked, then grabbed the road again, then locked again. The whole phase from braking to locked, back to braking, locked and finally braking in time must have taken all of a second but it was enough to convince me to take it easier on cold tyres and to brake a little earlier than I was doing.[/*:m]
Not had any moments for a long time mind you. Well, not the type I think are worth repeating.
 

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What is that saying if a tree falls in the woods and no-one hears it, did it hapen? If no-one saw my moments then they didn't happen!!!! So long as you learn from your cock-ups (not saying all moments are due to cock-ups) things should improve
 

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Ripper said:
What is that saying if a tree falls in the woods and no-one hears it, did it hapen?
I think it's more along the lines of "if nobody is around to hear it, did it make a sound". The tree is on the floor so obviously it happened, so in your case it could me more along the lines of "if nobody hears you scream like a little girl..." :D
 
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