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Old September 22nd, 2015, 11:27 AM   #1
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So... I found out what itís like to be in a motorcycle accident. It sucks!

It happened on my commute home from work on 9/4/15.

I THOUGHT the car ahead of me was slowing down to make a right hand turn at the intersection we were approaching. I was SURE the car intended to turn right. It either started making a move to the right or, had its right turn signal on. I can't remember now; why I was SO sure. As I got closer to the car, I decided to go around it and continue on my way. Well, it was a BIG surprise to me when that car started turning left, not right! I tried to avoid a collision by riding even further to the left but ran out of time. I struck the car's left front bumper. My fault. Lesson learned. I should have waited. Iíll be patient next time I'm in that (or similar) situation. Thankfully, the driver of the car was not hurt. I ended up with a concussion and severe bruising to my right knee and thigh. God was watching out for me or, it could have gone much worse!

Iím still waiting for a verdict from the insurance adjuster, on whether or not my bike can be fixed. The frame sliders I installed on my bike may have caused the frame to bend. At this point, I think frame sliders can cause more harm than good so, I will not have them on this or, my next bike.
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Old September 22nd, 2015, 11:31 AM   #2
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Good honest reflective post. Props to you for that. I am very sorry to hear about your crash and your bike. I'm glad you were wearing gear. Regarding the frame sliders, I actually never put them on my street triple for this very reason. I have a friend who tracks his bike a lot and while he has frame sliders, he tells me that some people are rethinking them.

Wish you the best!
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Old September 22nd, 2015, 11:53 AM   #3
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Ouch, glad you made it. That slider sure looks like it bent some frame along with it. I'd guess it's totaled. (buy it back!)

I often make u-turns by signalling left then swinging to the right before making the turn in my truck (not a big truck, just a bad turning radius on city streets). Everyone should watch out for that! Even when I clearly signal left, it seems whatever car is behind me usually tries to pass before slamming their brakes and nearly t-boning me. My bad for not driving more defensively? Probably... but I'm pretty sure they'd still be at fault.
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Old September 22nd, 2015, 01:04 PM   #4
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At least you are ok. You can always get another bike. It sure give your bike a rip down the right hand side. Anyhow, all the best and have a speedy recovery. Cheers.
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Old September 22nd, 2015, 02:16 PM   #5
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Glad your ok and able to walk away.
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Old September 22nd, 2015, 03:14 PM   #6
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Tough break, glad you are ok.
How does insurance work in the US? Do you actually want the bike to be fixed or could you push for it to be written off and get a replacement.
Surely after a hit like that and looking at the damage the bike would never be the same again and it could definitely affect safety and resale.
It's probably a small sample size but from some forums im on it seems like people really prefer to have their badly damaged bikes fixed rather then replaced, is this the case over there?
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Old September 22nd, 2015, 04:36 PM   #7
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Over here the insurance company, assuming he has the right coverage, would be obligated to either repair it or write him a check for what the bike is worth. Granted- if they consider it a total loss, then he'll get a check for the supposed value. He probably won't be able to find a bike he likes as well for that amount. But- he could take that money and put it down on any new bike he wants.
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Old September 22nd, 2015, 04:53 PM   #8
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So... I found out what itís like to be in a motorcycle accident. It sucks!

It happened on my commute home from work on 9/4/15.

I THOUGHT the car ahead of me was slowing down to make a right hand turn at the intersection we were approaching. I was SURE the car intended to turn right. It either started making a move to the right or, had its right turn signal on. I can't remember now; why I was SO sure. As I got closer to the car, I decided to go around it and continue on my way. Well, it was a BIG surprise to me when that car started turning left, not right! I tried to avoid a collision by riding even further to the left but ran out of time. I struck the car's left front bumper. My fault. Lesson learned. I should have waited. Iíll be patient next time I'm in that (or similar) situation. Thankfully, the driver of the car was not hurt. I ended up with a concussion and severe bruising to my right knee and thigh. God was watching out for me or, it could have gone much worse!

Iím still waiting for a verdict from the insurance adjuster, on whether or not my bike can be fixed. The frame sliders I installed on my bike may have caused the frame to bend. At this point, I think frame sliders can cause more harm than good so, I will not have them on this or, my next bike.
So god just wanted to give you a concussion and some bruises? I mean being omnipotent and all, it seems a bit old testament...
Seriously - happy you're OK.
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Old September 22nd, 2015, 05:12 PM   #9
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so god just wanted to give you a concussion and some bruises? I mean being omnipotent and all, it seems a bit old testament...
Seriously - happy you're ok.
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Old September 23rd, 2015, 12:43 PM   #10
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Very glad you are ok. Just goes to show that what drivers signal or don't signal does not necessarily mean much. I try to look for the worst thing(s) they might do, regardless of their signals/no signals and plan accordingly...
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