HAD to ride my K5 GIXR Liter like a Sumo!! - GSXR.com
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HAD to ride my K5 GIXR Liter like a Sumo!!

So, for me in Milwaukee, the good, very low/no traffic, twisty roads are west of town. Around and north of Eagle Wi. For you locals.

Several twisty head friends and I often run the same twisty roads. and we have a favorite, secluded low/no traffic straight away to get near top end. It's got to be at least 1/2 mile. It's a two lane asphalt road, crowned in the middle, and has farm, fields on both sides. No driveways, streets, etc. It's not perfectly smooth, but there are no pot holes.

County Rd Z, between hwy 59 and Road ZZ for you locals.
I've ran it dozens of times before, in small groups and solo.
Today, I was solo.

There were some Cyclists (bicycles), just coming off the road, no cars, etc. It was clear. What I failed to register was a tractor, pulling some type of trailer- that made it's way to the road and was turning on to the road, as I was accelerating up the road (it's slightly uphill), and the last I checked, I was at 164 in 5th gear.

I'm fully tucked at 170ish , and peek up and realize that this tractor is NOT stopping , and I HAVE to react.
I'm sure all of you realize that things happen pretty fast at those speeds.
(YES, I REALIZE- tracks don't have tractors pulling out on the roads/track.) This is the first time a tractor was anywhere near this road, and YES, I should have picked up on that, etc.

I come out of tuck, front brake hard lifting the rear where it's skidding, some rear brake too, and in
milliseconds, have to react- make a decision.

It's obvious, this MOFO ain't giving me any room on the road, and is turning onto it and going left/away, pulling some kind of farm trailer too. I have NO ROAD left to navigate on!

I HAVE to go slightly right, to miss the front of the tractor, which leaves me the Bar Ditch. (that's what we called it in TX.) The side of the road that was unmowed, etc. It had grass at least 3.5 ft. high. In the milliseconds I had to decide, I had figured that going off the road, was better than hitting the tractor at HIGH speed. I didn't/couldn't look but I had to be going conservatively, at LEAST 100mph+ at this point.

I moved back in the saddle, and tried to get my weight back as much as I could. I also didn't hammer/ use the front brake much as I was going through the 6ft. tall grass margins, and then into the farm field.
In what seemed like milliseconds, I was correcting and trying to keep the bike upright.
I made it past the grass margin, now I was in the farm fields! We have been getting a lot of rain recently, none in a few days however. I could feel my Gixxer kind of 'dig in' some as I was hauling ass over the farm fields.
I had presence of mind to stay OFF the brakes at this point! I meandered through the farm field for a ways, and was finally freaking out realizing that I was going to get stopped, WITHOUT going down!!
Wow, what a great, amazing feeling that was.

I put in in first, and slowly feathered the clutch, and got it back up to the side of the road.

The Farmer/tractor driver- passes by real slow as I make a gesture like 'what?' As he passes by, I see he too has ear plugs in, like me, and probably didn't even hear me coming, and when he looked over to check the road, there was a motorcycle was off (accelerating, doing 165+) in the distance. He did see me run off the road and into the farm pasture- didn't seem top give a fuck. We're talking- no fucks given by him.

I make my way to Eagle, a few miles away, the nearest town, and go to Knuckleheads- a nice bar and grill in Eagle WI. A popular spot/hangout for Harley riders.
While there, I pull up in the motorcycle parking, and it only takes seconds for some Harley riders to look at my bike and say kinda WTH? There was Grass still hanging/imbedded on the bike.

I made my home home, figuring I had used up all my luck today, and rode fairly mellow the rest of the way home. This included a nice 2nd gear wheelie off one of the humps in the road, on the southern part on Nature Rd. for you locals.

Earlier in the ride, I had some of my best/fastest runs of 'Waterville' Rd.- the Rd I had an bad 'off bike excursion' in May of 2017. Today, I realized I wasn't tensing up, and was definitely getting lower than I ever have on those corners.

These pics were taken after I did several miles on the highway to get the Eagle WI. where I snapped some pics. There is still grass/kernels imbedded in the plastics, etc.







I DID buy 2 lottery Quick pics for tonight! Wish me luck!!

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Glad you’re ok. That could’ve been so much worse.


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Thanks, Brother- down under!

This could have ended bad, but with some history of riding skill, and the grace of God, all in all, nothing more than the tall grass embedded in the plastics, etc.
I was amazed that my Gixxer stayed up thru the tall grass, then on to the farm field, with was plowed parallel to my path.

Like I said, I did buy a few lottery tickets for tonight too!

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You were lucky today. 170? Damn I haven't gone that fast ON TRACK!

You are getting roasted on the wera forums, so I won't pile on...

Live to ride another day brother.

I read that we lost another track rider today at Barber. Motorcycles are dangerous on the street or on track.
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God bless glad u made it out of that safe! It took some skills and a lot of luck this time , Be safe out there.
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You were lucky today. 170? Damn I haven't gone that fast ON TRACK!

You are getting roasted on the wera forums, so I won't pile on...

Live to ride another day brother.

I read that we lost another track rider today at Barber. Motorcycles are dangerous on the street or on track.
Yea, over on 13x- Lot's of good comments. I never blast through town, on the highway, etc. I have think skin, no problem.

I don't even go 1/2 that fast normally, especially when anyone is around! I failed to register the tractor near the road when starting the tuck/run- MY fault.
I was so thankful that not only was no one injured, I had the presence of mind to not try and correct back up on the road going fast- I would have went down for sure!

Whoever the rider at Barber was- RIP brother.

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