Today driving to work in my cage following 2 sportbikes and trying, as usual, to keep just enough sane distance so other drivers don't cut me off in the mess that is Knight St. I unfortunately witnessed one of us go down right in front of my car.
Hope you are all-right man.
Bike in front is a silver/black bike (R1?), the second bike a 600 class with a girl riding. I was observing how the rear suspension of the 600 was set very stiff, the bike shuddered and felt very nervous as the girl kept-up with the rider in front. It got me thinking that I needed even more compliance on my bike.
Both bikes are on the right-lane Northbound flowing with traffic, or just a bit faster when a car slows waaaaay down to make a right turn into a side street. The car behind slows down abruptly and the rider of the first bike gets caught off guard, unfortunately accelerating right after he had given some gas crossing 33 rd. Street: Grabs a handfull of front brake, front wheel locks-up turned to the left trying to evade, front wheel leaves a huge black streak with blue smoke and all. Rider is down in front of me, then into the middle lane in front of a car, small plastic parts flying. Rider & bike skid but rider gets up promptly and runs for the bike.
NO ONE stops.
All drivers go around on left lane, a woman crossing the street where the car had just made a right turn keeps walking past the scene up the hill. I move my car to block the lanes while he picks up the bike, re-starts it and start looking at his bruises.
I noticed hands (no gloves) and knees (jeans) a bit bruised, asked if he was ok and needed help, he says he's all-right, but I have a feeling he will need an aspirin (or ten) and a bottle of wine (or three) later today.
What got me thinking afterwards is that if the same had happened if he was riding a dual-sport or a motard perhaps he would not have gone down?
Yeah, it is all rider and case-by-case dependent, but with no hard-to-modulate-when-caught-off-guard-colossal-747-front-end-braking-power designed-to-slow-you-down-from-warp-speed-but-not-progressive-enough-for-a-7:45AM-cold-knucle-brakefull, better visibility ahead , not so much front end weight bias and a setup that makes it easier to deviate NOW from obstacles, today I am convinced, yet again, that one is much better served by a bike that promotes off-road posture in heavy city traffic.
I think I will be in the market for a DR/XL/KLR/ again, soon. The geezier I get, the better that Elsinore looks.
Good luck and feel better, rider.