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Well I was supposed to go on a ride today to go escort Santa Claus for a charity event, but alas I was called into work. I got an email a while back from another brother that did go on the ride. They were doing everything correct following speed limit, and proper staggering, but then there is everyone else!

A car club came up from behind and started passing our group as if they were standing still. One of the cars lost control and crossed in front of one of our bikes. The accident was unavoidable and the motorcycle struck the car in a t-bone fashion. The damage to the bike I have not been able to find out yet, BUT thankfully due to wearing the proper gear (D.O.T. helmet, leather, and sturdy boots) my friend walked away with a few scrapes and is shaken up. No broken bones or serious injuries.

It goes to show how the proper gear can and WILL save your behind in an emergency!

Ride for the crash not the ride!!!

As soon as I can get pictures if there are any I will post it up.
 

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Glad your friend came out of it OK. Sure had the potential to be extremely serious.
 

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Woah! Glad the rider is OK.

The Car Club came up from behind? Never heard of placement changes during a parade!
 

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Glad to hear your friend came out of it ok. You always have to watch for the "everyone elses".
 

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prayers for your friends recovery

I ride for my enjoyment..not the crash, thanks anyway
 

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Woah! Glad the rider is OK.

The Car Club came up from behind? Never heard of placement changes during a parade!
Sorry I wasn't clear... This happened on the way to the event!
 

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Glad your friend is o.k.
he can always get another bike
 

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Glad to read he wasn't seriously injured! I'm with Crazydave on this one though, I don't dwell on what COULD happen, talk about a buzzkill...

Wonder how many riders have given up riding simply because they couldn't rid their mind of what COULD happen and just enjoy the ride?
 

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I dress for the crash, it doesn't impede my enjoyment one iota. I don't plan on trouble when I ride, but I am constantly preparing for anything that might happen. Is that nitwit going to turn left in front of me? I that car going to pass me an loose control? Does that old geezer in the Buick see me? I constantly assess the potential trouble out there.
 

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I dress for the crash, it doesn't impede my enjoyment one iota. I don't plan on trouble when I ride, but I am constantly preparing for anything that might happen. Is that nitwit going to turn left in front of me? I that car going to pass me an loose control? Does that old geezer in the Buick see me? I constantly assess the potential trouble out there.

Is the young punk on that hot rod bike gonna be traveling down the road at twice the speed limit just as I pull out of a turn out? The dude with the rat..his bike going to lose its axle and slide into me? Ain't just cagers out there.. If you are not watching, if you are not prepared, then dressing for the crash is a poor third choice. Your gear "might" protect you, then again it might not..it is far better to ride to avoid the crash then it is to dress for it.
 

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Is the young punk on that hot rod bike gonna be traveling down the road at twice the speed limit just as I pull out of a turn out? The dude with the rat..his bike going to lose its axle and slide into me? Ain't just cagers out there.. If you are not watching, if you are not prepared, then dressing for the crash is a poor third choice. Your gear "might" protect you, then again it might not..it is far better to ride to avoid the crash then it is to dress for it.
I like that kind of thinking, defensive driving, car bike it doesn't mater always defensive driving. Years ago my dad would say "you not only drive your car but everyone else's around you!"
As to the crash, I pray what little harm was done heals fast!
 

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I like that kind of thinking, defensive driving, car bike it doesn't mater always defensive driving. Years ago my dad would say "you not only drive your car but everyone else's around you!"
As to the crash, I pray what little harm was done heals fast!

Although I appreciate the kudos I do not practice defensive driving/riding but rather survival.. that may mean a defensive maneuver or it may be something that seems aggressive to the observer, especially on the bike. My intent for each ride it to bring myself and my wife home alive and unscathed if I have to offend someones sensibility's in the process so be it. Since 85 I have had only two minor drops, but single bike incidents , I like that record.
 

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I like that kind of thinking, defensive driving, car bike it doesn't mater always defensive driving. Years ago my dad would say "you not only drive your car but everyone else's around you!"
As to the crash, I pray what little harm was done heals fast!
If I was driving to fast my dad always asked me the same question "why are you in such a hurry to get to the scene of the accident?"

I always think of that, especially when I'm behind someone and I want too pass really badly.......
It's saved my big a.. several times to NOT act on that thought. I miss my dad a lot these days
 

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Wonder how many riders have given up riding simply because they couldn't rid their mind of what COULD happen and just enjoy the ride?
Or how many whose wife's said no to buying one or selling it because of concern.
 

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So back to the original post. Sorry to hear about your fallen brother and glad to hear he's ok.
Any news on the person driving the car? Any charges or details about that?
 

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Well I did get to see him a bit last night at the Christmas party... It didn't feel right trying to take a picture of him... He is sore all over, but all that left a mark was some scraping on his face which will leave a decent scar, but other than that he is fine. All I could get about a damage report on the bike is..."at least its not totaled"

As far as the cager... He was attempting to pass on the left side, he then lost control and spun through the formation and hit the dirt... His car kicked back and stopped in the road right in-front of my buddies front wheel... The other members of the car club felt really ******, but of course none of them "knew" the guy that wrecked... I do not know anything else than that, but I am just glad that everyone is ok.
 

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Feelings and thoughts are with you brother.
 

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Glad your friend wasn't hurt worse, and praying he isn't too 'shaken up' to keep on riding. Hopefully, the car driver has also learned a valuable lesson, and won't do anything stupid like that again, either.

I learned my lesson the first and only (so far) time I've gone down, which was due to a kid running a stop sign. I had helmet, good steel toed boots, and leather jacket, but just Levis on my legs. Won't do that again! I've gotten a pair of those kevlar lined jeans, or I wear thick chaps when I ride. The steel toed boots actually saved me from losing a toe, too, so I always use them when I ride, too.
 

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Glad your friend wasn't hurt worse, and praying he isn't too 'shaken up' to keep on riding. Hopefully, the car driver has also learned a valuable lesson, and won't do anything stupid like that again, either.

I learned my lesson the first and only (so far) time I've gone down, which was due to a kid running a stop sign. I had helmet, good steel toed boots, and leather jacket, but just Levis on my legs. Won't do that again! I've gotten a pair of those kevlar lined jeans, or I wear thick chaps when I ride. The steel toed boots actually saved me from losing a toe, too, so I always use them when I ride, too.
Don't get yourself a false sense of security with those steel toed boots. I have a friend that is missing two toes sheered off by the insert.
 
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