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Old 05-07-2011, 07:50 AM   #16
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Remember that episode of southpark when they took the license's away from everyone over 75. Maybe that should be considered in real life!.

Glad your ok!
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Old 05-07-2011, 12:33 PM   #17
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The joe rocket has the turtle pad. I am sure it played a role in me still walking. I also had stuff in my tail bag that buffered me. Hard bags would have been worse.
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Old 05-07-2011, 08:55 PM   #18
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The thing is, if you look in the mirrors, you would see the car well before you notice an odd look on someones face because a car is about to run you down.

If you see a car coming up behind you and its not slowing, you have time to go someplace out of its way, or get off the bike and run.
There is not much you can do in a car, but a bike can fit through small spaces and get out of the way.


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For real? Playing this out in my mind's eye, I imagined about 1.5 seconds between seeing the look on the pedestrian's face and getting rammed. Not enough to run anywhere. Hell, an old coot like me wouldn't even be all the way off the bike in that time.
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Old 05-08-2011, 07:56 AM   #19
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I never stop in the center of the road unless I'm the first person at the light.
I always pull to one side about two bike lengths away with bike at slight angle, its makes you more visible and allows you to just pull along side the car in front off you if you feel threatened from the vehicle behind you

Even though I wear Hi-Vis on the road I still believe I'm invisible to every car out there
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Old 05-08-2011, 08:06 AM   #20
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Remember that episode of southpark when they took the license's away from everyone over 75. Maybe that should be considered in real life!.
I'd be all for that...until I'd turn 75.
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Old 05-08-2011, 08:09 AM   #21
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Glad you are ok-ish. Hope the bike can be repaired.

Controversial time: I would never stop for pedestrians on my bike, unless at an actual light that was forcing me to. I would just go around them (and have) but, then again, I don't live in a place like Seattle. I never stop places cars are not expecting me to.
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Old 05-08-2011, 08:23 AM   #22
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That sure sucks.

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Here's to hoping you get the size (insert single digit of your choice) female, low cut top wearing, tight pants sporting P Therapist instead of the 300 lb former Nazi nurse who hasn't bathed.
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Old 05-08-2011, 09:40 AM   #23
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I don't think I will be neglecting the mirror check anymore. I was on the leftside of the lane and I noticed the tiremark on the bumper below driverside headlight.
My bike has an underslung rear shock which might have saved the frame. I will b getting it cecked anyway.
This is my first PT adventure. I will let you know how it goes..
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Old 05-30-2012, 12:42 PM   #24
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Over a year out...

A year on, I am still awaiting any sort of settlement over this fiasco. I did just receive a call from Harley that has had the bike over a year and will be getting it home next week. I am still feeling effects from this with weakness in the back and stamina that is not the same. Some spasams here and there, but I can walk.

Just some steam to let off...
What the hell good is insurance when you pay for everything until they decide what to pay? I want to be ok before signing off, but I wish I could get the property settlement taken care of.

Any others have this same fun with dealing with these sorts of things?
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Old 05-30-2012, 01:05 PM   #25
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A year on, I am still awaiting any sort of settlement over this fiasco. I did just receive a call from Harley that has had the bike over a year and will be getting it home next week. I am still feeling effects from this with weakness in the back and stamina that is not the same. Some spasams here and there, but I can walk.

Just some steam to let off...
What the hell good is insurance when you pay for everything until they decide what to pay? I want to be ok before signing off, but I wish I could get the property settlement taken care of.

Any others have this same fun with dealing with these sorts of things?

Just picking up on this: What a travesty! A year out and still waiting for settlement - damn. And just getting your bike back. Man, you are a patient one. The incident seems open-shut - you got rear ended by someone who wasn't paying attention, what's to argue about? Insurance sure seems to be a racket.

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Old 05-30-2012, 01:17 PM   #26
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lesson #1: insurance companies are in business to NOT pay.
lesson #2: insurance companies very rarely just cut a check regardless of liability/fault
lesson #3: as much as people hate them, it is sometimes a good idea to get an attorney.

sorry you're having problems but glad you're doing ok
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Old 05-30-2012, 01:33 PM   #27
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I read through this and also thought of a good point. You could look at it like this...your getting rear ended could have very well saved that kid's life.
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Old 05-30-2012, 03:30 PM   #28
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I did get a lawyer on this. I figured it would be a long process, but this is insane. If the situation were reversed the insurance company would be all over you for reimbursement.

marine_mike -

I have thought about it. The old lady was a unguided missle out on the road. She very well could have killed someone. Taking it for the team
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Old 05-30-2012, 04:17 PM   #29
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Have I got this right, a year without a mc.. Holy Shit Batman. Cruel and unusual.

Sue the shit out of everyone involved. Including the jaywalker.
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Old 05-30-2012, 05:29 PM   #30
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A year...That sucks. Youve got more patience than I would have. Its time to start suing for gas money you have lost by not having a motorcycle for a year. Thats actual cost. Then you can sue for the stress that you had to live with and couldnt get rid of because you couldnt ride.

On another note, the town I ride through daily has crosswalks and its state law that motorists must stop at crosswalks where pedestrians are waiting or crossing. It is a real danger, I dont know how many accidents have happened at those crosswalks. When I stop, I've got my eyes glued to the mirrors and I've always got an escape route. If Im not able to see the vehicle behind me slowing and the drivers eyes on me, Im easing out on the clutch, adding some throttle and looking for a clear path. Something else that helps, slow down gradually, it gives the dumbass behind you more time to comprehend what is happening right in front of his face.
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