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post #1 of 51 Old 09-01-2007, 07:00 AM Thread Starter
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Angry Another Strom down.

Yep, my riding season is finished. I walked away with nothing except a bump on the back of my left hand. The bike wasn't so lucky.

Here's the scenario. I leave work and take the back way home. The main road is under construction and is bumper to bumper one-lane madness. I come cruising around a bend towards an intersection that I knew was gonna be busy, so I slowed down to about 25. Speed limit was 35. There was an oncoming truck with its turn signal on coming down the hill. It stopped, so I rolled on the throttle. As soon as I rolled on the throttle, he turned left. I panic stopped, locked up both wheels, and slid right into his passenger door. Right before I hit the door I think I closed my eyes, I remember tumbling, then everything stopped.

So at this point I'm just laying on my back, I didn't know where because my helmet had slid up on my head so the chin guard was right in front of my eyes. I didn't feel hurt, so I sat up and pulled the helmet down. I was sitting on an aluminum animal cage in the bed of the kids truck. The cage about filled up the truck bed and was about level with the bedsides. I must have somersaulted over the bike right onto the cage. I looked around, there were probably about ten or so cars that had seen what happened. The kid was standing right beside the truck when I looked down. Him:"Dude, are you ok". Me: "I don't know yet". I moved around a bit, nothing hurt, so stepped down off the truck.

People had already called 911, and everything started rolling in. Ambulance, 3 fire trucks, other firemen, then the State Trooper. Everyone that showed up walked right by me and says,"where's the guy on the bike". Even the paramedics walked right past me. I was just standing there next to the Strom, which we had moved off the road at this point. "Lucky", that was the word that just about everyone used. And I guess I was. We took care of all the official stuff. The 16 year old driving the truck got cited. He's at full fault according to the police report.

Now the damages.
Me: Bump on the back of my left hand. Nothing else. I'm sure I'll be sore tomorrow though. I had a quarter sized scuff on my helmet, probably from when I landed on the cage.

Bike: Wheel bent, bent axle, both forks bent, hole in radiator, fairing destroyed(headlights still worked), tank twisted, bars bent, engine guard scratched, top box scratched. Probably other things I can't see. It fired right up and purred after the crash. I rode it up onto the trailer.

I am usually almost ATTGATT. I think my Tourmaster Intake jacket saved me from any major damage. I didn't have gloves on, and only jeans.

Lesson learned: I guess I need to practice my emergency braking.
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post #2 of 51 Old 09-01-2007, 07:21 AM
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Wow big fella. Glad you walked away from that one.

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post #3 of 51 Old 09-01-2007, 07:25 AM
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Glad you're okay. ABS on the new bike?

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post #4 of 51 Old 09-01-2007, 07:28 AM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by tmcgee View Post
Glad you're okay. ABS on the new bike?
Think ABS just moved up on my must have list, although I don't think it would have prevented this crash. I may not get a new one right away, if they total it. I've been looking for a decent 4x4 pickup, so a new bike may wait untill next year.

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post #5 of 51 Old 09-01-2007, 01:08 PM
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Wow man, not good. Glad you walked away. Go buy a lottery ticket, and don't forget to keep riding. I had a real bad close call recently. Glad I got away with some personal lessons. I need to practice e-braking too..
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post #6 of 51 Old 09-01-2007, 01:30 PM
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I'm glad that you're ok. Those left-turners are scary. Sounds like you did everything you could do given that it happened so quickly.

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post #7 of 51 Old 09-01-2007, 01:56 PM
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Wow. Glad your OK. I think it would of been a great YouTube video, how you wound up on top of the guys truck bed, and on top of a cagers cage For all that happened, I would say "lucky" is inadiquate! I say get some lottery tickets before whatever you have runs out!

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That left turn in front is classic. The Hurt report said it accounted for about 50% of motorcycle collision accidents. It's a good reason to practice emergency braking so it becomes an automatic reaction. I grabbed a handful of brake suddenly a few days ago at low speed and got 4 pulses from the ABS system. Allowing weight to transfer to the front and compress the forks for maximum stick before really getting on the brake is important to keep from washing out the front and going down. ABS is not a substitute for practice but it can help in such situations. I need some practice.

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post #9 of 51 Old 09-01-2007, 02:32 PM
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Glad you're not hurt Spongy! Any time you are near an intersection with someone planning (or not) a left turn, watch 'em like a hawk. Be ready for that retard move where they pull in front of you and then give you that "Dude I never saw you" look. I commute daily here in LA, and am never short of asshats doing stupid things on the road.
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I'm very glad you're okay. Consider yourself fortunate. I'm a little cautious since my 11/9/06 crash. Yesterday just after daylight broke I was riding down an excellent two lane paved country road. Noticed a grey Focus coming up to a stop sign on my right. I began slowing down. The Focus came to a complete stop and remained sitting there as I approached. I focused on the front wheels so I could detect any forward movement as I got closer. When I was about six car lengths doing about 35 mph and absolutely certain it was okay to proceed - the damn Focus pulled out in front of me. This little teenage girl actually sat there and watched me get closer, then pulled her trick. I had to lock up the brakes and somehow moved into the oncoming lane and almost went into the left ditch. She never even slowed down. Matter of fact, she probably was driving 65 or 70 on the 45 mph road. I was definitely awake for the day. I watched her disappear out of sight as my heart continued to pound and the curse words filled up my helmet. A few miles and a few curves down the road, guess what. There she was sitting at the stop light in front of me. I pulled up next to her and tapped on her window. I was amazed that she rolled it down a few inches. I asked her "Do you realize you almost killed me back there?" Her response - "No way. I'm a safe driver." and she stared daggers at me. I did remember her license number and I intend to speak with her folks - for my sake, her sake, and the sake of everyone else on the road. I doubt if it will do any good. The neighborhood she was leaving is full of $500,000+ houses.

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