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    murdo, all i can say is that having a bike licence for 55 years i wish i could ride like you.
     
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    Do these lessons include randomly throwing kangaroos (and 4WDs) out in front of you at highway speeds? Not to mention lane-changes over the top of you, running stop-signs, diesel-soaked roundabouts, gravel mid-corner,...?

    I probably should do a course, anyway. Any recommendations? Any hints from @Murdo ?
     
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    never toooo old to learn i totally agree with. my accidents have came from cars going through stop lights or stop signs.
     
  5. Murdo

    Murdo The Good Doctor Staff Member Premium Member Ride and Events Crew Contributing Member

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    Best hint I can give you is to be observant of what is around you at all times and what the other vehicle is doing. I have never done a professional course but have read a few books on staying alive on the road.
     
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    I managed to hit a 6ft Grey Skippy on Wednesday between Barraba and Gunnedah at 110kph... so 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe 1... Skippy 0
    Car is still driveable but is looking a bit sad as you can imagine. First Roo I have hit properly (the rest were just glances) and all I can say is... on a bike it wouldnt be a good outcome I think...
     
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    I hit a big grey skippy North of Charters Towers on the Gregory Developement road going to a campsite on the Burdekin river after dark one night in 1977 on my then new XS750 Yamaha. It smashed the driving light mounted on the crash bar, bent the bar, mirror and blinker, bruised my shoulder and right leg. I wobbled to a stop and rolled out my bedroll in a farm driveway. Next morning my leg was black from knee to ankle and had to ride back to C T to buy some pain killers (have them in my first aide kit now). Leg was still discoloured when I got home a week later.
    They are a very solid animal to hit.
     
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    First Roo I have hit properly (the rest were just glances) and all I can say is... on a bike it wouldn't be a good outcome I think...

    That's my greatest fear when I'm riding in the country. Tasmania is the worst as all the critters seem to want to jump out in front of you. I think it has the world record for roadkill per capita. Murdo and I didn't see a single animal crossing the road at any stage of our Tassie ride together, but around my area (Beaconsfield) I only ride during the day. Riding around between dusk and dawn would be like playing Russian Roulette with your life!
     
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    I grew up in western Queensland, you could tell you were getting close to town because the number dead roos on the roadside were getting higher. I think the worse I saw was that road from Tenterfield to Texas; they just about outnumbered the white posts! I started to worry as the sun went down, got nervous about some roos 200m off in the paddock. Thought I was going to have a run in with a room last week, come hopping up the embankment, I grabbed a fistful of brakes, it turned back, I dropped the rear wheel and checked the car behind wasn't going to run me over...

    I do keep my eyes open, treat every vehicle like they want to kill me, even pull to the edge of my lane at traffic lights to avoid being the meat in a car sandwich (someone got rear-ended the other day in car, they did everything right, slowed gradually, made sure the car behind was slowing, but the car behind that got them both). I'm able to read things a bit, or just highly suspicious of people, such as seeing a car on the side of the road who put their right blinker on and I thought I'd move to the centre in case they pulled out, but then decided to hit the brakes, instead - the driver didn't see me until they were mid U-turn. Maybe God gives me a heads-up.
     
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    Well my roo incident was out of character. It was 11am, single roo and came out of nowhere.
    Plenty of near misses and I am very careful as 99% of my driving is in Northern and North Western NSW where there are plenty.


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    In 50 years, I've only hit one 'roo on a bike, I was on the '67 HD, coming back into town after practicing my starts for the upcoming HD drags in Mildura (early 90's),, I was only doing about 90 up a hill, on a bend, with armco either side, when a black scrubber thought about crossing my path, then changed it's mind, it lowered it's head & started to turn, which lined it's head up with my gear lever, then my primary drive, the bike shuddered as it hit, the gear lever snapped off in it's eye socket, I managed to stop, & walk back to the 'roo, which was struggling to breath, so I grabbed the nearest rock to put it out of it's misery with a blow to the head,,pop,,out shot the gear lever end :thumb_ups: ,,the bike was stuck in top gear, so taking off up hill was a challenge, I won that one I recon :fuckyou:
     
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    The recovery is still slow but my head is feeling better and was able to go for a short drive in my ute yesterday (with my sister in the passenger seat) and all went well. Have even been into my shed and had a fiddle with a few things. :)
     
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    Good to hear that your improving Murdo , with no issue's driving the ute , that's a good sign that your healing well internally.
     
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    good progress report- thumbs up!!
     
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    Home from Newcastle hospital and doctor very pleased with progress. It appears I have a less than 1% chance of any permanent damage and will just need time to heal. :)
     
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    Good news mate :thumb_ups:
     
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    fantastic news- better start planning the next big ride and what bike to replace the cf moto.
     
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    If you're not confident with your balance yet, I saw something like this the other day, might be fun...
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    Naa. If your going to have three wheels then a Can-Am Spyder might be the go but for the price of one I could buy a car and have a roof and air con.
    Am confident I will be back riding soon and if my balance was shot then I think I would prefer a sidecar to a three wheeler.
     
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