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Old 08-06-2007, 10:09 AM   #1
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"If you ride you slide"

An old saying i've heard a lot. True in my case unfortunatly. After all that work a did to my Lowrider a frackin Nissan Pathfinder hit me on July 24th on my way home from work. He pulled over into my lane without seeing me, clipped me pushing me into the lane to my left which had slower traffic. Not sure on the details at this point as I hit the back of a Surburban and then hit the road. Not even sure how long I slid before coming to stop. I remember staring up at the sky asking to keep the other cages from running me over which he did. After realizing I was still alive I picked myself up off the road and went to my bike which was a bit up the road from where i stopped. Seems the bike landed on my right leg when I hit the ground and slid 1 way and i slid the other.

GEAR: Riding boots (damaged), Leather jacket (damaged), backpack (damaged), finger less gloves (no damage), and blue jeans (shreaded). No helmet.

Injuries: Right side of body bruised and swollen, minor concussion, sprained right ankle, cracked rib, minor cuts and road rash.

I believe the backpack saved my life. Because of its foam padding and thickness it kept the back of my head from skinning down the road.

So yeah, I had an Angel riding with me that day. Bike is in the shop for 6-8 weeks. My new exhaust, pegs, and controls all have to be replaced. Front end and front wheel have to be replaced along with all the sheet metal. Because my bike is 100th anniversary, the shop has to send in the damaged tank and fenders with the emblems and a copy of my title before Harley will send new parts.

All in all I am 1 luck boys! I doubt i will continue to commute to work on the bike and I wont ride again without a helmet. No since in pushing my luck eh!

I'll post pics of the bike tomorrow. Today is my first day back to work in a week and 1/2.
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Old 08-06-2007, 10:18 AM   #2
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good that you made it out alive.


One of the first things I do when I buy a new cage is put blind spot mirrors on it. I see so many people dont have them and alot of drivers dont even look. Some people dont even know what a blind spot is, it ****ing me off when I am riding with someone and they dont check their blind spot. **** people, you have to look.
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Dude I hope you make a quick recovery. The Lord was indeed with you that day .
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Old 08-06-2007, 10:26 AM   #4
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It's unfortunate that it takes something like this to make you realize you need a helmet. I'm glad you're ok, but save your brain and wear a lid.
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Glad that you are alive and well to tell the story.
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Old 08-06-2007, 10:29 AM   #6
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Glad your okay

Sorry to hear about the shredded jeans :laughing6 j/k hope you get well soon and resume your riding don't let this one bad thing keep you off your bike. If this guy did not see you he probably would not have seen your car either. Always good to hear people say that they will wear their helmet
I am sure that your Family is glad to hear that you are okay as well.
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Old 08-06-2007, 11:10 AM   #7
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ya gotta watch for that !!! Cagers are hungry bike eaters and will stop at nothing to get you!!

Seriously though, glad you made it. Keep an eye out for that every time you ride/drive. Cagers making left turns and lane changes....seriously deadly there.
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Old 08-06-2007, 01:02 PM   #8
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Dud!!!! That is crazy. has a something for you to make it out of that one. Good luck stay safe.
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Old 08-06-2007, 06:26 PM   #9
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Glad you made out of it.
Shame about your bike tho...
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Glad you alright man

where are the pictures?!
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I'm glad you survived. You are one lucky guy to not be damaged too bad. Must have been the fingerless gloves that saved your life! Traffic is bad here, not sure why peeps here don't like to use mirrors or turn signals but it is a fact of life. Heal up quick!
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Glad you are ok and this a really cool thread with alot people giving credit to for sparing your . is Good. MAybe there is hope for this country yet with all the evolution and being taught in schools.
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Old 08-08-2007, 08:57 PM   #13
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wow man. glad you made it out with such minor injuries. things coulda been reeeal ugly.
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dayum bro, really glad you made it out with your life. just like azylum stated, it really could of gotten very ugly.
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Dude I hope you make a quick recovery. The Lord was indeed with you that day .
+1 to that indeed, so many don't get another chance, its a good thing to have with you, sometimes he serves as a frame slider for humans to keep you from major harm, mebbe just enough to learn a lesson somewhere in the mix. Even with all my ways, he still chooses to ride with me, amazing grace indeed.
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I'm glad you survived. You are one lucky guy to not be damaged too bad. Must have been the fingerless gloves that saved your life! Traffic is bad here, not sure why peeps here don't like to use mirrors or turn signals but it is a fact of life. Heal up quick!
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Glad you are ok and this a really cool thread with alot people giving credit to for sparing your . is Good. MAybe there is hope for this country yet with all the evolution and being taught in schools.
yup to the first part and :laughing6 to the last part:laughing6
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Aww, is someone not familiar with the multi-quote feature?
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I wanted to say thanks to everyone for your concern and support. I totally give it up to . I retract 2 previous statements. It wasnt the backpack that saved my life, it was the voice that told me to wear it that morning (i've never wore a backpack to work before and had to dig that 1 out of a closet). Also, when I said I am 1 lucky . What I meant is that I am 1 very fortunate .

I still believe that wearing safety gear may or may not increase your chance of having postive quality of life after an accident but the decision of life or death still rest in the hands of .

My opinion is this: when its your time, its your time. Dosent matter if you are riding, driving, flying, walking, standing, ect.

Oh yeah, pictures! I only have a few at the office and most are real close ups of the damage. So, here is 1 and i'll have to post a more later.

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I guess when I hit the back of the suburban it twisted the front forks so hard to the right that it broke the fork stop and the forks turned in and crushed the gas tank. The bolt that is circled is what caused the hole in the gas tank, also circled in red.

I'll post some pics I have of the entire right side of the bike. It surprisingly doesnt look that bad. If I had to guess, I would say i hit the back of the suburban at 30 -40 mph. I ride wrist up naturaly so when the guy cliped me on the right it turned my wrist down and I accelerated into the other lane. I do remember slamming the brakes before impact which may have helped some. Again, just writing about it ... man ... the bike and me = very fortunate.

Be safe out there guys. Personally I can't wait to get back on 2 wheels. 6 more weeks of physical therapy on my leg and neck and i'll be back in the saddle (granted Harley has my parts ready by then).
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