yoshiyah Posted April 28, 2007 Report Share Posted April 28, 2007 Hi, I'm from Sacramento, CA. I've been a long-time reader of this forum and Keith's articles, but never felt the need to post until now. I started riding a 92 Katana 600 about a month ago, and last week I had a "near-life experience" in which the knowledge I gained reading these articles and forums saved my life. I was riding home from work on the freeway going about 70mph in the far-right of three lanes. Behind me a semi-truck was passing another car while the freeway made about about a 20-degree left turn. Well, just as I was about to turn-in, the semi started moving right into my lane. I moved to the right part of the lane and honked at the truck with no response. Then I hit the barrier on the right side of the road. I was distracted by the semi and didn't make the left turn. I was now scraping my leg up against a concrete wall on my right, with a semi-truck three feet to my left. My body kind of went into auto pilot and I used counter-steering to pull away from the wall and out in front of the semi, and then got off at the next exit to thank God for my life. My point: I have never taken any classes and have no previous motorcycle experience. The only way I could have possibly known to counter-steer away from the wall and not try to lean away from it was the articles I've read here. So thank you guys, I could be a statistic right now, but insted I just ripped the leg off a pair of jeans. Oh, and I now hate semi-trucks. --Soji Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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