so the guy that DOESNT ride is trying to tell the guy that DOES ride(me) what is logical and what isnt all based on hearsay and what you have read in a magazine or offline?
bruh, its way to early for you to be drunk...
I've been riding for 12 years lol, I rode to work this morning. I ride to NYC almost every day. It's not hearsay my friend, it's fact. I simply want to point out common misconceptions that some riders may have. Regardless, I think we can agree that this officer was traveling too fast.
So he should have tried some risky Evel Knievel maneuver that in all likely hood would have had him fly off his bike and crack his noggin on the pavement, instead of just laying the bike down?
He OBVIOUSLY made the right choice, seeing as if it wasn't for the father acting like a clown, everyone would have made it out alive.
No. Not what I said. Laying a bike down, what is known as a Low-Side, is almost never an appropriate reaction. Just think about it in the simplest terms, you are either A) performing an emergency braking action or swerve that any rider should have PLENTY of practice doing, or B) purposeless initiating a lowside which not only may damage your person but will inevitably damage your motorcycle and results in a 500 lb piece of metal without an operator tumbling/sliding down a road using nothing but frictional forces to slow its velocity. It is not debatable which is the correct choice of action. Like I mentioned previously though, avoidance > braking. If his velocity relative to his surroundings(important concept) was manageable he would have had time to slow down and swerve to avoid a small child, an animal, or any other random object unexpectedly in his path.
Many new riders don't understand this concept, they panic and do something like the cop did or they panic brake and lock their tires up and then can no longer control their motorcycle like they could if their first instinct was to look for an avoidance maneuver. If the child ran out so fast that he had literally no time to react then he would have jammed the brakes and struck the child while still on the motorcycle. Initiating a lowside is NEVER the right choice, sorry.
Stay safe to those of you who do ride, it is way too easy to get hurt out there.