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I feel really lucky but at the same time I'm really pissed that another cager has changed my view of riding. I work in South Bend IN and live in Niles Michigan which is just across the state line. There is a home game at Notre Dame today and due to odd traffic flow I took a different way home.I was headed East towards 933 on Angela Blvd and in the Left turn lane to head North towards home.I was less than 100 ft. from the intersection where all of the traffic flows into ND stadium and there are at least 14 police officers directing traffic at the intersection. I was approaching the intersection in the Left turn lane and a cager made a U-turn as I was going by and tagged my saddlebag. I stopped my bike on the double yellow, hit my hazard lights(4 ways) and yelled he just hit my bike and he's leaving. Needless to say, there is only one reason to leave the scene of an accident. You are ILLEGAL, either drunk, no insurance, or you have warrants. As I spoke with the Officer that approached me, I lit a cig and realized that I was shaking like a puppy passing a peach-pit. When I got home it was almost 2 hours later before I even told my wife what had happened. As I told her about it I broke down. I'm not real sure about the time difference, but if he would have hit me 18-24 inches sooner, I would probably be missing the lower part of my right leg. I'm not even sure how to finish this...BUT I will ride to work tomorrow.
 

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People just don't look. They glance but don't see what is out there around them.

I am glad you are physically ok. I know it tok me a couple days to recover from a close call I had.
 

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My first "incident" did more physical damage, this one did some mental damage. As if I really needed more of that :D
 

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Its a jungle out there.
 

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Close call, but then smoking is a death warrant by itself.

I've ridden 52,000+ miles in the last 11 months. Had a few close calls. After we went down on the Goldwing a few years ago and broke my shoulder into 5 pieces I don't tell her about the close calls, she worries enough as it is.
 

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Bbob,, right you are, however IE a little whisky now and then wont kill you, a cig can and will. I'm a bit jaded on the subject having lost so many family members, and friends to those damn cancer sticks. I also know how hard it is to stop, having smoked myself some 28 years ago. Even so, the odds are still there that they may still be my death warrant.
 

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Me too. I smoked for 24 years off and on and expect to die, if I live long enough, from some smoking related disease but they way they categorize that these days; just about everything is caused by smoking.

I'm overweight. I'm sure that isn't helping. I figure I'd rather live my way than how others would rather I live. At least to me I will have a quality of life rather than a quantity.

Kinda like that joke where the doctor asked his elderly patient if he smokes, drinks, stays out late at night, is involved in any risky activities, or has unprotected sex and the patient says no. The doctor then asks why he cares about how long he lives...

I agree with you about watching someone go through stages of COPD and using an oxygen bottle for the rest of their days. I've even seen 3 guys come into a bar (not together) with their oxygen bottles, bum a smoke, turn off their oxygen, and smoke 'em up. Some people just can't quit. Something in them prevents it.
 

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8Ball, glad your alright. Hope you can shake it off.
 

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Glad your ok , like a batter getting hit by a fastball , shake it off and get back out there ... This incident will make you a better , more aware rider . :ride:
 

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Hey; everyone has a vice or two.

8BH; did you happen to catch the license plate number. A hit and run like that would likely mean jail time for the driver.
He stopped at first so I didn't really pay attention, by the time he started leaving the scene he was too far away for me to read it:(
 

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It's not Hit and run if he didn't know he struck your bike. Quite frankly if a 4,000 lb car striking your bike didn't knock you over he very well may not have known his car touched your bike.

It's very possible he simply thought he cut you off and that's why he initially stopped
 

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Bbob,, My doctor says everyone dies from cancer ... if they live long enough. Some truth I guess.
Get another doctor! That's not true. Most men, when they die, have prostate cancer, but they did not die of it. Your chances of dying from a heart disease are pretty high.
BTW, if you quit smoking, your body will eventually cleanse itself, unless you have irreparably already damaged your lungs. As a cancer patient, I see what those cancer sticks do. I don't smoke and my cancer is not like what smokers get. Thank Goodness.
 

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Rics... No, in a matter of speaking the saying which isn't my doctors just repeated by him is true in theory. If you live long enough, eventually you will die from cancer. Its just a question of two things: how long you have to live for that to happen and two if something else doesn't kill you first.

My brother died from lung cancer after having quit for 30 years. My father as well. My father beat lung cancer once, when it came back 20 years later it took his brain. My Sister beat cancer 15 years ago when they gave her three years tops. My niece just passed from cancer, (not lung).

Every time I see a young person light up I want to beg them to stop. Of course doing so they would look at me like I'm just some old fool.
 

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They knew they hit him, just didn't want him to bash his head in for hitting his bike!!! I drive a commercial truck loaded with a average 60 thousands pounds a day and I can feel when my lug nut on my front tire hits something!!! Glad your ok man, I just made a year smoke free after smoking for 20 years, my first born son coming soon was the reason I wanted to quit the most....
 

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pjv,, could be but it damn sure was nothing more than a very light tap. If you've ever been hit by a car on a bike you know first hand it takes very little for a 4,000 lb vehicle to knock you down. Its been 25 years since I got tapped per say riding a Honda CB900 and I was down instantly with out leaving a scuff on the car. Even after 25 years I still recall how little it takes.

As far as bashing his head in? Really? So would that be your response, to attempt to bash the drivers head in?
 

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pjv,, could be but it damn sure was nothing more than a very light tap. If you've ever been hit by a car on a bike you know first hand it takes very little for a 4,000 lb vehicle to knock you down. Its been 25 years since I got tapped per say riding a Honda CB900 and I was down instantly with out leaving a scuff on the car. Even after 25 years I still recall how little it takes.

As far as bashing his head in? Really? So would that be your response, to attempt to bash the drivers head in?
Yes I've been hit on my bike and also been hit standing on the side of the road working... And as far as bashing the drivers head in, that's what people think when they see guys on motorcycles that we are violent people who are not very civilized!
 
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