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So after 6 weeks and 1446 miles of enjoying my new bike (bought with 0 miles fresh out the box), I ride home from work on a nice day. I get off the interstate and come to a light for a left hand turn and slow down cuz the light turned yellow for the car in front of me. I begin to stop when I hear tires screeching and before I knew it I was ejected from my seat into the air and over the handle bars. I did a front flip and landed on my backpack in the middle of the intersection. After shacking the cobwebs loose I get up and see this...
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A cop was on the cross street at the light and saw the whole thing. He pulled in front of us to let us take pictures. Then me and the cop had to hold the bike while the van driver drove off the bike. It was wedged good. So far they say it will need a new frame sine it buckled. You can see the seat is bucked up too. Monday the adjuster will get a look and tell me the verdict. So far the quote is around $2890 but they haven't checked rim run out, swingarm squareness or anything. I am goin today to look at it and show the estimates the pictures cuz a rear tire wasn't even quoted. We shall see.

I am fine. Neck was a little sore bust my backpack and iphone took the damage.




 

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He said he was watching the car in front of me. He ran it and thought I was going to also. He was so high up he didn't see brake lights. He must have been trying to catch up because noone was behind me when I exited the interstate.

Backpack had my cold weather over pants and under armor long sleeve shirt. That helped to cusiob the landing. But keys wallet and phone were in there. Phone is cracked front and back.

I'm hoping they just total it. It shook like crazy on way home. Only 1 mile away and at 35 mph. But it did run. Weird thing was that the chain got tighter instead of more loose.

It was a company van so if things go south I will just call my lawyer. Worst part is its supposed to be 70 tomorrow and there's a meet I go to...but no bike. I wish I could demand a rental bike..lol


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Wow....wow....wow.
What to even say!? Thank god you're okay, that could have ended a **** of a lot worse so say your prayers it ended how it did. I would want to mutilate that dude...no lie. THIS is a prime example of people not paying enough attention. If he was at a SAFE following distance he would have seen you braking! Did the cop cite the dude on scene?
 

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Please tell me that van driver was charged with something. Careless Driving (or whatever the equivalent is in your state) at least.

Glad you're OK. The bike looks like a write-off.

Edit: Only following too close? Wtf... Following too close is following too close... He rammed himself up your rear.
 

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That totally sucks. Glad you're okay. This is by far my biggest fear when riding. I know where my abilities and don't exceed them when I ride. But how do you control some idiot in a van BEHIND you? On top of that, the light was yellow. Was he planning on not just you running it, but running it himself as well?
 

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These kinds of accidents are very common unfortunately....people anticipating instead of actually waiting to see what the driver in front will do. Especially dangerous are the curves with yield signs, where drivers are looking more at the cross traffic for an opening than the person in front of them. You are one tough guy to fly over the handlebars and not get seriously hurt. The bike looks totalled to me. How would your warranty work? If the dealer keeps it a month getting parts and working on it, that is a month of warranty (and use) you lose, whereas with a new bike, the 1-year warranty begins again. I hope you can get a new bike. Sorry about your wreck.
 

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Be sure you push for replacement of everything, the phone, helmet and gloves, any safety gear you had on that would be damaged.
VERY valid point! They say a drop of even 5 feet with a helmet is reason to replace it because it messes with the effectiveness by it having possible internal cracks, ect.

Wow, I still cannot get over this situation though...was the guy young or older? Obviously an idiot, at best. Hopefully the company terminates him for being an asshat!
 

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First off, GLAD YOU"RE OK...

...and thanks for posting this for everyone to see. I am sorry to hear about this but very happy you literally walked away from the incident.

Just my 2¢, I would recommend consulting with your lawyer anyway to ensure you get everything you're entitled to in this situation. Many times a simple demand letter to a company or individual with a legal firm's letterhead creates a great deal of motivation.

I would also suggest getting checked out by a doctor just to cover all your bases. That doctor's evaluation should help your case as the other insurance company may come back and say that since you didn't even bother to visit a doctor the event was extremely minor. Remember, it is not in the insurance company's best interest to pay claims in full - they pay the bare minimum they can legally get away with.

On a related note there are a couple mods I'm working on to hopefully prevent the type of collision you had to endure by replacing the (relatively) dim brake lamp with an LED replacement that I just got this week and works very well. I also have on order a Healtech Brake Light Pro that I should get soon. I'll make a separate post for others when it gets in and I install it. I believe every rider could benefit from these types of 'attention getters'. However, in California (possibly other states) there are restrictions on the rate of flashing for brake lights, but just like Honey Badger - I just don't care!

At any rate, be well, enjoy a cold one and think about how much fun you're going to have with your new bike and turning this one into a track day weapon! :D
 

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Regardless of the situation I would grab your lawyer and get him involved. I was in a VERY MINOR car accident, head on collision. I was going 15-20 mph and the other guy maybe 25 when he turned in front of my car in an intersection. is car got a dent. Mine was totalled.

I didn't go to the doctor at first, but then decided to go ahead and do it just to be safe even though I felt perfectly fine. Thank goodness I did, because I ended up having 1 bulging disk + 2 tears in my lower back and a bulging disk and tear in my neck. This was in 2010 and I am STILL suffering today from the pain.

My lawyer was able to sue for the maximum you can legally sue for and we won. This didn't hurt the guy who hit me, so don't worry about that. Their insurance company paid me for my car (I bought it, cash $9000... they gave me $10,000 a year and a half later after I purchased it... talk about profit!). I also won the $16,000 my lawyer sued for and got about $9,000 after all the fees. (Very high class lawyer...............)

Just my medical bills that we sued for them to pay were over $30,000. 10k for each MRI, 10k for chiropractor / ER visit / medicine.

I'd off you my lawyer since you're just on the other side of the water in Hampton and he is here in Norfolk, but you said you already have one. Good luck man, don't be NICE to the insurance companies. They will screw you over! You may have something completely wrong with you and you don't even know it yet! It took 4 days before I started feeling the immense pain my body was in due to shock + adrenaline.
 

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I will probably do that anyway. As far as the ticket, I googled being rear ended on a bike and there was a news cast where the exact thing that happened and the lady on the bike died but the driver who was too busy painting her nails only got a following to close ticket. That was real shocking...


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if frame damage, that bike should be totaled.

Important part is that you're okay. Lawyer should get you more money, especially because it was a company owned truck
 

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wow. main thing is your ok, bikes are replaceable, your not. im surprised they dont write it off and get you a new one. if its a frame the bike will have to be stripped and all parts moved over, that will take some man hours for sure
 

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To add insult to injury, the new Ogio Mach 5 I ordered was on the door step. My friends offered to try it out for me.

If anyone was wondering, if it does get totaled I will buy another one. Everyone has told me to get a bigger bike if it does. I've had a 600 and ridden others, but I bought this bike for the triple threat...good looks, great gas, and a thrill to ride. These same people say something about my commuter CRX. Why buy a new hybrid when my 350,000 mile CRX gets just as good mileage and still drives like new? If I wanted something faster I would drive my 200 whp CRX or my turbo mazdaspeed 3. I'm sure one day I will want a second bike for variety, but the 300 will remain in the stable as long as the CRX.

Went to go look at it and got them to add a new tire on the initial quote. Salesman there was saying they had a Repsol cbr250 and that its the best looking 250 ever... I almost threw up in my mouth a little bit...
 
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