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Faithless *****, the ***** goddess Fate

so, 4 hours after typing the above I found myself face down on the 101 Freeway, my Buell (that was for sale) pinned underneath the minivan that rear ended me when she got plowed into from behind in stopped traffic.

First Gear MeshTex II jacket with CE armor, pants, full helmet & gloves otherwise I woulda been FUBAR.
 

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Re: Faithless *****, the ***** goddess Fate

I thought the article about the cops was going to be the one to "get" MOrons. Everyone talking trash about how they get out of tickets.

Sorry about the accident. Hope you are alright.

Does the insurance company know they just bought a Buell? A really rare and desirable one that you would never part with?
 

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Hey, I lived just south of Boca for 24 years and have been to Sarasota at least a dozen times and would have to agree that the majority have no idea what a gas pedal or turn signal look like. Than I moved to Scottsdale for 5 years and anything below 80 is slow and now I live north of Philly in Bucks County and they drive a lot slower than in AZ.



The odd thing is that in AZ you heard of motorcycle crashes once in a while (and there were a TON of bikes there), in Philly it seems people are diving into semis every other day. It’s very strange…and unsettling.

 

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Re: To you sir, I say: HA!

Shhhh! Man, don't you know nothing? If you haven't crashed, don't say a word, cause if you do, you know who gonna kick your a$$. Happens every time (you listen up too, Gabe). Get yourself another Buell and apply this lesson, grasshopper.
 

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I agree with you about his not really knowing what he was doing. I told him after his crash that he probably would have been fine if he had kept the rear wheel locked. He might have ended up in the median, but he wouldn’t have ended in the median on his butt. When I explained this to him, it seemed like it was the first time he had ever heard of such a thing. He also said that he was afraid to get on the front brake too much for fear of crashing. He’s lacking in confidence, and we all know how that can end up. He used to ride a lot a few years back, but had been out of the saddle for quite a while. And he got the Sportster only about three months prior. Yeah, I think a training course would do him quite well.
 

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Yikes. Afraid to get on the front brake too much? How is it that so many people can ride for years and not pick up the most basic information and skills? I'd say get him some info/training quick. He's going to be a menace to himself and his riding group until he learns how to control his bike confindently.
 

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Re: No luck involved

"Entering a turn with too much speed and crashing is a blunder."

Yep, sue the manufacturer for unsafe design to pay for your injuries.

"Having a drunk turn in front of a rider allowing no time to react with resulting injury is an accident."

Yep, sue the driver for your injuries.

"My lawyers seem to understand the distinction"

Yep, who gets sued, and for how much.
 

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Here in ATL, one of the news/talk stations used to play the Laurel & Hardy movie theme music before traffic reports on Fridays and referred to it as "the friday follies".



Even scarier than Boca or Sarasota to me was Houston, TX. But due to the hypervelocity of traffic. Now ATL approaches Houston in velocity.



Yikes!
 

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Re: Faithless *****, the ***** goddess Fate

I'm OK, just a few bruises... bike is totalled. The Buell was my #2 ride anyhow, I was selling it cuz it was going unused since I got a Multistrada
 

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Of course, some 20-year olds think they know what they're doing.



When I got my first bike, I didn't quite think that way. If I was self-deceived at all it was that I had no responsible, experienced motorcyclist available to tell me just how far I was getting in over my head, but I had the feeling that was toying with something dangerously beyond my knowledge and ability. Fortunately I took it just slow enough, and that coupled with God's good grace kept me from any permanent damage.
 

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Good read...IMHO.

Reminds me a little bit of something my Father-In-Law told me once. (After I crashed trail-riding.)

"You should never crash while trail-riding, because you should be under control."

Racing is different, as we test the limits of control....

I try to apply what he said to all my riding now, since I no longer race.
 
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