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post #1 of 14 Old 05-08-2008, 05:31 PM Thread Starter
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Down but not out

Today at 13:30 the wolf went down.Nearing a red light in my little home town an elderly gentlemen came thru a stop sign and despite my superior bike skills he touched my front end and over I went.This is with me just leaving a dealership on a trade for a new bike.The high speed wreck(4 mph) was almost a non even't except he left the scene.A witness followed him and then the police went after him and had to really get his attention.I'm 62 and this ol'boy was 82,he didn't know what to say or do.All he could do was act dumbfounded and did not recall the incident.

The bike got a few digs,scraped the fairing,lil fender rash but the handguards and engine guards and Givi's really helped.I was wearing leathers and helmet and suffered a crazy bone whack on the right elbow and skinned a knee.People were helpful and I was dazed.I was a red assed biker till I found out his age,then I felt compassion for the old goat.Just before impact he was looking right thru me and his running afterwards was just fear I think.

My bike was in super shape now the bag is scraped,small gouge on crash bars and a little rub on the fender.Hand guard has a mark or two but they saved brake side I am sure.I rode it home and maybe the bars are a little out of skew.

Please don't send donations, just get a pizza and a beer with your ridin buddies and enjoy the ride.

I know I'm pissed cause I hit the road but am damn happy it was no more than it was.

I called my insurance man,he said all will be taken care of.

thanks for listening,
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post #2 of 14 Old 05-08-2008, 05:44 PM
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Originally Posted by wolf1 View Post
Please don't send donations, just get a pizza and a beer with your ridin buddies and enjoy the ride.
dude ... i like your attitude, and i like you.

congrats on not getting more dinged than you were. it's great knowing you'll be back and at 'em in no time.

crashing sux ....
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post #3 of 14 Old 05-08-2008, 08:22 PM
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Glad your fall wasn't worse. I'm way ahead of you on the pizza and beer though! I don't think I'd have your calm understanding with someone who hit me and ran, though. Being dangerously oblivious must be the end stage of life. Some really old folks think that their age gives them license to do as they please, others be damned. If I were you I'd probably try to talk to some of his relatives if possible and tell them what happened. Sometimes keys need to be taken away before we needlessly lose a v-strommer to a guy whose expiration date has passed!

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post #4 of 14 Old 05-08-2008, 09:39 PM
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Originally Posted by TouringDude View Post
dude ... i like your attitude, and i like you.

congrats on not getting more dinged than you were. it's great knowing you'll be back and at 'em in no time.

crashing sux ....
+1 on what TouringDude said.

I'm 50. My Dad's 83. He still downhill skis and just celebrated his 1st wedding anniversary to his second wife. I know how you feel about the "crash" and I know how you feel about the sympathy you have towards the "old coot". You sort of shake your head at a loss for words.

I am glad you are okay.

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post #5 of 14 Old 05-08-2008, 10:11 PM
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Originally Posted by TouringDude View Post
dude ... i like your attitude, and i like you.

congrats on not getting more dinged than you were. it's great knowing you'll be back and at 'em in no time.

crashing sux ....

Another in agreement with TouringDude, but jwt definitely has a point. In my mom's later years she was totally senile yet beligerant about driving. Myself and other members of the family did our best to discourage her, but thank God (sorry for the religous reference Faulkner, just a figure of speech) she didn't hit anybody before her time was up. I knew it was really serious when she backed out of my driveway right over my mailbox, and just kept right on truckin.

Good ole boy in a white pickup made me go into full braking mode the other day. He looked right at me and just decided to pull out anyway because his vehicle was bigger than mine and he didn't want to wait. Somehow my instincts told me he was gonna do it, so I was ready and it wasn't too bad.

Glad your accident wasn't worse!
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post #6 of 14 Old 05-08-2008, 10:47 PM
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I had Mexican food and local Ale with some guys from ADVrider tonight, does that count?

Glad you're no worse off, still you should take tomorrow off just in're hungover.

There should be a law about senile drivers running off from collisions with motorcycles, but until there is, we'll just have to be vigilant.

One of the most frightening moments in my life was riding shotgun with my 80-something-year-old step-grandmother -in-law. I created a ruse about wanting to someday purchase a Ford Contour (a fantasy for most, I'm sure) and took the wheel.

For years after that, whenever we had contact with her, one of the first things she would say is, "I'm still driving you know". Did I mention her flatulence?

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post #7 of 14 Old 05-08-2008, 10:57 PM
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Wow, glad to hear you are ok.

From ALOT of the accidents I respond to - I am a FULL supporter of over 65 - License test ever 5 till 75 then ever 2-3 years. MINIMUM.

Elderly people cause LOT of accidents out of sheer "independence" and "I have been driving for 50 years, I know how to drive!" (but fail to account for their signifigantly decreased reflexes and awareness, decreased vision, poor (if much) hearing, bone density reductions (causing poor posture and poor seating in large cars - can't see over dash or shoulder check) etc, etc etc.

again - I am WAY glad you are ok. :-D

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You got to ride/walk away from the scene of the mishap. That is what counts. Glad it wasn't worse. Got a little scare today myself. An SUV(of course)reversed out of an angle parking space while I approached. We both stopped in time ...but it could have been worse. Ride Safe.

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post #9 of 14 Old 05-09-2008, 07:27 AM
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Glad you are OK! Hang in there.

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post #10 of 14 Old 05-09-2008, 07:36 AM
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My grandfather wiped out the car twice (into another car in a parking lot once and into a building the other time) before we finally just took the keys from him. Police/state can do nothing (at least in MI). You have to just take the keys. Sucks but what can you do???

Glad you're ok!!

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