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post #1 of 32 Old 07-11-2012, 12:56 AM Thread Starter
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Insult to injury

To keep a longish story shortish:

My wonderful wife, Melinda, lowsided her beloved Triumph Bonnie SE at 50 mph on the next-to-last day of a 2500 mile moto vacation we took last week. After a solid week of riding over twisty, gravel-strewn roads through mountains and canyons in four states and BC, she grabbed a fistful of front brake pulling into a parking lot on a dead straightaway in front of a cafe. The bike might be totalled (we find out tomorrow), but she's OK, aside from some road rash on one calf and some amazingly livid bruises. She was fully geared, which saved her ass and maybe her life: every single part of her suit, from helmet to gloves, was toast, shredded to the point that you would feel guilty giving it to a street wino. But it did not breach through to her skin. That's the "injury" part.

The insult: Today I was riding to the various shops where we'd gotten her gear to pick up receipts for the insurance company. I was stopped at a stoplight. When it turned green, the cager behind me started rolling forward faster than I did and... BUMP. I kept the bike upright and pulled over, as did she. A cop was across the intersection, witnessed it all, and stuck around while we filed our insurance reports. My dealer estimated $700 in damage to the rear fender assembly (parts + labor), but no structural damage.

As my claims agent said, "She hit a guy wearing a white helmet and neon yellow jacket on an orange bike at noon on a sunny day. Wow."

Off to buy a lottery ticket. Careful out there, y'all!

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Sorry for the tide of bad luck bro!

Good news is everyone is pretty much ok - although I am sure your wife doesn't feel like it as she is healing up.



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[...] lowsided her beloved Triumph Bonnie SE at 50 mph [...] she grabbed a fistful of front brake pulling into a parking lot

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As my claims agent said, "She hit a guy wearing a white helmet and neon yellow jacket on an orange bike at noon on a sunny day. Wow."
Item two: As I've always said, neon yellow does not increase actual safety (and it's not anymore visible at night than black); it only increases the false feeling of security.

Item one: She pulled into a parking lot at 50 mph (80 km/h)???? I'm glad she's physically ok, but she needs to have her head examined

I know I'm probably going to catch flak for this, but I recommend she replace the bonnie with something that has ABS brakes; this sort of monumental screwup would never have happened on an ABS brake. That being said, I can see how the "hey, I want to go there!" thought could cause a tired rider (and not necessarily an inexperienced one) to grab too much brake too abruptly and slide a non-ABS bike. hopefully she's learned to resist that impulse and drive past and turn around next time.

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To keep a longish story shortish:

My wonderful wife, Melinda, lowsided her beloved Triumph Bonnie SE at 50 mph on the next-to-last day of a 2500 mile moto vacation we took last week. After a solid week of riding over twisty, gravel-strewn roads through mountains and canyons in four states and BC, she grabbed a fistful of front brake pulling into a parking lot on a dead straightaway in front of a cafe. The bike might be totalled (we find out tomorrow), but she's OK, aside from some road rash on one calf and some amazingly livid bruises. She was fully geared, which saved her ass and maybe her life: every single part of her suit, from helmet to gloves, was toast, shredded to the point that you would feel guilty giving it to a street wino. But it did not breach through to her skin. That's the "injury" part.

The insult: Today I was riding to the various shops where we'd gotten her gear to pick up receipts for the insurance company. I was stopped at a stoplight. When it turned green, the cager behind me started rolling forward faster than I did and... BUMP. I kept the bike upright and pulled over, as did she. A cop was across the intersection, witnessed it all, and stuck around while we filed our insurance reports. My dealer estimated $700 in damage to the rear fender assembly (parts + labor), but no structural damage.

As my claims agent said, "She hit a guy wearing a white helmet and neon yellow jacket on an orange bike at noon on a sunny day. Wow."

Off to buy a lottery ticket. Careful out there, y'all!

Trent
Sorry to hear about this, but very glad you will both live to ride another day!

On a side note, while I do wear gear with reflective striping, I mainly wear black, and your story is just further proof that color or shade does not matter to a stupid cager! :mrgreen:
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Sorry about your lady, we all make misstakes...well maybe one strommer here never will...but thats another path we won't take.

As for the "I was hit wearing Hi Viz" equating to it doesnt work...I say are you friggin serious.

As for the Hi Viz is useless at night....uh yeah right, most cars I see have headlights. You ever see the pictures of a darkly clothed person and a lightly clothed person in headlights. Would you walk down the side of a busy stree dressed like Johnny Cash and feel safe?

Do you guys in black really think you are as safe as a bright color of equivalent gear...really?......REALLY?

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"Item two: As I've always said, neon yellow does not increase actual safety (and it's not anymore visible at night than black); it only increases the false feeling of security"

So Neon yellow is the new black. COME ON!!! Another one of your really stupid comments.

"Item one: She pulled into a parking lot at 50 mph (80 km/h)???? I'm glad she's physically ok, but she needs to have her head examined "

WHOA. And yet another.

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Sounds like she made out ok. Crappy situation though. Did she hit the brakes to hard?

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Item two: As I've always said, neon yellow does not increase actual safety (and it's not anymore visible at night than black); it only increases the false feeling of security.
Yeahhhh..... okayyy.

So we should just put all of our construction workers in black instead of the orange or neon green because it's the same, even at night. Really?

There's a reason it's called Hi-Viz (as in high visibility).

Just because you have on Hi-Viz clothing does not mean you can let your guard down, but you have a much better chance of being seen in Hi-Viz over black.

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