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Old 07-26-2013, 11:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have been riding for close to 30 years now (mainly sportbikes). Never had an accident until recently. Many many close calls, but my rules have saved me from these close calls turning into collisions.

What changed recently was that the rules and riding style I use didn't take into account riding with a passenger. My wife and I were on our way home from work (we both work at the same hospital) and along the way, the usual "left turn in front of me" came along. I saw the guy and anticipated what he would do and started to do the normal avoidance, hard on front brake thing when I quickly discovered that my wife was going to come off the bike if I braked and swerved like I had started to do. I ended up having to release the brake and just try my best to hit as far back on the car as I could. Ended up with no injuries, but did $1,700 damage to the bike and took the rear bumper almost clean off the car.

Lesson to be learned here - a passenger will drastically change the way you have to react to dumb drivers. Keep this in mind, and hopefully this will help someone else do better than I did.

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Wow, nice save and quick decision on your part. Glad you and the wife are safe. I hardly ride with with passenger and avoid it if I can because of the danger and nature of riding a bike. When I do though I definitely take things slow and easy as possible.
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Wow thats one dumbass driver in the car how did he not see you? Glad both of you are okay and you have some great skills and reflexes good job and ride safe
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man glad to hear your ok as well as your wife. im even more impressed you recorded the lot.make sure the driver pays for everything as they are clearly at fault.

yes the added weight of a passenger or even extra weight of luggage can drastically change how a bike handles
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You handled that like a pro. I didn't even know it was possible to have a collision and still keep the bike upright.

I can only hope that in time my skills will be half as good as yours

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Looks like driver of the car was in a hurry to get somewhere. Also goes to show that cagers aren't looking for motorcycles. This could've ended a lot worse than it did. Glad to hear you guys are OK, you handled the situation like a champ.
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Thoroughly impressed man. Glad you're ok.

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You did very well, passenger or none. The timing was also very fortunate, as it could have been your knee and leg bouncing off the car instead of the fairing and that probably would have busted up your leg pretty good.
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Man that sucks. You did great though.

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Scary stuff, man. Glad you and your wife are ok. The value of having a camera recording every time you ride cannot be understated. One 200$ camera could literally save you thousands of dollars and potential lawsuits.
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