A different kind of "Left-Turner" took me down today...

Discussion in 'Face Plant' started by Wudscrasher, Apr 18, 2012.

  1. Wudscrasher

    Wudscrasher Stand-Up Philosopher

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    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 :thumb

    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 :lol3

    Ride safe.

    (No pictures because, well, they wouldn't be very impressive, and they'd take up bandwidth :D )

    -- Wuds
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  2. FirstPath

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    I've been down that road before visiting my sister. It is a bit odd if you're not used to the layout. I believe it is 5th St. in downtown MPLS. that has the same kind of set up since lightrail came to be.

    Glad you're OK...

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  3. Wudscrasher

    Wudscrasher Stand-Up Philosopher

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    Yup. Odd road if you're used to 2-way traffic. I forgot to mention there were no other vehicles going in our direction at all. If he had seen other cars in my lane heading the same way he was, this probably wouldn't have happened. Chalk this up to "Shit Happens". I'm actually thankful the front tire lost grip, because had I hit him squarely at ~5mph, my balls would be the size of watermelons after hitting the huge SV gas tank!

    I'll gladly take some scrapes over enormous, aching testicles...:freaky
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  4. max384

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    Glad to hear that you're okay (well, reasonably so anyhow!). You've also got a hell of a good attitude about the whole situation, given it was completely his fault.

    I went down on my SV in a similar situation a couple of months ago, except it was a trucker who pulled into the left lane I was in, I was going about 70-80 (highway), and... came out with less injuries than you did! Thankfully my gear saved my ass... and I got lucky as hell. I walked away from it with nothing but a couple of bruises. The trucker never stopped (though, to be fair, I never made contact with him).

    Did the driver have insurance to cover the damages?
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  5. Wudscrasher

    Wudscrasher Stand-Up Philosopher

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    Damn! Glad it was a Fiesta, not a trucker! Yes, the guy was covered, and was cooperative when the CSO called him. I told the CSO not to charge him, but scare the shit out of him. If his insurance covers the damage, no sense to take him to court. He's driving a fiesta. If it were a BMW/cell phone talker...gloves are off...
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  6. hardwaregrrl

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    Man...glad you're ok! Anytime I see out of state plates or even rural county plates near me I take pause and assume they're lost. Sounds like a weird street....I gotta look that one up!
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  7. FirstPath

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    I miss Fort Collins. My uncle is still there and my grandmother moved there last summer from OKC. She's in an assisted living place.

    Rode the sidecar rig there in '09 with my two 10 yr old boys. Need to get back out there and ride some foothills.

    Again,... glad you're OK.

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  8. MeterPig

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    Where is this?


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  9. HellSickle

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    Fort Collins. Probably Mason Street. Close to where someone crawled under a moving train a couple months ago.
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  10. Wudscrasher

    Wudscrasher Stand-Up Philosopher

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    Ding-ding! Winner! Mason is a 1-way, with 2 lanes bisected by train tracks. Car was in right lane and turned left on Mountain in front of me. Go to Google Street View at that intersection.
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  11. Droptop50

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    Glad you're ok! Thanks for sharing your experience too!
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  12. Guano11

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    Similar left turner got me, too. Glad you're ok!:thumb
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  13. Bad Company

    Bad Company Don't call me Shirley

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    When I lived in Lincoln Nebraska, out of town plates were a big red flag to watch out for. Sadly here in Leavenworth with the military fort here a third of the cars on the road are out of town.
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  14. wipfel

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    that's a tough one to predict. glad you came out of it ok. hopefully they'll learn a lesson and be more careful about watching for motorcycles in the future.
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  15. GoGoGavin41

    GoGoGavin41 Isn't this that guy?

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    Refreshing to hear someone consider things from another's perspective!
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  16. Wudscrasher

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    I guess I can do so when I pretty much walked away with a few bruises :D But, yeah, you can't just crucify the guy when you consider the situation. New town, odd street, thinking you're just driving like you'd normally do. I'm guilty of the same thing in an unfamiliar town! Thinking of by-passing insurance, and asking the guy to just pay for the minor repairs. It's probably less than his deductible, and believe me...he learned his lesson.
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    Was the driver from Melbourne perhaps? Weirdest damn thing I've ever seen is drivers there pulling off to the left to make a right turn!

    [​IMG]
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  18. Wudscrasher

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    That's fucked-up. :eek1

    Melbourne, Virginia? No idea...:lol3
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  19. Strog

    Strog Geek on two wheels

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    My brother had a very similar thing happen to him in Cape Cod. Luckily he was in his Jeep Cherokee because the 19 year old girl took the front right off of it when she turned left from the right lane on a 1 way. I'd be short one brother if he was still riding the bike he sold to buy the Jeep recently because she really clobbered him. :eek1

    It's easy to see how these things went down after the fact. It's good to see that you walked away mostly unscathed and figured out why it happened. :clap


    The more we learn about these kinds of situations, the better we can avoid them in the future. I know I'm going to watch the right lane a bit closer for any signs of this sort of thing. :nod
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  20. sandwash

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    Kind of same story here.Two lane one way,driver on the right makes left turn across left lane.Grab the brakes and hit the horn.Lady stops and looks.Got to watch out!!
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