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post #161 of 168 (permalink) Old 11-19-2017, 06:34 PM
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Wrecks were inevitable for me. I'm on my fourth streetbike and i've been in wrecks with the previous three bikes. All were determined to be the other motorist's fault and they all said they didn't see or hear me. I'm always stunned by this because I had headlight modulators in two of those wrecks and had loud aftermarket exhausts also. I've always worn reflective gear and have mostly always followed many of the post's safety recommendations. A surprising number of folks just don't look for us and with the damn cellphones, we are even more SOL...

That said, I love riding. Is it worth it all? Hell yeah!
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Since my last posts on this thread,
I had a 'crash'- 1st ever on street.

I still think it was not inevitable though....

So many events happened that morning in a row that lead up to the crash- it was like a comedy of errors!

Bottom Line - for me and my crash (there was a thread on it) 05/07/17;
it was TOTALLY my fault- thank God no other bike or vehicle/car was involved.
F'd me up pretty good- I was lucky- it wasn't my day to die.

Just happy to be here, have a replacement bike, and will be fixing all the cosmetics of the crashed one this Winter/spring.

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Well, I wrecked since I posted last. I live "out in the boonies" so to speak, and my buddy told me to take his bike for a ride. I was turning at an intersection and hit some loose asphalt. It was low speed and bike slipped out from under me, and I busted the rotor cover. The slider snapped right off, and we found out after looking at it that the adapter he got was CAST not milled. I forgot to wear gloves and skinned my palm a little (about the size of a quarter).

Shit happens I guess. I felt terrible about what happened since it wasn't my bike; He was excited that he found a Vortex milled aluminum cover on Ebay for cheap, lol. He's got a quite a few upgrades waiting for his bike, which I am helping him with.

So yeah, I guess they are inevitable. Got my first one out of the way, and thankfully neither me nor the bike were severely damaged.

What I've taken away from the incident was watch out for the rubble that is the same color as the sun baked asphalt, and practice low speed maneuvers in a parking lot. And don't wreck your friends bike
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What I've taken away from the incident was watch out for the rubble that is the same color as the sun baked asphalt, and practice low speed maneuvers in a parking lot. And don't wreck your friends bike
Glad you and the bike had little if any damage.

But from the paragraph I quoted of yours- I still say they are not 'inevitable'
However, feces does occur.

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I feel like they are inevitable. If you ride enough, sooner or later your luck will run out. Some people just have luck that holds out longer than others. I've had 2 wrecks, both relatively minor, and only one that involved another vehicle. Still sucked though.

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I can say for me they were definitely inevitable...I shattered my forearm 3 weeks after getting my first street bike..99 Bandit 600. That was all me tho, I had no business riding the way I was at that time. I have crashed two other times since then. One highside in the street with my 750, car backed out in front of me...then one lowside at the track. I was not hurt in either of those thank God.

After all that, I have a friend who rode for years in the street on fast bikes and never went down....so it all depends I'd say. Some of us are ALOT luckier/less accident prone/more skillful/talented from birth than others.

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Maybe I should 'splain myself on this thread.

By 'inevitable'

To ME means that:
- there was nothing that could have been done differently to avoid it
- no amount of planning, anticipating, or leaving yourself 'an out' could have avoided it

Not riding at all doesn't count in this 'are wrecks inevitable'

For me, I still feel, and always will feel that any wreck is avoidable, and not inevitable.

That's just me, your mileage may differ...

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I've been riding street bikes for over 30 years. I haven't been down, yet, on the street. I have eaten dirt quite a few times though. I think all wrecks are situational. I ride hard and fast almost everywhere. But I never ride harder or faster than my skill allows, and neither should anybody else. Also, the bike you are on should be FULLY maintained. Just because a tire isn't bald, doesn't mean it's good. Two years, three max on a front tire. Rear usually wears out before, or by then. Many of the wrecks I have seen happen is because of an old front tire... Someday it may happen to me, hopefully it won't happen to any of us (again?) be smart, be safe...

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