Attempted Hijacking yesterday

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  1. gaiaRTW

    gaiaRTW Been here awhile

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    While riding about doing errands yesterday, there was a violent attempt to steal my KLR in Denver. I had stopped at a local fuel stop in the AM, and as I was getting off my bike, a homeless person grabbed my full face helmet that I was still wearing at the time, and wrestled me to the ground. It was a total sneak attack that I was def unprepared for.
    He mounted my bike and tried starting it but it was still in gear and he couldn't start the bike, thankfully. The key was still in the ignition, having cut the motor when I dropped the kickstand. He fled as I recovered. In the process, he stole my iPhone from the tank bag.

    The creep was a big guy with athletic build and my 64 year physique was not a match during the surprise attack.

    This city is totally over run by the destitute homeless. From what I see every day in just about every neighborhood that I've visited, the homeless are out in droves as there is nowhere else to hang I suppose, because of the virus restrictions. From what I see and witness daily, the danger is out there and the craziness of the situation makes commuting and just riding for pleasure dangerous.

    This event was a mind changer.
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  2. HuntWhenever

    HuntWhenever Motorcicle Commuter

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    That sucks. Glad you're ok.
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  3. Peanut_Buttery

    Peanut_Buttery Been here awhile

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    What a nightmare! I’m glad you’re OK.
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    Wow! Glad you are ok
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  5. gaiaRTW

    gaiaRTW Been here awhile

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    Thanks for that. I was unquestionably a bit shaken through the ordeal and gave a good description during the police report, but got out of it without any physical injuries.
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    Most fuel stops have cameras now days.
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    @gaiaRTW Most of us would be shaken by something like this incident - it’s normal to feel shaken up for a while afterwards before you can start to feel calmer about it.

    It’s great that you’ve given a good description to the police. Let’s hope they find the perpetrator as soon as possible.
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    Shaken but okay, thank goodness!
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    64 & overpowered. You should have been armed and dangerous.
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    Sitting on a motorcycle is kind of a vulnerable position. Doesn't take much to go down even without somebody trying to make you go down. What city are you in?
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  11. gaiaRTW

    gaiaRTW Been here awhile

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    I'm now thinking of carrying a side arm. Colorado is an open carry state, but Denver is not. A conceal carry license is required here to be within the law (I believe).
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    gaiaRTW Been here awhile

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  13. gaiaRTW

    gaiaRTW Been here awhile

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    Yeah, all of the social culture is growing toward tribalism over here. You'd expect to see Rod Serling slowly stepping out of the shadows, saying "Imagine, if you will...."

    How's the cult of Covid affecting the UK?
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    Get a permit and a hand gun. Glad you are ok.
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    I'm curious to know how carrying a gun would have changed the outcome. I've got no training in this kind of thing... what could the OP have done, surprised, helmeted, in the middle of a dismount?

    Not a rhetorical question, and I'm totally open to a legitimate answer.
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    Scary!
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    In no way am I trying to be condecending, so please keep that in mind with my answer to your legitimate question. The 'outcome' was excellent. The good guy walked away...period. However, you are looking at this as the ONLY outcome, which it is not. This exact scenario(above) plays out multiple times, every day, everywhere. The outcome is often times very very different. Many times the good guy doesnt walk away. The real 'trick' is trying to determine the outcome of a violent situation in real time. So, my question to you is "how does one determine the outcome of a violent attack during the attack?". Clearly, that cannot be done. So, many of us have resolved not to allow fate to determine that answer to that question.
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    I've thought long and hard about this very question. And, it's quite scary when you think about it. Gloved, and being man handled by a psychotic using your mouth guard on the helmet as leverage, firstly, he could have easily broke my neck had I offered more resistance. Secondly, you have to fire and hit him in the front at close range, otherwise, it looks like murder to LE. If you don't have the handgun holstered or withing easy grasp, then more probs than not may come from a situation like the one I experienced.
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    I'm a huge advocate of CCW but this scenario sounds like a "best case" that could have been made much worse by either drawing a firearm after the fact or worse, having it taken from him .

    Really glad to read that this turned out the way it did.

    Edit: gaia RTW addressed my concerns.
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    Mace within easy reach is a thought. Over here in the mountains, bear spray is easy to buy. It shoots 10-12 ft easily.
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