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following fire engines.....not recommended

Postby dave2wheels » Tue May 31, 2011 1:00 pm

I was in a hurry to get home but let the fire engine come passed out of courtesy
they took the same turning off the carriageway at about 85mph downhill(estimated) I was happy to follow at a safe distance behind

they were charging along at reasonable speed on the slip road, I was quite impressed, and I thought they must be familiar with it, as the road bends towards the end to reveal a small roundabout which has a horrible undulation on it.

they're driving line suggested to me they were heading straight on (still national limit) as they would never successfully make a left turn at that speed into a 30mph for my turning, which dips downward, at which point I would slow down appropriately.

they braked hard as I positioned and leant to turn left......whereupon water was dumped from all corners of the engine into my previously dry braking zone. They hadn't spilled a drop until that point. I suspect everything ended up in the front of the cab the braking was so hard!

(I bet you could sell tickets for that experience)

I am much wiser now, and still intact.

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Postby gus » Tue May 31, 2011 2:35 pm

Lucky escape!
Same goes for following skip lorries. Nearly got my head taken off once by a stray bit of ply which liberated itself from the skip at about 60mph. Watch out for bin and pig slop lorries. The liquid which leaks from them on corners is , a- very smelly
b- very slippy
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Postby quicksilver » Tue May 31, 2011 5:19 pm

That was lucky....

Could have ended up..... Well id rather not say how it could have ended up...

Same thing happened to me with the skip lorry...
Mine was a 4 foot lump of 3x2 timber...
Bounce...bounce....bounce DUCK......
Hit the car behind on the screen....
Tried to tell the skip driver and got the royal 2 fingers...

Keep well away from skip lorry's now...

Dave, did you have any luck with the wheels at all mate...

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Postby Britisherspy » Tue May 31, 2011 6:23 pm

Pick up truck pulled onto the M6 in front of me and a bolster chisel came off the back, somehow I missed it.

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Re: following fire engines.....not recommended

Postby winger » Tue May 31, 2011 6:35 pm

dave2wheels wrote:I was in a hurry to get home but let the fire engine come passed out of courtesy
they took the same turning off the carriageway at about 85mph downhill(estimated) I was happy to follow at a safe distance behind

they were charging along at reasonable speed on the slip road, I was quite impressed, and I thought they must be familiar with it, as the road bends towards the end to reveal a small roundabout which has a horrible undulation on it.

they're driving line suggested to me they were heading straight on (still national limit) as they would never successfully make a left turn at that speed into a 30mph for my turning, which dips downward, at which point I would slow down appropriately.

they braked hard as I positioned and leant to turn left......whereupon water was dumped from all corners of the engine into my previously dry braking zone. They hadn't spilled a drop until that point. I suspect everything ended up in the front of the cab the braking was so hard!

(I bet you could sell tickets for that experience)

I am much wiser now, and still intact.

Dave


Having the advantage of knowing Dave that is funny reading that!! :D .

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Postby radiohead9999 » Wed Jun 01, 2011 10:48 am

My best (worst!) experience was when I was still learning to ride, out on the motorcycle school's ER-5 complete with L-plates and yellow bib when a lorry coming the other way, decided to overtake a car, and push me into the gutter as he came onto my side of the road! How I laughed as I struggled to stay on the road, which I managed to do, fortunately.

Still, probably not his fault, those headlights and yellow bibs are so hard to see in broad daylight :evil:

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Postby Stevie » Wed Jun 01, 2011 11:04 am

radiohead9999 wrote:My best (worst!) experience was when I was still learning to ride, out on the motorcycle school's ER-5 complete with L-plates and yellow bib when a lorry coming the other way, decided to overtake a car, and push me into the gutter as he came onto my side of the road! How I laughed as I struggled to stay on the road, which I managed to do, fortunately.

Still, probably not his fault, those headlights and yellow bibs are so hard to see in broad daylight :evil:


This happens frequently to me when I'm cycling, often in town when vehicles coming the other way pull out to overtake parked cars. They seem to think it's normal and acceptable to force me to make an emergency hop on to the pavement.
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Postby Steve1200S » Wed Jun 01, 2011 12:27 pm

Not so much an accident as just a tw@ of a kid and his mates in a car...

When I was 17 and did my CBT in Wakefield, I was with an oldish lady who had a little Honda mopet for years (it got stolen :cry: ), so she was doing her CBT for her new 125cc scooter. it was raining and horrible and she had the worst and oldest open face helmet I've ever seen and jsut normal clothes on.....

Anyway, after an hour or so of riding around, we pulled up at the adge of the road so the trainer could talk to me. I was at the back, the trainers bike in front of me and the old lady just up the road sat on her bike. As the trainer was talking to me, a car pulled up right next to the las, and out comes a hand holding a 4l bottle of milk.....

If your thinking was there a lid on the said milk, no there wasn't.

If your thinking did the lady get milk poured on her, yes, unfortunatly she did.

If you thinking did I (and the trainer) laugh, no, not really, not at the time. :lol:

It was very cruel though, and I do hope hope what goes around comes around for those guys, or hopefully 9 years on they have grown up.......
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Postby oyster » Wed Jun 01, 2011 6:21 pm

Damp March day, overtaking an uncle Bert; flat cap and string back gloves, twenty year old polished to gleaming car, twenty eight miles per hour; in a low gear on a wide two lane road next to Manston airfield, so about forty miles per and accelerating, I hit a MoD trenching shovel. Very loud clang under the R11, a bit of sideways as it went under the rear wheel and into the path of an oncoming car. More throttle required. Still got a flat spot on the rear wheel rim.
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Postby John Coles » Wed Jun 01, 2011 9:15 pm

My worst was in a company car at the time on the M6 going south just north of Brum. Same old story outside lane closed 2 lories busy playing 'who can get past 55 quickest' when from somewhere off the lorry in the centre lane came a 55 gallon oil drum. Flew over the car in front of me then bounced in the road before me flew at a crazy angle towards the inside lane just over the top of a car in that lane and onto the hard shoulder. Too quick to be scary but I bet it would take hollywood a few re-takes to get it right :shock:

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Postby Daveg2812 » Wed Jun 01, 2011 9:45 pm

At the risk of continuing the hijack of this thread, I had a similar thing happen when half a dozen or so aluminium beer barrels came off a dray wagon as I was approaching a roundabout. They all managed to miss me, but the Escort behind copped a couple on the bonnet. Also had a centre stand spring snap at about 90 mph on a motorway 20 odd years ago, a buttock clenching moment for sure :shock:
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Postby Stevie » Thu Jun 02, 2011 10:35 am

Unfortunately, the loss of improperly secured loads or fluids doesn't always end in a "near miss".

The case below is of a mother and two children losing their lives as a result of such an incident

http://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/Articl ... 6?UserKey=
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Postby boxerscott » Thu Jun 02, 2011 11:35 pm

I always make a point of overtaking all emergency vehicles with flashing lights when on bike, as fast as i can without regard to any fecker, cos the idiotic things motorists do to try and be helpful, mounting kerbs and running over baby in buggy, slowing down to 7mph and putting on their hazards, pulling over, stopping at traffic lights putting on their hazards, PUtting on their hazards and leaving road in to river, that is CHIvalry! NEVER FOLLOW A HGV OF ANY SORT! Love the Skip scenario very funny but not :lol:
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Postby dave the german » Fri Jun 03, 2011 4:18 am

And wots wrong with HGVs? !!!!!!
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Postby boxerscott » Sat Jun 04, 2011 12:20 am

Now`t Dave, As long as your in front of them! Keep the economy rollin` mate!
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