Bad week for bikes... and their riders


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Bad week for bikes... and their riders

Postby waituntilthebeep » Tue Jan 27, 2015 12:18 am



Last week was abysmal for some Washington riders. Me included. Well, mine was not abysmal, just scary and darned lucky. It started out with me getting clipped on my Wing first thing in the morning. Guy came out of a side street and crossed two lanes into me as he was trying to get over to do a u-turn around a concrete center lane barrier. I saw him coming out and his angle was such that I knew I was going to be the target. I railed on the throttle and went as far over to the left as I could go without rubbing the median wall and he kissed the right bag lid just as he realized that I was there. We pulled over, I scraped the poop out of my pants, resisted rotating the guys teeth for him and got info. I let him off the hook in the end because he was so besides himself I thought he would cry. Couldn't make a guy in a uniform cry, that's just not right. Only ended up with a couple scuff marks that I could polish out so I didn't get after him. Lucky s.o.b. I almost lost my cherub like demeanor.

That same day, someone decided at the last minute that their turn to the right had just passed and they hung a u-turn in front of a guy on a mid sized Kawi and sent him sailing. I rolled on scene about 1 minute after it had happened and 10 people had already rushed to his aid. Fortunately, the accident happened in the ferry holding area and there was a dozen cars there to witness the accident and plenty of volunteers to help him out. He was laying down, moving his fingers, and not looking like he was having a real fun time. I can only imagine.

The third happened a couple days later when some dude decided that red lights are not for motorcycles and he rodded it on his Hog to get through a ripening light only to t-bone a Yaris. 50 mph Harley vs. tinfoil car. He didn't make it. That was obviously operator error that ended in the ultimate game over but still... involved a motorcycle.

BTW... didn't tell my wife about any of these. She'd be hiding my keys for sure.



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Re: Bad week for bikes... and their riders

Postby Mag » Tue Jan 27, 2015 11:37 pm

Wow, good thing I was not riding last week if WA State was that bad. I almost got the bike out last weekend when it warmed up but I still have to move all the crap at the front of the garage door that I put there in the winter time.

Guess what this weekend's chore is?

Ride safe!

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Re: Bad week for bikes... and their riders

Postby bstig60 » Tue Jan 27, 2015 11:48 pm

I did a 300+ mile ride this past weekend and another 325 mile ride the week before. Weather has been nice here. May get a good day trip in this coming weekend if the weather holds.
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Re: Bad week for bikes... and their riders

Postby Mag » Tue Jan 27, 2015 11:51 pm

Shush!!!!

(Dad down in Sonora mentioned 68 degree weather, and I shoulda been out on the road, ugh!!!!!)

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Re: Bad week for bikes... and their riders

Postby bstig60 » Tue Jan 27, 2015 11:54 pm

It was 74 when I left here Friday afternoon. Temp dropped 15 degrees by the time I got to my son's place in Tracy. Cloudy and 55 degrees coming back today.
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Re: Bad week for bikes... and their riders

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Jan 28, 2015 9:54 am

I was in the dentist's office this Monday morning, it was 15F outside, we had a few inches of snow overnight and the roads were an absolute mess. They had the radio playing, and as I sat in the chair, I heard the traffic reporter say that part of a local highway was closed due to a motorcycle accident.

:shock:

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Re: Bad week for bikes... and their riders

Postby minimac » Wed Jan 28, 2015 11:37 am

...beep- First, thanks for cutting a serviceman some slack in this case. Even though you could have become a fond memory for those close to you. Unfortunately, we have to have our heads on swivels. Until drivers are trained to keep an eye out for us, we have to deal with this. I guess it's the risk vs. reward thing. It's too bad that to enjoy our rides, we have to assume this amount of risk because of others.




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