Wear the Gear
Friday morning on the way to work an unattentive driver made a left turn from a side street and forced me off of the roadway. I caught sight of him at the last minute and hit the emergency lane to my right in an attempt to avoid him. But his SUV turned wide and he was partly in the emergency lane also so the only out I had was the shoulder grass. With it being wet Bermuda Grass it was like ice so I low sided my KTM at about 45MPH. After sliding around 75 feet I finally came to a stop and started gathering my senses.
I looked up and noticed the driver that ran me off the road had stopped too and was checking on me. He was almost in tears because he said that he never saw me! (Which I find unsettling because I wear a Hi-Viz jacket and ride with high beam head lights on during the daytime.) He only heard tire screeching and saw me going down. The typical statement but I was just happy that he stopped. Once I got my senses back I checked myself out and found that I was just sore in my hip and shoulders for the ground contact but everything moved! It looked like my riding gear had taken the brunt of the impact. The armor in my jacket was in the correct places and it really saved me.
After getting the local PD and FD on scene. A collision report was filed and I felt well enough to ride the KTM home. It only sustained a small amount of damage to the hand guards, foot bracket and my tool tube. I went to the local urgent care and got a once over from the docs who only found some bruising. I felt very blessed.
So everyone if you ride wear the gear! I have always been a ATGATT person and this just reinforces my belief in proper gear. I don't have the best or most expensive but it works better than flip flops, t-shirts and shorts. :mrgreen:
Stay Safe! :beatnik:
It's kind of strange, how the mountains pay us no attention at ll. You laugh or cry and the wind just keeps on blowing.
Flint Gray 2002 DL1000