Let's not give to much shit we've all had close calls unless you were doing 90 an thought the person really could have got out of ur way lol what side she slide on
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Every bike I have owned, has hit the ground. Most of the time, the speeds were quite low, and I wouldn't have to admit to it. I do anyways, because I want to make sure I examine the scenario, and reduce the probability of repeating the steps which led to that crash.
Close calls are indeed a big part of riding. Over the years, I have made mistakes; the longer I ride the more accidents and close calls I will encounter. The severity of the crashes has been reduced significantly, with changes in behavior.
The difference between close, not close and an impact all come down to the skill of the rider. There's a rare (and I mean REALLY rare) situation that there is nothing the rider could have done to reduce the severity of what happens. If we want to take the time to run through the list, we could..... I'd prefer not to.
The trick is to identify the issue early enough to be able to respond with a very slight change on the part of the rider. The biggest safety tool ANY rider has, is the 7 lbs of fat between their ears. The later the threat is identified, the more significant the response needs to be to avoid contact.
When the 'I had to lay the bike down to avoid a crash' card gets played, that's due in large part to a lack of training, and practice. You can read that as ignorance and apathy, if you want. Chuck Yeager used to say that a pilot crashes when they run out of altitude, airspeed, and ideas all at the same time.
The same sort of thing applies with riding. You hope the bag of luck lasts long enough to be replaced with the experience required. The learning curve is very steep at the start, but should never end. The lessons get smaller but are just as valuable. When we get complacent and think we know it all, is the point at which we will find we have sawed off the branch we are sitting on........