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Yep, I joined the club. On the way to work someone made a left into my same direction of travel. I tried to change lanes to go around them but they changed too. So I went back the other way and they did too. I was a few feet from hitting them when I low sided doing about 30mph. I think I fell cause the front end locked up and I was still trying to maneuver. It happened really fast and they drove off.

It seems like their changing lanes could've been to not let me pass but I gotta think they were just trying to move while I was doing the same. A couples guys stopped and helped me pick up the bike and make sure I was okay. I was able to ride the bike home.

For damage, the bike is a little rashed up and the left footpeg snapped off, but that's it. My jacket is torn up so I'll need a new one. Getting leather this time for sure. The gear definitely saved me though. I was in helmet, jacket, gloves, knee/shin guards and riding boots. I've got a bruise on my hip and a fractured collar bone; I hit pretty hard. I was wearing some reallly heavy 19oz Samurai jeans and they don't even have a mark on them. I'm really impressed.

Anyway, I'll be taking a month off riding and rock climbing. It will probably be too cold to ride much by then and hopefully my project routes at the climbing gym will still be up.

This has been a learning experience for sure. Part of my mess up was assuming I could maneuver around the car. I wasn't speeding but if I would've started braking as soon as they pulled out I probably would've been fine. I feel like an idiot thinking about that but it is what it is and I'm glad the whole thing wasn't worse.

See ya'll back on the road in a month!
 

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Yep, I joined the club. On the way to work someone made a left into my same direction of travel. I tried to change lanes to go around them but they changed too. So I went back the other way and they did too. I was a few feet from hitting them when I low sided doing about 30mph. I think I fell cause the front end locked up and I was still trying to maneuver. It happened really fast and they drove off.

It seems like their changing lanes could've been to not let me pass but I gotta think they were just trying to move while I was doing the same. A couples guys stopped and helped me pick up the bike and make sure I was okay. I was able to ride the bike home.

For damage, the bike is a little rashed up and the left footpeg snapped off, but that's it. My jacket is torn up so I'll need a new one. Getting leather this time for sure. The gear definitely saved me though. I was in helmet, jacket, gloves, knee/shin guards and riding boots. I've got a bruise on my hip and a fractured collar bone; I hit pretty hard. I was wearing some reallly heavy 19oz Samurai jeans and they don't even have a mark on them. I'm really impressed.

Anyway, I'll be taking a month off riding and rock climbing. It will probably be too cold to ride much by then and hopefully my project routes at the climbing gym will still be up.

This has been a learning experience for sure. Part of my mess up was assuming I could maneuver around the car. I wasn't speeding but if I would've started braking as soon as they pulled out I probably would've been fine. I feel like an idiot thinking about that but it is what it is and I'm glad the whole thing wasn't worse.

See ya'll back on the road in a month!
Well, That Sucks!

Left-turners are the worst. You'll swear sometimes that they actually made eye contact with you, and STILL they'll turn right in front of your path! I think a Motorcycle's small profile just doesn't register in the brain like a car would.

Could be you couldn't have avoided the crash no matter what you did. Even Hyper-vigilance at intersections doesn't always prevent crashes there.

Heal quickly.....
 

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You mean they changed lanes in front of you going the same way as you were overtaking them? Not an oncoming left turn across your path.
 

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Sorry for your misfortune. A quick question, did you have stock tires? Pegs, levers and body panels are cheap for this bike.
 

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You mean they changed lanes in front of you going the same way as you were overtaking them? Not an oncoming left turn across your path.
Yeah, the left turned into my direction of travel then changed lanes as I attempted to overtake. The road is two lanes each direction.

Sorry for your misfortune. A quick question, did you have stock tires? Pegs, levers and body panels are cheap for this bike.
Yes, I'm on stock tires. All the parts to fix it were $100 from Pro Caliber. The only thing not fixed is the stator cover which I'll get one from TRex or Woodcraft sometime soon.
 

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Why not slow down when this all started to happen?
He already mentioned that in hindsight he might have been able to avoid it if he slowed initially, don't give the guy a hard time about it.

Glad you're ok bud, as long as you learn from it, it wasn't for nothing. :)
 

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Thanks guys! A week has passed now and my pain meds have run out. My shoulder is hurting a lot less and I'm getting more mobility. Parts to fix the bike will be here next week and I've started a search for a leather jacket which is turning out to be quite an ordeal.

After having a week to reflect I really do feel like this will help me be a better rider and have taken a couple things away. First, the whole idea of "crashing a motorcycle is not a matter of if but when" added maybe a little stress to me, wanting to keep that perfect record. So that's no longer a factor. Second and more importantly is that when in a trajectory conflict with another vehicle scrubbing off speed immediately increases the decision making time. Never again will I assume that changing lanes is a good enough plan.

Stay safe guys!
 

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Thanks guys! A week has passed now and my pain meds have run out. My shoulder is hurting a lot less and I'm getting more mobility. Parts to fix the bike will be here next week and I've started a search for a leather jacket which is turning out to be quite an ordeal.

After having a week to reflect I really do feel like this will help me be a better rider and have taken a couple things away. First, the whole idea of "crashing a motorcycle is not a matter of if but when" added maybe a little stress to me, wanting to keep that perfect record. So that's no longer a factor. Second and more importantly is that when in a trajectory conflict with another vehicle scrubbing off speed immediately increases the decision making time. Never again will I assume that changing lanes is a good enough plan.

Stay safe guys!
Cool!

Jacket (getting great reviews by members who have bought it):

http://www.r3-forums.com/forum/634-riding-gear-apparel/78106-smokin-deal-axo-leather-jacket.html
 
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