Busted in Bucharest

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  1. blkhrt81

    blkhrt81 Been here awhile

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    Had a brain fart moment last Saturday, on my way out of Bucharest, made a couple corners, traffic was light. I was headed east on a nice wide street, nothing in front of me, glance at the GPS, says next corner 102 km.
    Just coming into an intersection and see cars coming on my right THEN, I see the red on the post in the center island. Hard on the brakes but I manage to tag a Skoda in the rear quarter.
    Get the bike picked up and out of the flow with the help of a couple of young Romanian guys and start to sort the situation out. The guy I hit and his wife are (understandably) upset and give a pointed lecture. I apologize profusely and the police show to take preliminary statements.
    I had had coffee that morning with an inmate here and he had said to give him a call if I needed anything in Romania. This seemed like the time so I gave Achile a call, told him I'd fucked up and could sure use his help.
    Achile showed up just as we loaded the bike on a tow truck and headed for the police station. I have got to say, he was just so much help I don't know how I will ever thank him. Maybe take the bullet next time one of his girlfriends pulls a gun?
    He arranged with a friend of his who runs a motorcycle shop to take the bike in and fix it. Got all the police paperwork filled out and insisted on taking me to the hospital to get my thumb checked out. Basically spent all day taking care of this dumb Canadian.
    And then, he takes me to Gabby's (owner of the shop, Wolf Moto Service) they feed me and they take me to a rock concert and then to a club that night.


    The upshot of the whole thing is, I'm hanging out in Bucharest for two weeks until I get back on the road and it's going to cost me a couple grand. But, it's a beautiful city, I'm in a nice hotel and I have met some absolutely first class people!
    Just one little side note, if you have an accident in Romania and go to the hospital, it is a whole bunch of extra paperwork and complication. I had told the cop I was ok and didn't need a doctor so avoided it. Achile warned me on the way though so I fudged the truth a bit about how I dislocated my thumb. Not sure if the doc really believed me but he let it go anyway.
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  2. MTKNZ

    MTKNZ Touring Kiwi

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    D'oh! you were really lucky there.
    Big ups to Achile for helping you out of a real jam there.
    Hope you heal fast, and well.
    Is this a good time to remember that its better to believe your eyes than your GPS???
    long may your good luck continue....
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  3. blkhrt81

    blkhrt81 Been here awhile

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    Oh, I can't blame it on the GPS, if anything I did find the lights in Bucharest could be a little confusing sometimes there are three lights in the same intersection, sometimes they are an overhead but this time, the one that counted was a short post on the center island and I just plain did not pick it out until it was too late.

    For sure, Achile's help made all the difference. Without it, I'd be one sorry puppy right now, but as it is it has actually been a pretty positive experience.
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    A friend in need is a friend indeed!!


    Nice work, Achilles. :clap


    blkhrt81, glad it worked out OK.

    Hope the rest of your trip goes well. :norton
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  5. SilkMoneyLove

    SilkMoneyLove Long timer

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    Good to hear a positive from this. Keep up your good attitude, it goes a long way in life.
    When I first got my license as a teenager I blew through 5 or 6 red lights in Washington DC when I drove there for the first time. The signals were on lamp posts on the side of the road, not overhead like I was used to.
    I learned. I might be a slow learner, but I learned :-)
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  6. MTKNZ

    MTKNZ Touring Kiwi

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    I resemble that remark!
    :lol3
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  7. blkhrt81

    blkhrt81 Been here awhile

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    +1
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  8. rboett

    rboett posser noob 205

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    great your ok. Those Skoda's can be a hazard. My dad had two here in the US in the early 60's, must of stopped importing them along the way...
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  9. Schlug

    Schlug JockeyfullofBourbon

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    put something on and stay in that position.
    Now that's a great ADV story! Hope your thumb heals quickly. Stuck in Bucharest, innit? Don't threaten me with a good time! :wink:

    How fast were you going when you hit the Skoda and how did it hold up?
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  10. blkhrt81

    blkhrt81 Been here awhile

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    I'm going to guess about 20 kmph, maybe even less. The Skoda actually didn't look too bad, dent about 2 inches deep and the size of a frying pan just back of the rear door.

    Got the bike back today, the boys at Wolf Moto Service did a great job of patching it up and getting me on the road. And they are just real cool folks to hang around with, so if you ever get to Bucharest, it's a good place to go for service or repair or just to see.
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  11. N-m

    N-m Captain 2 Sexy

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    Glad you Are okay.

    Do not admit fault or apologize after an accident.
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  12. achile

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    :) Thanx for the thumb's up. It was nothing...
    I couldn't leave you with those damn jackals.
    I'll post some pictures with the skoda, the traffic cop and the triumph tomorow. :D

    So, guys, if you ever want to transit Romania, just give me a buzz. I'll try to help as much as possible.
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  13. achile

    achile Been here awhile

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    Damn teenagers.... You can't leave them out of your sight....

    The bike...
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    The bike an the cop:
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    The Skoda

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    And more to come from the rebuild. :)

    Thank you WolfMoto Service for working overtime, on a saturday. :deal
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  14. Mimic

    Mimic Been here awhile

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    Dude (Achile) came all the way from Brasov? I believe that's like an Edmontonian coming to help a Calgarian. You owe him big time:freaky
    I assume you stayed at the Marriott. Love the lobby bar. Big celeb stop. Bucharest is great city.
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  15. achile

    achile Been here awhile

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    I was in Bucharest. Bill told me he was comming to Bucharest and asked for a hotel. I suggested the Ibis, close to the Marriot.
    We had a cup of coffee in the morning and went our separate ways. Half a hour later: "Erm...Dragos, I'm in trouble!"
    Called a friend with a van, gased it up and went after him...and the party started.
    The two guys in the car were hustlers, trying to make some easy money. They wanted 1000 euros+insurance, saying they won't involve the police and Bill wouldn't lose his licence. I spoke to the cops....Bill paid a 80$ fine...and lost his licence for 90 days. I got it back a few days later. :D

    So...after we finished with the cops and the hustlers, we needed to get the bike to a safe place...so I called my good friend Gabi, the owner of a repair shop. He came in on a saturday and started working.

    I'll leave the rest of the story to Bill. (food, drinks, girls...etc)
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  16. vasile

    vasile n00b

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    Well done Dragos...
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  17. achile

    achile Been here awhile

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    Vasile? :)) That's a very unusual name for an Irish man... Care esti, mah?

    I only did what I felt like doing. I had some problems on the road, been in Shit's Creek...and it feels like Hell.
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  18. c-m

    c-m Been here awhile

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    What is it with the Cops wanting your licence in Romania?

    I lost mine there after overtaking a truck on a yellow line (road in construction).

    They said I would get it back after paying the fine at some government building. That was in Sibiu, problem was I that I was on my to Brasov, Bucharest then Mamia.

    In the end I just left the country without my license and order a new one when I got back to the UK.
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  19. achile

    achile Been here awhile

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    If you cause an accident, you loose your right to drive in Romania for a minimum of 90 days. (more, if there are victims)
    You can get it back one working day before you leave the country if you ask for it. Otherwise, they will send it to the embassy.
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