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#1 sullivan

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Posted 16 August 2011 - 08:12 PM

Stopped for pedestrians tonight, on Commercial street in Portland. Multiple painted walks as it is a tourist part of town. Lots of stop and go. Well this time was an interesting stop. Driver from out of town in a little Ford Focus? decided to double check her gps, being lost. I recall the pedestrians freezing, and a small skid or chirp. Bike is then set in motion out from under me! I remember worrying that someone behind me was about to run over my arm or worse, as I was on my arse.
Actually wanted to throw the finger as I looked around but thought better of it.
Anyway, cleaned out her front left at headlight.
Mine? Hit the rear can and saddlebag which traveled down the road. Urethane slider worked then ripped off. Every pc. of plastic is ground down up through to the fractured mirror and mount.
Left the bag behind temporarily and drove home with the can holding on at the connector only, as the support arm/peg/saddlebag point aluminum is toast.
Only have road rash under the wallet, not being sure if that caused it or helped me. Normally keep it in jacket.

So, any impromptu visit to Nerds is no longer.

Hope you all have a better ride!!!!!!!!!

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Posted 16 August 2011 - 08:22 PM

Bummer!

At least your here typing about it!

And I would have definitely thrown the finger, as well as had just a *few* choice words for the FRICKING IDIOT.
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Posted 16 August 2011 - 09:58 PM

Here too saying good you rode away. Hope all healing goes well.
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Posted 17 August 2011 - 02:18 AM

Sorry to hear about that Dan. Glad you came away relatively unscathed. The bike can be fixed.

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Posted 17 August 2011 - 04:07 AM

We will have a toast in your honor :rockwoot: Glad you're OK.

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Posted 17 August 2011 - 05:02 AM

Sorry to hear about that Dan. Glad you came away relatively unscathed. The bike can be fixed.


+1, Gunny; very sorry to hear about this Dan, just very glad that YOU are OK!

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Posted 17 August 2011 - 05:10 AM

One fun thing to do I learned from a lawyer friend of mine is that anytime you're in a fender bender where the other party is clearly at fault, and you're not seriously injured, is to grab your neck and pretend to have a spinal injury. It will scare the hell out of the other guy and make them very cooperative.

It's a good way to put the fear of god into them.

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Posted 17 August 2011 - 05:10 AM

What the F*? I don't know what's with people these days -- I'm guessing that's a crowded street and using a GPS to tell you where to go while around all those people/cars.

I'm glad you're ok. I hope insurance treats you right.

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Posted 17 August 2011 - 05:12 AM

I was no where near Portland. Several of my "associates" can verify my whereabouts at the time in question.

Dan, can you tell me when you're going to be out on the streets again?

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Posted 17 August 2011 - 05:18 AM

Glad you are OK. I feel your pain man, I had almost the exact same thing happen to me a couple months ago. F150 plowed into me at a yield. He managed to mangle both pipes and break the rear sub frame. Totaled the bike... Ride safe and watch those rear view mirrors!!!

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Posted 17 August 2011 - 02:39 PM

Thanks for the replys. Got a few good chuckles.
I know Friday is the usual night for forum drinking and typing but am treating my self to some frosties and will be going to look at the frame where the slider got torqed and snapped off, etc.


Here's to good late summer weather to my friends riding in VT. A toast back at you for your tires to get a work out.
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Posted 17 August 2011 - 07:27 PM

Sorry you can't make it but glad you are OK..
We are having a very NERDY time... :)
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Posted 18 August 2011 - 02:32 AM

Sorry to hear about this. Glad you are OK. I'll have one in your honor at NERDS.

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Posted 21 August 2011 - 03:40 PM

That sucks Dan I had no idea, we were looking forward to seeing you. thankfully YOU are OK