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Discussion in 'Face Plant' started by Judotrip, May 6, 2011.
Wow. It sounds like your injuries are not life altering... you are lucky. I hope to never, ever, ever have a similar story to tell..... You were not alone this day.
After you bounced from the car, you say you landed on your feet and your bike was thrown about 15' forward of you.... were you able to maintain on your feet or did you pass out or end up collapsing from the head trauma? I can't imagine being stable enough after that impact to have held ballance and stayed up on my own accord.... if you did... replace that helmet with the same one! It worked!
God bless you sir.
Some people argue against the existence of God.
Fair enough. No one needs to believe if they do not wish. Freedom of religion!
But I sure hope that if he does exist... and a car slams my bike out from under me.... I hope that on that day, he is riding shotgun on my bike with me!
Glad to hear you are OK. Did you sustain any damage, or was it just the bike? Also good to hear you were geared up. ATGATT.
No mirrors on your bike?
Glad you were not hurt? (clue us in), but get with the show, anytime you slow or stop look in the rear.
I would rather look behind as nothing is likely to hit you from the front when you are stopped.
I even look behind in a car or truck.
I am pretty shaken and very sore. I didn't break anything, but strained muscles. I am on pain meds and muscle relaxers right now.
I do have mirrors and do usually check at stops. When I saw the all clear coming up the hill I thought there was no one behind me. The person must have recently pulled onto the road.
I do think being relaxed was a godsend. If I held the breaks I might have yanked my arms out of the sockets. I had both feet on the ground because I had enough time to stop completely.
I do have 12 exciting PT sessions awaiting me.
As for God, Budda, Spirit in the Sky, I thank them all. I also hobbled to the store an bought a lotto ticket once I got home.
It's easy enough to do with all the "trials and tribulations" that are allowed to occure. I know the Christian theory behind it but, I.M.H.O. any Diety worth it's weight in salt would not need proof of faith due to it's being all knowing and omnipotent.
O.P. Glad you're ok as I almost got nailed myself the other day. (and the only one I'm thanking is myself for self taught skills)
Heal up and watch those mirrors. Cagers aren't big on stopping sometimes - just look at the number of cages that rear-end other cagers (inlaws have had four cars totaled in the last few years from being rear-ended while already stopped at lights). Advantage of a bike is you can scoot around cars, pedistrians or whatever and get out of the way of the non-stopping car, of course it hurts worse if you don't I'm sure being relaxed helped, but scooting out of the way would be even better.
Hope the buell is salvageable too.
Glad you are relatively ok! I was sitting at a stop light in the middle of town a few years ago, then all I hear were screeching tires behind me! Freaking car stopped just inches behind my rear tire. Sucks being taken off guard like that, there wouldnt have been much I could have done if they didnt get stopped.
There is always something you could do.
Dart right, or left, go up a kerb, get off the bike and run.
If you look and leave enough space...
Do you wear a back protector? If no, do you think it would have helped? I always throw on my Dainese Back protector for just this occasion, and sliding into a curb or whatever. I feel naked without it now that I'm used to it.
Glad you're OK.
For real? Playing this out in my mind's eye, I imagined about 1.5 seconds between seeing the look on the pedestrian's face and getting rammed. Not enough to run anywhere. Hell, an old coot like me wouldn't even be all the way off the bike in that time.
I have hyperlights on the back of my motorcycles to increase the bike's visibility when brakes are on at, for instance, stops.
And, I got a (somewhat) good natured needling from another rider today because I was wearing a Air Hit vest on top of my Rev'it Sirocco jacket. That is an air bag vest that attaches to the bike via lanyard. Get separated from the bike (as you did) and the sucker pops off in .5 sec and protects from neck to tailbone, and around the chest/rib cage.
I have had an unintended get off before and I still ride -- but with more caution now a days.
Hyperlights and a Hit Air vest cost a lot less than a trip to the ER.
I've always hated that view.
Glad you're relatively unscathed; I woulda tensed up at the sight of the teen cringing in preparation for the impact.
Remember that episode of southpark when they took the license's away from everyone over 75. Maybe that should be considered in real life!.
Glad your ok!
The joe rocket has the turtle pad. I am sure it played a role in me still walking. I also had stuff in my tail bag that buffered me. Hard bags would have been worse.
The thing is, if you look in the mirrors, you would see the car well before you notice an odd look on someones face because a car is about to run you down.
If you see a car coming up behind you and its not slowing, you have time to go someplace out of its way, or get off the bike and run.
There is not much you can do in a car, but a bike can fit through small spaces and get out of the way.
I never stop in the center of the road unless I'm the first person at the light.
I always pull to one side about two bike lengths away with bike at slight angle, its makes you more visible and allows you to just pull along side the car in front off you if you feel threatened from the vehicle behind you
Even though I wear Hi-Vis on the road I still believe I'm invisible to every car out there
I'd be all for that...until I'd turn 75.