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HARROWING MOMENT on Last Weekends Ride....

Last Saturday, fully geared up, I was out riding West of Milwaukee with 4 other riders- 3 sportbikes and a 250cc SuperMoto (he has an R6 at home)

Incidentally, last week we were on 'Nature Rd' which is also near a small WI town- East Troy and Eagle WI. One of the techs I work with lives in East Troy. she doesn't ride,
but when I merely mentioned Nature Rd and last weeks ride, her eyes got HUGE and she said 'you rode down Nature Rd? People DIE on that road!'- I was kinda shocked she had heard about the road at all actually.

I was on this road (Nature Road) that I've been on about 3 times, narrow, barely 2 car wide asphalt road in the countryside SE of Eagle WI.
3 of the others had never been down that road, 2 of us had, thus, I took the lead on it.
I come up to this section, and really paid no mind to the squiggly curvy sign- until NOW that is!

https://www.google.com/maps/@42.8337...!7i3328!8i1664

https://www.google.com/maps/@42.8277...7i13312!8i6656

Anyways, I come over this hill getting some air (as in under the wheels) and more or less was traveling fast, in a straight line;
BUT, the raod veers off to the right just a bit going south- the direction I was going. I knew I wouldn't be 'off' the road- but I was thinking to myself as I crested this going fast 'I hope nobody is coming the other way!'
SURE ENOUGH- someone is coming the other way, on their side of the road- an SUV. Well, that is fine and dandy- IF I wasn't at a slight loss of control and had drifted at a high rate of speed into the oncoming lane as I crested the hill and got some air doing it! (I didn't look down at the speedo- I conservatively estimate I was going AT LEAST 60, and up to 80ish maybe.)

WITHIN MILLISECONDS - I figured I had 3 choices:
- keep going left OFF the road and into the trees/brush/fenches- not a favorable outcome
- stay on the road, and become a hood ornament- probably go thru the windshield- LESS favorable choice
- Feather the brakes, Countersteer and lean right like a Mother F.......!!!

Well, long story short, I choose the 3rd choice, and by the Grace of God, and perhaps to a lesser extent- to my experience/skills
But feathering the front brake, which in turn caused me to briefly lock the rear a bit- which slid it to my left a bit (which actually helped), I KNEW I didn't want to skid the rear= No control- instant disaster!
Thus, I managed to get it back in my lane, and continue virtually unscathed.

There is a stop sign / 3 way intersection just down the road, and we stopped and their eyes were wide open - solely b/c that road is AWESOME on bikes, curvy, elevation changes, etc.
I on the otherhand was looking up thanking God I didn't crash at that one point.

The next rider behind me saw some of that and when the rear slid over left a bit, had just thought I'd crossed it up some when I got air.

I haven't got to my age by getting into a situation like this often- if ever.

To my defense of my 'therapy' by posting this, I am a relatively safe rider who had full gear on, and no accident occurred. It has a MAJOR Harrowing experience for me!
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Wow brother. Good you're around to tell this story. Peace
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The map doesn't really do it justice. I street viewed it from end to end and it looks like it's got some character. But, it's also very narrow and lots of blind curves. A spirited biker heading North and a spirited cager heading South would be disaster.

But, if you like that little 3 mile stretch..... Indiana Rt45 between Bloomington and BeanBlossom (https://www.google.com/maps/@39.2302.../data=!3m1!1e3)
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The map doesn't really do it justice. I street viewed it from end to end and it looks like it's got some character. But, it's also very narrow and lots of blind curves. A spirited biker heading North and a spirited cager heading South would be disaster.

But, if you like that little 3 mile stretch..... Indiana Rt45 between Bloomington and BeanBlossom (https://www.google.com/maps/@39.2302.../data=!3m1!1e3)
That road looks awesome too! Nice and long, looks to be better than 'The Dragon'

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I/we took that same road again last sunday.

this time I was a bit more careful, and didn't get air and always stayed on the right- this time no car/SUV was coming the other way either.

The road also has a bunch of 'humps' in it, and powerwheelieing 3 and even 4th is really easy, and fun!
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I/we took that same road again last sunday.

this time I was a bit more careful, and didn't get air and always stayed on the right- this time no car/SUV was coming the other way either.

The road also has a bunch of 'humps' in it, and powerwheelieing 3 and even 4th is really easy, and fun!
I can power wheelie in 2nd here in town in a few spots. Always fun with 6" extra swingarm back there...

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I can power wheelie in 2nd here in town in a few spots. Always fun with 6" extra swingarm back there...
Damn, on a stretcher too!
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Last Saturday, fully geared up, I was out riding West of Milwaukee with 4 other riders- 3 sportbikes and a 250cc SuperMoto (he has an R6 at home)

Incidentally, last week we were on 'Nature Rd' which is also near a small WI town- East Troy and Eagle WI. One of the techs I work with lives in East Troy. she doesn't ride,
but when I merely mentioned Nature Rd and last weeks ride, her eyes got HUGE and she said 'you rode down Nature Rd? People DIE on that road!'- I was kinda shocked she had heard about the road at all actually.

I was on this road (Nature Road) that I've been on about 3 times, narrow, barely 2 car wide asphalt road in the countryside SE of Eagle WI.
3 of the others had never been down that road, 2 of us had, thus, I took the lead on it.
I come up to this section, and really paid no mind to the squiggly curvy sign- until NOW that is!

https://www.google.com/maps/@42.8337...!7i3328!8i1664

https://www.google.com/maps/@42.8277...7i13312!8i6656

Anyways, I come over this hill getting some air (as in under the wheels) and more or less was traveling fast, in a straight line;
BUT, the raod veers off to the right just a bit going south- the direction I was going. I knew I wouldn't be 'off' the road- but I was thinking to myself as I crested this going fast 'I hope nobody is coming the other way!'
SURE ENOUGH- someone is coming the other way, on their side of the road- an SUV. Well, that is fine and dandy- IF I wasn't at a slight loss of control and had drifted at a high rate of speed into the oncoming lane as I crested the hill and got some air doing it! (I didn't look down at the speedo- I conservatively estimate I was going AT LEAST 60, and up to 80ish maybe.)

WITHIN MILLISECONDS - I figured I had 3 choices:
- keep going left OFF the road and into the trees/brush/fenches- not a favorable outcome
- stay on the road, and become a hood ornament- probably go thru the windshield- LESS favorable choice
- Feather the brakes, Countersteer and lean right like a Mother F.......!!!

Well, long story short, I choose the 3rd choice, and by the Grace of God, and perhaps to a lesser extent- to my experience/skills
But feathering the front brake, which in turn caused me to briefly lock the rear a bit- which slid it to my left a bit (which actually helped), I KNEW I didn't want to skid the rear= No control- instant disaster!
Thus, I managed to get it back in my lane, and continue virtually unscathed.

There is a stop sign / 3 way intersection just down the road, and we stopped and their eyes were wide open - solely b/c that road is AWESOME on bikes, curvy, elevation changes, etc.
I on the otherhand was looking up thanking God I didn't crash at that one point.

The next rider behind me saw some of that and when the rear slid over left a bit, had just thought I'd crossed it up some when I got air.

I haven't got to my age by getting into a situation like this often- if ever.

To my defense of my 'therapy' by posting this, I am a relatively safe rider who had full gear on, and no accident occurred. It has a MAJOR Harrowing experience for me!
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Wow, I'm sweating just reading your account. Obviously not your time. 1st time traveled roads can be a bitch
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