- Aug 9, 2008
Just got back from a weekend away and read this. Very glad you are Ok. Like others have said, the bike can be fixed. You already know it inside and out.
It's unfortunately common these days for drivers not to perform an actual shoulder check before changing lanes. Either they glance in mirror or rely only on their peripheral vision...so anything in the blind spot area is in danger. I've had close calls when going past highway on ramps with cars entering the highway, not bothering to shoulder check before crossing into my lane. Even a few with those fancy automatic lane change warning systems with LED lights on their side mirrors, clearly visible to me they were picking me up, yet driver came across anyway.
Yes this will be a test . With apologies to Clint Eastwood I am afraid I may start “ letting the old man in” . I still surf and just last week I was out early with a couple others and when they went in for the first time in my life I was uncomfortable being out in the ocean alone .Thanks for the story Richard. Sorry about the accident and it has been on my mind lately. I’m 53 years into motorcycle riding and have not had an incident yet. I know I’m not as talented as I have been and falling off at my age would really hurt. Just not willing to make a five year plan that ends the thrill yet.
Glad to hear you’re relatively okIt happens all too quickly... Sorry you had to experience this, but really glad you were not hurt any worse than you were. I find that the rattle to the confidence is the one that takes some time to get over.
I think your motor will be fine. I had a really serious accident nearly 20 years ago (t-boned a car that darted out in front of me with no warning at highway speeds). I flew over the car, the bike stopped dead, and laid on its side with the throttle cables pulled to wide open for about 3 seconds (seemed like much longer), but the lines were also ripped off the carbs, so it ran out of gas quite quickly.
I was very worried about the same thing. The bike was fully repaired, and 20 years later, it is still running great.
C'mon now...Lance Wannabees
I've been hit 9 times, sent to the hospital in the back of cars, ambulances, and a helicopter - none of which were my fault. 3 drunk drivers, one unknown driver (I was found wandering in the road with a head injury, a wrecked bike, and no memory of the incident--still don't know what happened), three hit-and-runs. If a rider doesn't assert themselves at least somewhat, they are road pizza, with the "left hook", or being clipped at speed by a drivers who don't see or care. We share the same dangers with all two wheeled road users.
There are some real entitled a-holes out there, as with any group, but slowing down for someone else never hurt anyone.
Sorry to hear for your misfortune. It's a shame, and no one is calling you a Valentino wannabe.
I'm sure I'll take some lumps for this one, but that's fine. The lack of humanity these days is disturbing.