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View Results: How many significant crashes on the road have you been involved in as a motorcyclist?
None at all 39 27.46%
None significant 23 16.20%
One 50 35.21%
A couple 14 9.86%
Three or four 13 9.15%
5 to 10 2 1.41%
11 to 20 1 0.70%
I recall more than 20 0 0%
Way more than I care to remember 0 0%
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Old 07-02-2013, 03:50 PM   #1
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How many significant crashes?

Someone in the "Crashes; how many is too many?" thread suggested a poll on this, so here we go.
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Old 07-02-2013, 03:53 PM   #2
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No pole! No poll!

BTW One crash, rear ended by a drunk at a stop sign in 1984.

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Old 07-02-2013, 04:02 PM   #3
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So is this thread going to discuss whether or not we need a poll?
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Old 07-02-2013, 04:16 PM   #4
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So is this thread going to discuss whether or not we need a poll?
Up to you, and others; discuss if you choose.

There is a three week poll now...... Lump it or leave it.
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Old 07-02-2013, 04:21 PM   #5
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Up to you, and others; discuss if you choose.

There is a three week poll now...... Lump it or leave it.
It didn't have the poll when I first opened it, and I think Jim noticed this as well.

And poles are more fun that polls, but only if there is a stripper involved
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Old 07-02-2013, 04:52 PM   #6
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It didn't have the poll when I first opened it, and I think Jim noticed this as well.

And poles are more fun that polls, but only if there is a stripper involved
Fifteen crash free years (and about 150,000 km) living in a land well known for its chrome pole botherers, the attraction has palled somewhat. Each to their own, but polls seem to do it more for me nowadays!
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Old 07-02-2013, 04:08 PM   #7
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No pole! No poll!

BTW One crash, rear ended by a drunk at a stop sign in 1984.

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Patience please....! It takes a few minutes to set the poll after starting the thread.

Just one significant (in 1976) for me after the best part five decades of mucking around on two wheels, and 45 years licensed.

Sideswiped by a fast moving car pulling in after overtaking the car behind me. "I didn't see you," said the driver......

Lesson learnt, ride aware that others may not be.
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Old 07-02-2013, 04:51 PM   #8
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I've gone down twice on a bike, both times from being young and dumb, but the worst damage from any "crash" I've had was a broken turn signal and scraped knee, not even enough to tear the jeans I used to think were adequate riding gear.

So, no significant crashes, I guess. I ride much more aware nowadays and try to keep my street pace around 7/10ths or less, in my estimation anyway. So really I'm probably riding at more like 5/10ths...
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Old 07-03-2013, 06:17 AM   #9
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Two for me

#1 Lady comes over the center line and hits me head on. Both of us doing about 45-50 mph. Not much time to react. I was just reaching for clutch and brakes and standing up and boom! Human lawn dart...a brief moment of silence as I sailed through the darkness.. and lights out. I ground a hole completely through my helmet.

#2 Riding along in the right lane of a divided hwy. Lady pulls into the median to make a left turn and cross the road. She stops...waits....then pulls directly out in front of me. I cut for the left lane to try and miss her. I left approx 3 ft. of skid mark and hit her behind the rear tire. Traveling about 45-50, I hit the car hard enough to spin it around 180 deg and put it into the ditch. Once again, human lawn dart. Land on my head and go skidding down the road. Faak, I hate that!

I walked away from both of these potentially fatal accidents. Not a scratch on me. Here's why I think that is.
Fate, when it's your time, your gone. Gear. Boots, gloves, coat and helmet. Both helmets in these accidents were badly damaged and I was knocked unconscious for long lengths of time. Off road riding. I learned to ride on dirt bikes. I still spend over 75% of my riding time off road. This riding style has engrained the reaction to stand up when technically challenging situations arise. I dont even think about it, I just do it. In both cases, one of the last things I remember is transferring my weight from the seat to the pegs and beginning to stand up. I think this allowed my body to clear the cars as I sailed on by and thus not suffering any serious blunt force trauma.
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Old 07-03-2013, 03:13 PM   #10
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What constitutes as a significant crash?

I would count none because all parts of my body have (more or less) healed and are still functioning. Temporary pain, broken parts and what-if accidents do no qualify as a significant, or do they? If so, I would count more.
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Old 07-04-2013, 03:34 AM   #11
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What constitutes as a significant crash?

I would count none because all parts of my body have (more or less) healed and are still functioning. Temporary pain, broken parts and what-if accidents do no qualify as a significant, or do they? If so, I would count more.
Yes, I did think someone would bring that up, and I did think of trying to define it. It would be a bit difficult to do concisely in the poll question, and pointless doing so in the opening post; I guess most people open at the last page or last post. Even if I did define it people would have their own interpretation.

In the end I thought it best to leave it as "up top you" as they say.

For me a significant crash is one that causes enough damage to require the attention of medic or mechanic. Superficial abrasions to the body or body work would be insignificant to me...... but may be significant so someone else.

I find it interesting that so many people claim to have had "none at all".

"None significant" and "one" is about where I would have expected / hoped the numbers to peak...... Nuff said for now!
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Old 07-04-2013, 04:54 AM   #12
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Significant to me is a trip to the emergency room. Twice for me in 56 years of riding, knock on wood.
Don't count minor offs especially in the dirt.
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Old 07-04-2013, 09:48 AM   #13
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Significant to me is a trip to the emergency room. Twice for me in 56 years of riding, knock on wood.
Don't count minor offs especially in the dirt.
In which case it would be none for me in 49 years, 45 of them licences and riding on the road.

But as I suggested it is up to you what you consider significant, on the road.

Off the road doesn't come into it. The odd tumble goes with the territory there. None have done me an injury.
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For me a significant crash is one that causes enough damage to require the attention of medic or mechanic. Superficial abrasions to the body or body work would be insignificant to me...... but may be significant so
I agree. It is hard to define what is a significant crash. I have needed a mechanic when a delivery van reversed into the bike. I was 100ft away. On the other hand I have needed x-rays, doctors and physicist after falling at walking pace. Hard to classify them as crashes.. but like you said... may be significant to someone.
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Old 07-05-2013, 05:37 AM   #15
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Significant should be-can't ride because you're in the hospital,or should be.
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