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Old 09-29-2006, 05:40 PM   #1
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left turning cager kills dl1000

There I was minding my own affairs. Had just dropped off my lady friend who bought me lunch for my 40th birthday (today) and was almost home when an oncoming truck turned left in front of me. Emergency maneuvers: hard on the front brake, hard enough on the rear brake to lock it up, when I decided he wasn't going to get out of the way in time I pushed the rear of the bike to the right and laid down... Pulled my leg out from underneath, the bike hits his rear quarter panel, the bike and I are seperated, I slide down on my back then roll over onto my front and slide down the road feet first into the thankfully non-existant oncoming traffic. The bike continues to slide on it's left side til it hits the dirt on the other side of the road whereupon it flips and lands on it's right side. I jump up, call the SOB who cut in front of me a Fucking Asshole as I'm thanking my ancestors that I am able to do so.

Damage: My Helmet: HJC, about 6 years old: scratches on chin guard and visor where my face should have been. My Jacket (Joe Rocket Alter Ego, bought just a few months ago) has abrasions on the right shoulder, a hole on the inside left forearm, dirt and scuff marks all over the back and elbow pads and will be replaced. The pads saved my elbows and back and shoulder. My gloves: (Joe Rocket racing gloves with plastic knuckles) performed beautifully. The gloves are scuffed and torn where my knuckles should have been... They are worth the $60. My pants: (Carhartt) A hole worn into the left side leg pocket where my cell phone lives. A hole worn into the right rear pocket where my wallet lives. No abrasions on me, but I still feel a bit stupid for not having on the Alter Ego pants I own. The Bike: My big black 2005 Suzuki DL1000 V-Strom is dead. The Givi Crash guards did a beautiful job protecting the plastic faring, but the front fender is busted, the passenger pegs are busted, the left foot peg is busted, the Givi Bags are shattered, the Givi bag frame is pushed deep into the right muffler, the left muffler moved a few inches out, the rear subframe is bent, the license plate is bent on both ends, FUCK! Looks like a 2007 Big Strom is in my future...

Glad to be Alive,
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Old 09-29-2006, 05:58 PM   #2
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Eek Glad your OK

Whoa Bro,,, (Well actually Bro-in-law)
Damn close call !!!!!

But I'm sure glad your OK !!!!
We both might have to sip a couple xtra JD's tonight....
Happy B-Day...

I'll try to help ya spend that insurance check !!!!!!
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Old 09-29-2006, 06:05 PM   #3
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Glad to hear your ok. Coulda been worse. What happened to the truck driver?
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Old 09-29-2006, 06:09 PM   #4
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Old 09-29-2006, 06:12 PM   #5
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Make sure his insurance company not only pays for your bike but for a new helmet, jacket and gloves too. Glad your ok.
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Old 09-29-2006, 06:45 PM   #6
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Another ATGATT success story. Glad you're unhurt!
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Old 09-30-2006, 05:20 AM   #7
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Eh? R U Sore

How ya feeling this morning ??
A bit sore ???
Or....at the very least hungover.
Good thing this didn't happen at the beginning of riding season.
Thats why ya need a backup bike.
Of course then, I'll be able to use the "backup bike" when I visit.

Yer sister says,,,"Go take a hike",,,You'll feel better.....

Oh Yea........PICS we need PICS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 09-30-2006, 05:48 AM   #8
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Rapidox -

Glad you are okay. Good to hear that the 6 year old HJC held up well and your noggin is intact!

Soundls like you did all you could do given the bad hand that fate dealt you in this instance. The bike can be replaced, it's just metal - that's the important thing, that you are okay.

Guess it's a b-day you will never forget! Best of luck with the accident claim, keep us posted on your progress.
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Old 09-30-2006, 06:27 AM   #9
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Glad you are ok.

"Make sure his insurance company not only pays for your bike but for a new helmet, jacket and gloves too. Glad your ok."

+Carhartts. The chap thick ones are almost as good as moto pants.
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Old 09-30-2006, 08:37 AM   #10
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Thanks for the play by play ROM and happy to hear nothing is broken but the bike. Keep us posted on your situation.
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Old 09-30-2006, 09:48 AM   #11
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Glad you wer not hurt seriously, thanks for sharing -

If you don't mind me asking -

How fast were you going?

How far did you slide?
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Old 09-30-2006, 10:09 AM   #12
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If you don't mind me asking -

How fast were you going?

Fairly heavy traffic. I was passing people but not at the time of the crash. About 55-60 mph.

How far did you slide?

Rear tire skid marks were about 70 feet, the bike slid I'm guessing about another 50', I slid behind the bike only about 30'. 'nuf to get my attention...

Pics to be posted later today.

I, miraculously, am fine. Going canoing with a new girlfriend (and her daughter) today, and caving tomorrow (without her daughter... )

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Old 09-30-2006, 04:17 PM   #13
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Here's the pics I promised. I also stopped by the scene today and paced things out: Rear tire track is visible for about 38 paces, then you can see the tread where it was sideways just before impact. The bike slid another 39 paces including flipping into the ditch on the other side of the road. The left side of my bike (the first side to hit pavement) looks like this:

The back of the bike looks like this: (look close at the left side muffler pipe)

Here's the right side:

The Helmet (my visor is scratched as is my chin bar. The other helmet was in the side case)


My Gloves (I really like these gloves...)

and a couple of my jacket: (I really like this jacket too...)



My Scarpa heavy leather mounaineering boots look absolutely no different than they did, but I can use these boots as bulldozers in the scree fields of the surrounding canyons.

All in all, I'm sure happy not to be a Hardly poser with a t-shirt, shorts, sneakers, and a helmet strapped to the back of the bike.

Glad to be alive,
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Old 09-30-2006, 05:43 PM   #14
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Glad you are ok...bike looks 50/50...could be serious frame damage but maybe not...Looked like you were on your way to a very tricked out ride. Trash all the gear and the helmet... i know its sad but i had a moment of confusion after my get off this past spring and actually called the helmet manufacturer in my case Nolan and asked if they could test the lid to see if i could reuse it... a few weeks old well lets just say the tech on the phone brought me back to my senses... all gear lives to save its owner one time...

Good luck with it
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Old 10-01-2006, 11:59 AM   #15
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I think insurance wise that bike is totalled.

Glad ATGATT worked out for ya.

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