Occasionally, I like to look up things on Youtube. You run across some interesting stuff, like pelicans that eat pigeons, man releases mouse that is snatched up by hawk, that sort of thing.
And once in a while, I look up motorcycling videos. Last week was one I spent watching videos, since I hurt my leg and couldn't roll the bike out of the garage, let alone ride it.
After watching hours of motorcyclists running into stuff, falling over, failing spectacularly at popping wheelies etc, I realized a few things I hadn't thought of in a while.
One, the majority of accidents I saw were bikes running into the back of cars.
Two, external video shows these riders focusing on the street right in front of their front wheel. Which reminded me of one Cardinal Rule of Riding; always look ahead and up the road, not at your front fender.
What really triggered this realization was watching an obviously new motorcycle owner in my neighborhood nearly drop his bike as he wobbled around the curve staring at his fender. He almost ran right into a car coming up the hill from the west. Me, I'm standing there with the hose, watching this in real time without enough to yell a warning. Car braked, bike recovered, did a wide, slow circle in the intersection and went back the way he came.
You might spot some interesting stuff by staring at the road; designer shoes, baby car seats, sailcats, dead skunks. Pebbles. Beat up tools. If you're lucky, a diamond ring somebody threw out a car window in a fit of pique.
Here's what you won't see; anything slow or stopped in front of you. You won't see large items like couches or boats or mattresses. And if you don't see them in time, you can't stop for them!
There was a case a few years ago; a San Diego motor officer headed North on I-15 back-ended a slow moving garbage truck and died. Now you might ask how the heck anyone could miss a big old garbage truck in the slow lane of the freeway, but that's my point. This police officer rode eight hours a day, every day. He was a professional. If he can do it, so can I. Or you.
So, with the awareness that running into the back of slow things is common on a motorcycle, you should keep it in mind on the road. If you don't, you might come back as a bulldog. You know why bulldogs have flat noses, right?
It's from chasing parked cars.