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Old 09-15-2014, 04:40 AM   #1
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How many of you have never had an accident?

There's a thread on another forum re riding and a lot of posters are chiming in with their accidents, pictures of accidents, how dangerous, etc.

Have any of you riders, on the street, never had an accident?

Somebody on one of these forums said there are two types of riders, those who have had an accident and those who will. And a bunch of riders chimed in with how they have never had an accident and that such is not a given.

How about you? On the street? And I specify on the street because off road or racing is entirely different. Even I have laid bikes down off road.
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Old 09-15-2014, 04:54 AM   #2
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There's a thread on another forum re riding and a lot of posters are chiming in with their accidents, pictures of accidents, how dangerous, etc.

Have any of you riders, on the street, never had an accident?

Somebody on one of these forums said there are two types of riders, those who have had an accident and those who will. And a bunch of riders chimed in with how they have never had an accident and that such is not a given.

How about you? On the street? And I specify on the street because off road or racing is entirely different. Even I have laid bikes down off road.
I think its pretty simple really. Looking at a large number of riders then statistically there is going to be the full range of experiences. In a similar way there are riders who get pulled over or booked quite often, those who get the odd one and those who never get booked despite breaking the rules quite a lot.
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Old 09-15-2014, 05:30 AM   #3
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No one will answer here because they think they will be "jinxed"
Lucky for me I'm not superstitious
I've been riding on the street since 1986.
0 accidents.
The longer I ride the less "close calls" I seem to have.
Off road... that's a different story, if you don't fall off once in awhile you're doing it wrong
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Old 09-15-2014, 05:35 AM   #4
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Never had an accident... until I had one. ...
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Old 09-15-2014, 05:41 AM   #5
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Even I have laid bikes down off road.
But, those times weren't accidents right?
You need to be clear that layin' 'er down doesn't count.
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Old 09-15-2014, 05:49 AM   #6
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Dirt bikes and trails yes. Street bike no and I've never dropped one. knock on wood.... Been riding since 2000.
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Old 09-15-2014, 05:57 AM   #7
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I've been riding for about 5 years (only about 10,000 miles total because of wife, kids, work, etc). The only times I have dropped it were at a standstill in my driveway. Mainly while walking it in and out of the garage on a sloped driveway. I know I only have a fraction of the miles a lot of you have, but I pray that the rest of my miles are as uneventful as the first 10K.
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Old 09-15-2014, 05:59 AM   #8
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In the dirt a lot back in my motocross days.

1985 on a Honda V65 Magna, from tire burst and me and my passenger wobbled off the road and ended up in a creek. Got wet but bike and us were unharmed.

In 2011 on my 09 1200GS I hit a curve too fast (or was not savvy enough to attack it) and laid her down but luckily the lay down was on the grass/gravel. ATGATT saved me and the bike had a few scratches on the panniers and a hand guard was toast.

3 months ago on my 14 1200GSA, backing out of a parking spot I dropped her, not a serious accident or any damage but an accident.

The 2011 incident got me back into a safety course and I feel a lot more confident on turn techniques, also a lot more wise on having proper speed into a turn.
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Old 09-15-2014, 05:59 AM   #9
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You need to be clear that layin' 'er down doesn't count.
I've heard/read bikers use the term colloquially to refer to accidents. That's not the case?

No, I don't mean "dropping" the bike for whatever reason. I'm talking about accidents.
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Old 09-15-2014, 06:00 AM   #10
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" The longer I ride the less "close calls" I seem to have. "

yep, perhaps you learn to anticipate other road users actions more, and also do not get so easily surprised by how the bike behaves on different surfaces and situations.
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Old 09-15-2014, 06:42 AM   #11
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I started riding in 1970 and so far no accidents. I have discounted going down in the dirt and parking lot tip overs.
I did not keep track of mileage until 1986 but when I bought a BMW I found out I had to track that. Since 1986 I am at 385,000 miles.
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Old 09-15-2014, 06:55 AM   #12
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No one will answer here because they think they will be "jinxed"
Lucky for me I'm not superstitious
I've been riding on the street since 1986.
0 accidents.
The longer I ride the less "close calls" I seem to have.
Off road... that's a different story, if you don't fall off once in awhile you're doing it wrong
Same here,close calls have become nearly nil.
Been riding street bikes since 1975 and have never touched a car with me or my bike. Dirt riding is largely sliding wide open from one obstackle to the next,I dont count crashes in dirt. I know dirtriding has saved me many times over on the street.

I also know I could be cleaned out tomorrow by some drunk in a cage,I do what I can.
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Old 09-15-2014, 06:57 AM   #13
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Statistically the most dangerous environment is town, city riding. So if you do not frequent those kind of roads with traffic everywhere you are less likely to be involved in an accident.

Just sayin

All my offs have involved a bad/dirty/slippery road surface, luckily single vehicule. Except one, hit by a car on a roundabout which did not yield.

I expect to have more but I am very aware of traffic around me and will just be glad not to get injured. Screw the damage to the bike
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Old 09-15-2014, 06:58 AM   #14
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My motorcycle spills have been mere child's play compared to my work related injuries ...
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Old 09-15-2014, 08:24 AM   #15
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20 years of riding -- including lots of big-city riding -- and I was totally crash-free...

until 2 years ago, when I skidded on a wet streetcar track and went down. I was going less than 10 mph.
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