Riding in groups / Close calls - Long
I was out locally today to do some riding with my Brother in Law & some of his friends. They are from Philly & I am from NY (just a little background). I have gone riding with all his friends from today a few times in the past & I have a good idea of what they do & how they ride (who in the group is slow like me & who to stay away from).
There was an extra person I didnt ever meet before & only one person from that group knew the guy.
Anyway, we went to a scenic spot & at the entrance a park ranger closed the scenic spot (not sure why & it doesnt matter to this story). Even though it was my local area, a few people had been there before (bear mtn if anyone was curious) & were leading. Once they went to the spot that was closed by the ranger, they had to go straight (no where to turn around), the group pulled over & asked me to lead to the next spot. I said "we need to turn around but lets pull forward to a safer spot" (for the 6 bikes to turn around).
So we pull out, (again this is a one lane road with lots of motorcycles going for a cruise), I am in the lead & I see a nice long stretch & a left hand road that looked good for us to turn around. We are doing 40-50, I turn on my signal, slow down a bit as I am approaching the turn, I see three of the bikes right behind me, arms out to signal, signals on.
I see them slowing down behind me, I start to turn & a gust of wind (& a ZX-12R) comes within 2 feet of my front tire. The blast of wind almost knocks me off my bike & I suddenly realize that someone almost hit me going so fast I didnt know what it was at first.
I would guess he was going 60 & if I were going just "slightly" faster, I am sure he would have demolished/killed me. It really really screwed me up.
As he went zooming past me, & I stopped for everyone to turn (again, thats how quick it happened - I didnt even comprehend what happened). I say to my brother in law, "Dan, was that my fault? I think he was within inches of killing me". Dan said more like 2 feet, but who am I to judge.
He kept asking if I was OK & two of the guys didnt even know what happened. The guy that almost hit me on the 12R, kept going straight & about 5 minutes later (as we are all waiting & comparing notes), he drives past us, beeps & waves goodbye (he drove 2+ hours from PA to NY) then takes off alone to where ever.
I am not sure if he thought I was at fault & he wanted to get away, or if he thought I was pissed. At this point I am pissed but at that point I was in shock.
Anyway, the thought of what a 200 pound person + a 500 pound bike going at least 60mph makes me think I came very very close to getting killed or seriously injured with lifelong damage.
The rest of the day (while riding) I was thinking about what happened. Needless to say that ruined the ride for me for the day but I kept going & just stayed in the back going pretty slow. I cant stop thinking about how lucky I am that there isnt a RichTJ99 RIP thread. I really think I almost died today. Maybe I am over reacting, maybe not. Do you guys have close calls often? I admit, I gave my wife a big hug & kiss hello & was very glad to be home alive.
I dont remember ever going riding & being thankful to be home, alive, and in one piece. While I was looking behind me & doing whatever I could have done to do a "normal" uturn, you never can guess what someone else is going to do. I would suggest that when you ride with a newbie, be very aware of what they might do. I mean newbie in a new to you rider, it doesnt matter how long they have been riding.
I normally ride with 1 person & I was bitching at the begining of the summer how I dont have anyone to ride with but him. Now I am glad that I dont go in large groups (I wont anymore if I can help it, if not, I will stay in the back where I can see people).
I realize the guy was someone I didnt know & maybe he just saw a straight & took off but either way I think it really scared me silly.
Thanks for letting me vent.