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post #1 of 50 (permalink) Old 02-27-2011, 09:53 PM Thread Starter
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Well, love my new XC, man what a piece of machinery. Only had it a few weeks, and Friday afternoon I was rear ended while sitting at a stop sign. The bike went skidding on it's side, with me still attached to it, out into oncoming traffic that was going about 60mph. There was another bike in the oncoming traffic, and he must have sped ahead, jumped off his bike in front of me, cause when I looked up, he was waving the cars around us. After the traffic finally stopped, he helped me get my bike up and off the road, and called the police. Cosmetic damage to the bike mostly, I'm beat and banged up a little.
The driver of the car that hit me...no drivers license, no insurance, texting on her cell phone instead of watching where she was going. The guy who risked his butt to help me out...I was too dazed to remember his name. Anyway, those huge crash bars on that sucker kept 800 lbs of motorcycle off my leg, and that heavy @$# steel rear fender did more damage to her car I bet. Tough bike. So, the bike will be in the shop for the next few weeks.
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Sorry to hear about the accident; good to hear you made it mostly uninjured. Too bad the bike had to take all that punishment from an individual who should have never been driving.

Hope you and your bike get back to 100% soon.

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Holy crap! I am glad you are OK! I hope your recovery is quick, and the penalty is severe for that idiot cager!

This scenario is one of my most feared. That's why I have always put a brake light modulator on my previous bikes. I'm paranoid at stoplights and always checking my mirrors to see if the person behind me is going to stop. If they aren't paying attention, I usually flick my brakes to activate the modulator again. I just got my XR but will be putting the Custom Dynamics plate frame with built-in modulator on my bike. I hear it doesn't mess with the cruise control like when you modulate the stock tail light. Maybe something to think about when you and your bike get better.

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WOW!! Glad that you are here to tell us about it.
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Dang! That sucks. I'm sorry to hear about your crash - I never use the word accident.
After 58 years of crash free riding, I got hit by an 18 year old girl (yes girl, not woman) using a cell phone that's verboten here in Oregon. She came out of a side street from my left and hit my front wheel, knocking me over pretty hard. You're right about that crash bar doing the job it was designed for. I always carry a camera in car or bike, took many pix at scene. Fortunately, my adversary was insured and when I emailed the pix, the insururer, they took full responsibility. I hope you had collision insurance to cover your repairs. I like your idea about a modulating tail light. I've been putting off adding a pair of Hyperlites to the back of my bike. I think they'll be on her soon. I hope you are thinking of suing that bitch - if she's working,you can go after her paycheck. Where did this happen and is there a cell phone ban in place? If not, I'll help you get one. I was the one to get one put in place in Oregon. Not just cells, but any hand held device. Good luck.

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Glad to hear you're ok. Thanks for sharing this with us.

The punishment for driving without a license, insurance, and texting while driving is not harsh enough. When innocent lives are at risk, you come to realize that a ticket is not enough punishment. This is why it happens over and over again. I vote for death by hanging for those who drive without a license, insurance, and cause a crash. This is no accident when someone gets in a car and starts it up knowing they're not supposed to drive it.

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This is no accident when someone gets in a car and starts it up knowing they're not supposed to drive it.

Hanging? You are too easy going, friend. That is precisely why I never use the word accident in place of wreck or crash. An accident is an unintendended event, like putting your underwear on backwards in the dark. What boils my blood are all the people that go ballistic about guns when they are many times more liable to get whacked by a 3,000 to 5,000 pound rolling killing machine on four wheels. If I were emperor, we would have licensing and driving here like it is in Germany: lengthy, expensive and responsible.

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Well, love my new XC, man what a piece of machinery. Only had it a few weeks, and Friday afternoon I was rear ended while sitting at a stop sign. The bike went skidding on it's side, with me still attached to it, out into oncoming traffic that was going about 60mph. There was another bike in the oncoming traffic, and he must have sped ahead, jumped off his bike in front of me, cause when I looked up, he was waving the cars around us. After the traffic finally stopped, he helped me get my bike up and off the road, and called the police. Cosmetic damage to the bike mostly, I'm beat and banged up a little.
The driver of the car that hit me...no drivers license, no insurance, texting on her cell phone instead of watching where she was going. The guy who risked his butt to help me out...I was too dazed to remember his name. Anyway, those huge crash bars on that sucker kept 800 lbs of motorcycle off my leg, and that heavy @$# steel rear fender did more damage to her car I bet. Tough bike. So, the bike will be in the shop for the next few weeks.


I'm also glad to hear you're OK, it sounds like it could have been a lot worse. I try to keep an eye on approaching vehicles from behind me when stopped, if I feel someone is coming in too fast I'll start flashing my brake lights, so far I've been lucky as I haven't been in a situation where I needed to take action to get out of my lane. Did you see her coming or were you not looking? As far as your XC, I'm impressed to hear that a hit hard enough to push you out of your lane and into another only caused minor damage!
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Hanging? You are too easy going, friend. That is precisely why I never use the word accident in place of wreck or crash. An accident is an unintendended event, like putting your underwear on backwards in the dark. What boils my blood are all the people that go ballistic about guns when they are many times more liable to get whacked by a 3,000 to 5,000 pound rolling killing machine on four wheels. If I were emperor, we would have licensing and driving here like it is in Germany: lengthy, expensive and responsible.
I agree.

cowboy78642, keep us posted if you find out what the punishment was for the unlicensed, uninsured, texting while driving idiot.

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When are all sates going to make it hands free. Screw this cell phone talking and driving.
I would have your shop check the frame for being straight.
You have to check every inch of a crashed bike. You just don't know till you get to 90 mph if its right or not.
Very happy your doing good.
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