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post #1 of 42 Old 11-17-2017, 12:13 PM Thread Starter
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Crashed my bike, no one helped me

I commute via motorbike pretty much every day, so much so that I sold my car because I never used it. I have been commuting this way for just over two years now. I was going down a 4-lane road at about 45mph when someone in a minivan, coming out of a shop, pull out in front of me.

While it all happened so fast, I would say they pulled out about 50 ft. in front of me. Given my current speed it didnít allow me much time to react. I pulled in the clutch and got hard on my brakes. Then I caught myself doing the very things I know you arenít supposed to do: Target fixation and locking up the brakes. My eyes fixed on their rear bumper and my rear brake was locked up solid. As I felt my rear end come around, I had a point where I was aware of what I was doing wrong and tried to correct. I decided to ease off my back brake and steer left to go around and avoid running right into their bumper. Unfortunately, the odds werenít in my favor. As I tried to go left to go around, the minivan went left too. I ended up tapping their rear bumper and going down on my left side.

I sat there for a moment, collecting my thoughts (and made certain I was stopped). I surveyed my surroundings and realized my bike ended up facing the wrong way, and cars were going around me. I knew I couldnít just stay there so I picked up the 600lb behemoth and assessed the damaged. Luckily the bike slid on the panniers and crash bars, saving the bikeís plastics and important parts. Other than some rash on the crash bars, side & centerstands, and panniers as well as a broken clutch lever, the bike faired OK.

It was at this moment I realized the minivan in question didnít stop, they continued on. I tried to get my bike started but it refused. As I attempted to stop traffic so I could push my bike out of the way, one person rolled down their window and asked if I was OK. They confirmed they saw the whole thing and agree they pulled out in front of me (validation is always nice). I asked if they could stay for a few minutes so I could call the police, since the minivan left the scene of an accident. Their response was ďsorry, but I have to get to work.Ē

No one stopped to help the fallen motorcyclist. No one helped me pick up the bike, no one helped me push my bike to safety. They were all too busy with their morning commute to be bothered by the silly man on his motorbike. Honestly I find this a little sad. Has our society degraded to the point everyone is too busy or too afraid to help their fellow man? Perhaps itís just where I live, or the road I was on at the time. But maybe not...

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Thatís a sad reflection of todayís society. Sounds like you and the bike are ok. Iím glad it wasnít worse.
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post #3 of 42 Old 11-17-2017, 12:34 PM
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That's not cool at all. I was in an accident on the freeway a few years back. It was my own fault, high sided on a brand new year tire after hitting a wet patch, and then the brakes, and then off the brakes. I was relatively ok, a bit of road rash and a broken right thumb. One lady was nice enough to stop and help me. Even let me use her cell phone. The thing I remember most clearly was a guy rolling down his window and yelling "Thank's a lot asshole, now I'm going to be late for work!".

I always stop if I see a rider down or on the side of the road.
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People do not want to get involved for various reasons. Some good, some not so good. Personally, I would stop to help, as would my wife.....unless the person riding the motorcycle was riding it like a jerk, or had obnoxious sounding exhaust system, in which case....I will think twice about stopping to help, unless life is in danger. Thatís my prerogative.


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Bowtie...sorry to hear ya went down but glad to know you're not too banged up to not post what happened. Although I'm seeing more and more of this garbage where people refuse to assist, for me, the best thing I did was purchase one of these Bikermate BulletHD motorcycle dash camera. They're pricey ($150) but totally worth it to me. It's like a car dash camera, meaning it has looping and is always ON so far as the bike is ON.



I think these cameras are the best means for possibly capturing evidence, especially if you were really injured. Just something to think about, and again, glad you're (overall) OK!
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Sorry for your mishap. Perhaps those unhelpful folks will be among the first to suffer from the high water of global warming.
Those neat cameras might be a god send in circumstances like yours. That would make insurance and police reports better.
Kinda like those nutso Russian videos of everything going wrong!
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Been there myself. I know what u mean. My crash had a different reason, (slight drizzle+a newly patched portion of interstate onramp) but as I and my bike slid down an interstate onramp the car behind me drove around me like I was an obstacle... no one stopped except for one lady who through her window asked if i was ok, and i told her i thought i was. Also, I notice rush hour mood is somehow different than any other time of day. People just all seem on the edge at that time, and so that's something that didn't play in your favor. I'm just glad you're ok. You'll probably have ptsd for a few days, and some serious soreness will set in. Take that time to think over whether u could have been safer in a different lane or maybe leaving a smaller or bigger gap between you and the car in front of u. Unfortunately, defensive riding is all we have to save our bums, because cagers will do stupid things all the time. We can't change that unfortunately.

I'll tell u what about these bikes though. The racks from my side cases and the crash bars saved most of everything else on the bike. There are scratches on the tank cover, but not enough to really look terrible enough to force me to replace it.There are scratches on the crash bars and the racks for the side cases, but they are barely visible and the racks didn't bend or brake and still work perfectly. My crash was probably 30-35mph, so I'm super impressed how everything held up. I picked my bike out of the mud after it slid off the road into the grass got it started and road home. The only functional piece I had to replace was a hand guard cover and a bar end. I also had to bend the brake leaver back into place. The rear suspension has felt sloppier since, so there must be some bearing or something that got damaged in the process. Even so, I have put 10,000 miles on the bike since the crash. I will do a thorough inspection of the suspension next time I'm taking off the wheels for tires. Anyhow, im just amazed at bow the bike held up.

Good luck to you with getting your situation back together.

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Bowtie...sorry to hear ya went down but glad to know you're not too banged up to not post what happened. Although I'm seeing more and more of this garbage where people refuse to assist, for me, the best thing I did was purchase one of these Bikermate BulletHD motorcycle dash camera. They're pricey ($150) but totally worth it to me. It's like a car dash camera, meaning it has looping and is always ON so far as the bike is ON.



I think these cameras are the best means for possibly capturing evidence, especially if you were really injured. Just something to think about, and again, glad you're (overall) OK!

Glad you weren't hurt Bowtie and yea it's a sad reflection on society that no one wants to get involved.

A camera is a good idea but mounted on the helmet is better I think. Besides being able to point it just having it visible to other drivers may have some deterrent value, one can hope!
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A helmet cam is a good idea. Of course the advantage to a bike mounted camera, is never having to worry about batteries.


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That sux. I have a story to restore your faith in mankind.

I had just gotten done working on my Tenere and went for a test ride after dark. I was making a short loop on a little back-road near home. I approached an uphill stop sign and as I put my right foot down, I misjudged the road edge and fell over on a down hill, grass shoulder. The down angle was too much and I could not lift my bike, or rotate it down hill due to the metal panniers digging in. Basically stuck and had left my phone at home.

A SUV pulls up on the intersecting street and a lady rolls her window down a few inches. I am sure she was scared of me. I asked her if she had a tow rope or something (pretty common item in the sticks where I live). She (an elderly lady) trusted me enough to get out and get one from the back. I tied the tow rope to the crash bar and she eased my bike to vertical with the SUV. She insisted on following me out to the main road and tooted her horn at me as she went by.

You just need to move to the country.
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