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Old 01-13-2013, 03:37 PM   #3706
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Sorry to hear about the crash and the damage to the bike and gear. What's most important is that it sounds like everyone is ok.

I worry about that same thing happening here in Santa Cruz, where clueless/iffy folks frequently wander or dart into traffic with reckless abandon.
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Old 01-13-2013, 04:21 PM   #3707
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Did the bicycle guy have anything in the way of insurance?
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Old 01-13-2013, 04:50 PM   #3708
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Did the bicycle guy have anything in the way of insurance?

I seriously doubt this guy has any insurance. Not to make judgement on looks, but he was on a POS rusted out bike coming up the wrong way on the street. He "appeared" to be using very poor judgement. I feel totally bad about the whole incident but not many people in their "right mind" would do what he did on such a busy 4 laned street. Not even ABS would have helped me here....

I appreciate all the comments and once I figure out what my insurance is going to do will look to take suggestions. This bike has everything on it FYI:

- Crash bars
- Heated Grips
- ADV Tank
- 2:1 pipe
- Remus Exhaust
- 18,800 miles

I would so hate to loose her...
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Old 01-13-2013, 04:55 PM   #3709
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I am not one bit sorry for that guy.

Similar thing happened to me in San Diego years ago.

While I was laying on the plate in the ER, with three broken ribs, a broken wrist, a concusion and a bruised lower vertebrae, along with a bike that I had a choice to write off or repair. I could hear the cop interviewing the women, who turned left across my lane from the road side shoulder without looking. Her answer, that was golden, "I counted the cars that I had seen coming up the road, I had counted their right side lights and after I saw four pass me I then turned". I guess I should travel on the shoulder so she can see my lights too. Forget about looking before you turn Huh, no need I thing or not !

So no I do not feel sorry for the guy, only for you being put in the situation that you could not avoid while paying attention and now suffering the consequences.

Was his name Darwin ?
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Old 01-13-2013, 04:57 PM   #3710
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Damn that within five miles of home stat!!

Glad you're both up and moving.

Bicycle did the same thing to my wife the other day, wrong way and didn't look, she stood the Volvo on it's nose to keep from hitting him and got the double finger for missing.
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Old 01-13-2013, 05:27 PM   #3711
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I'm glad you're OK. That everyone is OK actually.

rant But I have to say that with all that's been done to date regarding bike lanes, bridges, street reconfigurations and so on, nothing has yet been done about situations like this. Your insurance will pay-they may try and go after the bike rider but I doubt it. Maybe your rate will go up or maybe it won't. It kinda sucks because you know damn well that had it been your fault and you had no insurance... /rant.
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Old 01-13-2013, 05:39 PM   #3712
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I am glad I have 3 witnesses that told my story to the cops.

1. SWA flight attendant on his way to work
2. Very nice lady that stayed at the scene until the tow truck came
3. Very nice man that was in the lane back left of me

I have a feeling those images will stick in their minds for quite sometime. I consider myself an uber safe rider and just do it for fun. This does prove my thinking that I prefer to ride off road.. at least when I dump her, I don't have to blame another human.
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Old 01-13-2013, 06:15 PM   #3713
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Yeah. Glad to hear about the witnesses too.
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Old 01-17-2013, 10:17 AM   #3714
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This does prove my thinking that I prefer to ride off road.. at least when I dump her, I don't have to blame another human.
Hi chrish4ku,

Wow, what a bummer ... glad you were not hurt!
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Old 01-17-2013, 10:27 AM   #3715
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Looks like Monday morning we'll be starting the long way to Baja. Here's 2 links to follow our progress. If you check them now you'll either see a blank map or an error message because there's no tracks yet...

The first link is simple to remember: www.hardworkingdog.whereamiriding.com
(Thanks, Strega!)

The other link has annoying ads from Spot but the map has much better zooming capability in satellite mode: http://share.findmespot.com/shared/f...f1Hj2EgMacWQOJ

Wish us luck
Hi HWD,

Hope things are well with you ... finally seeing some info on your SPOT links after about a week of no updates ...

Seems like there was a fair amount of adventure over the holidays in Baja ... two broken legs (Nemo Brinker's and NSFW's groups) and your adventure in the mud of Laguna Salada ...

Anyway, looks like you are making progress ... looking forward to hearing from you again!

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Old 01-17-2013, 11:45 AM   #3716
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Noob - Anyone for DS rides in Santa Cruz/Mountains

Hi All,

Let me introduce myself, I'm Tim and I live in Santa Cruz, I'm retired which also means I'm not as quick and agile as most of you guys and gals!

I have a BMW G650GS, which I just put some decent DS tires on. I would call myself an OK, kind of cruiser on the street and relatively inexperienced on the offroad stuff on a big bike, but want to learn more and would like an occasional buddy to ride with, don't want to get in trouble by myself!!

Btw: I have experience Offroad, just not on the bigger bike, I have ridden, MX, ATV's and driven 4x4's offroad in Hollister, Dunes, Sierra's and Nevada mountain deserts

I'm available 7 days, for say 1/2 day rides, would like to try Summit Road - Mt Madonna.....dirt, fire roads....

cheers

Tim

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Old 01-17-2013, 01:40 PM   #3717
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Another FNG here. I'm Peter and have been living in San Francisco for 3.5 years; in the East Bay for 2.5 years before that, and lots of other places before that.

I currently ride a 2007 WeeStrom with only 55,000 miles on it -- so it's barely broken in. My off-pavement experience is extremely limited, and I hope to change that, although I'm really not set up for it yet - I don't even have tip-over guards or anything. I have, however, ridden to every county in CA on this bike (on pavement).

I'm specifically interested in riding Mendocino Pass, along with some of the roads up in western Humboldt, and especially in going south of the border for some lite off-road adventures.

Oh, and I used to be on BARF under this same username.
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Old 01-17-2013, 02:16 PM   #3718
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I am glad I have 3 witnesses that told my story to the cops.

1. SWA flight attendant on his way to work
2. Very nice lady that stayed at the scene until the tow truck came
3. Very nice man that was in the lane back left of me

I have a feeling those images will stick in their minds for quite sometime. I consider myself an uber safe rider and just do it for fun. This does prove my thinking that I prefer to ride off road.. at least when I dump her, I don't have to blame another human.
Dang. Sorry to hear that Chris. :( Glad you're o.k. Poor moto. I see these homeless guys or home depot slackers riding their bikes all crazy. Almost tagged one on the way home in my cage. ugh. Really sucks. That bicycle wasn't worth $5 buck.
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Old 01-20-2013, 09:50 AM   #3719
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Hi All,

Let me introduce myself, I'm Tim and I live in Santa Cruz, I'm retired which also means I'm not as quick and agile as most of you guys and gals!

I have a BMW G650GS, which I just put some decent DS tires on. I would call myself an OK, kind of cruiser on the street and relatively inexperienced on the offroad stuff on a big bike, but want to learn more and would like an occasional buddy to ride with, don't want to get in trouble by myself!!

Btw: I have experience Offroad, just not on the bigger bike, I have ridden, MX, ATV's and driven 4x4's offroad in Hollister, Dunes, Sierra's and Nevada mountain deserts

I'm available 7 days, for say 1/2 day rides, would like to try Summit Road - Mt Madonna.....dirt, fire roads....

cheers

Tim
Welcome to ADV. I am also in SC (there are a lot of ADV/dual sport folks in the area). As you know, there isn't a lot of dirt here, but Summit can be part of a fun loop (esp. if Highland is open/passable for a return after Corralitos, etc.)

Not many local rides organize here (but some do), you may also want to check SBR (South Bay Riders) where there are a few more local rides posted.

This weekend would be a great one for riding. I usually spend most of the winter off the moto and on the mountain bike (wet roads and cold winds are not my ideal conditions for riding a motorcycle). I'm out for this weekend though, as I am waiting on a battery for my XRL.
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Old 01-21-2013, 06:39 PM   #3720
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Desert BRPs Weekend

Took the XR650R team to Ridgecrest last weekend. Good thing I bought a bunch of those Lance Armstrong Stinger Waffles with me...

With these guys I need that "level playing field advantage" so I figured why not. Oh boy do they work......

http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=857354


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