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post #1 of 10 Old 08-20-2007, 05:02 AM Thread Starter
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Thumbs down Obstacle Course!

My Dad saw an accident that was so bad he grieved me about riding...

A biker was following a truck on a very busy wide freeway. He didn't notice the *MATTRESS* the truck drove over and launched up into him! I've seen too many mattresses hazardously carried on sedan roofs held down by thin twine and the idiot's left hand! The biker immediately highsided and got sideswiped by another vehicle. Luckily he was ATGATT and was able to crawl off the road before someone not paying attention could clean him out.

I wish everything large would have registered serial numbers so those dangerously littering our roads would be held responsible.

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post #2 of 10 Old 08-20-2007, 05:13 AM
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An unfortunate accident, that's for sure. Too bad in our litigious society, that the retailers are many times hands off when it comes to securing a load to a customer's vehicle. In a case such as this, the purchaser could push back on the retailer claiming negligance in securing the mattress, and be cleared of any wrongdoing. This was often the case when I worked as a manager for a big-box retail office supply chain. Often, we sold desks, chairs, and computers. Company policy stated employees were able to help load the item into the customer's vehicle, but under no circumstances were the employees to attempt securing the load by rope, string, bungee, etc...

Returning form the races at VIR this weekend, a friend and I had to play dodge the soda bottles flying out of a golf cart on a trailer being towed in front of us.

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This is a good time to give a heads-up when riding, especially on interstate roads. Be aware of your surroundings at all times. You never know when some UFO will be headed your way.

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This one strikes a chord here. While riding last week I had to avoid a 10' fiberglass ladder laying in the passing lane of the freeway. If I had not been back a few car lengths from the vehicle in front of me, it could have been ugly. Be careful and smart out there!

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This was often the case when I worked as a manager for a big-box retail office supply chain. Often, we sold desks, chairs, and computers. Company policy stated employees were able to help load the item into the customer's vehicle, but under no circumstances were the employees to attempt securing the load by rope, string, bungee, etc...
That's quite sad Ridge! They probably never tell the customers to rent a truck, and return for secure transport! With tie cranking straps costing under $10 there's no excuse not to safely tie everything down! I always use several straps for safe redundancy. Recently we picked up wood in a truck and I patiently took a 1/2hr to properly secure the load and mark with flags, while my Family grieved me about being too anal. Stick to your Ideals.

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This one strikes a chord here. While riding last week I had to avoid a 10' fiberglass ladder laying in the passing lane of the freeway. If I had not been back a few car lengths from the vehicle in front of me, it could have been ugly. Be careful and smart out there!
Great job Ken!!!

The mattess rider paid a high price to teach us that Lesson. Give yourself extra reaction time in front and be alert always knowing your side outs.

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This one strikes a chord here. While riding last week I had to avoid a 10' fiberglass ladder laying in the passing lane of the freeway. If I had not been back a few car lengths from the vehicle in front of me, it could have been ugly. Be careful and smart out there!
This has always been my greatest fear when riding on the freeway. Something lying in the middle of the road or something falling off a vehicle. Very glad you had time to react Ken.

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Not bike related, but a few years back my wife ran over a transmission that fell out of a truck in front of her. Not a transmission being transported, the actual, operable (until time of departure) transmission of the truck.

It was pretty easy to find who it belonged to. He just coasted over to the side of the road. His insurance paid for all the repairs.

She quit tailgating after that.

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This is why I fear the interstate more than any other type of road. I feel safer riding in the rain and snow than on any interstate. I always try to change my lane position or lane to keep a clear view ahead of me as much as possible, and also try not to let anyone get up along side of me. I really feel for the guys on the coasts though, I have ridden in the horrible traffic on both coasts and no matter what you try, some jacka$$ will always try and squeeze into any little space you leave in front of you.

Stay alert, and stay safe out there.

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I almost hit a bail of hay once on the freeway out in Victorville, CA on my old CB900F. I suspect it fell off of a truck or something. Scared the hell out of me.

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