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Old Yesterday, 08:17 AM   #1
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Default not so much fly as plummet

(apologies to Monty Python's sheep sketch)

a short video demonstrating:
1) fools rush in
2) gravity wins


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Old Yesterday, 09:24 AM   #2
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Bloody hell, that looked VERY painful.

In terms of the unexpected, it reminds me of a very near miss I had, which means that I'm now always very cautious about blind corners on ANY road, no matter how well I know that road.

I was on my old GT380 and approaching a sweeping but blind bend on a road I know very well. Commit to the corner at about 50mph, and just after the apex there's the rear end of an articulated lorry stopped in the middle of the road. I grab and stamp on everything I can, and the next thing I know, I'm stopped on the narrow pavement next to the artic's trailer, level with its rear axles.

I have NO idea how it happened, but somehow I'd steered the bike up a dropped kerb just before the rear of the trailer and braked to a stop on the pavement. Then I started thinking about "what if there hadn't been a pavement or dropped kerb?" and "what if there'd been someone walking on the pavement at the time?"

Took me 15 minutes to stop shaking from the adrenaline and fear, then I rode home very carefully. A lesson well and truly learned.
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Old Yesterday, 09:40 AM   #3
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Default Re: not so much fly as plummet

Not a High speed one or anywhere near as bad as the OP's video but last year there was a Car stalled on this famous N.Y moors incline hidden until you take the bend and then go upwards.The Google map doesn't do the incline justice as it's after the tight bend.

https://tinyurl.com/y35o6m7e


https://tinyurl.com/y4balhnr

Luckily the lass who stalled managed to Hill-Start in front of me and not roll Back but I was already thinking of get-out places :O
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You only do that once.... either you learn or die! I did something similar mountain biking years ago, leaped off a mound of earth going "Oh Yeah!" to look down and see myself sailing over a cliff.... Luckily it was only 8 foot high or so, so a bad winding and some bruises is all I got. Since then I have always 'looked before leaping' (with a notable exception) and not had a repeat.
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Beginning of this video...
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What a prat! How the hell he got away with that I'll never know.
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Old Yesterday, 11:18 PM   #7
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What a prat! How the hell he got away with that I'll never know.
Was going to say the same.
Needs to spend some money on riding skills and a new wheel.
Wonder if he's been knicked for driving without due care yet

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Is Steve Parrish still flying the Plummet Airlines plane ?
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