|04-18-2012, 09:46 PM||#1|
Joined: Jan 2006
Location: Fort Collins, Colorado
A different kind of "Left-Turner" took me down today...
I've crashed a ton over the years on dirt. On singletrack, I've cartwheeled off-trail, hit trees, hit rocks, thrown my bike off cliffs, fallen in culverts, etc. Very comical, most of them. One of my most spectacular crashes even made the Front Page of this establishment. I've crashed in Harescrambles and on tracks and broken bones as well. Nothing to really warrant a "Face-Plant" in this forum topic, in my opinion (walked/rode away from 99% of my crashes). Today, I and my SV650 had our first honest Face-Plant in front of the general public, and managed to walk away from it "mostly" fine
Here in Ft. Collins, we have this street that is a 2-lane One-Way, with active train-tracks running between each one-way lane (Mason St.). I'm in the left lane, 30 mph speed limit, which I'm doing. A POS Ford Fiesta turns into the right lane ahead of me and matches my speed, staying about 30' in front of me. We pass through 4 green lights with no problem, but as we approach a main cross-street (Mountain Ave.), he suddenly turns left. Across the train tracks, and across my lane! This intersection changes from asphalt to concrete, and is very worn (read: slick). I scream, "Hey, Man!" and grab both brakes, thinking "I'll have enough braking power to let his car pass and miss his rear bumper!" Nope. Front-end slides out and down on my left I go...
Front tire hits his left rear tire, and I slide to a stop just next to the bike. I remember seeing my left mirror and bar-end go rolling, and I'm up in a second, looking at him going, "WTF?" He stops, and gets out, terrified! I'm not really that shaken, and it takes me 3 times to yell at him, "Help me pick up the bike!" We get it to the corner and on the sidewalk, and start to exchange info. Turns out, he's only lived here for a few weeks (Virginia plates). I guess I can understand his confusion on this particular street, especially if you think it's 2-way. He thought so, so when he turned left, assumed the lane I was in was southbound, and saw no oncoming traffic. And, didn't see me either (why would you check your six to turn left on an "assumed" 2-way street?)
So, aftermath for me is a raspberry on my left elbow (Fieldsheer armored jacket, KBC helmet, Cortech gloves, jeans-I know, hiking boots), raspberry left knee, bruised calf from swingarm slamming on it. Bike had frame-sliders, bar-ends, so only damage is bent bars, bent clutch lever, sheared-off shift foot, left mirror, left bar-end still good, left rear blinker. So, all-in-all, not a terrible crash. But certainly a weird one. Never heard of a Left-Turner take out someone going in the same direction before, but I'm sure it happens. If you find yourself on a street like this one, here's your warning of yet something else to look out for. My 99% just went down to 95%: bike wouldn't start because the clutch-switch wouldn't engage. Otherwise, I would have rode home
(No pictures because, well, they wouldn't be very impressive, and they'd take up bandwidth )
"An inconvenience is an adventure wrongly considered."
-- Gilbert K. Chesterton
'00 KXDX 220
'94 DR 350SER
Wudscrasher screwed with this post 04-18-2012 at 09:54 PM
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