THIS HAPPENED TO ME YESTERDAY!
Well,I had the mother of all near misses Sunday while doing 70mph on the old A5 on my way to Dunstable!
long row of traffic in front of me doing about 55 ish me catching them up, I indicate check over my shoulder, look forward and take up position on the otherside of the road for a few seconds then accelerate past 4 cars, no problem as I was even given some room.
Its after this that things started to go wrong! got stuck behind an amg c class merc of year 2000 vintage, I carried out the same routine and he decided to pull out in front of me, no indicators and it was quite an aggressive manoeovre but I was a short distance behind so had time to knock off the throttle......phew close one, overtook him a short while later and he gave me the finger......shock horror, what have I done wrong?
Decided to put some distance between him and me so upped the pace a little....job done, then I end up behind a ford galaxy people carrier full of kids and a lady driving at 55mph, I go through the whole procedure again, giving myself plenty of room.....now picture this. me on bright yellow bike, headlights on, very hi viz jacket on, indicators on, I am now level with passenger door glance left kids waveing at me then to my absolute
F~~~~~G HORROR SHE PULLS OUT, NO INDICATORS, ANOTHER AGGRESSIVE MOVE BUT THIS TIME I AM WHERE SHE WANTS TO BE!.....It all happened so bloody quick, I thought thats it DEAD!
Nowhere to go except a line of trees, but my hands and feet took over all by them selves, emergency stop, front brembo bursting with stopping power rear brake applied, down 3 gears, I was somewhat shitting myself only to watch her bumper graze my front wheel!
HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOORAH she missed me...JUST, then herd screech behind me, honda civic type R right up my exhaust pipe sliding all over the road......OH NO.
Anyway after that little heart stopping moment I was so effing angry (understatement) that accelerated hard, overtook her and then slowed her right down to walking pace, right or wrong I wanted a word!, put my hazards on and stopped, she stopped and refused to even look at me, the guy in the civic type r stopped and said she nearly killed you mate how the hell did you stop so bloody quick? all I said was addrenalin and reflexes, guess what though..........HE WAS AN OFF DUTY COPPER! in uniform.....
He had a word with her and said he would be asking her to come into dunstable nick with her docs as he though she was going to kill me.
So now I have a sore neck and bruised knees as I gripped the tank so hard and a headache..
Thank christ for Brembo brakes and Stainless hoses...My wifey was not amused either.
Ride safe but have eyes up yer bottoms!
At no point did I consider lowside/highside/ laying it down all I wanted to do was stop and stay upright, not consider jumping off, at 70 cant imagine what damage it would have done.