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View Poll Results: The wreck is at hand, what will you do?
Lay the bike down? 58 22.31%
hold on and ride it out? 202 77.69%
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Default To lay it down or not?

I know there are seasoned riders among us, and would like to have a concensus of ideas.

The question is...
THE WRECK IS INEVITABLE, WHAT WILL YOU DO?
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I can not call my self a seasoned road rider. But I am convinced that the longer I am able to stay on the breaks the slower I will be going when the crash happens. When you lay it down you will go faster because there will be less traction. I also think that if I am ever in this situation, I will have to fight my instincts which well be to lay it down.
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Tough question. This is one of those where you have to pick choice D "not enough info". What you'll do depends on the circumstances: In some cases it'd be safer to bail out and in others to hang on. It also depends on your bike. Crash bars, etc? That being said, in most accidents you won't have enough time to think about it, if you did you'd likely be able to avoid the crash.
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After I mess my drawers.... I almost had a broadside (driver made a left turn in front of me at 1:30am) once and I think only my experience kept me on my wheels. Hard breaking with rear wheel lockup at the last few feet. Ended up sideways but did not hit the car, I even closed my eyes at the last second and when I opened them I was shocked to still be in one piece and upright. It's a tough call to make in a split second.
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That is a tough question!! I believe depending on the circumstance I would be inclined to Lay it Down!!!
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If a crash is imminent, I say lay it down for road rash is better than blunt trauma. Ahhh the joys of leather
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Speaking from hitting a car 5 years ago I would say hold on and ride it out. I hit the back of a car in a rain storm while going to a Hog for the Rhein Valley Region Chapter in Germany. The car two cars up was lost and found the street he was seaking. He slammed on the brakes and the car behind slammed em on too. I did my best to slow down but in the rain the bike just did not stop fast enough. I remember aiming away from the guys tow hitch and hitting square. I put an enormous dent in the back of his opel omega(4000 Marks) and put a little scratch on my bike where it fell on the side. I smashed my balls(they were ten shades of purple) but have since had two kids so they still work fine. My wrist was sore from the death grip on the bars and I got the stuff scared out of me. At the end of the day I was fine and I probably would not have been had I chosen to lay it down and have my legs mangled by the car. MSF teaches to always try to avoid until it is over. I for one will take my chances on the impact. I have also gone off road at about forty in unfamiliar territory because the road t'd without warning(I was going to fast to see the sign). I went through a ditch and into the woods. I finished upright in between the trees, scared but uninjured. I also saw my buddy leave the road on a slammed fatboy at about 70mph. He road it out through a rain ditch for 150 yards before finally sinking to a quick stop in the mud. Each incident would probably been far worse if we had chosen falling off and really getting hurt. Rottenralph Maybe we just got lucky.
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I would do an emergency breaking but if the bike goes down ... who cares.
I have a very good insurance who covers 99% of the damages.
Well, a bike its only a piece of engineered iron and can be replaced. My body not ....
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ride her through screamin' like all hell broke loose

I personaly have never even thought of layin' her down and I've been through a lot of close and too close calls , but I'm always lookin' for an out in all riding situations
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Laying her down is not a shame. A high side may cost you your life when you try to keep her straight. Less damage to the bike and to you.
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