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I was riding to work this morning and had a close call.
I was going through a sweeping left turn with a car on each side of me. As i rolled onto the throttle my rear tire crossed a painted line and i did a huge drift. As my knee hit the ground (I was wearing jeans), i pointed the bars to the right and let off the throttle. Then, the bike tried to high side me over the top. I held on and it bucked a couple of times until it straightened out. Somehow i did all of this between two cars in the middle of a turn.
That's about as close as i've ever been to going down. And, i was wondering what are some other stories of almost going down.
They say that there are only two kinds of riders: the kind that have gone down, and the kind that havent gone down yet.
 

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One mistake I see is that you let off the throttle. Why? Why not maintain or even roll it? Rear wheel WILL eventually come back to where it needs to be.

But hey, you got out of it, great job!
 

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Remember, when you let off the throttle in a turn your bike will turn tighter. You increase throttle your bike will stand more up. If you maintain speed and countersteer, while holding your line while you drift, you will be much better off.
 

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Cool. I thought i was going down. Ive never had the bike that low. I never let off the throttle. I slowed coming in, maintained speed, and rolled onto the throttle as i was exiting.
 

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Sounds like an experience I had last week coming home from a trip. We were caught in a rainstorm and I went across a huge painted merge arrow on the ground and the back came out for a second. Don't know why they can't just have the outline of the arrow but have to fill the giant things in.
 

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As gas prices increase, and more people choose two wheels over four, that will start changing. Currently, the road maint strategy is not too bike friendly.

Don't get me started on edge traps left by construction.
 

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The one I hated was last week when I was riding to get gas from my gf's mom's house. She lives on one of the worst maintained roads in the county...it's like they paved right over the old dirt road, initially...without even grading or prepping it, then as potholes developed they just piled in extra asphalt without any regard to whether it was level or not...then as cars drove over those nice mountains of rock over the years they got pushed down into craters. Basically, the whole road is a crater-filled 1.5 lane uneven mess. Well, to remedy the carnage from the last winter they decided to just spray down some tar and throw gravel on top of it. W T F. I had to dodge piles of wet tar and gravel all the way down to the main road.
 

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I remember my first drift. I was making a left hand turn onto a one-way street downtown, and hit a nice pile of loose dirt mid-corner, probably from on of the hundreds of dumptrucks that go up and down there. I felt the back end sliding to the right and I just gassed it (motocross reflex), it slid a bit more to the right, then kicked back to the left, and then straightened out. It felt like it took forever to get the bike straight but it was probably a few seconds. Once I stopped shaking, I realized it must've looked badass to the guy behind me.
 
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