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post #1 of 6 Old 03-27-2017, 01:43 PM Thread Starter
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A sofa fell on the road in front of me.

This weekend I traveled in the KLR to the mountain house in Panama. A 200-mile round trip from Panama City. On the Pan-American highway on a three-lane stretch of highway in each direction, going at 60 miles per hour on the center line, traveling on my own route a pickup carrying a large sofa. Back and to the sides of my motorcycle was a traffic between light and medium. The sofa came out of the car and fell on the pavement in front of me. Luckily I was going about 75 yards away from the pickup. Seeing the obstacle in front of me, I tightened the brakes and started to lose traction on the rear tire, corrected and then had to correct once more. Luckily I was able to dodge the obstacle without losing control and reducing the speed of the bike too much. I left the situation. A terrifying moment, by the obstacle, by the cars that came behind me and by the possibility of falling or being hit by a car. At least it felt good to have been able to control and not have a fall. The pick up stopped about 2 miles from the scene of the incident. He did not notice the fall of the sofa. Now I will be much more aware of the load the vehicles are carrying in front of me. I share the experience to remember that these kinds of situations can happen at any time. Let's take care.
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Dickey, Glad you are safe.
Best advice I can give you, front brake, front brake, Front Brake! Practice, Practice, Practice.
The Front brake is the Primary brake, one can almost ignore the rear brake if the front brake is used quickly and properly.
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Glad you're OK. I keep extra distance between myself and any pickup (can't always see what's laying in the box) just for this reason.

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post #5 of 6 Old 03-27-2017, 10:36 PM
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Was following a pickup; mattress flat in the bed; unrestrained, no tie-downs. As we gather speed on an Interstate on-ramp, the LIFT from the airstream flowing over the mattress LIFTED it up entirely from the bed rails and tailgate, depositing it on the pavement directly in front of me . . .

Traffic to the right of me, Jersey barriers to the left of me . . . I could do nothing but drive straight ahead, over the mattress . . .

I was NOT on a motorcycle, but driving a pickup, as I recall . . . wonder what might happen in this scenario while riding a motorcycle!

Since, I've tried to caution others observed in parking lots and at gas stations, with mattresses carelessly laid out in their pickup beds, about the physical function of LIFT from moving air, and how this principle can lift a mattress and cast it asunder . . . they universally have looked at me as though I were MAD . . . maybe I am, for trying to share some information that might reduce property damage and bodily injury . . .
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post #6 of 6 Old 03-28-2017, 11:42 AM Thread Starter
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I'm going to do more braking practices and keep extra distance from laden trucks.
Here in Panama, fruit trucks and pickups protruding and stacked without mooring travel along these roads and any amount of watermelon, papaya, or orange may fall and cause an accident to motorcycles or other vehicles. I'm going to take some photos of these trucks to share with you.
Also after the incident, thinking that if I had gone in the fastest lane, next to the jersey barriers as happened to Amocles the situation would have been more dangerous since I would only have an escape route in addition to the cars that come behind and to the side. On the other hand the barrier would keep the obstacle in front preventing it from continuing to the side.
I am always thinking about these safety issues to keep me more alert. The suggestions and comments that have been made here serve to improve safety.

The man on top of the mountain didn’t fall there.

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