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post #1 of 20 Old 09-19-2013, 09:06 PM Thread Starter
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KO'd in Round 2

There I was, minding my own business, S/B on Main St. Not very fast. Slightly ahead of a bus, me in the curb lane, bus in the 2nd.

Round One: Enter Mr. Numbnuts. He decides to make a right turn on the red light (legal here) from the cross street to my right, when only slightly in front of my bike, blocking 3/4 of my lane. My only way to stop at this point would be to use his fender.

I accelerate like a madman and squeeze between him and the bus. I then pull back into my lane and start to slow down while allowing my pulse to return to the speed limit.
End Round One

Round Two: As I start to slow down, I hear a gawd-awful crash. I also feel a sudden change in motion and notice that the grill of Mr. Numbnuts vehicle is rapidly approaching me as I rapidly approach the ground.
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As luck went, I didn't go under the car, but rather (according to witnesses) did a double somersault through the air, landing on my back ahead of the car.

Unfortunately for Numbnuts, the witnesses in the car behind through all this were two plainclothes cops in an unmarked car.

I remember the front of the car, the officer telling me not to move, the EMT putting on the cervical collar and the Doctor telling me my neck wasn't broken. The rest is a complete blank.

Mr. Numbmuts; "I couldn't stop in time" WTF??

All his insurance wanted to know is "How much?"

New helmet: Arai dual sport (my full recommendation of Shoie's RF1000)
Bike: AHA!

I had been debating changing bikes but couldn't give up the Strom. Now was the time.
I found a 2008 Suzuki Bandit 1250 with 22,000Km.
I rode off on it 2 days later.

I ended up with some minor soft tissue injury to my back but didn't even get my jacket dirty.

My wife wasn't impressed when I started talking about my next bike while she drove me home from the hospital.

So, no more Strom adventures. More pavement oriented riding (easier on my ribs anyway).
LOTS MORE SPEED!!!

Thanks for the last 7 years.

Fred
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post #2 of 20 Old 09-19-2013, 09:33 PM
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Glad to hear your o.k. Hope to see you back on the forum. Take care and keep the wheels rollin'
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Glad a bad situation turned out well for you. Good luck!

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Wow...sounds like you should be buying a lottery ticket. You have buckets of luck to spare.
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Glad you are ok.

can you clarify something for me? You say you were slightly ahead of the bus and Mr NN was turning to the right from some street ahead of you.

If you were in front of the bus why couldn't you change into the left lane? I don't get how the bus was suddenly beside you so that you had to lane split.



The Bandit should be a fun ride. Careful out there.
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Glad you are ok.

can you clarify something for me? You say you were slightly ahead of the bus and Mr NN was turning to the right from some street ahead of you.

If you were in front of the bus why couldn't you change into the left lane? I don't get how the bus was suddenly beside you so that you had to lane split.



The Bandit should be a fun ride. Careful out there.
Very slightly ahead.
My front wheel was just in front of the bus bumper.
I would have had to pull up into his front door.

This is my second Bandit. I missed the acceleration rush.

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So glad you came out of it intact!! It sounds like you had on the right gear. I had a similar accident back in July, and like you, there was a cop right behind the woman who pulled out in front of me that witnessed the whole thing. I was really impressed with how well the armor in my jacket protected me. What were you wearing for gear?

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The Toronto area has to be in the running for some of the worst traffic in the developed world. Glad you survived.
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post #9 of 20 Old 09-20-2013, 09:28 AM
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Not sure more speed would have helped except to catapult you further. Welcome to the OSIC club.
Hope you are pleased with the Bandit!
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LOTS MORE SPEED!!!

Thanks for the last 7 years.
That might have been just what you need to get clear of Numbnutz.

Hope you decide not to leave us, despite your defection.

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