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Yeah, you had to lay her down... And sliding on its side it didn't hit the truck, which means, IT WAS THE WRONG CALL. If sliding on plastic and metal could stop it in time, you could have stopped it faster on its wheels, you wrecked in a rather noob like fashion, yet you are not willing to learn from your mistake...
You'll wreck again, hope you haven't run out of luck when it happens.
Seriously, you didn't had the skills to control a Ninja 250 in a complicated situation that was completely salvageable, and you think that your "couple thousand miles" of experience will help you do better on a less forgiving bike? The Ninja 250 already showed you how poor your skills are, it chew and spit you...
Please explain what you would do in this scenario:
You are going 35mph (speed limit 45) you are approaching the intersection , you have scanned and have made eye contact with the truck at the stop sign. You are starting to slow down because you are about to enter the freeway after this intersection and to get on the freeway there is a sharp right turn.
As you approach the intersection, the truck you already had eye contact with pulls out into YOUR lane. The truck pulls out right as you are approaching, about 10ft from you and you are traveling between 30-35mph. What do you do??
I can't Emphasize enough how close the truck was when it pulled out, it was right as I got to the intersection.
Feel free to explain what actions you would take.
Sorry, let me change my wording. I keep saying intersection, but it's on a highway. I was on the highway road. I had no stop sign or anything. The truck was to my right and was at a stop sign.
It's really hard to set the scene. It's not a 4 way intersection.
Basically, there's a highway, which is where I was traveling, the. There are roads you can turn off of the highway onto. The truck was sitting at the stop sign waiting to get onto the highway.
I usually go pretty slow by here, usually people always go around me because I'm not going fast. I can't tell you the exact speed, but I did look at the speedometer about a 1/4 mile before the accident and I was going 35.
Again, it's really hard to explain what it looks like without seeing it.
Try this. Get on google maps. Type in highway 105 and old dowlen road. This is in Beaumont tx. Then zoom in and you should be able to see the stop sign and highway.
Even though the truck driver broke traffic laws, you allowed yourself to be in the situation. That's the major mistake.
Always be prepared for the worst. What that means in your case depends on variables that you didn't provide, like how far the truck had to travel to enter your lane. But generally cover your brakes and ease up as you approach an intersection so that you're ready. The Ninja 250 should be able to do 35-0 in ~40 feet, so it seems like you either reacted slowly or didn't brake effectively. The front tires are the best early indicator of movement.
Beyond that, it sounds like you stopped and tried to swerve at the same time. If you're at maximum braking, you have no traction left for maneuvers. That's why the MSF course teaches you to swerve and then brake.
It's easy to judge from a distance and we all make mistakes. I locked up my rear brake something awful a few weeks ago in an emergency stop. I shouldn't have been in the position to emergency stop, so poor judgement got me in trouble, and I haven't practiced emergency stops in a long whole, so I executed terribly. I was lucky to not be in real danger.
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If vehicles can pass you then you must have been in a two lane highway (in the same direction ). You could have gone into the left lane. I situations like that I like to stay in the left lane as much as possible, so I don't have to worry about shit like that happening. Even then I keep my eyes on other vehicles and my rpms in the middle of the powerband so if some shit does go down I can either veer off, accelerate like a bat out of hell or emergency brake.
I see the intersection now. Yeah, that's pretty much a go slow, cover the brake, and stay on the left side of your lane situation. Watch the top of the front driver side tire and be prepared to shift lanes, if possible.
As much as I can, I avoid being in the right lane in situations where traffic may enter from the right. You really can't do that at that spot too much, unless both lanes are clear, so it's a bucket of caution when someone is in that turn lane.
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There is a certain mindset you should always have when riding. When ever you are on your bike you must believe that everyone else on the road cannot see you at all and if they do they are intentionally trying to do harm to you. You should be paranoid of every vehicle around you because any vehicle around you can make a move that can endanger your life.
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