I was reading other threads and was interested to see some others berating the old drop the bike and slide away trick rather than doing a Christopher Reeves move. The idea is that staying on the bike and emergency braking and maneouvering are key. I have to disagree and I want to see what others think. My situation about 1.5 years ago on a GSX400RR:
Driving along a windy, twisty single lane village road (other country) with no outdoor lamps and the surface isn't the grippiest asphalt out there. It's late night and I'm doing abot 85 km/h, nothing spectacular, nowhere near knee dragging. Oncoming traffic likes to keep it's high beams on all the time and it's a bitch because there are absolutely no markings on the road. I would slow down to 60 km/h while completely blinded and then get back on it whenst past the glare. On one such occasions as soon as the bus goes by me and my sight returns, I see a midsize truck parked in the middle of my lane, with absolutely no lights or reflective signs about. By midsize truck, I don't mean a dinky little pickup, I mean a small Coca Cola truck going to 7-11 size. Anyways at my rate of speed I was about 2.5 seconds away from a head on impact with the rear end. Taking into consideration the fact that the asphalt is slippery to the point where hard braking simply locks up the front tire (endos not possible) there was no way any amount of emergency braking was going to save me. I could have slowed down some, but I'd still hit the truck head on. Steering around wasn't much of an option due to the closeness of the truck, the fact that the right side of the road was a muddy ditch full of onimous electric and fence posts, the fact that the bus stayed in the middle of the road when it drove by me so I was too far over to the right to make the left pass, the fact that I was close enough to the truck that the left side was blind and I could easily steer into an oncoming vehicle. My choice? I jumped off the bike to the left and slid it under the truck while I slid next to it. I managed to stop before going to far underneath (not the bike though). This saved me alot of pain, just had to limp for a few days and keep the bike in a shop for a few weeks rather than superman into the solid steel back of a truck. Let me reiterate; in this country the bigger your vehicle, the more you stay in the middle of the road and force smaller vehicles to the side. When a big bus is heading towrds you with it's highbeams on, there is no way you can see past it for a good solid 12 seconds. So, anti-sliders/droppers. What would you have done?