A friend's co-worker is the rider in this video. Really close call, watch to the end. Pretty good example of target fixation subconsciously, no time to react.
I am SO f*cking glad your friend's coworker and that rider behind him made it through this with no harm. This sort of sh*t is what made me so paranoid when riding. I had something like this happen to me while up in the mountains around a blind corner. Like this rider, I had luck/skill on my side. Doesn't stop you from being scared for a long while afterwards though.
realistcallly 0 response time. if you watch it real time and think about how long it would take you to realize what was actually happening that a super close call.
Just a side note that I found interesting in the video.
Regarding where this was (from what I gather) it was on Airport road on their way to or from Wasaga Beach is all
I heard. As for a locale I have no idea to be honest.
Worst on I had was when I was riding on a 4 lane road 2 in each direction, I was coasting to red light, light turns green I accelerate and next thing I know I hear a air horn and tires screaching. Look right just in time to see the grill of a semi (peterbuilt). I had to stop check my pants and chain smoke about 10 cigarettes!
I still get chills thinking about it...
For the video given here ... that was a close call. The problem here is that it's a crapshoot whether to go towards the center of the road and hope the wrong-way vehicle goes past on the wrong side, or go towards the side of the road and hope the wrong-way vehicle goes back into their own lane. I have heard of head-on collisions that happened in the ditch because both drivers made the call to swerve off the road. Doesn't matter bike or car, head-on at highway speed is ALL bad.
I don't like riding on busy two-lane roads for much this reason.
Passing on double yellow on blind hill? What an idiot.
But.. the driver did veer left off the road to avoid hitting the motorcyclist. Instinctual? Idk.
Wow, that was close. I had nightmares about that happening to me while I was driving back country roads all the way into Shottenkirk Iowa, I still remember this specific 1 turn that was a major 3 road intersection with only 1 stop sign and kinda blind sides all the way in. Only had a close call ones when it was raining once and a semi decided to blow right thru it (I was driving an SUV) had to go into the ditch to miss him.
I bet the guys in the car were not particularly well after that one incident.
Last edited by vastxpunk; 07-01-2012 at 11:19 AM.
Double yellow line means no passing.That Honda deserves a high five for driving off the side of the road in time to save their lives. I understand that was ridiculously close, but if it's legal to overtake cars on a 2 lane road, he simply made a mistake. A BIG mistake, that obviously cost him quite a lot, but not someone's life. This is one of the reasons I sold my street bike after putting 15k miles on it. Too many close calls, and too many idiot drivers. I like having a cage around me.
The biker had enough time to react and veer towards the center line, in which case Civic could just overtake instead of ending up in a ditch possibly hurting or killing its passengers (by the way are they ok?). On the other hand maybe the crash will teach the driver a sobering lesson he wouldn't otherwise receive.
And really, I doubt you could tell me that you wouldn't be so enraged after that happened that you could let it go....
Last edited by MoPho; 07-01-2012 at 11:47 AM.