Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Columbus Ohio, USA
100% of the time.
I just got finished posting about how I don't wear gear. This is a combination of confidence in my skill, and willingness to accept the consequences if my skill isn't enough. I have been driving since I was 8. I have taken defensive and offensive driving training and have been put in some quite tense situations while riding a bike and driving a cage. Skill is only one component to the equation. Also, as a rider, I hit the road with the expectation that every driver of every car/truck/etc that I encounter is out to prevent me from enjoying my ride or making it home. This forces me to constantly survey the situation and have multiple routes for all occasions.
In the scenario you cited, I have used the lines of the road. If it's a matter of getting out of harms way, and there are no other options, I'm not above dropping a gear and riding right between the traffic that blocks me. Please understand I would never do this just "for fun" and would not condone the action unless as an absolute last resort.
There are definitely going to be those situations where there truly just is NO escape. That's when we'll start a 'get well soon, 'glad you're ok', or 'you will be missed' thread, but for someone who is constantly on the defensive and prepared to use offense as a defense, there is rarely a time when that happens.
Ride safe, ride hard, and have fun. Without these, what's the point?
NIL ILLEGITIMUS CARBORUNDUM
Phil aka Art
1995 VN 750 (bought as 2nd owner 11/2008)
Stator replaced (55 Days!)
Relocate rear turn signals
Highwayman Saddlemen bags
Wingerline Highway bars
Kuryakin ISO Duallys all around
HD Heritage seat
12" ape hangers
Some sort of new grips
Paint Job- should I do it myself?