Now for a lesson in target fixation. As we're sure most of you know, your vehicle tends to go where your eyes go, and that's doubly true for motorcycles. Lock eyes with something you don't want to hit and invariably, that's precisely what you'll do. One rider in California recently found that out the hard way when he was confronted with a pair of bicyclists pedaling up Mulholland Highway. The rider exited a corner with plenty of angle left in his bike at a completely reasonable and legal speed, but panic took over when he spotted the cyclists. Rather than continue to lean, and thus turn, the rider grabbed a foot full of brake, stood his motorcycle upright and rammed both bicycles from behind.

All we can say is, it was a miracle no one was seriously injured in the collision. Everyone appears to have walked away with a few scrapes and bruises. You can watch the video below to see the whole disaster take shape, just be warned that the clip isn't for the weak of stomach. There's no serious gore, but watching the cyclists play Gumby is a terrifying sight all the same. There's some explicit not-safe-for-work language, too.

As riders of both bicycles and motorcycles, we sympathize with both parties. Yes, the motorcycle rider is clearly at fault here, and yes, the bicycles have a right to be on the road. They were even well to the shoulder as they should have been, but part of riding a bicycle is choosing where to do so safely. Sure, Mulholland is a mecca for both bicyclists and motorcycle riders, but the winding canyon road is far from a safe stretch of asphalt for slow-moving vehicles of any ilk.





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      Durishin
      • 1 Year Ago
      Well, you've got about $22,000 in bent titanium tubing and crabon fibre' there. Ouch. But for the grace of God, there go I. Motorcycle lost control so he is at fault for not riding in control regardless whether he hit a cyclist or a cactus. The cyclists have as much right to the road as any vehicle - by law and those guys were even riding single file. If you can't share the road, drive - or ride - on the moon!
      Kuro Houou
      • 1 Year Ago
      Yikes, good thing they bike rider had a helmet on, hit his head first on the pavement! Just a scary situation!
      brucec039
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is somewhat of a poor example of what some car enthusiasts don\'t seem to realize. It\'s not that you have to worry about staying on the road at high speeds. We know you can. It\'s what\'s going to be around that next bend you enter at high speed that is why you need to take it easy on public roads.
      Chris
      • 1 Year Ago
      That right there is one reason why I prefer mountain biking. I hate being on a bike and having cars whiz by me at 45-50 mph because all it takes is one distracted driver, or one mistake, and it's lights out for me. If others want to do then that's fine, but it's not for me.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Chris
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          Dogleg_the_axis
          • 1 Year Ago
          Obviously, it\'s a culture you\'ll never understand.
          Chris
          • 1 Year Ago
          On the occasions where I do ride on the street, I do my best to take proper precautions. That said, I trust my own riding abilities more than most other people's driving abilities. I basically assume that everyone driving by me is a total putz. That keeps me aware of my surroundings, and ready to bail if I have to. Luckily, the only time I ever do ride on the street is if I am riding to a some trails.
      csrecord
      • 1 Year Ago
      And that's why I don't ride bicycles anymore. Drivers not paying attention.
      MikeInNC
      • 1 Year Ago
      As both a cyclist and a motorcycle rider (track experience) two things stick out to me. The cyclist was about as far off the road as he could possibly be (just a few inches from the white line) and although the motorcyclist wasn't really going that fast, he was riding faster than his riding skills would allow. Anyone that has spent time on a sport bike knows you don't look 10 feet in front of your wheel, you look deep into the corner which this guy absolutely was not doing. He didn't hit his brakes until the very 15-20 feet. In other words, he was somewhat of a beginner. Target fixing for sure and no effort to counter steer at all (panicked or doesn't know how to do it). In other words, he'd be a hazard on any non-straight road. And this statement by the author "..but the winding canyon road is far from a safe stretch of asphalt for slow-moving vehicles of any ilk." is really awful. Both cyclists and motorcyclists are drawn to winding mountain roads. The cyclists for the pain and challenge of climbing hills and the motorcyclist for riding the twisties. The motorcycle rider was clearly at fault and probably just wadded up about six to seven grand worth of road bikes. The cheapest Merlin is about 5 grand. They are hand built Titanium bikes hand built in the US. Awesome bike, un-awesome destruction.
      kuntknife
      • 1 Year Ago
      For anyone looking to get their motorcycle permit, let this be a lesson. Look *WHERE YOU WANT TO GO*, not at what you're trying to avoid.
      Peter_G
      • 1 Year Ago
      I love the Fred Flintstone attempt to stop with his feet. Not going to happen and at his speed, he wasn't trying to balance either.
      Basil Exposition
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is why I don't ride my bike on roads without shoulders.
        karlInSanDiego
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Basil Exposition
        Basil, I'm devastated to hear you have no shoulders. I can't blame you for not riding your bike on roads. You might try a stationary bike. That'll minimize the need for arms or shoulders. I imagine it gets lonely riding up and down your driveway. Good Luck! ;^)
      Luke
      • 1 Year Ago
      'Don't hit the bikers....don't hit the bikers....don't hit the...."
      canuckcharlie
      • 1 Year Ago
      The biker cornered wide and the cyclists just happen to be in the way. If the cyclists weren't there the biker would have wiped out in dirt
        Zeus
        • 1 Year Ago
        @canuckcharlie
        You should be a sports commentator, the amount of insight you provided us is unbelievable. I'm sure no one figured that out. Thank you for making us all aware of those cutting edge facts. Jesus...
        NissanGTR
        • 1 Year Ago
        @canuckcharlie
        Actually completely false. His line was good, its that he went wide when he target fixated on the bicycles.
      anonymous guy
      • 1 Year Ago
      Interesting how the man speaking with the 911 dispatcher says, "Just get them ******* here, pardon my language." That has always been my feeling as well when I've had to call 911 in regard to an injured person. I wish they would state immediately that help has been summoned and the information is being relayed while the police/fire/medical professionals are on the way. Last time I called because a pedestrian was hit by a car, they asked so many medically related questions that I wasn't qualified to answer.