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Back in college I had a CBR F2. Great bike to ride and more importantly, enabled me to always have prime parking at my University. :clap: I had been riding various bikes from dirt to street since eight or so years old so riding is something I always did. Riding was never really dangerous.....until my roommate got the same bike. :whistle: But my crash had nothing to do with that.

So I'm riding up to Lake Arrowhead(Mountain) late at night to meet up with all my boys for a weekend event. Riding up a mountain at night was not the smartest thing to do, especially since it was my first time up there and I didn't know where I was really going. I pulled into a couple turnouts to check directions in my pocket and I was still on the right path. As I entered into the third turnout around 60mph or so, it was a quick realization that this turnout, unlike the others. was not paved. Not being able to stop the bike and approaching the mountain quickly(fortunately not cliff side), I was able to lay it down and go into a full roll. I rolled up the side of the mountain, ending up with my feet above my head, my bike stopping two feet from my head, headlight pointing directly at me.

Bike was a little beat down, pegs lost, brake bent, mirror gone and some other cosmetic damage but I was good. I remember having to throw my gloves off because my hands were burning. Full kevlar gear saved a lot of my skin on this one.

Four cars passed me up before one finally stopped. My headlight was shining right at me so I'm positive they should have seen me. Lady and her did who did stop were riders as well(although in car this time).

Gear up and be safe!
 

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Glad you were okay. It always amazes me that people can just drive by and not stop.

Luckily I haven't gone down yet....but with all the variables, I know it's more of a when, not if.....
 

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If you're going fast and riding that line you will cross over. To me there is two types of riders. Ones that have been down and those that are going down again.

My last one was April. Knee dragged for a couple of hours and pulled over to stop at a park. I knee dragged in the park and just finished my first run on Wolf Pen Gap here in GA. When I was leaving the park there was rocks at the stop sign from a rain. I was going to run the stop sign out of the park but a truck was coming. I was looking ahead at the road and not down because I was running the sign. Saw the truck, used the front brakes as most of the time and the front end washed out (fractured both my feet last year on a low to high side roll over last year so I bailed). Jumped off the bike into the street and had to grab the front of the truck to not be run over. I was drug 2-4 feet. I was wearing gear and other than my bike I was cool.

Moral of the story=wear gear.
 

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If you're going fast and riding that line you will cross over. To me there is two types of riders. Ones that have been down and those that are going down again.

My last one was April. Knee dragged for a couple of hours and pulled over to stop at a park. I knee dragged in the park and just finished my first run on Wolf Pen Gap here in GA. When I was leaving the park there was rocks at the stop sign from a rain. I was going to run the stop sign out of the park but a truck was coming. I was looking ahead at the road and not down because I was running the sign. Saw the truck, used the front brakes as most of the time and the front end washed out (fractured both my feet last year on a low to high side roll over last year so I bailed). Jumped off the bike into the street and had to grab the front of the truck to not be run over. I was drug 2-4 feet. I was wearing gear and other than my bike I was cool.

Moral of the story=wear gear.
to me the moral of this story is not to ride recklessly.
 

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to me the moral of this story is not to ride recklessly.
The majority of all accidents are a car making a left hand turn in front of a motorcyclist. It's not about riding recklessly....it's about others on the road.
 

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to me the moral of this story is not to ride recklessly.
It was not recklessly I wrecked. If it was not for my gear then I would've got hurt.

To me the second you slow down on a bike your going to get hurt around here by others. If I'm passing others then they were nothing but something to maneuver around. If I wait on others then I am riding/driving with them and have to worry about them.
 

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here are my pics...

the four screws are old... from another break




this is my leg after they fixed it for me... for the third time




13 screws and a plate. I had bought an older honda, and was working on it. the ride went bad and the throttle stuck. hit a puddle and when i went to toss it, it caught my leg and fell on it.
 

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The majority of all accidents are a car making a left hand turn in front of a motorcyclist. It's not about riding recklessly....it's about others on the road.
Yep. MSF course emphasizes this a lot. We're invisible compared to be big car. And a lot of drivers doing things like cutting you off.

Not to mention that cars have a much bigger margin of error when it comes to emergency braking versus a bike. So they can stomp on it at the last minute and still be okay whereas our tails would whip up and well...don't need to elaborate more than that.

 

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City driving,cars are always your worst enemy.Just drive paranoid and expect every car with a blinker on,or on a side street is going to
turn in front of you.When on the highway,its safer to go 10mph faster than the traffic flow.Watch how motorcycle cops do it.Last thing
you need is to get hit from the rear.I've had more than my share of crashes over the years.Got hit head-on by a toyota 4x4.most of the damage was from hard parts on the bike.I nailed the windshield with my back and bounced into the bed,then dropped on the ground.I survived,but took about 9 months to recover.Most of my crashes have occured at the track.Thats really the only place to really race.
 

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City driving,cars are always your worst enemy.Just drive paranoid and expect every car with a blinker on,or on a side street is going to
turn in front of you.When on the highway,its safer to go 10mph faster than the traffic flow.Watch how motorcycle cops do it.Last thing
you need is to get hit from the rear.I've had more than my share of crashes over the years.Got hit head-on by a toyota 4x4.most of the damage was from hard parts on the bike.I nailed the windshield with my back and bounced into the bed,then dropped on the ground.I survived,but took about 9 months to recover.Most of my crashes have occured at the track.Thats really the only place to really race.
I hate to say this, but when riding in chicago.... You almost have to break the law to stay alive! It is a death trap when riding here. If the light just turns red, you better go. The joke here is green means count to five then go. yellow means speed up. red means go too. I have almost been hit so many times when riding in the loop. Turn signals only work when defective. Half the time you dont even have time to hit it and turn.

I miss riding in cali where you can lane split. I have had 2 accidents. One i was pushed off the road by some lady on her cell phone(drove off) and the other is above.

Other then that i have been riding since i was 9.
 

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3 weeks ago today I had my first moto accident......

Although I never push the envelope to far, I always thought it would be me doing something stupid, but NO. I was going south on Lincoln Blvd in Venice CA. Traffic was crawling, I was splitting the lanes, only about 30 mph and out of no where some jack ass turns left in front of me. I had no where to go and no time to stop, so I grabbed a handful of brakes, T-boned the side of the car doing an endo, pulled a Superman over the trunk and landed on the street. Nobody even f*n blinked or thought about stopping. I picked up my bike, I pushed my bike out of the street, I called 911...

The wife of the other driver was pissed off at me!

The bike is totaled, but I came out pretty good. Even with the gear I ended up with road rash on my shin and forearms along with a sprained AC joint in my right shoulder, but it could have been a lot worse.

Y'all be safe out there
 

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this was sent to me awhile back, but it pertains to this topic...


I saw you hug your purse closer to you in the grocery store line.
But you didn't see me put an extra $10.00 in the collection plate last Sunday.

I saw you pull your child closer when we passed each other on the sidewalk.
But you didn't see me playing Santa at the local mall.

I saw you change your mind about going into the restaurant.
But you didn't see me attending a meeting to raise more money for the hurricane relief.

I saw you roll up your window and shake your head when I drove by.
But you didn't see me driving behind you when you flicked your cigarette butt out the car window.

I saw you frown at me when I smiled at your children.
But you didn 't see me when I took time off from work to run toys to the homeless.

I saw you stare at my long hair.
But you didn't see me and my friends cut ten inches off for Locks of Love.

I saw you roll your eyes at our leather coats and gloves.
But you didn't see me and my brothers donate our old coats and gloves to those that had none.

I saw you look in fright at my tattoos.
But you didn't see me cry as my children where born and have their name written over and in my heart.

I saw you change lanes while rushing off to go somewhere.
But you didn't see me going home to be with my family.

I saw you complain about how loud and noisy our bikes can be.
But you didn't see me when you were changing the CD and drifted into my lane.

I saw you yelling at your kids in the car.
But you didn't see me pat my child's hands, knowing he was safe behind me.

I saw you reading the newspaper or map as you drove down the road.
But you didn't see me squeeze my wife's leg when she told me to take the next turn.

I saw you race down the road in the rain.
But you didn't see me get soaked to the skin so my son could have the car to go on his date.

I saw you run the yellow light just to save a few minutes of time.
But you didn't see me trying to turn right

I saw you cut me off because you needed to be in the lane I was in.
But you didn't see me leave the road.

I saw you waiting impatiently for my friends to pass.
But you didn't see me. I wasn't there.

I saw you go home to your family.
But you didn't see me. Because, I died that day you cut me off.

I WAS JUST A BIKER. A person with friends and a family. But you didn't see me.

Repost this around in hopes that people will understand the biker community
 

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The majority of all accidents are a car making a left hand turn in front of a motorcyclist. It's not about riding recklessly....it's about others on the road.
When I was 20 years old, riding my Yamaha FZ700, a 16 year old kid with a learners permit that required a licensed adult in the car with him, with his very elderly grandmother in the passenger seat made an illegal left hand turn and hit me nearly head on. Smashed my left foot and leg between the bumper and my bike. Shattered my big toe into about 24 pieces. 5 Pins and 3 months on crutches and I was back on my bike. I went flying about 25 feet and the first thing to hit the ground was the back of my head. If I hadn't been wearing a helmet they would have been cleaning up my brains off the pavement.
If you ride: WEAR A HELMET!
 

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1st one:
Seaside heights beach, NJ
In front of a huge crowd by one of the entrances to the boardwalk
95 zx6r
Showing off coming hot into a turn and tried to take it full lean and would of been ok but forgot about sand piles that build up on the gutters, hit the sand and then i really hit the sand. Got up quick ego shattered in front of all those people ran/wobbled to the bike picked it up and prayed that it would restart so i could get away from all the people asking me are you ok. lmao thinking about it in retrospect.

many many many crashes since mostly on different tracks.

The most recent
Clearwater,Fl
KTM rc8
On a 3 lane rd in the middle lane light turns green and i take off, up ahead i see a car mustang in the opposite direction with signal on to turn and the mustang turns into our side to make a U-turn as we got close to him instead of waiting for oncoming traffic to pass. Worst part about it is he miss calculated the turn and was in a position to make a Kturn instead and is now blocking all 3 lanes car on my right screeches to a halt inches from hitting his car and car on my left has nowhere to swerve and hits the back of his car. Me i had no hope of evading the brick wall in front of me so i just low sided it on purpose and slid the bike straight into the side of his car. And now i am slowly sliding on the pavement cringing knowing my body is about to hit the car right after the bike. Its in slow motion in my head as I'm writing but it happened so quick. In the end my doby slid on the ground did not hit the car.

It was a elderly couple in a rental mustang conv. The guy said "I'm so sorry when i saw i miscalculated the turn and saw the cars coming at me i just froze up"
 

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Wreck involving wildlife........a long story........

I was riding w/co-worker in rural Ark in Oct '04. He's riding his new Triumph 999, I'm on hopped up H-D Wideglide. We'd already riden 400+ miles that day, all good mountain roads, fall colors, great weather. Late afternoon, the shadows were getting long because of hills, pine trees, etc. Co-worker was in the lead (we'd been swapping leads throughout the day) thru a long, slow, downhill, left hand sweeper. We're running 65-70 mph, he's 1/2 mile ahead of me. In a split second, I have a shadow/shape at my upper left. I duck, the horned owl flares up, giving me a glancing blow to the left forehead. Since I'm leaning left thru left hand sweeper, ducking and hit on left side of head, I'm all out of sorts now on the line I had picked thru the curve. I go down and kick free of the bike, I don't want to be under it, it's heading to the shoulder, down the side of the mountain. I'm barrel-rolling down the highway, not too bad, probably be sore but not skinned up (full leather for cool weather). Left side of my body hits a 3" pipe that is the pole for the state highway signs. Oh yeah, my cell phone is busted, co-workers cell has no signal. Passerby goes down the road to a land line to call ambulance. 1.75 hour wait for ambulance, they got bad directions from passerby. 30 mins to hospital.

To make a long story a little shorter; busted up left elbow, compound fracture, bone thru the skin. Busted all ribs on left side, front and rear. Punctured left lung. Heart contusions. Fractured left scapula. First surgery removes ruptured spleen, I had almost bled out. Second surgery to repair severe hemorraghing, 40 units of blood went right thru me. They tell my wife, who has just arrived from Okla, that they can't do anything for me. Load me on a life flight heli to Little Rock, AR. Two weeks in ICU in drug induced coma, an emergency surgery almost daily for hemorraghing. Took out part of my pancreas. Finally out of hospital ( after 43? days), laid up for 5 months. As soon as I was able, I bought another WideGlide. 4 months later rode it to Sturgis and back, 2,800 miles round trip. Day after returning from Sturgis, one final(?)surgery to fix side effects of previous 12-14 surgeries. Off another month. Current WideGlide now has 43k miles on it, second trip to Sturgis in '06, and a trip to ride the Dragon in NC in '09.

I still ride every day that I can. Bike is my daily driver. "Cages" change lanes on top of me almost daily. I just assume I am invisible, since no one sees me.

Be safe out there!
 

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Went though the back window of a police van before...

Had a kinda major bike crash not so long ago and have been having random panic attacks since. (ugh must of set something off)
 
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