Still Not Dead Yet

Discussion in 'Face Plant' started by Bikehigh, Dec 3, 2012.

  1. ktmdirtybiker

    ktmdirtybiker Been here awhile

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    WOW!!!
    I am sure the pics don't do justice to the impact. Glad you are ok though.
    You said you are thinking about getting a tiger or f800gs I would say the BMW but I might have be biased.:D
    PM me and I will ride over and let you test mine out. I live only a mile from where I think your crash happened.
    Hope you are feeling ok
    seeyaaaaaaaaamark
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  2. WSikorski

    WSikorski Long timer

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    Charles!? What were we just talking about...? Geez.

    Glad to hear that you're OK. Just found out about this from StBob at the Cabin.

    Bout time for a Sport -Tourer.
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  3. Bikehigh

    Bikehigh Not Dead Yet

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    Thanks, guys. Went up yo Eurosport on Friday hoping to check out a Hyperstrada, but they aren't coming in yet. Did sit the Multistrada and Tiger 800s. The Ducati is more bike than I want, but the Tigers seem just a few farkles away from being just right. Lot of nice KLRs on Craigslust.
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  4. dirtymartini

    dirtymartini Shaken, Not Stirred

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    Bought my MG Stelvio from them in August. I was happy with the dealership.
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  5. Sierra Thumper

    Sierra Thumper Been here awhile

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    I live out of town....and I never take my bikes into traffic anymore, I quit that years ago. The only traffic I ever see is the occasional car out in the sierra's on my sportbikes, or the fairly regular deer on my ds in the dirt.
    Traffic and bikes aren't meant to play well together :nono
    When I go into battle, I take 4 wheels and a cage around me like everybody else :nod
    I've never been one to bring a knife to a gunfight :D
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  6. ttpete

    ttpete Rectum Non Bustibus

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    To each his own, I guess.

    I don't mind traffic. Over the years, I've learned how to deal with it, and find riding in traffic to be a challenge. One has to be willing to devote 100% of their attention to it. There's no time to be daydreaming or sightseeing. Observation is very important. I try to ride a little bit faster than the traffic, because then I can make things happen when I want instead of allowing them to happen to me when I don't want. I call it "assertive riding".
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  7. Bikehigh

    Bikehigh Not Dead Yet

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    I ride where I live. I live where there's traffic.
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  8. Biebs

    Biebs BMW Airhead

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    going on this observation which is correct - How close were you to the truck that turned right???

    sometimes it pays to hang back a little - just say'in

    But glad to hear you are okay ATGATT!!!:eek1
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  9. Skyclad

    Skyclad Original Bastard

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    wow! Glad to know that you are still walking with us. Get that new bike and join us for the ICE Rally. First beer is on me.
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  10. KAdriver

    KAdriver adventures on asphalt

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    I should check in more often. Sorry to hear about your deal. Hope your feeling better.
    Enjoy shopping for the new ride, you were due for a new bike anyway,
    :wink:
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  11. panchovilla

    panchovilla Adventurer

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    Glad you survived that, speaks well for the gear. Good luck on a fast recovery, i imagine you wil be sore as hell for a few days. Take it easy and I hope the cager has to pay. When I was run off the road years ago by an inattentive driver in my lane, there was no collision, I went off the road, and I suffered no broken bones, only could hardly move for a few days. The insurance company coughed up $2500 for pain and suffering in addition to paying for the bike, they also bought me a new helmet, jacket, pants and boots. which were scuffed and torn. I negotiated with them myself, but a lawyer might have got me more. The lawyer gets 1/3 usually so that is the down side. Good luck and hope you get as much as you can.
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  12. Rhino-1

    Rhino-1 Been here awhile

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    Dr. Hurt would be extremely pleased. Good ninja moves over the SUV--and thank goodness you went up and over instead of straight in. Do you remember a conscious effort to stand and attempt to clear the vehicle? Any crash you can walk away from is a good one...:freaky
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  13. GSFREEK

    GSFREEK Adventurer

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    Good to see you are all OK dude !!
    I don't understand how you can fly over the SUV seeing where you hit it. Guess it was your lucky day! :clap
    Althouh this was clearly her fault, i guess (?) you were also not able to see what was happening in front of the truck and didn't see the car waiting. In situations like that, i think you should have anticipated on the fact there might be a brick wall, worm hole, elephant, whatever waiting for you.

    (U)- turners is what gets killed most riders!
    I had a similar accident, but the view was not blocked by a truck. Just a mongaloid who decided the time was right to put his car over my lane.
    http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/571/50168439.jpg/

    Anyway, i am happy you are OK. ! :wink:
    Keep it safe so you can keep enjoying riding!
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  14. Bikehigh

    Bikehigh Not Dead Yet

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    I don't have any memory of how I managed to launch over the SUV. My best guess is that I was doing a stoppie when the bike hit the car, and that put me on a somewhat upward trajectory, and high enough to clear the roof. Wouldn't be the first time the rear of the bike lifted during an emergency stop.
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  15. n8dawg6

    n8dawg6 krunkin'

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    they won't give a sh** regardless. I think it's hopeless to expect things to get any safer for motorcyclists. With all the distracted driving going on right now, it's worse to be in a car or truck too. defensive driving/riding is the only thing you can do, and in the case of the left-turning cager, I think there are times when no level of defensive riding would change the outcome.

    Honestly though, I like your idea, I'm just a pessimist and I wonder how much impact it would have.

    to the OP, glad your injuries weren't any worse. the left-turner across my path is my nightmare when I'm out riding. seems like there's opportunities for it to happen every time I go out.
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  16. TxLoneRider

    TxLoneRider Been here awhile

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    Glad to hear you where okay. It is easy to be a Monday morning quarterback, but I've gotten a lot more cautious over the last few years.

    Did you get another bike yet?

    I am quite partial to the Tiger 800(XC) :norton, and as always, you have to be careful, it is human nature to recommend ones own path, as a mere attempt of having the validation of someone repeating your decision :-)

    Seriously though, the Tiger 80XC has all the advantages of the KLR650 (I had one), with about 40-50 very import added horses! Around town I was fine with the KLR, it was not until I need to be on a HWY for 20-30 minutes where the KLR drove me nuts. It was more than comfortable enough with the Sargent seat, it was having a top end of 75mph in an 80 mph world that hurt.

    :freaky
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  17. PhillyTransplant

    PhillyTransplant Indiana Jones

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    I never look at this section of the board, but tonight I did for some reason.
    Damn, I'm just glad to hear you're okay.
    Hope you'll be back on two soon.
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  18. Bikehigh

    Bikehigh Not Dead Yet

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    Thanks, PT.

    To update you all, I had a chance to talk to a witness who was stopped at the light and saw this all go down in front of him. He said the rear of the bike didn't lift. Said I was actually trying to vear around the SUV when I hit, so how I got airborn wnough to clear it is still a mistery.

    As for getting a new bike, I haven't got one yet. The Tiger 800XC is at the top of my list if I go the new bike route. Did make the mistake of sitting a 1200GS. That bike fits me so well, I've got some serious lust. Be really hard to justify almost $20,000 on what is essentially a toy though. I have been contemplating a used KLR, but I loved my 650 so much I keep getting drawn back towards getting another Bandit, but a 1250 this time. Not really in a rush right now. We'll see what I come up with come springtime.
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  19. flkovacs

    flkovacs Been here awhile

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    sounds like a nightmare not worth repeating ...
    in addition to riding to be visible, i keep reminding myself to stay further back of things like trucks that keep me invisible to oncoming traffic and also keep me from seeing it before it's too late. more than once, it's saved my a**.

    glad you're ok - the bike can get replaced - personally the xc is too big for my taste and i opted for an f800r :-)

    enjoy,
    ferenc
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  20. drrider1

    drrider1 just running amuck

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    glad you're ok :thumb welcome to the air association suvs and s10s are tall. :eek1
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