Bought a bike from an inmate, three days in got rear-ended

Discussion in 'Face Plant' started by urbanamish, Jan 12, 2018 at 6:17 PM.

  1. urbanamish

    urbanamish Adventurer

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    I'm new around here, and relatively new to riding. I used to ride a Honda Shadow back before I was married, but hung up the helmet for 16 years while getting married and having kids.

    Six weeks ago I bought a 2017 BMW F700GS from @Tewster2 (via the forums here - thanks!). My wife drove me 4 hours east to NC to pick up the bike, and I rode it back to Nashville without incident on a Saturday.

    On Monday morning, I decided to ride to work. Left my neighborhood, drove a half mile north, crested a hill to stopped traffic.

    As I was getting to the top of the hill I could see the car in front of me hit the brakes as she crested the hill, so I rolled off the throttle and prepared to slow down / stop. There is a stop light another 1/4 mile ahead, and occasionally traffic backs up close to the top of the hill on a red light.

    When I saw traffic was backed up, I quickly evaluated the right shoulder to see if I could filter forward. In retrospect, I could have done so, but it was tight, and there was a ditch close to the shoulder that freaked me out a bit. (New rider jitters).

    I stopped towards the right side of the lane, and immediately heard tires squealing behind me. Next thing I new, I was seeing blue sky through my visor as I went backwards off the bike.

    A 17 year old kid on his way to school in a Ford Ranger came up over the hill and didn't stop in time. He hit me from behind, and slammed my cycle into the car in front of me. I flew off the back of the bike, bounced off his hood, and landed on the pavement between the two vehicles. My bike was lodged under the car in front of me.

    I distinctly remember thinking 'oh shit', then seeing blue sky as I launched off the bike, then I remember a panicky young man yelling at me, asking me if I'm ok. I gingerly got up, assessed each part of my body, made sure all my joints were working, etc. I took my helmet off, and sat down beside the road, awash in adrenaline.

    My wife was on her way back from taking the kids to school, and was among the drivers who came up to the accident scene - she saw my bike on the road before she spotted me sitting there. I gave her a thumbs up, she quickly parked and came to see what had happened.

    I declined an ambulance ride, but I went to the doctor later in the day for a full set of neck / back x-rays to make sure nothing was fractured.

    The next 2-3 days were the worst as far as discomfort. I had pretty bad whiplash, and my left wrist, elbow, and shoulder were sore. The left arm took the brunt of the impact as I hit the car in front of me.

    Six weeks in, and I'm completely back to normal. I used the insurance money to buy a new F800GS Trophy Edition, and was able to swap some of the farkles over. I also bought a new BMW GS Dry Suit, for the added peace of mind that armor provides.

    Here are a few pics of the old bike, the accident, and the new bike.

    Sorry that my first post on the forums is a crash report - I wouldn't have chosen it this way, but if I'm gonna have a get-off, I suppose this is about as good as it can get. I ended up about $8K to the good on the insurance money, and wasn't hurt badly at all. Thanks to the forum mods and inmates. I've enjoyed lurking here, and look forward to a long and crash free riding career :)

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  2. rdneckhillbilly

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    Glad you are ok and were able to walk away relatively unscathed...physically.
    You may suffer mentally from this incident for a while but sounds like you will be fine.
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  3. manfromthestix

    manfromthestix Lost in Space

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    Wow, you were LUCKY! I'm glad you weren't hurt any worse...

    You should give all of us a lesson on how to make money from your insurance company on a crashed motorcycle. Dude, that's unheard of! You obviously have an outstanding insurance company and mad negotiating skillz!
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  4. DRONE

    DRONE Dog Chauffeur

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    Call me a product of our culture, but no way would I decline an ambulance ride in those circumstances. There's a reason why insurance companies charge high rates for young drivers. I'd want my injuries to be documented right from the git-go for the tort claim I would be making eventually.
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  5. flei

    flei cycletherapist

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    Now that is one hell of a welcome to this forum! I hope your injuries prove to be minor, you are back on the new bike soon and writing ride reports for us to enjoy.
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  6. Dracula

    Dracula Comfortably bored

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    Glad you were unhurt and got a new bike! It could have been much worse yet now you have a lesson learned. I have been there (rear ended), and ever since, before I stop - scan mirrors - bike in gear - clutch in ready to take off. Leave bike in gear and your eyes in the mirror until car behind actually comes to a stop. For that escape to be possible, I make sure to position my stop where there is room to evade left or right, never close to middle and near the bumper of the car in front. That way even if I have to jump in a ditch, I'll still be better off than rear ended by drivers who actualy never touch the brake (I have seen that and it's pretty scary).

    Ride safe, and enjoy!
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  7. urbanamish

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    You’re right about this - it’s harder mentally than physically in my case. I’ll never forget the sound of those tires squealing and the sound of the crash. I’ve had it running through my dreams. But it does make me an even more defensive rider now for sure.
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  8. urbanamish

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    Yup, I’m a lot more aware now. It was a hard learned lesson for sure.
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  9. urbanamish

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    Thanks for the welcome! I hope to have some rides to write about soon!
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  10. urbanamish

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    Fortunately he had good insurance. My insurance company didn’t get involved at all - it was all his carrier (Nationwide). They’ve been more than fair.
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  11. JoToPe

    JoToPe JoToPe

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    Do you think an air bag vest would have helped in this situation?


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  12. ozmoses

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    Know the difference between now and 16 years ago?

    There's a whole lot more stupid out there. :deal
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  13. urbanamish

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    Yes, definitely. It would have reduce the whiplash, and reduced the bruising on my back where I hit his hood.
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  14. urbanamish

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    Yes, sadly I've noticed that. 16 years ago we didn't have folks with their nose in their smartphone wile driving down the road.
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    Yeah, we have Nationwide insurance and have always been very pleased with their service and cost. That is outstanding that your insurance didn't even have to get involved!

    It's not just smartphones. We were shopping for a new car recently and went to several different dealers and spent time looking at a variety of cars. Literally every sales person we talked with started their spiel on the car of interest by describing all the whizz-bang "infotainment" options the cars came with, from GPS to satellite radio to streaming music and video to internet connectivity to DVD players to voice-activated bluetooth cell phone interface blah blah blah. There are a startling number of ways to distract yourself built in to every new vehicle. When I told the sales person I was more interested in safety features, performance, handling, etc. they didn't have nearly as much to say, their focus being on the non-driving-related systems in the cars. We wanted a car with a manual transmission and had a heck of a time finding them, and when we did several of the sales people didn't know how to drive them. We ended up with a Mazda3 with a 2.5L engine and 6-speed manual that is just a HOOT to drive on our twisty roads, and it has all sorts of "infotainment" stuff that I haven't bothered to figure out how to operate (although I do enjoy the Sirius XM radio and 9-speaker Bose sound system :D). I like actually driving my car, not just feeling like I'm sitting in a Barcalounger in a movable living room. I think there are a lot of folks out there on the roads that have never experienced driving or riding (motorcycles, bikes) without all those distractions and are clueless about how disconnected they are from the reality of the dangers and responsibilities of driving.

    Anyway, glad you're back on two wheels and weren't hurt worse! ATGATT!
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  16. Retired and lovin it

    Retired and lovin it Been here awhile

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    Go to Vizi Tec and order their modulating brake light glad your okay got that out of the way ride safe
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  17. neanderthal

    neanderthal globeriding wannabe

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    Glad you're ok. Glad you made out OK too.

    Please read the advise for newbs thread. I'm sure you know this already, but never stop too close to the car in front of you. Stop a little back and angle yourself towards your escape route.
    (I don't have to mention always have an escape route!!!)

    Also, always monitor your 6 until the vehicle behind you is completely stopped.

    Stay safe out there.
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  18. Lep

    Lep Been here awhile

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    Glad to hear you survived what could have been a very serious crash without any broken bones. I hope you have no long term physical or mental "scars" from this incident.

    On a more general note I wonder if people struck from the rear are better off if they don't have a top box. With a top box in place is there a greater risk of spinal damage compared to just being thrown back onto the bonnet of the vehicle that struck the bike? I ride with a top box but I've been wondering if the convenience balances any increase in the risk of serious injury.
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  19. trc.rhubarb

    trc.rhubarb ZoomSplat!

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    Welcome aboard and congrats on the new new bike.
    Glad you weren't hurt too badly.

    Even if I'm not going to filter/split, I line the bike up so that I can launch out of the way if the guy behind me isn't stopping.
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  20. nk14zp

    nk14zp Been here awhile

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    I wonder the same thing. It's the biggest reason I don't have a top box. And to the OP glad you didn't get hurt.
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