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Old 01-30-2013, 10:14 AM   #1
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Ever had an accident on the road?

I haven't yet, but several close calls, people in cars just don't watch for motorcycles, really makes you wonder if you did something to piss someone off in a previous life! I've only been riding on the street since last June, but have almost been taken out about 20 times already, people pulling out in front of me, turning in front of me, etc. I always keep my headlight on brights too, even at night. Does anyone have any stories to tell? Show pictures if you have them. Best money I ever spent was taking an advanced rider course, things I learned there saved my bacon lots of times.
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Old 01-30-2013, 10:18 AM   #2
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was rear-ended at ~10mph at a stop light in 2009 on my sv650. thankfully, the driver had already stopped behind me and then somehow slowly accelerated into me instead of plowing into me at fulll speed. still, weird circumstances. do injury to me, but about $1300 damage to the bike. i took the insurance check and fixed it myself for $400.

on a motorcycle, near-misses are just part of the ride. head on a swivel. expect them.

i don't ride on the street anymore... ever since i tasted the track, i've been hooked. sold my street bike in sept. 2011 and bought a dedicated track bike. love every minute of it.
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Old 01-30-2013, 11:27 AM   #3
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was rear-ended at ~10mph at a stop light in 2009 on my sv650. thankfully, the driver had already stopped behind me and then somehow slowly accelerated into me instead of plowing into me at fulll speed. still, weird circumstances. do injury to me, but about $1300 damage to the bike. i took the insurance check and fixed it myself for $400.

on a motorcycle, near-misses are just part of the ride. head on a swivel. expect them.

i don't ride on the street anymore... ever since i tasted the track, i've been hooked. sold my street bike in sept. 2011 and bought a dedicated track bike. love every minute of it.
Yeah, the track does look fun, we don't have one around here though. I love the gas mileage of riding on the road though, I get in the 50s on my Harley with the highest being 57 mpg.
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Ive had plenty of close calls. Just people not paying attention. Then I put a TwoBros can on the Triumph and nothing else happened.

Dirtbike is a different story. Many many crashes, many concussions and some trick Titanium hardware in my skull.
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On a bike it's not if you will go down, but when.

It will happen eventually so make sure your gear is quality and in working order. Proper PPE is key to bike safety.
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PPE is key to bike safety.
^^^ this. dress for the crash, not the ride.
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Old 01-30-2013, 11:58 AM   #7
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On a bike it's not if you will go down, but when.

^^^ Not this...

If you beleive in this, maybe you are riding above your abilities.

I do agree that proper gear is a must. Like David said, dress for the crash. That does not mean you will eventually go down though.

For me, I do not ride as a DD, and I try to minimize the risks involved (i.e. only ride on weekend mornings with little traffic, and on back roads). Of course there will always be risks even on quiet roads such as deer, a little gravel in a turn, etc.

If you ride during rush hour, splitting lanes faster than 20mph above traffic, fly through the twisties, then yes, it is not a matter of if you have been down, but when.
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I have totaled three bikes in the 32+ years that I have been riding street bikes.
I hit a van broad side in Okinawa Japan in 1981 (there fault), someone pulled out in front of me in 1985, and I wiped out doing a wheel stand in 1987. I have grown up now but I still ride. Check out my pics for my current two bikes.
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