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Offline mynameisjona

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That was fun while it lasted...
« on: October 03, 2019, 06:22:01 pm »
Went right into a car that didnt see me... I had the right of way and the guy tried crossing the intersection. Next thing you know, the car is right in front of me. And into it I slammed. About 20-25mphs. Just had made a left turn onto the street.

Built like a steakhouse, but handles like a bistro. I was surprised with how well she took the damage. Had to get it towed since the shifter is bent up the wazoo and so is the steering forks.

Was wearing a BILT modular helmet, Sedici Level 2 Mesh Jacket, and slacks and Tactical boots. I feel like I was on the ass end of an ass kicking.






Offline Crilly Wizard

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Re: That was fun while it lasted...
« Reply #1 on: October 03, 2019, 06:48:45 pm »
Glad you’re not too badly hurt.
Same thing happened to me back in January, but the bike was a write off.
Check if the frame is bent at the front, and with new forks , trees, wheel and levers etc, you might find that the driver owes you a new bike as well.

Offline mynameisjona

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Re: That was fun while it lasted...
« Reply #2 on: October 03, 2019, 06:53:45 pm »
Glad you’re not too badly hurt.
Same thing happened to me back in January, but the bike was a write off.
Check if the frame is bent at the front, and with new forks , trees, wheel and levers etc, you might find that the driver owes you a new bike as well.


Thanks. it was making a clunk clunk clunk when the fire fighter was rolling it out of the way. May have screwed up the drive train too. More than likely it will be a write off.

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Offline srinath

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Re: That was fun while it lasted...
« Reply #3 on: October 03, 2019, 08:29:04 pm »
Glad you were well enough to get pics of it.

Write off just means you can buy it back for 15% of pay its blue book value, then build to your preference, I'd do a raked out triple tree set with a dirt bike FE.
I did with a savage, worked out fantastic, only problem, it also got wrecked after the mod, rear ended, before the rebuild I bought it for $150 with some missing stuff.
Contact me if you need more info on how to do it.
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Offline mynameisjona

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Re: That was fun while it lasted...
« Reply #4 on: October 04, 2019, 12:22:49 pm »
In a twilight zone spin. One of my co-workers crashed his motorcycle Wednesday night too but he didnt make it. He passed away.  :'(

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Re: That was fun while it lasted...
« Reply #5 on: October 04, 2019, 12:46:40 pm »
In a twilight zone spin. One of my co-workers crashed his motorcycle Wednesday night too but he didnt make it. He passed away.  :'(

Oh man, so sad, prayers for a fallen brother.
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Offline Desert Dan

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Re: That was fun while it lasted...
« Reply #6 on: October 06, 2019, 01:29:18 pm »
Jona, been there, done that. Shop fixed the bike, Doc fixed me (separated shoulder) and all was well after a couple months. It was a while back, 1985, but I'm 73 now and still riding. I hope your injuries were slight and you heal soon. Bikes can be replaced.  8)
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Offline Discotech

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Re: That was fun while it lasted...
« Reply #7 on: October 29, 2019, 11:34:27 am »
Sorry about the bike, man, but glad you're okay.  I'm not sure where you're at, but here in Oregon it seems like drivers hate bikers, and give 2 shits how they drive around you.  It also doesn't help they are driving around with their faces in their phones. 

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Re: That was fun while it lasted...
« Reply #8 on: January 25, 2020, 01:02:53 am »
Not good to hear - but at least you survived... and my sympathies about your friend :-[ 

SO many cagers just choose not to see motorcycles.... I was always taught to ride like EVERYBODY is out to kill me, and it's saved my ass a few times.... Even from people who just waved at me while we were stopped at a turn light!  I swear if I find his truck I'll slash all 4 tires..... >:(

I hope you recover and get back on your wheels soon!
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Offline 7udro

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Re: That was fun while it lasted...
« Reply #9 on: January 25, 2020, 05:33:31 am »
Driving licenses are given to any dog and pig worldwide... There are some countries where average drivers are good (for example in Austria) best option ever is riding defensive thinking everyone would kill you (even other bikers)

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Re: That was fun while it lasted...
« Reply #10 on: January 25, 2020, 11:23:14 am »
Motorcycles are hard to see, especially dark-colored ones like yours.  And they're even harder to see if the rider is wearing dark clothing and a totally blacked-out helmet that obscures your face.  And I say that as having been riding for over 60 years.  Throw in a little traffic, some rain, maybe poor driver eyesight, and any little distraction, and you are virtually invisible to them.  I suffer the same blindness when driving my pickup -- most motorcycles are just damned-hard to see from the cockpit of a cage. 

I'm like other riders here who ride defensively -- as if everyone else is out to kill me.  For the most part, it is unintentional -- they just don't see motorcycles.  But you can help them by making yourself and your bike more visible to them.

Decades ago there was an article in a motorcycle magazine where a rider in California experimented with riding two identical bikes, with the sole difference being their color -- one bike had tank and fenders painted black, and the other bike had tank and fenders painted white.  Ditto with helmets -- black helmet on the black bike, white helmet on the white bike.  The difference in the behavior/attitude of other drivers was astonishing -- On the black bike, wearing a black helmet, other drivers seemed to draw too close, be unkind, aggressive, and uncaring; while on the white bike, wearing a white helmet, other drivers kept their distance, seemed kinder, more hesitant to pass, and seemed much more attentive to the motorcycle.  I suspect the difference is that the more you and your bike look like a cop on a white motorcycle, the better cage drivers around you will treat you.

I took heed to that magazine article, and I have always had bikes that were either red, or white (light sliver counting as white).  Once I even had an all-chrome bike, but I didn't keep it long because no matter which direction I was facing on the bike, some part of it was reflecting blinding sunlight into my eyes.  I  have also preferred a white helmet over darker colors and wear a mostly white or silver jacket.  And because I am more visible, and I ride defensively, in the 60+ years I have been riding I have never had an accident with a cage (knock on wood.)   

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Re: That was fun while it lasted...
« Reply #11 on: January 25, 2020, 03:13:30 pm »
My black Zero FX is dangerous. You have to constantly anticipate what other people are going to do and position the bike so the headlight shines in their mirrors when you're ready to make a move. Fortunately, it can be flicked around easily.
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