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post #1 of 16 Old 05-05-2010, 06:53 PM Thread Starter
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Almost killed by flying tire debris on Highway today.

I'm cruising along at about 70 behind a truck pulling a big camping trailer this evening, and the right rear tire comes apart, beating chunks of fiberglass & aluminum off of the side of the trailer and flinging it directly at me and my 919. It seemed like everything was happening in slow motion, and I can remember dodging several large chunks of tire & trailer intentionally as I changed lanes and nailed the throttle, although it could have only been a couple of seconds before I was around him. I didn't get through completely unscathed, though, as I can remember watching one chunk bounce off the fairing and go over my head, followed by a chunk that caught my helmet in the middle of the forehead (snapped my head back pretty good, I'm sure pleased with my fairing and that helmet) I also caught a small piece of tire in the left shin, which I'm pretty sure is going to leave a bruise. No damage to the bike.

So, when I got home, I picked up my 7 yr old son, we both geared up and rode out to bike night at Hooters to celebrate cinco de mayo for "guy's night out" (mom was at church game night.)

Point of the story: It doesn't matter how long you've been riding or how experienced your are, if a chunk of tire hits you in the forehead at 70 mph with no helmet on, it's definitely going to ruin your day, through no fault of your own. I'm sure glad I got to go to Hooters with m'boy.

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post #2 of 16 Old 05-05-2010, 07:14 PM
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post #3 of 16 Old 05-05-2010, 07:16 PM
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glad to hear it turned out fairly well, freak stuff like that can take out anyone no matter how much experience they have.

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Flying debris is a major phobia of mine. I stay the hell away from the big trucks as much as I'm able to to avoid the road gators... I dislike riding behind pickups, especially if they have a load of stuff, I've seen that stuff come flying out all too often. I try to put another car between them & me as often as I can, and just pass em and get em the hell behind me quickly!

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post #5 of 16 Old 05-05-2010, 07:36 PM
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I dislike riding behind pickups, especially if they have a load of stuff, I've seen that stuff come flying out all too often. I try to put another car between them & me as often as I can, and just pass em and get em the hell behind me quickly!
I tried that once, and got pulled over by an unmarked state trooper. I guess that's another way of staying out from behind a pickup.

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Glad it wasn't worse.

I was going around a tractor-trailer one time and he had a blowout on the left rear of his tractor. Happened right as I was beside him. I was well ahead of the debris, but that thing sounded like a cannon had gone off.

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4 second following time helps, also.

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post #8 of 16 Old 05-06-2010, 08:39 AM
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I've seen a tractor trailer tire blow a couple hundred feet ahead of me. Lifted the trailer a couple feet of the ground as I recall.

Every time I see a tire carcass by the road I remind myself to stay back.

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4 sec

many people inc. my wife make fun of me, ie...slow off new green stop, keeping more than 4secs back, trying to stay far away from semis and more.I'm a retired car road racer var.classes from 4 cyl mostly stock to v-8, 500+hp on road courses, also for a couple yrs 1/4 mi.drags.and motocross trials and all variations. None of the skill sets i should have aquired could/would "save me"as much as a few extra feet or seconds at a critical moment!

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ah yes.. tractor-trailers... i dont hang out around them. if i'm passing, i stay on the opposite side of the lane i'm in to give me space incase something happens, and i remind my roommate to do that as well. i do the same for any truck pulling a trailer. never know how long that trailer's been sitting there before being pulled on the road again.

i agree completely with shadow with regard to pickups loaded with stuff in the back. crazy how they overload those things and then dont even understand the concept of how to tie things down. example: ran across a lady a few years ago who just happened to have her fridge fall out of the back of the truck at freeway speeds and i managed to miss it (was in a cage with my brother). went back to help her out and there was already a guy there insisting that they could jus put it right back where it was and started arguing with me that it was fine at the back of the bed of the truck. i insisted that it needed to be up at the front against the cab so it could be secured and not be pulled off by wind/drag, etc. lady ended up listening to that guy and all i could do was shrug my shoulders and hope the next person didnt hit that fridge when it fell out again.

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A few years ago a guy on bike up here was following a car that hit a strip of metal laying on the road. It flipped up and speared him through the leg. He managed to pull over but had a few days in the hospital because of it.

I will absolutely never understand people who don't wear gear, whether on the highway or not. Too much crap can hit you at high velocity. Guys who ride without a helmet on, but have one strapped to the seat... well I can't even explain how much contempt I have for them.

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Like racing at Talladega, the safest place is up front.

I fall way back and then pass as soon as possible.

Glad to hear you were not seriously hurt!

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Close call, glad you are ok! Thanks for posting this, a good reminder to stay clear of truck and trailers. Whenever I see those chunkc of rubber by the side of the road I shudder. I wear the Spid back and chest protector when riding. May be usefull for debris like this hitting you in the chest at highway speeds:

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The arms zip off, its CE approved and not as bulky as some protectors out there.

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Reminds me of the time I had to dodge a 5 foot tall planter that caught the wind and launched out the back of a truch. Thankfully, I was in my car and could swerve around the thing as it exploded on the asphalt.

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Yeah, I'm a big believer in staying as far away from traffic as possible. I've always taken advantage of the motorcycles ability to accelerate and to get away from traffic as quickly as possible (within the law, of course ) This time, though, I had just entered the highway from an on ramp, and was accelerating to pass the camper rig when the tire exploded. The road ahead was clear of traffic for 1/2 mile. Timing is everything!

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my helmet saved my life once, it's the law here in Canada
I am a big time proponent for wearing helments, but I don't like helmet laws. These type of laws prevent natural selection and cause the gene pool to become polluted.

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