A sofa fell on the road in front of me. - Kawasaki KLR 650 Forum
Never let your guard down This forum is for discussions on close calls and other safety issues.

 7Likes
  • 1 Post By Dicky
  • 1 Post By pdwestman
  • 1 Post By DPelletier
  • 1 Post By Toney
  • 3 Post By Damocles
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 6 Old 03-27-2017, 12:43 PM Thread Starter
2nd Gear
 
Dicky's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2017
Location: Panama City, Republic of Panama
Posts: 176
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.
roadrash83 likes this.

Last edited by Dicky; 03-27-2017 at 02:25 PM. Reason: bad speling.
Dicky is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 6 Old 03-27-2017, 02:07 PM
OverDrive
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Lander, Wyoming
Posts: 5,138
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.
Dicky likes this.

pdwestman
Modify at "YOUR OWN RISK"!

Still riding my 1987 KL650-A1. 83,000+ miles & counting
pdwestman is offline  
post #3 of 6 Old 03-27-2017, 02:12 PM
4th Gear
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Kelowna, B.C.
Posts: 2,188
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.

Cheers,
Dave
Dicky likes this.
DPelletier is offline  
 
post #4 of 6 Old 03-27-2017, 06:39 PM
3rd Gear
 
Toney's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Oliver Springs TN
Posts: 730
expect the unexpected.
Dicky likes this.

Donate to East Tennessee Border Collie Rescue just by shopping Amazon. Go to: https://smile.amazon.com/
Log on and search for “East Tennessee Border Collie Rescue” and set as your charity. THANKS!
Toney is offline  
post #5 of 6 Old 03-27-2017, 09:36 PM
5th Gear
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 4,146
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 . . .
pdwestman, DPelletier and Dicky like this.
Damocles is offline  
post #6 of 6 Old 03-28-2017, 10:42 AM Thread Starter
2nd Gear
 
Dicky's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2017
Location: Panama City, Republic of Panama
Posts: 176
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.

Last edited by Dicky; 03-28-2017 at 10:50 AM. Reason: bad speling
Dicky is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Kawasaki KLR 650 Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Off Road front fender NH Thumper Bike and Rider Gear 0 04-01-2013 02:26 PM
Sidestand fell off SteelB12 2008+ KLR650 Wrenching & Mod Questions 8 01-27-2012 07:40 AM
Flywheel fell off! rain_man_rich 2008+ KLR650 Wrenching & Mod Questions 2 01-11-2011 08:31 PM
I am Sofa King flash KLR & Other Motorcycle Related Discussion 23 01-07-2011 04:37 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome