We were enjoying a nice ride 2up along the coast with a spectacular view. Shared with lots of bikes enjoying the road. We were following a couple cars a "safe" distance back. The first one was a sporty audi coupe, the one in front of us was a big truck. I distracted my attention briefly to wave to an opposite motorcycle. Returned forward and the truck was laying rubber to avoid the audi making a non-turn-signal unplanned exit. So we panic stopped and my SO pancaked flattened into my back. The truck's bumper grew very large. But we missed it by 20'. So not even a near miss, but gave me a good lesson in paying attention and extending the safety margin.
+1 but hopefully they all end as well as this one did. glad you didn't crash.
Thank you!!! Yeah it would have been closer if I hadn't stiffened the forks (.75kg springs reduced the dive) and SS brake lines. If we had been on a heavy clunker the results would have been ugly. I wanted to share the story with my WT brothers/sisters as a PSA.
I'm glad you saved it, Dream! Good PSA for everyone.
Thank you! It was a moment caused by several subtle factors added up. Including the truck was following too close to the audi, so he panic stopped and while we were flying towards him I thought our gap is vanishing waaay too fast.
Glad to hear all is good. It is much easier to notice the effectiveness of the Niners brakes when your passenger squishes flat to your back.
All is great! Yeah with the bike's decent tires, good brakes, fork, and lightweight... really impressed me how it slowed so quickly. The trick was aiming the SO to nail me in the center of the back so she didn't toss us both. My arms were cooking, but didn't bend the renthals.
So did you slap her for smashing into the back of you? Need to teach that woman a lesson...
When she anticipates a panic stop she pushes against the tank bag (a good reason for an intercom). But her "all you can eat flattened pancake" was unexpected. This is why bikes with high delta to the passenger pad are not good. Because the higher the passenger hits your back reduces your control for the avoidance maneuver.