I follow the theory that on every ride i undertake 1 driver is going to try to kill me. Its always stood me in good stead until this morning when 2 attempts on my life was made. After my initial lorry scare whilst filtering it stupidly put me in a more relaxed state thinking my attack of the day occurred. Stupidly 10 mins later a damn Addison Lee people carrier slammed his brakes on whilst i was following him on a bend. No traffic in front, he just had missed his turning and wanted to do a U turn on a tight bend.
This is the second time ive locked the front wheels up in the wet and had a front wheel slide. The thing is ive recovered it every time. My little cbf125 with tiny tyres is very forgiving. It wasnt a little slide but a full on tank slapper. Ive ridden all through the winter with all the ice and snow and I will be so peeved if I get knocked off due to some car driver.
Always best to leave plenty of room between you and the vehicle in front as people regularly slam on their brakes for reasons you can’t predict from being behind them. Just assume it will happen and you can’t go wrong.
If/when you get a bigger bike I strongly recommend getting one with ABS, which makes life a LOT easier for us motorcyclists.
Glad you and the bike were unscathed in these incidents.
I left plenty of room. However as he slammed the brakes on whilst on an apex of a bend and was then 90 degrees by the time i got to him in the wet it didnt leave me with much options.
As for a bigger bike with abs my VFR already has it. However If I would of been on that I would certainly of been down the road. Ive been riding for nearly 20 years and this 125 is the smallest cc bike ive ever owned. Ive never considered riding through the winter before but it makes the process less daunting.
If this type of thing is becoming part of your daily riding experience you really should consider a Bike Safe wotsit, feedback from expert observations on your riding technique might just save your life/mobility.
But you’ve got to hand it to their drivers, it’s takes quite a stunt man to handle those 7 seater black boxes; none of these vehicles have working indicators and all have a habit of kangaroos between lanes at random. They also have dodgy clutches which cause prevent them from stopping at lights, hence they just keep creeping forward and forward.
They do fit them with some clever features mind, like the parking tool that drives that car at 5pmh for around 10-50m metre, then launches it into a space on a random side of the road. However, this does sometimes fail and just leaves the car stationary in the middle of the road for an indeterminate length of time. The other cool feature they fit is the instant U-turn button (which I believe you encountered). Once pressed the car will perform a U-turn instantly. Doesn’t matter if the road is not wide enough, it will swing to the left first as needed, or it can ask all other cars nearby to stop whilst it upgrades to a three-point turn. Careful though, this last feature isn’t compatible with motorbikes…
The best bit of advice, rather than some of the condescending comments. I think that just expecting that everyone is dangerous and have your thumb over the horn whilst planning and thinking ahead will help