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post #1 of 24 Old 12-06-2006, 12:34 AM Thread Starter
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No two objects can occupy the same space at the same time

That includes a car and a motorcycle. I was heading home from work monday when a brown chevy truck decided he wanted to be in my lane. I braked and the bike went down and I went flying. about two feet. We never touched but the guy who almost ran me over and the guy behind me thought we did. We inspected his truck and not a scratch. The CPH arrived and checked our licenses. I had a motorcycle endorsement which seemed to surprise him. He at this point asked me if I wanted a report filed. i said no because my insurance would go up. Because no contact was made it was deemed a no fault crash. I came out with a beat up helmet, bent shifter, broken turn signal, bent bar end, split lip, sore left hand, sore left hip and a headache. It sucks because the guy not paying attention goes on his way while I have to pay to repair/replace parts. I will post some pics over the next few days as I fix the bike. I spent last weekend setting the bike up for wind (the freeway had a "gusty winds" announcement) and the bike was handling great. I was wearing tourmaster boots, gloves, pants, hjc helmet and a first gear leather jacket. The helmet is being trashed. The gloves, pants, jacket have impact marks right where the armor is. If i was not ATGATT I'd have a broken jaw and minor road rash.

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Very sorry to hear of your incident. Another ATGATT story, imagine that. I had a broken jaw (athletic related) and it really sucks.

FWIW, as a very experienced lanesplitter (former full-time now part-time CA resident) I would HIGHLY recommend adding 3 things:
*Headlight modulator
*Dual function Hyper-Lites
*Stebel air-horn (or other horn upgrade)

As someone who rides 50,000+ miles annually I would not own a bike that did not have these three. IMHO, I need all the help I can get out there to be seen and heard. :!:

Lastly, I hope you don't take this the wrong way as my intention is not in the least trying to offend you or your riding skills... I'd suggest taking an Experienced Rider Course from the MSF. Sounds like overbraking may have been a factor for the loss of control with your bike (actually, misuse of brakes, specifically overbraking, accounts for most accidents) but honestly I make the same exact suggestion to those who are involved in an incident that was 100% not their fault and completely unavoidable. The ERC is a half-day session that can refocus you and, perhaps more importantly, your confidence. Either way I hope you heal fast and that you become an even better rider than you were this morning.

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I braked and the bike went down and I went flying. about two feet.
Sounds like you locked the front. I did the same thing twice in the first three weeks I owned the Vstrom. Coming off a 1978 CB750, I wasn't prepared for the huge increase in braking power.

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huh

"asked me if I wanted a report filed. i said no because my insurance would go up." if it WAS HIS Fault HIS insurance would have piad for it not yours!!! Same thing happend to my dad, the other guys insurance company paid for everything, including the hospital bills..
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"asked me if I wanted a report filed. i said no because my insurance would go up." if it WAS HIS Fault HIS insurance would have piad for it not yours!!! Same thing happend to my dad, the other guys insurance company paid for everything, including the hospital bills..
He might be living in a "no-fault" state where regardless of who's fault it is, your own insurance company provides compensation. I live in Florida and we have no-fault laws.

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Sorry to hear about that, but it could have been a whole lot worse. At least you are still here and able to write about your "Adventure".

I agree with Stromette in that a LOUD horn is a must for me simply to get the attention of people like that. We have a lot of them around here.

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He could have at least offer to pay for some of the repairs. Thats what I would have done.
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The driver came out of his truck talking about me riding "fast and furious" down the road. I had been sitting in the lane for about 15 seconds when he decided to change lane. The CHP main concern was if i had a motorcycle endorsement. At that point because no contact was made I just cut my loses.
I did lock the front wheel. What did me in was we were moving at no more then 25mph. Being there was traffic he jumped into my lane without looking. His movement was so sudden it was a matter of me not having enough space to let him pass. If this was at 40mph I would have braked and his speed would have stayed the same slipping right in front of me. He was braking because traffic was slowing down as he changed lanes. I was right at his rear rear wheel when this happened.
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I am very sorry to hear about this. As strange as it my sound and I by no means condone it, I have had to take the law into my own hands to prevent from being a statisic. I carry .5" ball bearings in my pocket and have been known to toss a few over the shoulder. I have also resorted to brawling in the road. I have seeked help and do not carry firearms do to my personal profile by my choice. it has receeded some sinse I have gotten older. I am fed up as a rider, assholes on cell phones, cops not inforcing the laws until somebody dies. I am sorry for my attitude but I will contnue to be a drivers worse nightmare when I have been placed in a position that could lead to personal injury by someone other than myself. I wish in didn't have to be this way and I always excercise caution when riding and try to be nice. But as long as the lawyers continue to defend stupidity, assholes will continue to propogate the world.
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The driver came out of his truck talking about me riding "fast and furious" down the road.
I'm glad you said that, because I got the impression that the driver of the truck didn't fully realize what he had done. Sometimes you just want to shake a person and tell them there's no such thing as a "fender bender" when it comes to a motorcycle. You're bike is in pieces, your body bruised, and because he didn't get any damage to his vehicle...he doesn't see what the problem is.

I commute 5 days a week, so I'm right there with you. Sometimes the traffic is tight and you can't get out of a blind spot fast enough. Get her back on the road and keep on rolling.

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