When under attack by a motoring terrorist
you should use Pre-planned Responses.
Pre-planned Responses are similar to
the "immediate actions" that are drilled into combat
soldiers until they are instinctive and lifesavers. Given a battle
situation, soldiers will react before they consciously think
about it. This sort of instinctive reaction is also common in
the riding actions of professional level motorcyclists.
So, when the terrorist who, for want
of a better name we will call Jerk, attacks, it's best if you
can use learnt techniques to conduct E & E (We will cover
this term in a minute). The last thing you want to do is panic
and fall off the bike, because then you are at Jerk's mercy.
The actions you should take when Jerk
attacks are called the IDEEL actions.
stands for Identify, Disengage, Escape, Evade, Learn.
Learn to Identify the risks, to recognise the terrorist before
he can get too close. We recommend paranoia! Have a carefully
planned and rational distrust of anyone too out of the ordinary
- not to the point of hostility but to the extent of planning
your actions should things get dicey. The most dangerous man
alive is the one who knows when to fight and when to flee - because
he'll always be around.
Try to prevent the situation from becoming
Once Jerk has initiated overt action,
don't assume anyone will help you. The only people you can actually
count on (in New Zealand, anyway) to intervene is a policeman.
And since policemen are usually few and far between, essentially,
you are on your own.
If you run for it, always remain in
or head for a populated area or busy road. Don't get isolated.
A good trick is to go to a supermarket/petrol station/dairy.
Ask for directions and point in direction of Jerk.
Spend so much time in a populated area
- wandering around a mall, in a shop (anywhere he'll get bored)
that he gets bored and looks for easier game.
Another survival trick is the stolen
car trick. It's illegal but effective. This technique involves
you reporting to the police that you've seen a person of Jerk's
description breaking into car. Give the terrorist's car licence
number, description and location. Use a fake name. Obviously
you ONLY do this if things are REALLY serious and you only do
it because simply reporting to the Police that a car driver is
chasing you is unlikely to get much of a response. Too often,
you will be regarded as just another nutter.
But if the other driver is intent on
killing you with his car rather than just getting his hands on
you, you need to escape.
A good way to do this is the Reverse Pass. But for heaven's sake,
DON'T DROP THE BIKE!
The Reverse Pass works like this:
The terrorist's car comes up beside or close behind. You swerve
and then brake hard. The car will pass you as the driver, belatedly,
goes for the brakes. Now behind the car, you make a hard and
fast U-turn and go.
The dangers in this exercise are;
During braking: that you don't move far enough to one side and
get hit from behind by the car. Or you may lock the wheels and
fall off. Aniother danger is that if you have swerved to the
side of the road to brake, the camber of the road will be steeper
and you may slide into the gutter. There may be loose surfaces
on the side of the road.
During the U-turn: other cars may be
behind the car you've just reverse passed. Look to see what's
behind Jerk before you take action.
To groove these actions, making them
automatic, do the following exercises (with usual gear on bike):
Swerve and then brake
DO NOT try to brake and swerve at the
same time. It's a sure way to crash. Swerve and brake in two
Don't forget to practice doing U-turn
both ways. There may come a time when you can U-turn into the
side of the road.
Try zigzagging hard around set points
on the road. While practising, do NOT swerve hard over painted
lines, metal covers or other hazardous surfaces.
vehicles nearby for cover.
You can move close to the bumper of
another vehicle on the side furthest from the terrorist, being
aware that the terrorist may swerve at the car you are sheltering
behind and make it swerve toward you.
A big advantage of a small vehicle like
a motorcycle is that it can hide better than can a larger vehicle.
Thus, you can use another vehicle nearby to hide behind, especially
if it is large like a truck or bus.
Also, in traffic you can move through
gaps the terrorist in his car cannot. Use your bike's slimness
and manoeuvrability to it's fullest.
for the Americans)
With a riding buddy, get him to accelerate
hard down the road, slow down hard, changing down in the process
then accelerating again. Try to keep with him. Make sure you
occupy different parts of the lane (ie. Left and right hand wheeltrack)
and use a wide road. Preferably use a two lane road with very
little traffic on it.
With care, if you have never done it
before, move through traffic by lanesplitting or on service lane.
This is illegal in some areas so be warned!
At 20 - 30kph countersteer
through cones 10 paces apart.
Know your area. Look for escape routes
during everyday riding. Look for one way streets or a motorway
off ramp you can head up the wrong way (you can turn and go correct
way at top.)
Fast start (Jackrabbit
Once you've broken contact, get the
hell out of there. Avoid the original route if possible and watch
your mirrors. Occasionally, do the unexpected - turn at the next
Once you have evaded Jerk, put as many
miles between the two of you that you can - the farther you go,
the larger Jerk's search radius becomes.
Prior to breaking contact don't be afraid
to do anything illegal as long as it won't kill you. Desperate
times call for desperate measures. As long as Jerk is on your
tail, the best thing you can do is to attract the attention of
But once you've broken contact, be careful.
Most cops will look with a jaundiced eye on your story of a maniac
driver when the only evidence he has was that you were travelling
at 110kph in a 50kph zone.
Do approach any cop your see and tell
him your story. Just don't try to use it to get out of a ticket.
Learn from any incident you have, however
How, when, and where it developed.
What you did right.
What you did wrong.
Some riders will argue that the best
way to deal with Jerk is to carry a weapon. Forget it! You aren't
trained to use them physically or psychologically. Using a weapon
in a crisis involves snap decisions that only intense training
makes you capable of.
If you use a gun, even in your own defence,
you will be involved in more legal hassles than you can imagine
and when it's over you'll have ulcers and be bankrupt
Your best defences by far, are Conflict
Avoidance and Pre-planned Responses.
We cannot emphasise enough that the
best path of all is Conflict Avoidance.
TAKE CARE OUT THERE.
The driver who endangers your life has either made an innocent
mistake or has already come to the attention of the Police and
is, in fact, probably a known criminal. Either way, it is not
in your best interests to antagonise him/her.
Think About This Situation..
A few years ago in New Zealand, a woman on foot was being chased
by her angry husband in his car. A rider on a small bike stopped
to help the woman. The woman got on the bike and the rider tried
to get away. He failed.
The husband's car smashed into the bike.
The woman was seriously injured and the rider killed. What would
you do in a similar situation? What should the rider have done?
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