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Old 11-13-2015, 01:40 PM   #21
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Just want to point out in my situation, a gun wouldn't have done any good for me. The car started accelerating towards me from 25 yards, but it wasn't until about 10 yards that I started to realize his intent was to run me over. The only thing there was time for was to think "oh he's going to run me over" lol. I still support the idea of carrying a gun, but for protection from the unexpected mugging or something. Not so that I have a way out when I go after villains.

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So aside from you harrowing tale of chivalry and bravery, what bike are you looking at? Your title suggest you want input on what class and brand to get. What is your budget and riding experience?
I'm thinking of a 600 class bike. Got roughly 7K to work with, still need to do some budgeting and really nail down a number. Got my last bike roughly 4 months ago, so 4 months roughly of riding experience lol. However, since the day I bought the bike it has been my main transportation. So I put about 5K miles on it in last few months.

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Old 11-13-2015, 03:15 PM   #22
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Lots of folks would just sheep out and not lift a finger. You had a split second to decide, and you made a move... albeit a unprepared one.

When you gave chase, you must have had an objective in mind. It could not possibly have been to apprehend the BGs; you are ill-equipped to do so. Since this was a car stolen from a yelling owner, there was no need to get the license plate number. So the only possible motive would have been to: follow and alert authority of their where-abouts. If your phone is dead, giving chase is futile. And unless you haven't checked your phone in hours, you should've known that the batt is close to dead. And if you do not have a BT helmet and a bike phone mount, calling cops while riding is very impractical.

Once you found out your phone was dead, you primary objective cannot be achieved. You should've extricated yourself ASAP. Sticking around did nobody any good - especially you. Get da heck out of there! As an old Chinese saying goes: "A cornered dog will jump wall... or bite." What exactly do you think that cornered rat's gonna do? Dare I say the only reason you stuck around is the same as those motorists who slow down to rubberneck at an accident scene to satisfy their morbid curiosity... for you, this was crime scene in progress... LIVE, and whole lot better than watching COPS!

While I agree a CHL is a mighty good idea, Situational Awareness is an even better one. You exercised SA poorly. I am glad you weren't hurt bad, but coming here to post about having gotten insurance money because of your exercising bad judgement is not in the best of taste.
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...coming here to post about having gotten insurance money because of your exercising bad judgement is not in the best of taste.
While I agree with everything you said prior to this closing sentence, I couldn't disagree more about your judgement of my motives posting here. I didn't come here to brag about an insurance settlement, I came here to share a wild story with one of the only communities I know that might actually give a to hear it. I'm aware of the criticism that comes with that lol. I was relieved to know that insurance did cover me and I'm anxious to get back on my own two wheels again, and not my wife's. Was bummed when I found out there was some sort of "Ride of the Century: Houston" type thing going on the same weekend. Anybody go to that?

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Old 11-13-2015, 03:40 PM   #24
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Criticisms they might be, but I hope mine come across as constructive... mostly anyway. Especially when you are dealing with insurance co's, you need to exercise caution when telling your tales to the World Wide Web, and the tone you use. Last thing you want happen is your ins co denying/revoking your claim because evidence they gathered indicated that you'd provoked the attack in order to get a new bike out of it.
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