Join Date: May 2013
Location: Wesley Chapel, Fl
I got Trashed
Not in the stumbling, fall over, I'm king of the world kind of way, but nearly taken out by a flying trash can kind of way!
Yesterday, we were riding down a two lane country road and happened to make a turn onto another road just as one of those big trucks that has a crane attached to it went by in front of us. As we caught up to the truck, we were running probably about 60 mph and keeping at speed with him, maybe about 20 yards behind him.
All of a sudden, his draft picked up one of those large industrial plastic trash cans and flung it out in front of my bike! Maggie on the CTX in close pursuit of me. I barely had time to make an evasive move and ended up clipping the front of the can sending it into a spinning top right behind me. Maggie is a great rider and managed to see what was happening and prepared for her escape line and managed somehow to miss this massive obstacle spinning right at her. It took out my front reflector and my crashbar took the brunt of the force but no real damage to the bike other than that.
Over the years, we have had stoves fall of trucks in front of us, gas cans fly out of truck beds and many other odd pieces of debri come hurtling our way.
Lesson learned to always give plenty of room to those fast moving trucks in front of you for many good reasons! Be aware out there, because you just never know!
"The Road Goes On Forever" REK