Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Fairfield, Virginia, USA
Model: '97 GL1500SE/ '98 Lehman GTL Trike
Back in Summer 1996 a buddy and I went for a few days ride to Mid Ohio for AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, I was in lead on the 1200, he behind on his FLHTC ..... over on Rt 60 in West Virginia near Rupert or Rainelle as I recall. Roadway ran in a right hander which straightened and then went into a left hander. It seems there a slight rise there.
I slowed (maybe 40) as we enter the first right hand turn. I straighten up to set up for left and as I do so ..... here comes a flat bed wood truck around that next curve which is a left to us .... and as he is maybe mid curve ..... I see something white slide off the bed and land in the roadway in my lane in the curve .... it's a big plastic jug of OIL (looked like a 2.5 gallon jug like Rotella comes in) .... and it busted and splattered all over the right lane .... and there's still this truck in the oncoming lane .... and no other lanes .... and this is right there in front of me ..... too close for me to stop.
All I could see to do was tighten my line towards the center line in a snap and then just before entering the oil .... stand the bike up straight and ride straight through hoping I had enough room and traction left afterwards to finish my turn to stay on the roadway. I felt the rear wiggled a hair as I exited the oil splash, I was concentrating on staying off brakes and feeling the front for slip as I gently leaned to finish my turn .... ending up all the way over on the far right hand edge of US Rt 60 almost in the dirt .... whew!
I looked in the mirror only then to see my buddy looked stopped .... but he was just "tip toeing" through the oil in a coast .... and when I saw he was actually moving I continued to the very next place for coffee. He told me over coffee that he was amazed I didn't go down .... he too had seen that jug come off the bed and just had more distance to brake.
1997 GL-1500 SE / 1998 Lehman GTL Trike
...(Candy Spectra Red )
GWRRA, NRA, & VSPA Life Member
"Make Courtesy Your Code of the Road!"
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