eddd Posted October 10, 2007 Share Posted October 10, 2007 Had a bit of a scare riding home this afternoon. Traffic volume was normal on the undivided highway, one lane each direction with a large shoulder. I was behind a compact car and there was a tractor/trailer in front of the compact. A rider on a sport bike (couldn't tell the make) came up behind me and decided to pass. As far I could tell he didn't downshift to get into his powerband, just pulled out in what I assume was top gear. As he came by me I felt this pass is taking too long. Traffic was coming from the other direction. I backed off to give him some more room to pull in, but he went for the pass of the compact as well. By the time he got in front of the compact he had to quickly pull back into his lane. Now he had some speed but little engine braking as he came up on the rear of that tractor/trailer. He had to get on the brakes, hard! I really thought he was going to tag the rear of the trailer. Scared me...I imagine it scare the *&%$ out of him. Can't say with any certainty, but my feeling is he decided to make the pass to show off a little. Also my feeling is that if he had dropped down a gear of two he would have spooled up, made the pass, (not a really smart pass in any case since there was a string of vehicles ahead anyway) and if he left it in the lower gear, he would have slowed after the pass instead of running up on the rear of the tractor trailer. Hope he learned something from the close call. Link to comment
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