Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Central Massachusetts
Abrupt End To My Riding Season
Last Saturday I was faced with a bad situation. I was riding 35mph on a road with one lane each way. As I approach a small road on the right, a car appeared and stopped.I moved to the middle of the road to make myself more visible as there was a mailbox obstructing the drivers view. I watched the driver look my way and made eye contact. My focus progressed to the road ahead and the traffic on both lanes of travel. The next thing I see is the car pull out maybe 15 feet from me . I swerved hard left then back right again to avoid the traffic in the other lane. It proved too much to stay upright and down I went, landing on my left side and sliding and rolling back over to my side of the road. I was assisted by a group of bikers on a poker run, all of whom were off duty paramedics, firefighters and police officers who witnessed the crash. To a man they agreed that I had no chance and did the best anyone could under the circumstances. The driver of course said the usual"I'm sorry-I didn't see you" despite the hi vis jacket.
The end result is a small patch of road rash on my left arm, a huge 10"x10" ugly bruise on my left hip and two fractures of my right wrist that will not require surgery.
My full set of gear took the brunt, gloves, pants and helmet are done for, but my jacket looks fine. The bike has been looked at by the insurance co. $3700 in damage, but that was the drivers agent, mine is going to look on Monday. Good thing I had the Givi engine guards installed last month!
Too bad though-Fall is my favorite time to ride.
As always-be careful out there!