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#1: My SV is an OHV

Posted on 2006-07-22 23:30:08 by WoodsChick

My SV was, quite literally, an Off-Highway Vehicle yesterday.

I had to ride to Palo Alto after work yesterday to pick up my shock. I
took HWY 280, as it is a bit less intense than 101, what with Friday
traffic, tourists going to/from the airport, trucks and such. It hardly
has any traffic on it, it's beautiful and winds through the hills, and
is much more smooth and interesting than 101.

I was cruising along at an indicated 89mph and getting passed every now
and again by other cars. Not much traffic at all, but there were cars
and work trucks behind me, and up ahead I was coming up on 10 or 12
cars, and a line of dump trucks in the slow lane. I was in the lane
next to the fast lane, maybe 3 or 4 lanes away from the trucks. <A
survival tip for y'all on streetbikes: stay away from trucks carrying
stuff.> Anyway, practicing my situational awareness, I see something
the size of a bowling ball fall out of the last truck in line up ahead.
It hits the ground and breaks into pieces, sending a small dust cloud
into the air. Cars start to swerve. Then all hell breaks loose ahead
of me as chunks of concrete the size of milk crates start falling out.

Cars are going every which-a-way, and tires are smoking. There is no
clear line ahead of me, as chunks are breaking up and bouncing all over
the place, and the cars are completely unpredictable at this point.
Uppermost in my mind at this point was a local rider that got killed on
101 when a car lost its bumper in traffic ahead of him. I haul on the
binders (very good on the SV, by the way, although they could use steel
braided lines for better feel) and cut across the momentarily-empty
fast lane and into the dirt. I figured my #1 priority was to get away
from the cars. I didn't want to smash into someone, didn't want anyone
sliding sideways into me, and I certainly didn't want anyone behind me
running me over. I also figured I'd survive a dump in the dirt, but I'd
be shredded beef if I got mixed up in the chaos on the pavement.

The center of the highway is a huge dirt swath, with bushes, trees and
the like. Very wild, not manicured like most highways. I negotiated the
dirt and weeds just fine, and was (probably) never in any real danger
of falling even though I was going waaaay faster than one should be
going when riding in the dirt on a street bike. It was a very intense
and bumpy ride. I ended up passing the whole lot of them while off the
road, and then bounced back up onto the pavement and continued on my
merry way. I never even looked back to see what had transpired.

It's funny what can go through one's mind in a very condensed amount of
time. I was thinking, "OK, I just survived a scary situation on the
highway, managed to pull off an OHE without incident, and now I'm going
to biff it while trying to negotiate this transition from dirt to
raised pavement...damn!" Well, I made the transition without any
problems, although if I was going to be doing this on a regular basis
I'd like to have better suspension and a good steering damper.

After that little experience, splitting lanes on 880 and 238 in the
100-degree heat in full gear in Friday Bay Area commuter traffic seemed
like not such a big deal.

Tami-

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#2: Re: My SV is an OHV

Posted on 2006-07-22 23:39:19 by outofthe

On 22 Jul 2006 14:30:08 -0700, &quot;WoodsChick&quot; &lt;<a href="mailto:TamiRowell&#64;msn.com" target="_blank">TamiRowell&#64;msn.com</a>&gt; wrote:

&gt;My SV was, quite literally, an Off-Highway Vehicle yesterday.
&gt;

&gt;After that little experience, splitting lanes on 880 and 238 in the
&gt;100-degree heat in full gear in Friday Bay Area commuter traffic seemed
&gt;like not such a big deal.
&gt;
&gt;Tami-

Glad you came through ok and congrats on not locking up the rears. Sounds
like you were very well prepared for that. I'm terrified of large
quantities of anvils tumbling on to the road... not bowling balls really,
but we each have our own demons:)

Mike
needed a reminder to put the armor back on


--
Mike W.
96 XR400
70 CT70
71 KG 100 (Hodaka-powered)
99 KZ1000P

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#3: Re: My SV is an OHV

Posted on 2006-07-23 03:02:31 by DirtCrashr

On 22 Jul 2006 14:30:08 -0700, &quot;WoodsChick&quot; &lt;<a href="mailto:TamiRowell&#64;msn.com" target="_blank">TamiRowell&#64;msn.com</a>&gt;
wrote:

&gt;My SV was, quite literally, an Off-Highway Vehicle yesterday.
&gt;
&gt;I had to ride to Palo Alto after work yesterday to pick up my shock. I
&gt;took HWY 280, as it is a bit less intense than 101, what with Friday
&gt;traffic, tourists going to/from the airport, trucks and such. It hardly
&gt;has any traffic on it, it's beautiful and winds through the hills, and
&gt;is much more smooth and interesting than 101.
&gt;
&gt;I was cruising along at an indicated 89mph and getting passed every now
&gt;and again by other cars. Not much traffic at all, but there were cars
&gt;and work trucks behind me, and up ahead I was coming up on 10 or 12
&gt;cars, and a line of dump trucks in the slow lane. I was in the lane
&gt;next to the fast lane, maybe 3 or 4 lanes away from the trucks. &lt;A
&gt;survival tip for y'all on streetbikes: stay away from trucks carrying
&gt;stuff.&gt; Anyway, practicing my situational awareness, I see something
&gt;the size of a bowling ball fall out of the last truck in line up ahead.
&gt;It hits the ground and breaks into pieces, sending a small dust cloud
&gt;into the air. Cars start to swerve. Then all hell breaks loose ahead
&gt;of me as chunks of concrete the size of milk crates start falling out.
&gt;
&gt;Cars are going every which-a-way, and tires are smoking. There is no
&gt;clear line ahead of me, as chunks are breaking up and bouncing all over
&gt;the place, and the cars are completely unpredictable at this point.
&gt;Uppermost in my mind at this point was a local rider that got killed on
&gt;101 when a car lost its bumper in traffic ahead of him. I haul on the
&gt;binders (very good on the SV, by the way, although they could use steel
&gt;braided lines for better feel) and cut across the momentarily-empty
&gt;fast lane and into the dirt. I figured my #1 priority was to get away
&gt;from the cars. I didn't want to smash into someone, didn't want anyone
&gt;sliding sideways into me, and I certainly didn't want anyone behind me
&gt;running me over. I also figured I'd survive a dump in the dirt, but I'd
&gt;be shredded beef if I got mixed up in the chaos on the pavement.
&gt;
&gt;The center of the highway is a huge dirt swath, with bushes, trees and
&gt;the like. Very wild, not manicured like most highways. I negotiated the
&gt;dirt and weeds just fine, and was (probably) never in any real danger
&gt;of falling even though I was going waaaay faster than one should be
&gt;going when riding in the dirt on a street bike. It was a very intense
&gt;and bumpy ride. I ended up passing the whole lot of them while off the
&gt;road, and then bounced back up onto the pavement and continued on my
&gt;merry way. I never even looked back to see what had transpired.
&gt;
&gt;It's funny what can go through one's mind in a very condensed amount of
&gt;time. I was thinking, &quot;OK, I just survived a scary situation on the
&gt;highway, managed to pull off an OHE without incident, and now I'm going
&gt;to biff it while trying to negotiate this transition from dirt to
&gt;raised pavement...damn!&quot; Well, I made the transition without any
&gt;problems, although if I was going to be doing this on a regular basis
&gt;I'd like to have better suspension and a good steering damper.
&gt;
&gt;After that little experience, splitting lanes on 880 and 238 in the
&gt;100-degree heat in full gear in Friday Bay Area commuter traffic seemed
&gt;like not such a big deal.
&gt;
&gt;Tami-

Congratulations on the OHE Great Escape!!!!

Something you could only do on 280, we always take it going North
unless we have to go to the airport. It's so much more relaxing the
time differential is worth the heartbeats.

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#4: Re: My SV is an OHV

Posted on 2006-07-23 08:16:43 by Charles Stembridge

In article &lt;<a href="mailto:1153603808.923901.203410&#64;m73g2000cwd.googlegroups.com" target="_blank">1153603808.923901.203410&#64;m73g2000cwd.googlegroups.com</a>&gt;,
&quot;WoodsChick&quot; &lt;<a href="mailto:TamiRowell&#64;msn.com" target="_blank">TamiRowell&#64;msn.com</a>&gt; wrote:

&gt; My SV was, quite literally, an Off-Highway Vehicle yesterday.

whew...

Glad you survived.

--
Charles
'99 YZ250

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#5: Re: My SV is an OHV

Posted on 2006-07-23 08:25:34 by Jeff Deeney

Even 2' of bubble wrap won't blunt the entire blow of a
milk crate sized cement block.

I'm glad the story had a happy ending.

-Jeff Deeney- ©2005 DoD#0498 NCTR UTMA BRC COHVCO AMA
<a href="mailto:jldeeney&#64;c" target="_blank">jldeeney&#64;c</a> om c ast d ot net '99 ATK 260LQ-Stink Wheels '94
XR650L-HellSickle
We don't stop riding because we get old, we get old because we stop riding.

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#6: Re: My SV is an OHV

Posted on 2006-07-23 18:19:32 by WoodsChick

DirtCrashr wrote:
&gt; Congratulations on the OHE Great Escape!!!!

Thanks. I was rather proud of myself. A good example of why every
street rider should have some dirt experience. Eric said he's very glad
I'm a good rider, said it makes him worry a little less about me when
I'm on the street.

&gt; Something you could only do on 280,

True. I would have had to thread the needle had it happened on 880 or
any other freeway around here. The irony here is I took 280 thinking it
would be less intense (i.e. safer) than 101, and then ended up having a
mini-adventure.

&gt;we always take it going North
&gt; unless we have to go to the airport. It's so much more relaxing the
&gt; time differential is worth the heartbeats.

280 is a beautiful highway. Nice pavement, interesting curves,
beautiful views, no traffic. It would be cool to close it down for a
race like they do up on that road by Donner Lake for the Old Highway 40
days. I'd enter.

Tami-

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#7: Re: My SV is an OHV

Posted on 2006-07-23 18:23:07 by WoodsChick

Mike W. wrote:
&gt; On 22 Jul 2006 14:30:08 -0700, &quot;WoodsChick&quot; &lt;<a href="mailto:TamiRowell&#64;msn.com" target="_blank">TamiRowell&#64;msn.com</a>&gt; wrote:
&gt;
&gt; &gt;My SV was, quite literally, an Off-Highway Vehicle yesterday.
&gt; &gt;
&gt;
&gt; &gt;After that little experience, splitting lanes on 880 and 238 in the
&gt; &gt;100-degree heat in full gear in Friday Bay Area commuter traffic seemed
&gt; &gt;like not such a big deal.
&gt; &gt;
&gt; &gt;Tami-
&gt;
&gt; Glad you came through ok and congrats on not locking up the rears.

I hauled on the front so hard the rear was probably not in contact with
the ground!

&gt; Sounds
&gt; like you were very well prepared for that.

Well, yes...but that tactic won't work on a lot of freeways around
here. I keep trying to think about what I would have done had it
happened on 101 or 880. Probably would have had to make my way through
it or tried to squeeze through next to the guardrail. Either way, not a
comforting thought.

&gt; I'm terrified of large
&gt; quantities of anvils tumbling on to the road... not bowling balls really,
&gt; but we each have our own demons:)

So true...

&gt;
&gt; Mike
&gt; needed a reminder to put the armor back on

If it's too hot for gear, it's too hot to ride.

&gt; --
&gt; Mike W.

Tami-

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#8: Re: My SV is an OHV

Posted on 2006-07-23 18:27:20 by WoodsChick

Jeff Deeney wrote:
&gt; Even 2' of bubble wrap won't blunt the entire blow of a
&gt; milk crate sized cement block.

Yeah, but the chunk would have probably been smaller by the time it
slammed in to me&lt;G&gt;

I don't mind hitting stuff, or running over weird stuff in the road,
and the idea of falling off isn't even that scary to me. The thought of
getting run over by some fucktard that can't avoid me is
super-frightening, though.

&gt; I'm glad the story had a happy ending.

Me, too.

&gt;
&gt; -Jeff Deeney-

Tami-

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#9: Re: My SV is an OHV

Posted on 2006-07-23 18:44:38 by Brokein2

WoodsChick wrote:
&gt; My SV was, quite literally, an Off-Highway Vehicle yesterday.
&gt;
&gt; I had to ride to Palo Alto after work yesterday to pick up my shock. I
&gt; took HWY 280, as it is a bit less intense than 101, what with Friday
&gt; traffic, tourists going to/from the airport, trucks and such. It hardly
&gt; has any traffic on it, it's beautiful and winds through the hills, and
&gt; is much more smooth and interesting than 101.
&gt;
snippage...
&gt;
&gt; After that little experience, splitting lanes on 880 and 238 in the
&gt; 100-degree heat in full gear in Friday Bay Area commuter traffic seemed
&gt; like not such a big deal.
&gt;
&gt; Tami-

I am nominating Tami as the person most likely to be bored by any wild
Spodefest activities or mishaps...

Don't you have any days where you just wake up - go through the day -
and go to sleep again without anyone getting maimed or killed around
you? Good god girl...

I remember 280...big swooping curves that you could haul ass on. I
can remember racing a Porsche 930 and getting spanked on my FJ1200.

See ya next week...
- Rock Hardly

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#10: Re: My SV is an OHV

Posted on 2006-07-23 21:03:04 by outofthe

On 23 Jul 2006 09:23:07 -0700, &quot;WoodsChick&quot; &lt;<a href="mailto:TamiRowell&#64;msn.com" target="_blank">TamiRowell&#64;msn.com</a>&gt; wrote:

&gt;
&gt;Mike W. wrote:
&gt;&gt; On 22 Jul 2006 14:30:08 -0700, &quot;WoodsChick&quot; &lt;<a href="mailto:TamiRowell&#64;msn.com" target="_blank">TamiRowell&#64;msn.com</a>&gt; wrote:
&gt;&gt;
&gt;&gt; &gt;My SV was, quite literally, an Off-Highway Vehicle yesterday.
&gt;&gt; &gt;
&gt;&gt;
&gt;&gt; &gt;After that little experience, splitting lanes on 880 and 238 in the
&gt;&gt; &gt;100-degree heat in full gear in Friday Bay Area commuter traffic seemed
&gt;&gt; &gt;like not such a big deal.
&gt;&gt; &gt;
&gt;&gt; &gt;Tami-
&gt;&gt;
&gt;&gt; Glad you came through ok and congrats on not locking up the rears.
&gt;
&gt;I hauled on the front so hard the rear was probably not in contact with
&gt;the ground!

Cool! That's when they lock up:)

&gt;
&gt;&gt; Sounds
&gt;&gt; like you were very well prepared for that.
&gt;
&gt;Well, yes...but that tactic won't work on a lot of freeways around
&gt;here. I keep trying to think about what I would have done had it
&gt;happened on 101 or 880. Probably would have had to make my way through
&gt;it or tried to squeeze through next to the guardrail. Either way, not a
&gt;comforting thought.

Set up some different brake/evade patterns, a double lane shift pattern,
and a 180 decel. Those are intended for exactly that scenario...
high-performance braking where you don't have enough room to complete the
stop and have to thread the obstacle. Of course, only gay people drill on
this stuff every week.

<a href="http://phoenix.gov/POLICE/motor_ex_brake_and_evade.jpg" target="_blank">http://phoenix.gov/POLICE/motor_ex_brake_and_evade.jpg</a>

<a href="http://phoenix.gov/POLICE/motor_ex_lane_change.jpg" target="_blank">http://phoenix.gov/POLICE/motor_ex_lane_change.jpg</a>

there's a 180 decel at the bottom of:
<a href="http://users.crocker.com/~mwilliams/Parking_Lot_Moves.htm" target="_blank">http://users.crocker.com/~mwilliams/Parking_Lot_Moves.htm</a>

The latter is good because of the wiggle in the middle of the initial
braking.

They work if you do them all the time and you are serious about pushing
your entry speed as high as you can. There will always be a hairy edge that
makes doing it a challenge. Don't stick to your comfort speed.. push it up
every time. Again... if you're gay.

&gt;
&gt;&gt; I'm terrified of large
&gt;&gt; quantities of anvils tumbling on to the road... not bowling balls really,
&gt;&gt; but we each have our own demons:)
&gt;
&gt;So true...
&gt;
&gt;&gt;
&gt;&gt; Mike
&gt;&gt; needed a reminder to put the armor back on
&gt;
&gt;If it's too hot for gear, it's too hot to ride.

I've been having a hard time remembering this. I count on my training to
get me out of stuff and my inconsistent limit setting... &quot;I'm only wearing
a polo shirt.. I'll just ride in the under-40-mph paradigm and then only in
those areas that are less likely to have dopes (i.e. stay out of the places
the raggies are)&quot;. And then I push it and push it some more. I took the
highway the other NIGHT which I knew was 8 miles of scarified pavement
downtown (i.e. raggie *central*). Gotta reset. Again, very glad you're ok.

M

&gt;
&gt;&gt; --
&gt;&gt; Mike W.
&gt;
&gt;Tami-

--
Mike W.
96 XR400
70 CT70
71 KG 100 (Hodaka-powered)
99 KZ1000P

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